Sunday, April 16, 2017

Founders Award

Recently, I learned that my book has been awarded the Founders Award! The news was a great surprise to me, and the following is the press release announcing it as well as the winner of the Jefferson Davis Award. 

The American Civil War Museum enjoys a legacy of 125 years through its predecessors, The Museum of the Confederacy and The American Civil War Center. During that time, the institutions have given and received numerous awards.
Book Awards
The American Civil War Museum is pleased to announce the results of its 2016 (47th annual) literary awards.
The recipient of the 2015-2016 Founders Award is Dr. M. Jane Johansson, professor of history at Rogers State University, for Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier, published by Louisiana State University Press. The judges praised the book both for its coverage of a “relatively unexplored theater of the war” and for Dr. Johansson’s incorporation and annotation of diverse primary sources in one volume.
The judges also named as a finalist for the Founders Award James Robert Hester’s A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina: William Francis Allen’s Civil War Journals, published by the University of South Carolina Press.
The Founders Award recognizes excellence in the editing of primary source documents related to the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederacy and the Civil War. The 2015-2016 jurors are Dr. David J. Coles of Longwood University (chair), Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Dr. Peter C. Luebke, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command.
The recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Davis Award is Dr. Chandra M. Manning, associate professor of history at Georgetown University (currently serving as Special Advisor to the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University 2015-2017), for Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, published by Alfred A. Knopf. “This work is beautifully written and highlights an area of the war that has needed a floodlight turned upon it for some time: the social history of the refugee, the escaped slave crisis, and the Union Army’s response to it in the Confederacy and around the South,” observed one of the award judges. “In a growing field of Civil War ‘refugee studies,’ Manning’s work should stand out as a seminal study.”
The judges also named as finalist for the award Micki McElya’s The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, published by Harvard University Press.
The Jefferson Davis Award recognizes outstanding narrative works on the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederacy and the American Civil War. The 2016 jurors are Dr. Barton A. Myers of Washington and Lee University (chair), Dr. Barbara A. Gannon of the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Jonathan W. White of Christopher Newport University.
The Museum awards the annual Jefferson Davis Book Award for distinguished book-length narrative history or monograph and the biennial Founders Award for excellence in the editing of primary source materials. The awards consist of a framed certificate bearing a red wax seal made from the original Great Seal of the Confederacy. Thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors, the Davis Award also carries a modest cash prize. The winners are chosen by independent panels of leading scholars, many of whom are past recipients of the awards. The Great Seal and the peer review have made the Jefferson Davis and Founders Awards among the most prestigious and desirable awards for Civil War scholars.
Founders Award Winners

2016: M. Jane Johansson, Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier
2014: Graham T. Dozier, A Gunner in Lee’s Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter
2012: Donald C. Pfanz, The Letters of General Richard S. Ewell: Stonewall’s Successor 
2010: George Burkhardt, Double Duty in the Civil War: The Letters of Sailor and Soldier Edward W. Bacon
2008: Charles W. Mitchell, Maryland Voices of the Civil War
2006: Kimberly Harrison, A Maryland Bride in the Deep South: The Civil War Diary of Priscilla Bond
2004:  Lynda L. Crist, et. al., The Papers of Jefferson Davis, vol. 11 
2002: Michael B. Chesson and Leslie J. Roberts, Exile in Richmond
2000: Charles F. Bryan, Jr. and Nelson D. Lankford, Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey
1998: Ward W. Briggs, Jr., Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War
1996: Lynda L. Crist, et. al., The Papers of Jefferson Davis, vol. 8
1994: Ira Berlin, et. al., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, series I, vol. II 
1992: Russell Duncan, Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
1990: Gary W. Gallagher, Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander
1988: Carol Bleser, Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond
and John Rozier, The Granite Farm Letters: The Civil War Correspondence of Edgeworth and Sallie Bird 
1986: Richard Harwell and Philip N. Racine, The Fiery Trail: A Union Officer’s Account of Sherman’s Last Campaigns
1985: Ira Berlin, et. al., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, series I, vol. I
1984: Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roark,  No Chariot Let Down 
1983: LeRoy P. Graf and Ralph W. Haskins, The Papers of Andrew Johnson, vol. VI
1982: John Y. Simon, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, vols. IX and X 
1981: Charles C. McLaughlin and Charles E. Beveridge, The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, vol. II 
1980: James I. Robertson, Jr., An Index-Guide to the Southern Historical Society Papers
1979: David C. Roller and Robert W. Twyman, The Encyclopedia of Southern History
1978: William A. Frassanito, Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America’s Bloodiest Day
1977: John W. Blassingame, Slave Testimony
1975: Ezra J. Warner and W. Buck Yearns, Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress 
1974: John Hammond Moore, The Juhl Letters to the Charleston Courier
1972: Robert Ranson Myers, Children of Pride
1971: Haskell M. Monroe, The Papers of Jefferson Davis, vol. I.
1970: Warren Ripley, Artillery and Ammunition of the Civil War              

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Signing!

Come on by and meet me this Saturday, March 18th at The Book Exchange at 3 North Adair in Pryor, Oklahoma. I'll be signing copies of my latest book, Albert C. Ellithorpe, The First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier You'll be offered some free tasty snacks, will get to meet Chris Hardy, the owner of the bookstore, and have the opportunity to meet some other fine folks.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

TV Appearance

Recently, I appeared on television for the first time, and, although I will never be a television star, I thought it went pretty well. Since my new book, Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Frontier was published, I've gotten several requests to give presentations. Among them was Sam Jones who interviewed me on his show, Perspectives, which is produced by RSU-TV. Check out the segment that I appeared on at

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Now that I'm settling in to my "new" life, I've started to catch up on new publications and am casting around for a new research project. Today, I discovered that the University of Oklahoma Press has just published The Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-1867 by Andrew E. Masich; immediately, I navigated to Amazon and purchased a copy. Several years ago, Masich's excellent narrative and compilation of primary accounts, The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861-1865, was published. I'm looking forward to receiving his latest book!

In April, the University of North Carolina Press will be publishing Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861-1865 by Thomas W. Cutrer who is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Its length is advertised as 600 pages, and, judging by the publisher and the author, it will be a high quality book.

About three years ago, I noticed an uptick in scholarship about the trans-Mississippi, and the pace of publication appears to be accelerating.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Happy 2017! Last year was an extraordinarily eventful (and happy) year for me, and I'm starting to settle down into a new routine. My employer, Rogers State University, has been most accommodating and has graciously allowed me to develop a teaching schedule that allows me to spend several days each week in Alva, Oklahoma, where my husband, Dr. Richmond B. Adams, teaches at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

On one of my first visits to Alva, I noticed the beautiful windows in the United Methodist Church and was startled to see G. A. R. (Grand Army of the Republic) in the center of the large, round window.

There are a number of Union veterans buried in the city cemetery and obviously many were attracted to the area thanks to the opening of the Cherokee Outlet in 1893. The four windows underneath the large, round window are just as fascinating.

Abraham Lincoln:

A pair of American flags:

And, the symbol of the Woman's Relief Corps which obviously sponsored the four smaller windows: