Thursday, November 10, 2016

Biography of Civil War Cavalry General Receives 2016 North Carolina Society of Historians Book Award

EL DORADO HILLS, CA: November 10, 2016 – Sheridan R. 
Barringer was recently honored by the North Carolina Society of Historians (NCSH) at their Diamond Jubilee with the 2016 Historical Book Award for his biography of relative Rufus Barringer, Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade. This is the book’s second award since its recent publication in February of this year. In May, Fighting for General Lee was chosen by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars to receive their 2016 Douglas Southall Freeman Award.

“This is a wonderful book that has been beautifully produced, contains some marvelous vintage maps, photographs, and a reader-friendly text about an interesting subject—the War Between the States,” explained the NCSH judges. “A helpful bibliography section is included, along with lists of primary and secondary sources referred to by this author, and ending with a researcher's delight...a comprehensive index! Due to the many details offered it is virtually impossible to pick and chose what important points to mention with regard to Mr. Barringer’s subject matter. It all seemed important to our panel…That being said, anybody interested in the War Between the States would be thrilled with this edition. It is educational, interesting and difficult to put down. It is definitely a book one would want in their library!”

“I was completely surprised when I received a letter from the North Carolina Society of Historians (NCSH) notifying me that the General Rufus Barringer biography had been selected as a 2016 NCSH History Book Award winner,” said author Barringer. “I love North Carolina’s rich history. The NCSH promotes scholarly research of North Carolina’s history and supports published works to enrich the historiography of the state. I have read and know some of the folks who have been honored with this award in past years. It is indeed an honor to now be included as one of them.”

“It is wonderful to see author Sheridan ‘Butch’ Barringer’s work recognized with a second prestigious award,” explained publisher Savas Beatie’s Managing Director Theodore P. Savas. “His original work on General Barringer’s life and military service fills a large gap in the cavalry literature, and will stand the test of time. We deeply appreciate the honor.”

About the Book: Rufus Barringer fought on horseback through most of the Civil War with General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and rose to lead the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade in some of the war’s most difficult combats. Fighting for General Lee: Confederate General Rufus Barringer and the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade details his entire history for the first time. Drawing upon a wide array of newspapers, diaries, letters, and previously unpublished family documents and photographs, as well as other firsthand accounts, author Sheridan Barringer paints a broad, deep, and colorful portrait of an overlooked Southern cavalry commander. Despite its subject matter, the book provides a balanced account that concludes Barringer was a dependable, hard-hitting warrior increasingly called upon to lead attacks against superior Union forces.

About the Author: Sheridan R. “Butch” Barringer lives with his wife, Pam, in Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech and worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager for nearly four decades with NASA. Butch’s interests include studying Civil War history, with an emphasis on the cavalry, and physics and cosmology. Butch has two other books under contract with Savas Beatie: a biography of General Thomas L. Rosser, and an edited memoir written by Rosser. He is currently at work on a biography of Colonel Thomas T. Munford.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Fighting for General Lee, including excerpts and an interview with the author:

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


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Steven Smith Joins Savas Beatie as Editorial Director

EL DORADO HILLS, CA: November 1, 2016 – California-based Savas Beatie, a prominent independent U.S. military history publisher, has announced that Steven Smith will be joining the firm as Editorial Director, beginning November 1, 2016. Savas Beatie is renowned for its award-winning Americana line, and especially its dominant presence in the field of American Civil War studies.

“We are very excited to welcome Steve aboard,” said Theodore P. Savas, the company’s Publisher and Managing Director. “I have known Steve personally and professionally for nearly two decades, and the opportunity to work closely with him to build our line and expand our visibility is very exciting.”

“Savas Beatie publishes a lot of exciting titles in a variety of areas, and is widely respected in the publishing world,” explained Smith. “I am excited to join this dynamic organization and hopefully help take it to the next level.”

Smith, who was the founder of New York-based Sarpedon Publishers, one of the most respected military history houses of the 1990s, has most recently been the editorial director of Philadelphia’s Casemate Publishers, where he guided nearly 200 works to fruition. He is also the author or co-author of 10 works of his own (sometimes under the pseudonym Stephen Tanner). Throughout his long career Smith has demonstrated a knack for achieving national acclaim for military-related titles from ancient history through
Americana to studies of current military operations.

Smith will work from his office in Rockville Centre, NY, which, combined with SB’s main office near Sacramento, CA, will give the house a truly transcontinental reach. Meantime, both Savas and Smith agree: never has the military history field been more important to keep vibrant—not just for readers but for the public at large.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie is a leading independent military and general history publishing company with distribution worldwide. Read more about the company and all of their books at

Contact: Sarah Keeney, Savas Beatie LLC
Phone: 916-941-6896
Fax: 916-941-6895