The good folks at Osprey Publishing sent me a review copy of their new book American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics by Sean McLachlan. I plan on reading it this weekend and will post a full review later, but I did thumb through the book and here are some first impressions.
Let me start off with Osprey books in general. Truth is I am a visual person married to an artist, therefore: I like the visuals in Osprey books. Maps, period photographs, and art depicting uniforms adorn most Osprey titles. And it helps me learn, so I naturally like them.
A brief perusal through the book shows the usual visuals. I also noticed that many of the major personalities are covered (Morgan, Forrest, Quantrill, etc…), there is a section for the impact of the guerrillas on the war and a section of the aftermath.
The “Selected Bibliography” contains mostly standard works on the subject, though I would have added William Trotter’s Bushwackers to the list.
My first impressions are indeed favorable. A more detailed review is to follow.