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