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St. Bonaventure University journalism professor Dr. Chris Mackowski was recognized this week by the Army Historical Foundation for contributions he has made to the field of military history through his writing and editing.
The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) recognized Mackowski, along with co-editor Kristopher White and publisher Savas Beatie, LLC, with the Lieutenant General Richard G. Trefry Award. Given as part of the Army Historical Foundation’s annual Distinguished Writing Awards, the Trefry Award “is intended to honor books — or series of books in this case — that deserve special recognition for their contribution to the field.”
The AHF specifically cited Mackowski and White’s work on the Emerging Civil War book series, published by Savas Beatie, and the series’ “contribution to the literature on the U.S. Army.” The AHF called the Emerging Civil War Series “an invaluable collection of Civil War battlefield guides.”
“The Emerging Civil War Series is a huge team effort,” said Mackowski, who serves as the series editor. He is also editor-in-chief of emergingcivilwar.com.
Fifteen authors have contributed books to Emerging Civil War Series, 49 writers have contributed appendices and forewords, and dozens of photographers have contributed pictures. Cartographer Hal Jespersen has created 142 original maps.
“The ECWS is what it is because so many people have joined in to help readers connect with Civil War history,” Mackowski said. “It’s America’s great story, and it’s a privilege to share it.”
The first ECWS title, “Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg,” came out in December of 2012 in time for the battle’s 150th anniversary. “The 21st book in the series just came out last week, and our 22nd book is due this week,” White said. “We have about a dozen others in various stages of development. We’re glad they’ve been so popular with readers. I think they resonate so strongly because we really try to keep the history accessible.”
Savas Beatie’s managing director, Theodore P. Savas, said the series has made a significant impact in the Civil War publishing world.
“I knew this Emerging Civil War series could really grow into something special,” he said. “Having Mackowski and White honored this way by an organization as prestigious as the Army Historical Foundation is confirmation of their vision and hard work. I could not be happier.”
The non-profit Army Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier. Its goal is to promote greater public appreciation for the contributions that America’s Army — active, Reserve, and National Guard — has made to the nation in 241 years of service.
In addition to fundraising for the National Museum of the United States Army, the foundation’s projects and activities include refurbishment of historical Army buildings; acquisition and conservation of historical art, artifacts, and documents; support of Army history education programs; historical research; publication of historical materials on the American soldier; and providing counsel and support to private and governmental organizations committed to the same goals as the foundation.
The AHF Distinguished Writing Awards program was established in 1997 to recognize authors who make a significant contribution to the literature on U.S. Army history. The Trefry Award is named after Lt. General Richard G. Trefry, a former inspector general of the U.S. Army.
Mackowski, a professor of journalism and mass communication, joined the faculty at St. Bonaventure in the fall of 2000.
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