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BATON ROUGE – The Civil War Book Review, a quarterly journal published by the LSU Libraries' Special Collections Division, has released its fall 2015 issue, available at .

Non-fiction Civil War book reviews, commentary, publishing news, author interviews, and profiles

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The Fort Worth Civil War Round Table is pleased to announce that Mary Jane Warde is the winner of the 2014 A. M. Pate, Jr. Award in Civil War History for her book "When the Wolf Came: The Civil War in the Indian Territory." The Pate Award is given each year to the book chosen by an independent Committee of FWCRT members that represents the best new work on the Trans-Mississippi sector of the Civil War.

"When the Wolf Came" explores how the war in the Indian Territory involved almost every resident, killed many civilians as well as soldiers, left the country stripped and devastated, and cost Indian nations millions of acres of land. Using a solid foundation of both published and unpublished sources, including the records of Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek nations, Mary Jane Warde details how the coming of the Civil War set off a wave of migration into Kansas, the Red River Valley and Texas. She also describes how Indian troops in Union regiments or as Confederate allies were involved in an almost continuous series of skirmishes and battles that often crossed tribal lines or were intensified by a long history between tribes. She also shows how postwar actions of the Federal government caused massive relocations and loss of tribal lands.

Andrew Wegenhofer of Civil War Books and Authors reviewed the book with the conclusion:
"With its unprecedentedly full ranging and capable integration of the economic, military, political, and social aspects of the Indian Territory inhabitants's collective Civil War experiences, When the Wolf Came can be comfortably regarded as the best subject overview to date."

Professor Daniel Herman had these comments in Civil War Book Review:
"Warde’s book will stand for decades as the most comprehensive and thoughtful study of the Civil War’s impact on Indian Territory. To her credit, she doesn’t stick solely to the narrative of the war, but shows how the war helped give rise to massive relocations (ethnic cleansings) over the next several decades. . . . All in all, however, this is very fine scholarship indeed, carefully crafted, abundantly researched, and told with an eye to both detail and clarity. Having read this book, I will never think of the Civil War in quite the same way."

Please join me in honoring Mary Jane Warde, our Pate Award Winner for 2014, at our meeting on January 13th. She will also give a presentation on the topic of her book.