This is a most useful Civil War reference book featuring contemporary weather readings. This work fills a tremendous gap in our available knowledge in a fundamental area of Civil War studies, that of basic quotidian information on the weather in the theater of operations in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia. Krick adds to the daily records kept by amateur meteorologists in these two locations - anecdotal descriptions of weather found in contemporary soldiers' dairies and correspondence combines these scattered records into a chronology of weather information that also includes daybreak and sunset times for each day. The information in this work is indispensable for students of the Civil War in the vital northern Virginia/Maryland theater of operations.
Robert K. Krick is the former chief historian of the battlefield park that preserves the sites of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania. He is author of 14 books and more than 100 published articles. Widely regarded as the top historian in modern times on the Army of Northern Virginia and the foremost authority on Chancellorsville, Krick is a popular lecturer and battlefield tour guide. Battlefield preservation is a prime concern for Krick, who has pushed tirelessly for legislation and federal funding for Civil War sites.