Dr. Richard McCaslin, Professor of History at the University of North Texas, has been awarded the 2014 Distinguised Service Award in Civil War History by the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. The Award was presented to Dr. McCaslin at a meeting in Fort Worh on December 9, 2014.
Dr. McCaslin who is the head of the History Department at UNT received his BA from Delta State University, his MA from Louisiana State University and his PhD from the University of Texas. He taught at High Point University before coming to UNT in 2004.
He is a prolific author and has written or edited 11 books including "Lee in the Shadow of Washington" for which he received a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize, "Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas. 1862" which won the Tullis Memorial Prize from the Texas State Historical Association and "Fighting Stock: John S. 'Rip' Ford of Texas for which he won the A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in 2012.
Dr. McCaslin is a frequent speaker at events throughout Texas. Whether it is an academic meeting, a Civil War Round Table or a regional symposium, he is always willing to lend his knowledge and support. His talks and lectures are a combination of wit and solid content that both teach and entertain and always receive the highest reviews.
Dr. Richard McCaslin is a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Service and we are pleased to recognize his contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Civil War History.
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In the continuing effort to promote the study of and research on the Civil War and to encourage efforts made toward the preservation of Civil War battlefields the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table is proud to announce the establishment of a new award - the Distinguished Service Award.
Historian and Author John C. "Jack" Waugh has received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table. Jack is the author of 10 books on the Civil War and is a highly regarded speaker, tour leader and lecturer. He has been a long time supporter of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table and has been a featured presenter for our group for many years.
His book "The Class of 1846" is generally recognized as one of the best Civil War books ever written. Just as important are his recent books on Abraham Lincoln including "Lincoln and McClellan" and "One Man Great Enough."
Jack is a friend to many in the Civil War community and is always willing to help others. Two examples that come to mind are:
1. When a group of Civil War preservation folks decided that they wanted to raise money for preserving battlefields, they had the idea of publishing a biography of the one and only, Ed Bearss. But who would write it? They asked Jack. He consented. The book "Edwin Cole Bearss: History's Pied Piper" was the result.
2. Professor Grady McWhinney of TCU was one of the most popular, productive and influential people in the Civil War history community. He was also a supporter and friend or our Round Table. For the last several years of his life Grady was working on a book to explore how the great historians worked - how did they do their research, how did they write, how did they manage their time, etc. It was a great idea and had the purpose of showing others how to be successful in writing history. Unfortunately, Grady passed away before completing it. When the idea was raised to use Grady's research and complete the book, Jack Waugh was asked to do the work with Judy Hallock and Drake Bush. The book "How Historians Work" was the result.
Jack has been and continues to be a major contributor to our organization and to the study of the Civil War. He is a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and we are pleased to be able to honor him.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Woodworth, Professor of History at Texas Christian University, is the recipient of the 2010 Fort Worth Civil War Round Table Distinguished Service Award. His scholarship, support of others in the field, development of new historians and prolific and outstanding writings make him a most deserving honoree.
Steven Woodworth received his BA degree from Southern Illinois University in 1982 and his Doctorate from Rice University in 1987. He has taught at several colleges and has been at TCU since 1997. He is the author, co-author or editor of 30 books on the Civil War, including Jefferson Davis and His Generals, Davis and Lee at War, Six Armies in Tennessee, A Scythe of Fire, Beneath the Northern Sky, Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865, While God is Marching On, Sherman and Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War. He is a two-time winner of the Fletcher Pratt Award of the New York City Round Table.
Dr. Gary Joiner of LSU-Shreveport has been chosen to be the 2009 recipient of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table Distinguished Service Award.
Gary is a past recipient of the Pate Award for the best book on the Trans-Mississippi for 2005. He is a prolific writer with many other books and articles to his credit including - Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy - the Runner-Up in our Pate Award competition for 2008. In addition, he is strong advocate for Civil War Battlefield preservation and has played an important role in the preservation of the battlefield at Mansfield.
Gary is also a cartographer. He once told me he "has given up sleep for maps." He has used his training and talents to map the important battles in the Trans-Mississippi. But he has also volunteered his time and expertise to the mapping of endangered Civil War battlefield sites - both on a regional and a national level. His efforts also resulted in the impressive GPS guide system used in Vicksburg National Military Park.
Finally, he has dedicated his time, efforts and talents to the development of other scholars interested in the research of the Trans-Mississippi. The 2007 Pate Award winner - Steven Mayeux - gives a lot of credit to the encouragement and support of Gary. Many others have also benefited from his efforts.
We are very pleased with our selection for the first Pate Distinguished Service Award and congratulate Gary Joiner for receiving this honor!
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