Atlanta Civil War Round Table 2018
Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award
The Atlanta Civil War Round Table has awarded its 30th annual Richard Barksdale Harwell Award to Brian Steel Wills for his book
Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War, published
by the University Press of Kansas. The
Atlanta Round Table has presented the Harwell Award annually since 1989. The 2018 Harwell Award honors the best book on a civil war topic for books
published in 2017.
Dr. Wills previously won the Harwell Award in 2013 for
George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel,
also published by the University Press of Kansas in 2012. Wills
has authored numberous articles and book reviews and several other books,
including A Battle From the Start, which is perhaps the best biography of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who died in the Civil War, two-thirds,
by some estimates, were felled by disease; untold others were lost to accidents,
murder, suicide, sunstroke, and drowning. Meanwhile, thousands of
civilians in both the north and south perished--in factories, while caught up in
battles near their homes, and in other circumstances associated with wartime
production and supply. These "inglorious passages," no less than the
deaths of soldiers in combat, devastated the armies in the field and families
and communities at home. Inglorious Passages for the first time
gives these noncombat deaths due consideration.
Dr. Wills latest effort is the first study of its kind, telling the story of the
soldiers who died of disease, accidents, murder, suicide and other causes,
and of the thousands of civilians who likewise were casualties of the war.
Brian Wills earned a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.A. and Ph. D.
from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Wills is now employed by Kennesaw State University where he is director of the Center
the Study of the Civil War.
The Harwell Award honors the late Richard B. Harwell, a nationally recognized historian, librarian, bibliographer and first president of the Atlanta Round
Table. The award consists of a monetary prize plus an engraved plaque
recognizing the event. Recent winners include, Earl Hess, David Powell,
Timothy Smith, Allen Guelzo and Jeffry Wert.
Brian Wills will speak at the November 2018 meeting of the Atlanta Round Table, at
which time, he will be presented with the award.
Susannah Ural was a finalist for the 2018 award for her Hood's Texas
Point of Contact for additional information on the Richard B. Harwell Book Award
is Gary Barnes,