Pate Award

Mary Jane Warde Wins 2014 Pate Award for her book "When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory"

Mary Jane Warde Wins 2014 Pate Award for her book

The Fort Worth Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that Mary Jane Warde is the winner of the 2014 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for her book "When the Wolf Came: The Civil War in the Indian Territory." The Pate Award is given each year to the book chosen by an independent Committee of FWCRT members that represents the best new work on the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War.

"When the Wolf Came" explores how the war in the Indian Territory involved almost every resident, killed many civilians as well as soldiers, left the country stripped and devastated, and cost Indian nations millions of acres of land. Using a solid foundation of both published and unpublished sources, including the records of Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek nations, Mary Jane Warde details how the coming of the Civil War set off a wave of migration into Kansas, the Red River Valley and Texas. She also describes how Indian troops in Union regiments or as Confederate allies were involved in an almost continuous series of skirmishes and battles that often crossed tribal lines or were intensified by a long history between tribes. She also shows how postwar actions of the Federal government caused massive relocations and loss of tribal lands.

Andrew Wegenhofer of Civil War Books and Authors reviewed the book with the conclusion:
"With its unprecedentedly full ranging and capable integration of the economic, military, political, and social aspects of the Indian Territory inhabitants's collective Civil War experiences, When the Wolf Came can be comfortably regarded as the best subject overview to date."

Professor Daniel Herman had these comments in Civil War Book Review:
"Warde’s book will stand for decades as the most comprehensive and thoughtful study of the Civil War’s impact on Indian Territory. To her credit, she doesn’t stick solely to the narrative of the war, but shows how the war helped give rise to massive relocations (ethnic cleansings) over the next several decades. . . . All in all, however, this is very fine scholarship indeed, carefully crafted, abundantly researched, and told with an eye to both detail and clarity. Having read this book, I will never think of the Civil War in quite the same way."

Please join me in honoring Mary Jane Warde, our Pate Award Winner for 2014, at our meeting on January 13th. She will also give a presentation on the topic of her book.

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A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History

A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History

The A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History is presented each year by the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. The Award is given for outstanding original research on the Trans-Mississippi sector (including Kansas and Missouri) of the Civil War. To be considered a book must have been published in the last 24 months. A group of members of the Fort Worth CWRT are involved in the Selection Committee.

Winners of the Award receive $1,000 and are honored in a presentation in Fort Worth. All travel costs for the recipient are covered by the Fort Worth CWRT.

The Award is named in honor of the late A. M. Pate, Jr. - a Fort Worth businessman and philanthropist. "Aggie" Pate was involved in many history related activities including the founding of the Pate Museum of Transportation and the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. He had a strong interest in encouraging research and scholarship and supported a number of institutions of higher learning including Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan.

Past winners of the Pate Award include Donald S. Frazier for his book Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest, Gary D. Joiner for his book One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864, Jerry Thompson and Lawrence T. Jones III for their book Civil War and Revolution on the Rio Grande Frontier: A Narrative and Photographic History, Steven Mayeux for his book Earthen Walls, Iron Men: Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, and the Defense of the Red River, Stephen Dupree for his book Planting the Union Flag in Texas: The Campaigns of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks in the West, Kenneth Howell for his book The Seventh Star of the Confederacy:Texas during the Civil War, Donald S. Frazier for his book Fire in the Canefield, Richard McCaslin for his book Fighting Stock: John S. 'Rip" Ford of Texas,John Lundberg for his book Granbury's Texas Brigade and Linda Barnickel for her book "Millikens Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory."

Entries for the 2014 Award should be received no later than September 30, 2014.

Four copies of books submitted should be sent to:

Mr. Jim Rosenthal
c/o Tex-Air Filters
5757 E. Rosedale
Fort Worth, TX. 76112

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Linda Barnickel Wins 2013 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for her Book "Milliken's Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory"

Linda Barnickel Wins 2013 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for her Book

Linda Barnickel of Nashville, Tennessee has been selected as the winner of the 2013 A. M. Pate Award in Civil War History. The Pate Award is presented each year by the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table to the new book that represents the best original research in Civil War history focusing on the far Western theater of the war - commonly called the Trans-Mississippi. The Award winner is selected by an independent committee. It will be presented at the January 14, 2014 meeting of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table.

