What's going on with Valley Thunder?

Here is where you can stay most up-to-date with the publication of Charles Knight's Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market, including the latest info on its release, up-coming appearances by the author, latest reviews, more in-depth looks at various aspects of the battle and anything else that comes to mind.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

another review excerpt

Here's a short snippet from another review of Valley Thunder, by one William C. Davis, who as many of you know wrote the standard book on New Market about 35 years ago. He also graciously provided the foreward to VT. To me, the praise can't come from a much higher or more esteemed source than he.

"Prior to this time, the accepted standard history of New Market was my own The Battle of New Market, now more than 35 years old. It is not false modesty that requires me to say that now it must stand aside for Valley Thunder. Knight’s research has delved deeply into crevices that I never found, turned up some important new sources, and rewritten what we know or can assume about some critical moments in the fighting. It is safe to say that no military engagement of this size in the Civil War has received this level of in-depth research and study. As a result, Knight overturns some accepted wisdom—including mine—on several points of interest, as on the impact of the engagement itself. No study of the role of the Shenandoah Valley in the war, or of the Virginia campaigns of 1864, can afford to ignore Valley Thunder."

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