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Earthen Walls, Iron Men: Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, and the Defense of Red River

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“This book will be of great use to historians of the western theatre of the Civil War, to the reader of nineteenth-century history, and to students of the undergraduate and graduate levels. -Gary D. Joiner, author of Through the Howling Wilderness: The 1864 Red River Campaign and Union Failure in the West

Earthen Walls, Iron Men tells the story of Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, a
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by Univ Tennessee Press (first published August 15th 2007)
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Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Earthen Walls, Iron Men is just about my beau ideal of a history book. It's on a topic that hasn't been done a dozen times before, it's something with which the author is very deeply familiar, it's well-researched and well-annotated (and the footnotes are at the bottom of the pages rather than at the end, so there's a lot less page-flipping), and the author writes with a smooth narrative style, with enthusiasm and good humor.

Fort De Russy itself was a comparatively minor episode in the course of
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May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly researched and written with a sharp wit, this book about a little-known central Louisiana fort during the Civil War (usually only people from around here have heard of it) is one of the best I've read in a long time. It does an excellent job of conveying the horrors and lighter moments of Civil War combat on land and water (river). I'd recommend it without hesitation to students of all genres/theaters of Civil War history.
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