Books: Historical New Orleans
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
A FINE BODY OF MEN By Donald Peter Moriarty II, The Historic New Orleans Collection, $30.00
When author Moriarty could find no historical information on his great-grandfather’s service with the Orleans Light Horse Louisiana cavalry, he decided to research and publish the records of the 215 cavalrymen involved. This “fine body of men all splendidly mounted” as described in the Daily Picayune, provided the title for this book, which lists every man in the company and every battle fought. It’s an excellent tribute to the men who fought 150 years ago in the Civil War.
LUXURY, INEQUITY & YELLOW FEVER By Kerri McCaffety, Vissi d’Arte Books, $45.00
Once again the amazingly talented McCaffety, armed with camera and pen, has created a captivating return to 19th century New Orleans with her wonderful photographs of two historic antebellum Hermann-Grima+Gallier houses. It was a time of wealth, decline, hurricanes and frequent epidemics, particularly Yellow Fever that killed thousands. Today, visitors can visit and enjoy the beauty of these houses so beautifully pictured and described in this wonderful book.