01 March 2012 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 6 comments

When the original edition of Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions was published in 1998, it was named the third winner of the Robert E. Lee Civil War Roundtable of Central New Jersey’s Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award as that year’s best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg. The handsome glass award occupies a place of honor in my office, and I treasure that award every day.

Today, I learned that the new edition, which was published by Savas-Beatie last fall, is also in the running for a major award.

Along with my fellow Savas-Beatie authors and friends James A. Morgan, III and Scott Mingus, Sr., my book has been named a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2011 Distinguished Writing Award in the reprint category. I’m thrilled that the new edition has received this recognition, and even more so that I have done so with two friends whose first editions I published through the late, lamented Ironclad Publishing.

It would, of course, bring things full circle if the new edition also won a major award, just as the first edition did. That would be some neat symmetry indeed.

In any event, congratulations to Scott and Jim and to any other authors whose work has also achieved finalist status.

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  1. Thu 01st Mar 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations, Eric! Well deserved! And thanks for the nice words about Jim’s and my books as well.

  2. Steve Basic
    Thu 01st Mar 2012 at 11:54 pm


    Congrats to all of you on the nominations!! Well earned, and well deserved.

    Take care.


  3. Dennis
    Fri 02nd Mar 2012 at 7:01 am

    Congratulations and best of luck to each of you!


  4. John Foskett
    Sat 03rd Mar 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Congratulations. The well deserved plaudits keep coming.

  5. Tom Clemens
    Fri 09th Mar 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Congrats Eric. Carman’s book won that last year, nice dinner at Ft. Belvoir Officer’s club.

  6. Bill von Rosenberg
    Fri 23rd Mar 2012 at 2:10 pm

    My comment is one that seeks information……if available. I recently purchased a walking cane that is reported to be from a reunion of Gen. George Meade’s involvement in Gettysburg. It is clearly of a section of tree or bush that gives a straight 36″ cane with two smaller branches cut off and smoothed and all bark removed except near the knob handle which is also a branching area cut and smoothed into a 1 1/2″ knob. The natural branch color is a tan color with what seems to be a lightly burned pattern of irregular nature. The crowning item is a sketch of “Meade’s Headquarters” drawn and so labeled in sepia ink. I researched this and found a photograph on Wickipedia that shows Meade’s Gettysburg Headquarters. The major elements of the sketch on the cane correspond to the photograph, both being from the front of the house. I am an architect with some knowledge of sketching techniques and would date this in the 1870-1880’s. Does anyone have any information that could identify this more accurately……………or direct me to a source that could be of assistance?

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