War In The West Jan 16, 2014
Here is a good volume about the little known and little recognized war in the Trans-Mississippi. This is really the Western Theater. How Tennessee and everything east of the Mississippi got to be known as the Western Theater is a geographical disaster. Mr. Joiner"s research has turned what was previously known about the campaign up the Red River in 1864, upside down. You cannot read this book and still think of it as a simple military operation. Mr. Joiner's expertise as a cartographer is a highlight of this book. You always know where you are. The maps of the Confederate defenses around Shreveport made me think of the WWII movie, "Run Silent, Run Deep", due to the submarine net that stretched across the river, and could be opened and closed as needed. Political and economic intrigue abound also, as the plan to invade North Louisiana and Texas unfolds from Washington to New Orleans. This along with the amazing story of the Confederate engineers who took control of the Red River and almost grounded the Union Navy makes this book an eye opener. Anybody with an interest in the War will find this book hard to put down.