I recently picked up a “Collector’s Edition” magazine copy of The South’s Terrible Swift Sword—published by “The Editors of Military History” – www.HistoryNet.com. This is a collection of essays and articles about Stonewall Jackson; some written by well respected Civil War historians including Professor James I. Robertson, Jr. and Professor Mark Grimsley.
While I realize the magazine is targeted to a general audience, I was somewhat surprised by the mistakes and oversights that were missed in the editing process.
For example, on page 15, writer John W. Bowers states that
Contributor Daniel Sutherland notes (page 31) that
Also, in Mark Grimsley’s article titled, God’s General, the most important aspect of
Also, on page 73, contributor Dana B. Shoaf (editor of America's Civil War magazine) states that Little Sorrel’s “bones stayed at the Carnegie Museum until 1997, when they were shipped back to the institute [Virginia Military Institute] and buried in a walnut casket . . . ” Actually, Little Sorrel's bones have been at VMI since 1949. They were there on loan until 1960, when Carnegie then donated them to the Institute. For some time, they stood assembled in a biology class. The bones were later disassembled and stored in a box. The burial information is correct, however. I was there at the ceremony.
Finally, on page 77, Linda Wheeler writes regarding
My point? Even “professional” historians sometimes make mistakes. And even this amateur can find them. I have lots of experience finding my own.
(I won’t be posting much next week as I’m off to