University Press of Kentucky To Publish My First Book

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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28 comments… add one
  • Craig Warren May 22, 2011 @ 13:55

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

    • Kevin Levin May 22, 2011 @ 14:21

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

  • Kevin Levin May 16, 2011 @ 13:40

    Thanks guys.

    I sign the contract this week, Andy. 🙂

  • Mary Ellen May 16, 2011 @ 11:42

    I’ll chime in with congratulations, too. Great news!

  • Andy Hall May 16, 2011 @ 10:19

    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!

  • ellen May 16, 2011 @ 10:13

    Congratulations to you, Kevin, and to Kentucky UP!

  • Kevin Levin May 16, 2011 @ 6:20

    Thanks again, guys. 🙂

  • Paul Taylor May 16, 2011 @ 4:06

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

  • Dan Wright May 15, 2011 @ 13:31

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

  • TF Smith May 15, 2011 @ 8:58

    Very well done.

    Sounds like a dissertation topic to me…

  • Corey Meyer May 15, 2011 @ 8:27


  • Woodrowfan May 15, 2011 @ 7:15

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

  • Kevin Levin May 15, 2011 @ 1:30

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

  • Margaret D. Blough May 14, 2011 @ 20:24

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

  • Ed May 14, 2011 @ 16:49


  • Will Stoutamire May 14, 2011 @ 14:07

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

  • James F. Epperson May 14, 2011 @ 14:02


  • Kevin Levin May 14, 2011 @ 11:01

    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind words.

  • Wallace Hettle May 14, 2011 @ 9:56

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

  • Rob Wick May 14, 2011 @ 7:12

    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.


  • Jonathan Dresner May 14, 2011 @ 5:58

    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….

  • Richard May 14, 2011 @ 5:47


  • Tim Lacy May 14, 2011 @ 4:41

    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

    • Kevin Levin May 14, 2011 @ 4:43

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

      Thanks, Tim.

  • David Silkenat May 14, 2011 @ 3:00

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  • Matt McKeon May 14, 2011 @ 2:38


  • Emmanuel Dabney May 14, 2011 @ 2:34


    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.


    • Kevin Levin May 14, 2011 @ 2:35

      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.

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