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.