30 March 2006 by Published in: General News 5 comments

Earlier this week, my co-author for the Stuart’s Ride book, J. D. Petruzzi, unexpectedly received a large pile of copies of articles from the Baltimore American newspaper from June and July 1863 from the researcher that we use to find things for us at the Library of Congress. Never mind that our researcher has been aware of this project for more than a year–he just now got around to sending us this stuff, right at very last possible moment.

To our surprise, J. D. found a number of really useful articles for the project in this pile. In particular, we were able to flesh out our discussion of Corbit’s Charge at Westminster, MD a great deal thanks to some of this newspaper coverage. The problem is that we are in the final page galley stage; the book is nearly finished being laid out. Adding this material was much more difficult that turning on the “track changes” feature of Word and then typing it out. Instead, we had to carefully prepare the inserts, show Ted Savas, our editor/publisher, where they were to go, and then hope that Ted got it right. It was a big deal for Ted to do this and to get it right.

Ted tried, but the endnotes for one of the chapters got all bollixed up. It’s NOT Ted’s fault–it was actually a pretty major job, and it’s not a huge surprise that things got bollixed up. I just spent an hour going through the galley of the second chapter and then going through the endnotes in order to make sure that everything matched up the way it was supposed to. Since I was the primary author of that chapter, I was the logical choice to do this, and not J. D.

Let me tell you, I now have a world-class headache from it. It was a major chore doing that, and it was also essential that it be done correctly. The very last thing that we want is for the notes to be all wrong, and for some reviewer to catch the fact that all of the notes are wrong, and give us a bad review as a consequence. So, I had to be very, very careful, and I think that they’re all correct now. Poor Ted. He must have been about ready to pull his hair out by the end of it, and I know that he threw his hands up about the endnotes, which is why he threw it back in our lap in order to make sure that we’d gotten it right.

J. D. and I have both said this before: we’re lucky to have Ted as the publisher on this book, as I doubt that anyone else would have permitted us to make such substantial additions at the very last minute, as we just did. Thanks, Ted. We really appreciate your dedication to publishing the very best book possible.

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  1. Thu 30th Mar 2006 at 11:36 pm

    As I said, we’ll have lots of stories to tell about the last-minute sources that have come in. None of this would have arisen if they hadn’t been so good.
    Earlier today Ted told me that the book is now about 400 pages, and should be priced a few bucks higher… so the readers are going to get quite a bargain! As submitted, of course, the book was about 80 pages less before we decided to add the Driving Tour and the material that came into our hands the past few weeks, and it was priced based on that.

  2. Fri 31st Mar 2006 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for the kind words, guys. Working with you both has been a most interesting experience, and an invaluable one. This is a tremendous book–one of the finest we have ever produced. It will be required reading on the topic of cavalry in general, and the Gettysburg Campaign in particular, for a long time to come.

    And the price will be going UP. Once the initial shipments go out the individual price will bump up to $34.95. My suggestion is that anyone who wants a copy, SIGNED, better get one quickly.

    Kind regards

    Theodore P. Savas
    Savas Beatie LLC
    P.O. Box 4527
    El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
    916-941-6896 (voice)
    916-941-6895 (fax)

  3. Eamon Honan
    Fri 31st Mar 2006 at 1:58 pm


    I’m a bookseller in Ireland and a regular civilwarcavalry.com reader, who are you guys distributing it through?

    I ask, as I reckon I can move some copies to my civil war regulars*, but generally speaking I can only get American gear through Baker & Taylor or Ingrams.

    What’s the story?


    * And me of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Fri 31st Mar 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Eamon,

    Just spoke with Ted about the distributing – he told me that GREEN HILL in London distributes their books, and this will be one of them. Green Hill is in London and is Savas-Beatie’s UK distributor. You can either contact them and go that route – however, if you want a bulk order of signed copies, all you need to is contact Ted (at the above contact info in his post) and they’ll work out something directly with you.

    Thanks so much for your interest, and your words of support! Either way we’ll all have to make sure you get a signed copy. Check out the website (http://www.savasbeatie.com/StuartRide.html) for more details.

    And for everyone, I’d take Ted’s advice about ordering early – the price is indeed going up due to the size of the thing! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Fri 31st Mar 2006 at 9:29 pm


    I’m very flattered that you want to carry our work. Thanks, as always, for indulging my rants, and thanks also for your support.


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