Friends, we have a manuscript! 152 pages, 61,785 words, and 300 sources. Actually, that happened about a week ago. I’ve read it twice, the Mrs. has read it once. I’ve been working on formatting the notes, and it still has a couple more readings to go before it will go off to other readers.
There are seven chapters, plus the introduction, prologue, and bibliography. They are:
Prologue: Pre-war Foodstuffs
Chapter 1: Army Issued Food/Camp
Chapter 2: Food from Home
Chapter 3: Food on campaign and in battle
Chapter 4: Food and the plight of the sick and wounded
Chapter 5: Feeding Robert E. Lee and the Confederate High Command
Chapter 6: Camp Servants
Chapter 7: Food, Morale, and Memory
Over the past two and a half years I have learned a great deal. While there are other books on food, such as Smith’s Starving the South and Hurt’s Agriculture and the Confederacy, there is nothing quite like Feeding the Army of Northern Virginia on the market. This tome looks at one specific place and one specific army, for four years. I’m really excited about this one. (If I am wrong and there is another book on any specific Civil War army and food out there, please let me know.)
In the next month or so, it will probably be off to the publishers. And then the waiting game begins. It usually takes at least a year for it to make the rounds (editor, layout, proofreader, etc.) and become an actual book. And in the turbulent times in which we live, it might just take longer.
Time to start thinking about the next one…