The book focuses on the Battle at Milliken s Bend, Louisiana, where a Union force composed predominantly of former slaves met their Confederate adversaries in a short but bloody engagement. This battle received some initial widespread attention but soon drifted into obscurity. In Milliken s Bend, Linda Barnickel uncovers the story of this long-forgotten and highly controversial battle.

The fighting at Milliken s Bend occurred in June 1863, about fifteen miles north of Vicksburg on the west bank of the Mississippi River, where a brigade of Texas Confederates attacked a Federal outpost. Most of the Union defenders had been slaves less than two months before. The new African American recruits fought well, despite their minimal training, and Milliken s Bend helped prove to a skeptical northern public that black men were indeed fit for combat duty. After the battle, accusations swirled that Confederates had executed some prisoners including white officers and black soldiers. The charges eventually led to a congressional investigation and contributed to the suspension of prisoner exchanges between North and South.

Barnickel's well researched account not only gives a thorough explanation of the battle but also covers the implications of Milliken s Bend upon the war as a whole. The battle contributed to southerners increasing fears of slave insurrection and heightened their anxieties about emancipation. In the North, it helped foster a commitment to allow free blacks and former slaves to take part in the war. And for African Americans, both free and enslaved, Milliken s Bend symbolized their commitment to the war effort.

Reviews of the book have been very favorable including this from Richard G. Lowe author of "Walker's Texas Division: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi"

"Linda Barnickel's Millikens Bend is by far the fullest treatment of that vicious and momentous little battle on the Mississippi River levee near Vicksburg. This detailed account examines antebellum race relations in the home states of the soldiers, growing antislavery sentiment in the free states, the battle itself and the ways in which northerners and southerners have remembered (or forgotten) the conflict in the decades since 1863. Based on deep research in primary and secondary sources, this book gives the story of the African-American enlisted men at Milliken's Bend the attention in deserves and offers readers sound and fair-minded judgments of the evidence."

and this from Andrew Wagenhofer of 'Civil War Books and Authors:'

"Linda Barnickel's Milliken's Bend finally gives the battle and the men that fought it their proper due. It truly was a small battle with significant consequences, among them an inspiring effect on black recruitment in the North, a compelling reason for white Union soldiers and civilians to reevaluate their racial prejudices, and a prominent role in the breakdown of the prisoner exchange system. This study is an exhaustively researched gem and a model for future combined battle and memory studies."

Linda Barnickel is an archivist and freelance writer with master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and The Ohio State University. Passionate about discovering the hidden and fascinating stories of history, she is interested in local history, military history, oral history, and the cultural power of archives. And is a deserving winner of the 2013 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History.

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John R. Lundberg Wins 2012 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for "Granbury's Brigade: Diehard Western Confederates"

John R. Lundberg Wins 2012 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for

The 2012 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History will be presented to John R. Lundberg at the January 8, 2013 Dinner Meeting of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table for his book "Granbury's Texas Brigade: Diehard Western Confederates." The book combines extensive original research and thoughtful analysis to provide a deeper understanding of this important fighting force of Texans.

Early in the War Granbury's Texas Brigade suffered defeat at Fort Donelson, Arkansas Post and Vicksburg. A combination of poor leadership and the fact that many of the men were forced to serve as "dismounted cavalry" had a negative effect on the unit. Many of the Brigade returned home while others were imprisoned in Northern camps. Lundberg is able to show that a large percentage of the returnees enlisted in units back in Texas. Under better leadership the balance of the Brigade fought well and earned their reputation as one of the best units in the Confederate Army. His book is an excellent study of the process that Texas went through in their support of the Confederate cause.

Richard McCaslin, the winner of last year's Pate Award, had this to say about the book:

"This is the first detailed, analytical history of the brigade, and as such it more than pays homage to the memory of these diehard Texans. The author mixes extensive research with strong opinions to provide thoughtful insights for both laymen and scholars. He thus places the history of Granbury's Brigade squarely within the historical debate over such issues as Confederate command in the West, desertion, and Confederate nationalism, to name but a few well-considered topics."

