10 October 2007 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 9 comments

We turned in the manscript of the retreat book to Ted Savas last night. It’s hard to believe that, after all of these many years of work, it’s finally finished.

Here are some statistics about the book that you might find interesting:

–There are 18 chapters and an epilogue, along with one appendix. There is a foreword by Noah Andre Trudeau and a preface by Ted Alexander.
–Just the 18 chapters and the epilogue (does NOT include endnotes): 132,944 words.
–With the endnotes, bibliography, tours, appendix, etc., added: 191,964 words.
–There are 1,534 endnotes.
–There will be 16 maps.
–There will be approximately 50 illustrations.
–The bibliography contains over 800 entries, meaning that we looked at more than 800 sources in researching and writing the book. Of those, over 600 are primary sources.
–There are two driving tours, one of the route of the Wagon Train of Wounded, and one that follows the fighting as Meade pursued Lee’s army. Both driving tours contain GPS coordinates.

I’m very proud of it. I can’t wait to see it in print. It’s going to be a BIG book.

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  1. Wed 10th Oct 2007 at 10:58 pm

    Congrats my friend – I’m really looking forward to reading it and reviewing it in the FLS. Make sure Ted sends me the promo stuff. Thanks. 🙂

  2. James Durney
    Wed 10th Oct 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Neither can I!

  3. Donogh
    Thu 11th Oct 2007 at 4:30 am

    Sounds great. I recall you’ve mentioned the lag time between manuscript submission and actual publication in a previous entry, but what can we expect? 9-12 months or so?

  4. Art Bergeron
    Thu 11th Oct 2007 at 6:52 am


    Congratulations on completing the manuscript. I am sorry that I will miss your appearance before the Harrisburg CWRT next week as I will be in Florida for a wedding.


  5. Thu 11th Oct 2007 at 9:01 am

    Thanks, guys. It’s a major accomplishment.

    Donogh, it will be out next June.


  6. Thu 11th Oct 2007 at 9:26 am

    191, 964 words – WOW – and I thought my history of the 37th NCT at 156,000 words was a big book. Congratulations and I look forward to reading it!


  7. Duane
    Thu 11th Oct 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Having heard about this thing over the last few years, being there on one of the driving tours, and hearing the late-nite discussions in the Mine about it, I am anxiously waiting to see it. Three things I most look forward to seeing next year are the new GBG VC, the Cyclorama, and this book! Congratulations on a job completed. Kick back, catch your breath, and have a drink! You definitely deserve it!


  8. Bill Shepherd
    Mon 15th Oct 2007 at 10:02 am

    Congratulations on what will be another great book on a topic that will receive the detailed attention it deserves. Your finding and using original and unpublished sources puts your books in the uppermost tier of Civil War scholarship. I just finished the Jeb Stuart & Gettysburg book. Extraordinary. And I continue to buy your previous works. Can’t be in Milwaukee this weekend, but trust all will go well. Lance always does a great job.

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