The Military Order of the Star and Bars recently announced the winners of their annual literary awards. Of the three awards presented, two went to books published by The University Press of Kentucky. My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans, by Rusty Williams, was named the winner of the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award for “the best published book of high merit in the field of Southern history beginning with the colonial period to the present time.” In addition, One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, edited by Kent Masterson Brown, was named the winner of the General Basil W. Duke Literary Award, which is given “to encourage the re-issuance of out-of-print books that accurately present history of the War for Southern Independence.”
The Basil W. Duke Award will be presented to The University Press of Kentucky at a ceremony in Lexington later this summer (details pending). This announcement marks the third time The University Press of Kentucky has won the General Basil W. Duke Literary Award. The Press’s other titles to win the award are Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade: The Journal of a Confederate Soldier, edited by Kent Masterson Brown, in 2002 and Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary, edited by Nancy Disher Baird, in 2009. The Douglas Southall Freeman Award will be presented to Rusty Williams at the Military Order of the Stars and Bar’s Sesquicentennial Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, July 14-16, 2011.