Thursday, December 10, 2009

Book signing @ Okolona Carnegie Library

Satruday, December 12
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Civil War Historian

Dr. Brandon H. Beck
presents his latest book

The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie

Dr. Beck is the author of nine books on various aspects of the War Between the States.  Dr. Beck retired to Columbus, Mississippi, after 38 years of teaching, including a 23-year tenure at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where he founded the McCormick Civil War Institute.  He remains its Director Emeritus.

The longtime educator will discuss his latest book, The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie, published by The History Press in Charleston, South Carolina.  The book was originally due to be released on February 22, 2010, the 146th anniversary of the clash, but has been released early.  The Battle of Okolona is the first Civil War book Beck has penned about action outside of Virginia, his former home state.  Citing the benefit of local resources, the author noted, “I couldn’t have written this book without the help of the Friends of the Battle of Okolona and the libraries in Aberdeen, Columbus, Okolona, Pontotoc, Starkville, and West Point. Dr. Beck, who currently teaches at Mississippi University for Women and East Mississippi Community College, includes information in all of his books for self-guided tours.  

For more information about the book signing, contact members of the Friends of the Battle of Okolona or the Okolona Carnegie Library at 662-447-2401.

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