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Literary notices.

The Mississippi. By Francis Vinton Greene, constituting Volume VIII, of the series of ‘Campaigns of the Civil War,’ issued by Charles Scribner's Sons, has been sent us by the publishers and will be fully reviewed, by a competent hand, at no distant day. Meantime, we advise our friends to put all of the volumes of this series on their Library shelves as fair representations of the Federal side.

And we again repeat, that if Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons desire to prove their claim to impartiality in publishing ‘Campaigns of the Civil War,’ they must now arrange for a similar series from some of our ablest Confederate soldiers.

‘the Shenandoah Valley in 1864.’ By, George E. Pond,. Associate Editor of the Army and Navy Journal, has been received (through Messrs. West & Johnston, of Richmond), and constitutes Volume XI, of the same series. We have not yet had opportunity of reading the volume, but shall do so at our earliest convenience (in connection with a re-reading of General Early's account of the same events) and we promise our readers a a full review, which we hope to secure from an abler and more competent pen than ours. We may say now, however, that from casually dipping into it, the book seems to us to be an able, well written, and interesting presentation of the Federal side of that important campaign.

history of Augusta county, Va. By J. Lewis Peyton, Staunton, Va.: Samuel M. Yost & Son.

We are under obligations to the author for a copy of this valuable contribution to history, for it must be remembered that ‘Augusta county,’ originally extended from the western slope of the Blue Ridge to the Mississippi river, and embraced a large part of that empire which Virginia generously gave to the general government.

With industrious research Mr. Peyton has gathered the material which his facile pen has woven into an interesting and valuable narrative, which we cordially commend to all lovers of historic truth.

Mrs. Derenne, of Savannah, Ga., has placed us under highest obligations for sending us beautiful copies of the rare and very valuable ‘Wormsloe Quartos,’ and some other books. We had purposed copying from the admirable sketch of Colonel Charles C. Jones, Jr., his notice of these books, his sketch of the distinguished compiler and publisher, Dr. DeRenne, and the correspondence concerning the bronze statute of the Confederate soldier which he presented to the Ladies Memorial Association of Savannah; but our printers warn us that they are ‘full,’ and we must defer this matter until our next issue.

General Early has presented to the Society 600 copies of his able, interesting, and very valuable ‘Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence in the Confederate States of America,’ and we would be glad to mail a copy to anyone sending us the publisher's price (seventy-five cents) in postage stamps.


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