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 , where he founded the McCormick Civil War Institute. He remains its Director Emeritus. Winchester, Virginia
The longtime educator will discuss his latest book, The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie, published by The History Press in
. 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 Charleston, South Carolina , 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 Virginia Aberdeen, Columbus, Okolona, Pontotoc, Starkville, and West Point.” Dr. Beck, who currently teaches at Mississippi University for Women and , includes information in all of his books for self-guided tours. East Mississippi Community College
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.