Jefferson Davis Book Award from the American Civil War Museum

The American Civil War Museum has named Beyond Freedom’s Reach its 2015 Jefferson Davis Book Award winner! The award honors “historical research and writing on the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederate States of America and the American Civil War.” Thanks to the distinguished panel of judges and the American Civil War Museum.

It might seem incongruous that a book about a black woman’s quest to rescue her children from bondage during the Civil War should receive a prize named for the President of the Confederacy, but I accept it as a sign that times have changed for the better in Civil War studies.

For more information, see the announcement from the Society of Civil War Historians.