Sunday, May 21, 2017

Laney Prize goes to ...

The Austin Civil War Round Table's Laney Prize is "awarded each year to the author of the book that best advances the knowledge of the Civil War's military or political events and the Americans who took part in those events." Yesterday's press release from the ACWRT announced that the newest prizewinner (the 22nd recipient) is David Powell for The Chickamauga Campaign―Barren Victory: The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of the Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863 (Savas Beatie, 2016). With the honoring of the final volume as noteworthy capstone to a stupendous trilogy, it is appropriate that Powell's work has been given the Peter Jackson treatment.


  1. Appropriate recognition of a significant achievement. The trilogy is an excellent example of how a dedicated researcher and author can advance knowledge regarding a topic which seemed to already be covered.

  2. Apparently, few have recognized my Peter Jackson reference for what it was. The Academy waited for the completion of the third picture before honoring Jackson with Best Picture & Best Director Oscars, an act regarded by most as a symbolic gesture of appreciation for the entire trilogy rather than a special singling-out of the third film. So... I got the same vibe from the Laney Prize waiting until Book 3 to honor the Powell for his monumental achievement.

  3. The Peter Jackson treatment. Heh. I got it.

    It is an honor to have worked with Dave as his editor, and published these outstanding works. They should stand the test of time for a long, long time. And you know what else? They are just damn fun to read.

    --Ted Savas

    1. And I, being pretty ignorant when it comes to the little statue and Hobbits, did not.

  4. Thanks to everyone. They were pretty damn fun to write, too.


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