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State House Press and the McWhiney Foundation Press are part of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium, which handles retail distribution for a number of small but distinguished publishers. Our entire list of offerings, with pictures, summaries, prices, and easy online ordering, is available in our section of the consortium web pages.

State House Press is proud of its reputation for high standards of scholarship and readability. As Kent Biffle of the Dallas Morning News once said, “I never met a State House Press book I didn’t like.”

We release not only Texana by contemporary authors but reprints of classic accounts of Texas life and history otherwise inaccessible to the general public. Our booklist also incorporates the publications of the McWhiney Foundation Press, specializing in the history of the Old South and the Civil War. We strive with our titles to make history accessible to as many readers as possible. To accomplish this task, we have recruited some of America’s leading historians and many bright new scholars. We believe firmly in narrative history, in telling a good story, and in telling it well – without losing sight of the people who made history and the events that changed a nation.

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from the Austin
Civil War Round Table, Inc.

For Immediate Release Contact: David White
Phone Number: (512) 497-4832

Frazier Wins 21st Annual Austin Civil War Round Table’s Laney Book Prize with a Second Win

(Austin, Texas) – Donald Frazier, professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas has won the twenty first annual Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Book Prize given by the Austin Civil War Round Table, Inc. The winning work is Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi, the third volume of a planned four volume history of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi, published by State House Press. This is Frazier’s second award of the Laney Prize; the first prize was awarded to Frazier in 2010 for the first volume of the Trans-Mississippi quadrille, Fire in the Cane Field.

Blood on the Bayou tells the story of the closing of the Mississippi River by Federal forces in the summer of 1863 but told from the perspective of the west side of the river, describing the lesser known actions that occurred during that summer. The book details how the fighting on this side of the river affected the recently emancipated slaves, created a black army of occupation and forever changed the social and economic landscape of Louisiana and the entire nation.

One critic of the book wrote, “Frazier has talent as a writer. He skillfully sets scenes and paces action well. He moves smoothly from the big picture to the personal anecdote. The handling of personalities and perspectives feels balanced. The research seems both broad and deep. The editing and publishing is also well done. The maps are clear and simple, yet informative. The book is full of photographs and lithographs that enhance the reading experience… Regardless of what Dr. Frazier does next, I look forward to it.” Another critic reviewing the book said, “Dr. Frazier successfully captures the importance of Louisiana to both the Federal and Confederate war effort. Through his research, the author's work plainly paints the importance of Louisiana's slave population to the cause of the war; both its political and military goals. Through detailed accounts of the battles that raged across the Teche and Vicksburg/Port Hudson Campaigns, the reader is transported to the epicenter of this conflict.”

The Laney Prize money of $2,000 will be awarded to Frazier at the June 23, 2016 meeting of the Austin Civil War Round Table, Inc.

The Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Prize is awarded yearly by the Austin Civil War Round Table, Inc. for distinguished scholarship and writing on the military or political history of the Civil War.

Established by the membership of the Round Table, the Prize honors the Laneys for their splendid efforts on behalf of the Austin Civil War Round Table, Inc. and especially, for their many efforts to protect the endangered battlefields of the Civil War.

Previous winners of the Laney Prize are: Daniel Sutherland for Seasons of War (Free Press), William C. Davis for The Cause Lost (University Press of Kansas), Gary Gallagher for The Confederate War (Harvard University Press), Jeffry D. Wert for A Brotherhood of Valor (Simon & Schuster), Joseph Harsh for Taken at the Flood (Kent State University Press), Richard McMurry for Atlanta: 1864 (University of Nebraska Press), Richard B. McCaslin for Lee in the Shadow of Washington (Louisiana State University Press), Gordon C. Rhea for Cold Harbor (Louisiana State University Press), Frank A. O’Reilly for The Fredericksburg Campaign, (Louisiana State University Press), Edward T. Cotham, Jr. for Sabine Pass (University of Texas Press), Jeffry D. Wert for The Sword of Lincoln, (Simon & Schuster), A. Wilson Greene for Civil War Petersburg (University of Virginia Press), Nelson D. Lankford for Cry Havoc! (Viking), Craig L. Symonds for Lincoln and His Admirals (Oxford University Press), Donald S. Frazier for Fire in the Cane Field (State House Press), Edwin Bearss and J. Parker Hills for Receding Tide (National Geographic), Gary Gallagher for The Union War (Harvard University Press), Dennis Frye for September Suspense (Antietam Rest), Elizabeth Varon for Appomattox (Oxford University Press) and S.C. Gwynne for Rebel Yell (Scribner).

For more information, contact the President of the Austin Civil War Round Table, Inc., David White, at the number listed in the heading.

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