04 March 2010 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 3 comments

I had something pointed out to me that needs to be clarified out here. It’s critical that credit be given when and where it’s due, and that’s the purpose of this e-mail.

As I mentioned the other day, the release of my Brandy Station book is imminent. The book features maps that were done by master cartographer Steve Stanley. The maps are owned by the CWPT, as Steve did them for the CWPT as a work for hire. The CWPT gave me permission to use the maps, provided that they are credited to Steve and to the CWPT. We readily agreed to do so, and that’s how the credit will appear in the book.

What I didn’t realize, but now know, is that those maps were done in conjunction with, and are based upon, the research of my good friend Clark B. “Bud” Hall. I probably should have known that, because in retrospect, it’s obvious. Honestly, I’m not sure why I didn’t realize that, but the fact is that I didn’t. However, nobody had told me that, so they are not credited to Bud in the book, as they should be, and I regret that a great deal. The purpose of this post is to attempt to set the record straight and give credit when and where it’s due.

And that’s wrong. I firmly believe in giving credit when and where it’s due, and it’s due here. First and foremost, Bud has years of research invested in them, and without his expertise, Steve would not have the detail and accuracy that he has in them. Second, the maps were drawn with the intention of appearing in Bud’s forthcoming definitive work on Brandy Station, and I didn’t know that, either. It means that I have unintentionally stolen his thunder. Such was never my intent, and I feel very badly about doing so. I owe a great deal to Bud, who has long been my unflagging supporter and mentor, and the last thing I would EVER want to do is to keep him from getting the credit that he is due. My book would not exist but for him and his work and teaching of me.

It’s also very important to note that I claim absolutely NO credit for the maps. The only input I had was to ask Steve to do one new one that he had never before drawn, which he did. These are Steve’s and Bud’s maps, not mine, and I wanted to be sure that all of you know that. I have asked my publisher, The History Press, to do what it can do to make sure that Bud gets proper credit. Since the book is well into the printing/binding process, it’s too late to add something to the first printing, but we are doing what we can to make sure that proper credit is given where it’s due.

So, when they appear in Bud’s book, you will see them when and where he intended them to be. I am grateful for the opportunity to preview them for you.

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Comments

  1. James McCorry
    Thu 04th Mar 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Who is publishing Buds book and when is it due to come out. I have already ordered your book from Amazon. Many thanks, James

  2. Clark Hall
    Thu 04th Mar 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Many thanks for this classy, gentlemanly post, Eric.

    There is nobody to blame here—and neither you or your distinguished publisher are responsible for any error, whatsoever.

    I would heartily encourage “Ranting’s” readers to buy and enjoy your book on Brandy Station. You are certainly a fine scholar and I’m sure the book reflects serious scholarship. And who knows? They might even like the maps, as well.

    Oh, by the way, another book on Brandy Station may just come along one of these days–probably after hell freezes over. But in the meantime, I look forward to reading yours.

    Now, back to negotiating with the devil…

    -Gratefully, Bud

  3. Keith Yoder
    Sun 30th May 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Finally got around to purchasing the new Brandy Station book – if it makes you feel any better I have printed out your “disclaimer” and put it in the book. It’s been fun reading this one alongside your previous Brandy Station chapters (Hartwood C. to B.S.) so I can see exactly what’s been added and edited. Keith

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