27 February 2010
Just a word of thanks to all those who made contact and inquiry regarding my absence over the last couple of weeks. Thanks for your interest and concern as well as your words of encouragement to "blog on." More later as to why I took a break and the future direction of OVB. In the meantime, I wanted to announce the fact that Steve French, a history teacher in West Virginia and who also serves with me on a SCV scholarship committee, recently won the 2009 Gettysburg Book Award. The award was presented by legendary historian Ed Bearss.
The text of the press release is below:
GETTYSBURG BOOK AWARD
The 2009 Gettysburg Book Award will be awarded to author Steve French for his book, “Imboden’s Command in the Gettysburg Campaign.” This is an annual award presented by the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable for a new published history contributing to a better understanding of some facet of the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, or the battlefield at Gettysburg.
French is a history teacher from West Virginia. In this text he examines the role of Brigadier General John D. Imboden, commander of one of Robert E. Lee’s cavalry brigades. Imboden was tasked to use his Virginia troopers in the Shenandoah Valley to destroy railroad tracks and bridges and harass Federal troops.
The Northwestern Virginia Brigade, as Imboden’s command was known, was not directly involved in the battle at Gettysburg. But they had a key role of protecting the rear of the army. Imboden reached Chambersburg on July 1, 1863, where they relieved Pickett’s Division. When Lee retreated, they assumed the crucial mission of guarding the trains and the wounded, doing so under trying circumstances.
The Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable has for 50 years been one of America’s premier study groups focused on the grievous conflict that split our nation. They meet monthly during the school year at the G.A.R. Hall at 53 East Middle Street, Gettysburg. Programs are presented at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month and are free to the public.
Licensed Battlefield Guide John Winkleman is president of the Gettysburg CWRT. Dr. David Collins serves as chair of the Book Review Committee.
Honorable mention is being accorded to Sue Boardman and Kathryn Porch for their book: “The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide.” It explains the huge 1884 oil painting by Paul Philippoteaux, how it was displayed through the years, with a guide to the terrain depicted thereon.
The award will be presented at the monthly meeting of the Roundtable. For further information, you may check their website at www.cwrtgettysburg.org