Congratulations to my friend, Barton Myers, who just found out that his new book, Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865, has won LSU’s Jules and Frances Landry Award. Barton recently graduated from the University of Georgia and is now a Postdoctoral Associate/Visiting Professor at Cornell University. The book is not slated for release until October, but there has been a buzz about it for some time. Over the past few years I’ve listened to Barton present various chapters at conferences so it will be interesting to see how it has all come together. Keep in mind that this book is his M.A. thesis. Barton is truly one of the rising stars in the profession. Last year he was awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which came with a generous check of $20,000. Keep an eye out for his dissertation, Rebels Against a Rebellion: Southern Unionists in Secession, War and Remembrance, which I have no doubt will be published in the near future.
I’ve said before that I do not see any significant change in the high quality of Civil War studies. Young historians such as Barton guarantee that we will have much to learn and mull over in the coming years.