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.

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  1. Kevin,

    I am excited about this. As you know I have read the sections already published as articles and read the thesis version. This will be an important book on the Crater beyond the fighting on July 30, 1864, the Meade/Burnside drama, and the hard labors of the 48th PA Infantry.


    • Thanks, Emmanuel. I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating that you’ve been incredibly helpful to me over the past few years. I greatly appreciate it.

  2. Congrats! What a great feeling. Did you submit a full MSS, or do you have some writing to do? Seems like the latter, but I thought I’d ask. – TL

    • Fortunately, I have just a few minor adjustments to make in response to the second round of readers.

      Thanks, Tim.

  3. Fantastic! There are times when I wish I taught some US history: I’ll have to work pretty hard to come up with a reason to assign it. Maybe if I get to teach historiography….

  4. What a major step forward! Ed Steers published “Blood on the Moon” with the University of Kentucky Press and told me he had nothing but praise for the way they handled his book and the way they worked with him. You’re in good hands with them.


  5. I don’t comment often, but this merits a digital high-five.

  6. Congrats, Kevin! That’s wonderful news. I look forward to reading it.

  7. Congratulations! That’s quite an honor to have the publisher of your first book be such a prestigious university press.

  8. Thanks again, everyone. I just hope the final product meets everyone’s expectations. 🙂

  9. Congratulations! They are a good press, and I look forward to reading it…

  10. Kudos!
    I look forward to digging into my pocket and doing my small part to help you continue your work.

  11. Kevin – my heartiest congratulations! I’m looking forward to it! Paul

  12. Serious congratulations are in order, Kevin. You need to get the UPK folks in gear, though — I can’t find it available for pre-order on Amazon yet!

  13. A belated congratulations, Kevin! I look forward to ordering a copy.

    • Thanks Craig. Nice to hear from you and congrats on your own recent publication.

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