2015 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award

The Atlanta Civil War Round Table has awarded its 27th annual Richard Barksdale Harwell Award to Timothy Smith for his Shiloh: Conquer or Perish, published by the University Press of KansasThe Atlanta Round Table has presented the Harwell Award annually since 1989. The 2015 Harwell Award honors the best book on a civil war topic for books published in 2014. 

Timothy B. Smith (Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2001) is a veteran of the National Park Service and currently teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In addition to numerous articles and essays, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of fourteen books, including Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg  (2004); The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation (2008); Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front (2010); and Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation (2012), which won the Fletcher Pratt Award from the Civil War Round Table of New York and the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society.  Shiloh: Conquer or Perish is his most recent book. He is currently writing a history of the Forts Henry and Donelson campaign.

The Harwell Award honors the late Richard Barksdale Harwell, a nationally recognized historian, librarian, bibliographer and first president of the Atlanta Round Table.  The award consists of a monetary prize plus an an engraved plaque recognizing the event.  Recent winners include David Powell, Jeffry Wert, Brian Wills and Allen Guelzo.

Dr. Smith will speak to the Atlanta Round Table in June 2016, at which time he will be presented with the award.

Point of contact for additional information on the Richard B. Harwell Book Award is Gary Barnes, tapdance3@aol.com