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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
New in paperback from the University of Oklahoma Press is John
Charles Frdmont: Character as Destiny by Andrew Rolle. As an explorer,
John Charles Fr6mont led five expeditions into the American West--two
of them disastrous. He was also one of California's first two senators
(1850), America's first Republican candidate for president (1856), a
Civil War general, and the territorial governor of Arizona (1878-1883).
But his life was one of rash and rebellious conduct against authority.
During the Mexican War he claimed to be the military governor of
California, which resulted in a court-martial in 1848. At the outbreak of
the Civil War he reentered the army as one of four major generals, out-
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Abraham Lincoln by issuing his own emancipation proclamation in
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Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle is a memoir of one
man's intelligent obsession with the Wilderness, a horrific and ultimately
indecisive engagement between Lee and Grant that saw 26,00o casualties
in two days of May 1864, and only briefly stemmed the Union advance
toward Richmond. Poet-critic Stephen Cushman lives fifty miles south of
the battlefield. He began to read and collect the documents that make
up the fractured legacy of the Wilderness because the battle haunts him
through its very proximity to his everyday life. But long before Cushman
moved to Virginia to teach and began to explore the wooded trenches of
the Wilderness with his sons, he received Bruce Catton's pictorial history
of the war as a boyhood gift. The abiding fascination kindled by this sin-
gle book, coupled with his intellect and poetic sensibility, yields a fresh
perspective on the war's continuing grip on Americans, in our regional
differences and in films, songs, novels, poems, and paintings. With maps
and a brief discussion of the battle for those not familiar with it, Bloody
Promenade is a unique combination of memoir and cultural criticism.
$29.95, cloth. Available from the University of Virginia Press at Box
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