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In Kinston, Whitehall and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862, W. W. Howe meticulously captures a significant military campaign during the American Civil War. As an editor, Howe successfully compiles various firsthand accounts and official records to create an informative and engaging narrative of this lesser-known military undertaking.

The book commences with a concise introduction, providing essential context for readers unfamiliar with the geographical and strategic importance of the region. Howe meticulously organizes the book into chronological chapters, offering a coherent and linear progression of events.

One of the book's standout features is the use of primary sources to offer multiple perspectives on the expedition. Howe's skill as an editor is evident in his ability to seamlessly weave together letters, diaries, and official reports from soldiers, officers, and commanders involved in the operation. This approach enriches the narrative, providing readers with an authentic and diverse range of viewpoints, emotions, and experiences.

Moreover, Howe’s attention to detail is commendable. He describes the difficult terrain, inclement weather, and logistical challenges faced by the Union forces. Through vivid descriptions, readers gain an understanding of the physical and mental hardships endured by the soldiers, immersing themselves in the harsh reality of warfare during the winter months.

While the focus of the book is understandably on the military aspects of the expedition, Howe also explores its consequences for local civilians. He examines the impact on families, communities, and infrastructure, shedding light on the broader societal implications of the conflict beyond the battlefield. This multifaceted approach adds depth to the narrative, making it more than just a typical military history.

However, despite the book's many strengths, there are some minor drawbacks to consider. Occasionally, the narrative becomes dense and overly detailed, making it challenging for casual readers to maintain engagement. Additionally, the absence of maps or illustrations hinders our ability to visualize the geographic locations and better understand the tactical maneuvers.

Overall, Kinston, Whitehall, and Goldsboro (North Carolina) expedition, December, 1862 is a valuable addition to the study of the Civil War, specifically shedding light on a crucial campaign often overlooked by mainstream history. W. W. Howe’s commitment to presenting a comprehensive range of perspectives from both soldiers and civilians provides a rich tapestry of personal stories amidst the wider strategic context. Despite some minor flaws, this book stands as a commendable effort to preserve the memory and significance of this expedition for future generations.

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.





December, 1862.

NEW YORK, W. W. HOWE, 157 E. 37th Street, 1890.

Copyrighted by W. W. HOWE, NEW YORK CITY, 1890.

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