Bill, actually thanks are due to you for making this book available to us. It is chock-full of the hundreds of little details that bring the Trans-Mississippi Army to life for us. For example, Dr. McPheeters' account of the march to Helena was fascinating -- the absolute and eerie silence of the troops as they approached their rendezvous with destiny -- just sends shivers up your spine.
Surgeon McPheeters was a keen observer and a gifted writer, and his no-nonsense writing style really "puts flesh on the bones" of the army we only knew through official reports.
I'm in the middle of reading it for the second time -- that's how good it is.