Book awards: Albert Castel Book Award

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Ninety-Eight Days: A Geographer's View of the Vicksburg Campaign by Warren E. Grabau2002
One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864 by Gary Dillard Joiner2004
"The Supply for Tomorrow Must Not Fail": The Civil War of Captain Simon Perkins, Jr., a Union Quartermaster by Lenette S. Taylor2006
Earthen Walls, Iron Men: Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, and the Defense of Red River by Steven M. Mayeux2008
Mutiny at Fort Jackson: The Untold Story of the Fall of New Orleans by Michael D. Pierson2010
The Day Dixie Died: The Battle of Atlanta by Gary Ecelbarger2012
John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General by Stephen Hood2014
To Retain Command of the Mississippi: The Civil War Naval Campaign for Memphis by Edward B. Mccaul2016

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  1. Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign: Vol. 2 by Terrence Winschel (2006)
  2. The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Volume 1, South Mountain by Ezra Carman (2010)
  3. The Battle of Resaca : Atlanta Campaign, 1864 by Philip L. Secrist (1998)
  4. Dark and Bloody Ground: The Battle of Mansfield and the Forgotten Civil War in Louisiana by Thomas Ayres (2001)
  5. The Business of Civil War: Military Mobilization and the State, 1861-1865 by Mark R. Wilson (2006)
  6. Destruction and reconstruction : personal experiences of the late war by Richard Taylor (1879)
  7. Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign by Eric J. Wittenberg (2006)
  8. Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign by Earl J. Hess (2013)
  9. A Crisis In Confederate Command: Edmund Kirby Smith, Richard Taylor, And The Army Of The Trans-Mississippi by Jeffery S. Prushankin (2005)
  10. Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 by Albert E. Castel (1992)
  11. Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg by Timothy B. Smith (2004)
  12. Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River by William L. Shea (2003)
  13. Failure in the Saddle: Nathan Bedford Forrest, Joe Wheeler, and the Confederate Cavalry in the Chickamauga Campaign by David A. Powell (2010)
  14. Confederate Generals in the Western Theater, Vol. 1: Classic Essays on America's Civil War (Western Theater in the Civil War) by Lawrence L. Hewitt (2010)
  15. Lincoln's Labels: America's Best Known Brands and the Civil War by James M. Schmidt (2008)

Award description

In 2000, Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table newsletter editor Dave Bowers suggested that our Round Table do something to promote study and awareness of the Civil War in the Western Theater by presenting an annual award for the best book published on this subject. After discussing possible names for this award, it became obvious to all that the best idea would be to name it the Albert Castel Book Award in honor of Albert Castel, Professor Emeritus from Western Michigan University here in Kalamazoo. Even in "retirement" Professor Castel continues to be one of the most distinguished and prolific authors on the Civil War in the West. Dr. Castel is most famous for his book Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864, which won the second place in the prestigious 1993 Lincoln Prize competition.

After meeting with Professor Castel, he agreed to allow us to use his name in our award with the modest provision that he be considered ineligible to receive the award himself.

The Albert Castel Award consists of an honorarium of $500 and a commemorative plaque and clock. It is awarded in even-numbered years (2002, 2004, etc.) for the best book on the Civil War in the West. It is presented at a ceremony during a meeting of the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table. Site



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