22 August 2011 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 21 comments

In the course of finishing the library project yesterday, I found something that I didn’t know that I had. My first book, Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions, was published in 1998. It won the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award as the best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg of 1998. The book has been out of print for four or five years now, and copies of the original edition have become quite rare. New copies of it sell for over $100, which amazes me. It’s a softcover book of about 140 pages, and it retailed for $12.95.

I have a new edition of the book coming out in just a few weeks. The new edition is being indexed as I write this. It’s fully revised, with a lot of new material being added. I’m excited about the new edition, but the original occupies a special place in my heart as my first book.

When I finished up the library project last night, I found a brand new copy of the 1998 edition of Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions that I didn’t know that I had. It’s been years since I had one to sell, simply because it’s long out of print. It’s too close to the release date of the new edition, so I’m not going to try to sell it.

Instead, I’ve decided that I will give it away to one of you. We’re going to have a little contest. If you want it, leave me a comment that explains the reasons why you should be the one to get it. I will select the winner two weeks from today, and will announce the winner here on this blog. Have at it, and have fun!

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Comments

  1. Bob Hamann
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Because I was the first person to take you up on it.

  2. Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Because I have read three of your other books and I would love to read this one too.

  3. John W. Plummer
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Because Gettysburg is of particular interest, plus, your 1974 series, Burfetta, featuring inspector Chet Bertolet, is also hard to come by.

  4. JE
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Because we go back…way back to the old WebAmerica Civil War chat room…and because your books represent an ever-expanding corner of my own library.

  5. Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Because I am a poor college student who would like something to read that is not a textbook. I’ve also never gotten to read any of your published works, which I think is a shame.

  6. Rae-Ann McDonald
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Eric,
    There are are many reasons why I should get this book.
    The Civil War has been a passion of mine since I was a small child. Living in Western Canada, getting quality Civil War material has bee a huge challenge to say the least.
    Another reason is that I am related to one of the subjects in this book and this work has given me a great appreciation of his service and his actions at Gettysburg.
    My final reason is, my original copy of this book that I picked up years ago on my first visit to Gettysburg, is falling apart due to my extensive use of this book.
    I thank you for your consideration,
    R.A. McDonald

  7. Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 3:55 pm

    So far, so good. All six have been good reasons. Keep ‘em coming, folks….

  8. Keith Yoder
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I would submit myself as a candidate because I would greatly enjoy reading it and I’m a loyal reader of your blog and customer of your books. I have purchased and read 7 (6 new, 1 very used) of the books you wrote and/or co-authored. Even my wife, who has never read a Civil War book in her life, knows your name because I have talked about your books so frequently.

    Kinda odd but the order that I read them is:
    Glory Enough for All
    Plenty of Blame to Go Around
    The Union Cavalry Comes of Age
    One Continuous Fight
    Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads
    Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly
    The Battle of Brandy Station
    Also perhaps strange is that my favorite is the first one I read (Trevelian Station) – If I remember right the first time I read it I stayed up half the night because I couldn’t put it down.

    None of your books has disappointed – they’ve all been compelling reads and it is about time I read another one. I purchased Brandy Station in 2010 so I by now I must be suffering from New Wittenberg-Reading-Material Withdrawal (NWRMW). This book would be an excellent antidote.

  9. Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Because my GGF James MacAvoy (aka: James Avoy) was a 16 year old recruit in the 1st NJ Cavalry and was there in July of 1863.

  10. Paul LaCroix
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Eric,
    I think I should get it since I was the one who blew the whistle on a certain venture a year and a half ago. I shed some light on the inner goings on that helped you and JD realize that they were not what not portraying themselves properly. Besides that well, because I’m loyal follower of your blog and add my two cents when I think that it might mean something but otherwise keep my mouth shut.

  11. Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Love your books, they are a very enjoyable read but I cannot come up with such “brown nosing” as above. j/k
    First consideration should be anyone with a Federal Cavalry ancestor.

  12. pete
    Mon 22nd Aug 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I would submit myself, a loyal reader but first time commenter. I spent last summer and fall, while on deployment in Uganda investigating last years bombings, reading Mr. Wittenberg’s other books. Since I am heading back in several weeks for, what is hopefully, the conclusion, I can round out the list with this lost nugget.

  13. Dennis
    Tue 23rd Aug 2011 at 6:06 am

    I was trying to come up with a compelling, sure fired, guaranteed, winning story. But that level of effort this early made my head hurt.

    So now you owe me because you gave me a headache!

    Regards,
    Dennis

  14. Tue 23rd Aug 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Because I know where you live, pal.

    :)

    Seriously, cool find. I already own a copy, personally signed of course. All the above are great submissions – I don’t envy you having to decide!

    J.D.

  15. Phil Spaugy
    Wed 24th Aug 2011 at 7:53 am

    Since I have a copy, I would donate this copy to the CWT, to be raffled off to raise funds for battlefield preservation.

    Phil

  16. Joe Fafara
    Wed 24th Aug 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I would like to request that you consider my post. I am a Philadelphia Public High School teacher who desperately tries to work Gettysburg and the Civil War into our curriculum. Your book would be a welcomed addition to my classroom library.

  17. Mike Peters
    Thu 25th Aug 2011 at 11:11 am

    Eric,

    I have the book, which is inscribed. But if I had a vote it would be Joe Fafara.
    Just my 2 cents, worth less when you consider inflation.

    Mike Peters

  18. Thu 25th Aug 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I LIKED YOUR BOOK SO MUCH I WENT TO A BOOKBINDER AND TURNED IT INTO A HARDCOVER. I READ IT SEVERAL TIMES AND ITS ON MY SHELF WITH THE OTHER 14 OF YOUR BOOKS. I WOULD DONATE IT TO A LOCAL ROUND TABLE IN CHICAGO AREA- WITH THE PROVISO THAT THEY ARE BRINGING YOUNG RECRUITS INTO THE FOLD. WE HAVE TONS OF GOOD BOOKS BUT NOT ENOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE BECOMING CIVIL WAR BUFFS OR HISTORY READERS FOR THAT MATTER. THANKS

  19. Mitch Elms
    Sun 28th Aug 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Eric.

    I think I deserve to win your book because I don’t know anywhere near enough about Cavalry, and if you gave the book to me, it would help to change that quite a lot. Remember, education is everything.
    Also, I am your favorite Canadian Confederate!!

    Regards, Mitch.

  20. Mon 29th Aug 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Because I am the publisher and I need a copy. :)

  21. GE Colpitts
    Thu 08th Sep 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Because Duncan says I should get it.

    I realize it’s too late to compete, the book is already awarded (and to an excellent recipient), so I will have to console myself with my first edition copy of The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty.

    :)

    GE

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