From left, Nat Harwell, Dr. Wills, and Davis Harwell
Brian Steel Wills receives the Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award from the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta
Dr. Brian Wills, director of the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University, received the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta's annual award for the best Civil War book of the preceding year. This year's award honors Wills's book George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel. Wills's other Civil War books include A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest and, most recently published, Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory.
The award, established in 1989, is named for the late Richard Barksdale Harwell, the group's founder. Past honorees include William C. Davis, Gary Gallagher, Earl Hess, James McPherson, James Robertson and Jeffery Wert.
Mr. Harwell's relatives pictured above participated in the 25th-anniversary presentation on Nov 12.