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Texas Tech University Press Announces Lou Halsell Rodenberger Prize

Sarah Connell

July 14, 2016

The winner, Nancy Draves, will receive a $1,000 award and publication of her manuscript.

Nancy Draves

Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) recently announced “A Promise Fulfilled: the Kitty Anderson Diary and Civil War Texas, 1861” by Nancy Draves as the winner for the 2017 Lou Halsell Rodenberger Prize in History, Culture and Literature.

Rodenberger's Prize will honor Draves with a $1,000 award and publication of her manuscript, which discusses women's roles in the history, culture and letters of Texas and the American West, particularly the Texas border regions. Draves' manuscript will be published by TTUP in 2017.

“Nancy Draves's work with the Kitty Anderson diary makes accessible the personal reflections of a smart, self-possessed young woman who crossed the Texas-Mexico border to escape the very real dangers of being a Unionist in Civil War San Antonio,” said Joanna Conrad, assistant director and editor-in-chief of the TTU Press.

In 2008, Texas historian Nancy Draves found the 1861 diary of Kitty Anderson, the daughter of prominent San Antonio resident and Union Army supporter colonel Charles Anderson in a public auction. Kitty's diary, which was acquired in 2009 by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, documents the Anderson family's experience during the early years of the Civil War.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for this esteemed award,” Draves said. “The Kitty Anderson diary is, in fact, a prized addition to Civil War history in Texas, and an added bonus is the skill and unparalleled eloquence with which Kitty pens her story and of her family. Kitty Anderson's diary is nothing other than a spellbinding masterpiece.”