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Savas Beatie Title Wins Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award

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El Dorado Hills, CA January 16, 2014 – Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. was selected as the 2013 winner of the Nathan Bedford Forrest History Book Award.

The award is given by the Forrest Cavalry Corps to authors writing on the subject of Southern history ranging from the colonial period to present time. Judges tasked with determining a winner of the award focus on three areas: writing style, depth of research conducted, and contribution to the historiography of the subject.

According to Matthew C. Edwards, Forrest Cavalry Corps Adjutant and Treasurer, Mingus’s book excelled in all three areas. “The book proves to be clear, concise, and well written. It is the type of book that once picked up; it is difficult to put down. Secondly, Mr. Mingus has made extensive use of primary and secondary sources, showing that he has mastered his subject matter,” Edwards said. “Finally, Mr. Mingus has made a substantial contribution to the history of the War Between the States. In a day and time where the lives and adventures of many Confederate Generals has been told and retold, Mr. Mingus tells the story of a Confederate General little known to many Civil War enthusiasts, thus breathing a breath of fresh air into a subject not yet explored,” Edwards concluded.

“We are so pleased with this award, and that it went to Scott,” said Managing Director Theodore P. Savas. “Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith is an example of outstanding research and terrific prose, and it is especially nice to see it go to one of the hardest working authors in the business today. We are so proud he writes for Savas Beatie.”

“I am pleased and deeply honored to receive this award for my biography of Extra Billy Smith. He was a colorful character whose career has too long been overlooked,” Mingus said. “Bringing him back to the limelight for modern readers has been a pleasure, and I greatly appreciate the recognition with this award.”

William “Extra Billy” Smith was a shrewd postal contractor, skilled attorney, five-term U.S. congressman, Confederate congressman, and governor of Virginia during two wars, as well as a Confederate colonel and the oldest general in either army at Gettysburg. Mingus’s biography draws upon a wide array of newspapers, diaries, letters, and other firsthand accounts to paint a broad, deep, and colorful portrait of one of the South’s most interesting leaders and devoted sons.

About Scott L. Mingus, Sr.: Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a scientist and executive in the paper and printing industry. He maintains a popular blog on the Civil War history of his home in York County, PA, for the York Daily Record (, and is a sanctioned Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust. Scott is the author of five scenario books on wargaming and together with his wife Debi, published CHARGE!, the leading international magazine for Civil War miniature wargaming. Scott is a member of the hobby’s prestigious Legion of Honor.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith, including excerpts and an interview with the author, at

Contact: Michele Sams, Savas Beatie LLC
Phone: 916-941-6896, Fax: 916-941-6895