|With Historian General Liz Hedges|
I was delighted to see Amber Friday Brown, whom I first met
as a freshman student in a US History class at Panola. I quickly learned that
Amber was an enthusiastic Civil War re-enactor, and when I had her bring her
antebellum clothing to class, I also learned that she was a talented presenter.
During her two years at Panola I helped arrange appearances for her with Sons
of Confederate Veteran groups. She spent her summers working at a Civil War
coastal fort in North Carolina. Amber earned bachelors and masters degrees in
Arkansas, where she and her husband - also a re-enactor - live and work. A
transplanted Texan, Amber enlisted the assistance of the Texas State Historian
in establishing an Arkansas chapter of the DRT with other native Texan ladies.
Amber also leads the United Daughters of the Confederacy organization in
Arkansas. It was a great pleasure to visit and catch up with this good friend
and accomplished historian.
|With longtime Panola College colleague Carl Hedges|
|With Amber Friday-Brown|
|View from the head table|
Two days before driving to Dallas for the DRT Convention, I received from the University of North Texas Press the new cover for the reprint of my 2006 book, War in East Texas, Regulators vs. Moderators. This history of the murderous Regulator-Moderator War was the first title in the Bob and Doris Bowman East Texas History Series. The book proved quite popular - I signed 200 copies in two hours in Shelbyville, the village which was the center of conflict. But when the first hardcopy printing sold out, circumstances prevented a second edition. The book was co-sponsored by the Bowmans and the East Texas Historical Association. Sadly, both Bob and Doris passed away during recent years, but ETHA Executive Director Scott Sosebee has been instrumental in arranging a softcover reprint through the UNT Press.
The Director of UNT Press, Ron Chrisman, has focused on feud books and outlaw/lawman titles. Indeed, he published my book on The Johnson-Sims Feud of 1916-1918, the last old-fashioned blood feud in Texas. The Lone Star State was the site of more blood feuds than any other state or territory, and the first of these conflicts was the Regulator-Moderator War of the 1840s. Ron felt strongly that War in East Texas was a suitable entry for UNT Press, and his tireless efforts with the original publishers have placed the book back in print this summer for the first time in more than a decade. I am grateful to Ron and Scott, and I look forward to presenting programs again on the Regulator-Moderator War.