Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Dram Tree Books resurrected

I recently noticed online that some old Dram Tree titles are back in print. You might recall that the press published all manner of North Carolina history titles, including some fine Civil War books, before shutting its doors in 2010. Just off the top of my head, two Civil War volumes from Dram Tree that I still heartily recommend are Davis Norris's Potter's Raid: The Union Cavalry's Boldest Expedition in Eastern North Carolina (2008) and James Walker's Rebel Gibraltar: Fort Fisher and Wilmington, C.S.A. (2005).

Getting back to the reason for this post, I found a Wilmington Star News article [click here] from last summer announcing the revival of the press under a new partnership between original owner Jack Fryer and historian Chris Fonvielle. Hopefully, we'll see some more original Civil War histories from them. According to the article, planned releases so far include "a guide to North Carolina plantations, a guide to North Carolina historic sites, and a number of books for student readers on such topics as the 19th century Life Saving Service on the Tar Heel coast and on the 1861 battle of Fort Sumter."

It's nice to see a niche press with a proven record come back. Check out their new home page here.

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