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Special---The Wartime Journals, Dispatches & Selected Correspondence of Kirkpatrick West, Special Correspondent of the New York Record, 1861-1865: A Novel History of Civil War Journalism Brayton Harris

Special---The Wartime Journals, Dispatches & Selected Correspondence of Kirkpatrick West, Special Correspondent of the New York Record, 1861-1865: A Novel History of Civil War Journalism

Brayton Harris

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ISBN : 9781453703229
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366 pages
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A picaresque tour de force, SPECIAL is a selective look at the Civil War (1861-1865) through the eyes of neophyte Union journalist Kirkpatrick West-who may have been the only Special Correspondent, North or South, who was actually paid by newspapersMoreA picaresque tour de force, SPECIAL is a selective look at the Civil War (1861-1865) through the eyes of neophyte Union journalist Kirkpatrick West-who may have been the only Special Correspondent, North or South, who was actually paid by newspapers on both sides. West provided some of the most insightful and (even in this mockumentary format) accurate comment on the War. Drawing on Wests long-lost journals and diaries, Brayton Harris offers an unusual focus on the often-overlooked activities in the Western Theater: New Orleans, Cairo, and St. Louis- action on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers- the battles of Wilsons Creek and Shiloh- Confederate Gen. Braxton Braggs ill-fated invasion of Kentucky (where West was the only Union correspondent included in the invasion force)- and, later, the fall of Richmond (where West was may have been the first Union journalist to enter the city). A book for anyone interested in military-media relations, war correspondents, a look at aspects of the War often skipped over-or just a good old fashioned story. SPECIAL includes what may be the most complete bibliography of books and articles by or about Wests journalistic compatriots-who were also his competitors in the race to get the news first. And, maybe, sometimes get it right. Portions of SPECIAL appeared in Civil War, the magazine of the Civil War Society, 1994.