Southern Historical Society Papers/Volume 01/March/Editorial Paragraphs

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Editorial Paragraphs.

Our thanks are due to many friends who have pushed the circulation of our Papers, and to the press for the most kindly notices. Our subscription list is still rapidly increasing, but we bespeak the kind help of our friends to give us such a list as will enable us to make various improvements in the get up of our Papers.



We have no fixed day of the month for our issue, but we will use our best endeavors to let each number appear before the close of the month.



We are obliged to surrender this month so large a part of our editorial space that we omit much that we had desired to say.



Book Notices.

Memorial Virginia Military Institute. By Charles D. Walker, late Assistant Professor Virginia Military Institute. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co.

We are indebted to the courtesy of General F. H. Smith, Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, for a copy of this book, which contains brief sketches of one hundred and seventy of the graduates and élvèes of the Virginia Military Institute who gave their lives to the Confederate cause. The volume contains also a discourse on the life and character of Lieutenant-General T. J. Jackson by General F. H. Smith, a sketch of the battle of New Market by General Smith, and a memorial poem by James Barron Hope, Esq.

Mr. Walker has done his work admirably. He has called to his aid the pens of some of our most distinguished men, and has made a record of self-denying heroism and high military skill which reflects the highest credit upon the Institute, and should find a place in every home in the South, that our youth may study the characters and imitate the virtues of these noble men who freely yielded up their lives at the call of native land.



The Confederate Currency. By William Lee, M. D., of Washington, D. C.

The author has kindly sent us a copy of this pamphlet, together with plates illustrating the various issues of Confederate notes. It is a publication of rare interest and value, and we are not surprised to learn that a new edition has been called for.


Our Living and Our Dead.

The editor and proprietor, Colonel S. D. Pool, has donated to our library three beautifully bound volumes of this magazine, which he has been publishing in Raleigh, North Carolina. It contains a great deal of historic value, and is a highly prized addition to our library.



Books Received.

We acknowledge the receipt of the following books, which will be noticed more fully hereafter:

From D. Appleton & Co., New York:

Cooke's Life of General R. E. Lee.

A Military Biography of Stonewall Jackson. By Colonel John Esten Cooke. With an appendix (containing an account of the Inauguration of Foley's statue, &c.), by Rev. J. Wm. Jones.

General Joseph E. Johnston's Narrative.

Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes and Letters of General R. E. Lee. By Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D. D.

Sherman's Memoirs and Shucker's Life of Chief Justice Chase.


From the publishers, Harper Brothers, New York (through West & Johnston, Richmond):

Draper's Civil War in America.


From J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia (through West & Johnston):

Dixon's New America.


From West & Johnston, Richmond:

A beautiful lithograph of the Ordnance of Secession of Virginia, and the signatures of the members of the convention.


From the author (Dr. Joseph Jones, New Orleans):

Medical and Surgical Memoirs, 1855-1876.