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recollections of A naval officer. 1841-1865. By Captain William Hamar Parker. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

We have received, ‘with the compliments of the author,’ through West, Johnston & Co., Richmond, this beautifully gotten up book, and have time and space now only to say that a slight dipping into its pages shows conclusively that our gallant Confederate tar knows how to wield a pen as well as how to sail or fight a ship, and has produced a book of rare interest and decided historic value. We mean to give it a careful reading, and shall hereafter copy for our readers some of its good things, such as the account of ‘The Merimac and the Monitor,’ &c.

A Byrd's-eye view of our civil war. By Colonel T. A. Dodge, U. S. A. Boston: lames R. Osgood & Co.

After reading Colonel Dodge's admirable book on ‘Chancellorsville,’ we were prepared to find in this new publication a well written, calm, and unusually fair book. We have not been disappointed, and while we are not, of course, prepared to accept all of Colonel Dodge's statements, or to endorse all of his criticisms, we do not hesitate to commend the book most warmly as the work of an able, pains-taking soldier, who has honestly endeavored to ascertain, and frankly to tell the truth about our late war.

We propose hereafter to make copious extracts from Colonel Dodge and to publish a fuller review of his interesting and valuable contribution to a history of the war.

Osgood & Co, have done their part of the work admirably, and have produced a fine specimen of the book-makers' art.

across the continent with the Fifth cavalry. By Captain George F. Price. New York: D. Van Nostrand.

A narrative of this famous old regiment (formerly the Second Cavalry) could not fail to be of interest, and we commend the beautifully gotten up volume as worthy of a place on the shelves of our ‘War Libraries.’ But we must express now our regret that the author could not drop the partisan and write more in the spirit of the true soldier, and our purpose to show up hereafter some of his more glaring perversions of the truth of history.

Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, in the war of the rebellion; 1861-1862. By General George H. Gordon. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co.

We reserve for future review this admirably written and very interesting book which is a part of the series of which the ‘Army of Virginia’ and ‘A War Diary’ form a continuous history of the war.

General Gordon writes with a free pen, and some of his criticisms on ‘the blundering stupidity of political managers in Washington, acting upon the colossal incapacity of their favorites in the field,’ are very rich.

We commend the book as well worth reading and preserving.

the century keeps up its high standard of excellence, and the November number contains a very readable paper on the retreat from Richmond, and capture of President Davis, by his private secretary, Burton N. Harrison.

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