After six long years, I am pleased to announce that the University Press of Kentucky will publish my first book, Remembering War as Murder: The Battle of the Crater. Yesterday I received an email indicating that the manuscript received the unanimous approval and enthusiastic support of the press’s editorial board. The book will appear in their series, New Directions in Southern History, which is edited by Peter Carmichael, Michelle Gillespie, and William Link. If everything goes as planned the book should be available by Spring 2012.
I am looking forward to working with Kentucky during what will no doubt be a hectic next few months, but I am already confident that they are going to do a first-rate job. Back in 2007 I published a chapter in a book of essays on Civil War soldiers edited by Aaron Sheehan-Dean and I have another piece that is slated to appear in the final volume of their Virginia at War series, edited by James I. Robertson and William C. Davis.
I have many people to thank and I will do so in the acknowledgments section of the book, but for now I want to say a few words about one person in particular. Peter Carmichael solicited what was only a masters thesis back in 2006. From the beginning Peter exerted just enough pressure to keep the project on track and with the full understanding that my teaching would always remain my top priority and while the peer review process was at times stressful, he ensured that it went to the right people. The manuscript is much better as a result. The field of Civil War history is filled with some incredibly talented and supportive folks and Peter is one of the best. Thanks, Pete.