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Monday, June 8, 2009

Maj. Gen. Robert Rodes Wins 2009 Douglas Southall Freeman Award

It has been several days of pleasant surprises for Savas Beatie.

Today we learned that Darrel Collins' book Major General Robert Rodes of the Army of Northern Virginia has won the the distinguished Douglas Southall Freeman Award for 2009. (Click here to read more about this book, including an excerpt, author interview, and how to get a new copy with a signed bookplate.) We are well aware of the important nature of this award, and are thoroughly delighted. I called Darrel a few minutes ago, and he was as happy and thankful as any author who receives such news would be.

The Army chief historian called two days ago to share with me several pieces of important news. The major reason he called was to tell me about another award we received, but I am unable to make that one public until after June 15. However, the same Robert Rodes title was a finalist in the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award for Biography.

Congratulations, Darrel, for putting together such an outstanding biography. Certainly it was our pleasure to produce it and make it available to the reading public.

It goes without saying that it is one of those books every Civil War enthusiast should read and own. Yes, it is that good.

Be well,



Anonymous said...

Well, this is very good news for a job well done, all. I have the book (a signed copy!) and finished it in one week, and was very impressed all the way around, from research to writing to overall quality. Thank you and congratulations.


Jim Hessler said...


Congratulations! I have your book and enjoyed it very much, so the honor is well-earned.

Having also written a Civil War biography, I can attest to how difficult it is to successfully piece someone else's life together. A bio can be much harder to write and research than a book about a single battle.


Jim Hessler
"Sickles at Gettysburg"

Anonymous said...

Wonderful book, wonderful press, kudos all the way around. SB is far and away the best military publisher going. Tremendous titles, original subject matter, strong authors. A pint is hoisted (or will be later this evening) in everyone's honor!

Now please hurry on The Maps of Chickamauga and the Shiloh volumes.


C. Patrick Schulze said...

I've been looking for a good book on General Rodes since I heard of his use of sharpshooters at my Civil War Roundtable. Thanks for letting me know.