Sunday, December 30, 2018

Grasso wins 2018 Pate Award

The Fort Worth Civil War Round Table just announced the 2018 recipient of the A. M. Pate, Jr. Award and congratulations are in order to Christopher Grasso for his winning book Bloody Engagements: John R. Kelso's Civil War (Yale, 2017). The honor, the only purely Trans-Mississippi Civil War book award, is handed out on a yearly basis but candidates from the previous twenty-four months are considered (a probably wise state of affairs given that some years, like 2018, can be quite thin ones when it comes to T-M publications). The Kelso material is an exceptional Civil War Missouri memoir and Grasso demonstrated a good eye in seeing its value and did very fine work editing it for publication.

More options are always good and in that way things might be looking up for the award committee in 2019. Currently, there are a decent number of Trans-Mississippi titles scheduled for release over the first half of next year:

Bluecoat and Pioneer: The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864–1868
The Civil War on the Rio Grande, 1846–1876
Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi, Vol. 3: Essays on America's Civil War
A Burned Land: The Trans-Mississippi in the Civil War
Caught in the Maelstrom: The Indian Nations in the Civil War, 1861-1865
Campaign for Wilson's Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins, Updated Edition
An East Texas Family’s Civil War: The Letters of Nancy and William Whatley, May–December 1862

Let's hope there will be even more to come during the rest of the year.

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