And Andrew Wagenhofer of Civil War Books and Authors concluded his favorable review of the book with these comments:

"'Granbury's Texas Brigade' is a well researched and thoughtful military and social history study. Author John Lundberg not only describes how the brigade conducted battles but why they fought so well and for so long. One of the finest combat formations in the western theater has finally been accorded the coverage and quality of scholarship it deserves."

Please join me on January 8th for the presentation of the 2012 Pate Award to John Lundberg. He will also be presenting on the subject of his book. See you then!

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Richard B. McCaslin Wins 2011 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for "Fighting Stock: John S. 'Rip' Ford of Texas"

Richard B. McCaslin Wins 2011 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for

Richard B. McCaslin is the 2011 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award winner for his book "Fighting Stock: John S. 'Rip' Ford of Texas." The Pate Award is presented each year by the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table for what is judged to be the best new book on Civil War history in the Trans-Mississippi theater. A committee of members of the Round Table serve as judges. The objective of the award is to promote original scholarship and research in this area.

"Fighting Stock" is a carefully researched, well-written biography of the "larger than life" 19th Century Texan - "Rip" Ford. It not only covers Ford's identity as a Texas Ranger, participant in the Mexican War and Civil War hero but the book also gives a good account of Ford's other personnas as physician, lawyer, newspaperman and politician.

Here is what others say about the book:

"McCaslin's biography of Ford ranks among the best manuscripts I have reviewed in many years. The research is extraordinarily broad, the writing clear, the organization solid and the identification of key themes in Ford's life well-chosen. Perhaps more important, the author portrays his subject sympathetically, without drifting into hagiography. . . . A legendary Texan, Ford now has the biography he deserves."
- Robert Wooster, Regents Professor of History, Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi

". . . in telling Ford's story, McCaslin takes the reader through many of the most important events in the history of Texas during its formative period, and thus satisfies two key criteria for a successful and satisfying biography: a clear sense of the subject and a rich picture of the age in which he lived."
- Andrew R. Graybill, Associate Professor of History, University of Nebraska

"Richard McCaslin's Fighting Stock is a superb addition to TCU Press's The Texas Biography Series, admirably fulfilling the series dictate of examining a subject's life in full. So much of Civil War biography sandwiches the war years with weak bookends, but McCaslin's look at Ford, while acknowledging the paramount importance of that time, recognizes that the 1861-65 period comprises a brief interlude in a long and eventful life. Both Civil War specialists and those with a much broader interest in Texas history will find much to admire in this volume. "
- Andrew Wagenhofer, Editor, Civil War Books and Authors

Richard McCaslin is a professor of History at the University of North Texas. He is also the author of "Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862" which won the Tullis Prize. He has also written "Lee in the Shadow of Washington'" which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Slatten Award and the Laney Prize.

The Pate Award will be presented at the January 10th meeting of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. The award presentation will be followed by a talk by the author on the subject of his book. Copies of "Fighting Stock" will be available for purchase and for signing by Dr. McCaslin.

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2010 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award Winner - "Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-1863" by Donald S. Frazier

2010 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award Winner -

Fire in the Cane Field by Donald S. Frazier has been selected as the 2010 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award Winner. The book is the first in a planned 4-volume series on the history of the Civil War in Louisiana and parts of Texas.

"Fire in the Cane Field" focuses on the first two years of the War including the fall of New Orleans in April of 1862. It includes a great deal of background information on the political and military situation in Louisiana and Texas and gives the reader a clear picture of this era. It also covers, in detail, the military activities in the 9 months following the fall of New Orleans and ends with the recapture of Galveston by the forces under General John Magruder.

This is a well-researched, beautifully written history. Numerous, well-designed and presented maps make the action easy to follow. It is a must addition to any Civil War book collection.

Donald S. Frazier is a Professor of History at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author of several books of the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War - including "Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest." He received the first Pate Award presented in 2004 for this book.

In addition to his teaching and writing Frazier has been very involved in a variety of heritage and cultural tourism projects, including consulting on the development of three museums, two research centers, a Mexican War battlefield, work on Civil War and frontier heritage trails in Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana, and work on historical projects in Europe and Mexico. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the McWhiney Foundation.

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