By Colin Woodward
When I was a junior at Trinity College, Hartford, I spent a wonderful semester at King’s College in London. The college has a great reputation as a center for military studies, and it had a long-term impact on my thinking about war and how nations’ conduct themselves during it. Anyway, now King’s has a copy of my book!
The lectures at King’s were great. I had the chance to see Dr. Sabine and Dr. Honig in action. And it was from Dr. Honig that I first heard the line, “A war without fire is like a sausage without mustard.” That quotation, from Henry V (the guy, not the play), I used in a talk I gave in 2011 on the burning of Darien, Georgia.
I haven’t been back to London since my return to the States in the spring of 1996. However, I would take the first opportunity to go back. And if I do, I would leave to see my book somewhere, either on the shelves at King’s or at a used bookstore on Charing Cross Road.
Colin Woodward is a historian and archivist. He is the author of Marching Masters, Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War (University of Virginia Press, 2014). He is writing a second book on Johnny Cash.