Virginia Author Receives 2006 Award from Georgia Secretary of State’s Office

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The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, sponsored by Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, has announced that one of the recipients of their 2006 “Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of an Archives” is John J. Fox. He received this honor along with two other awardees in an October 16 ceremony held in the Georgia Department of Archives & History building at Morrow, Georgia near Atlanta. Fox received this recognition for his non-fiction book, Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regiment, which follows a group of Georgia soldiers through four long years of war in Virginia.

The award is bestowed annually to selected authors who best utilize the primary historical sources from one or more of Georgia’s numerous archives. The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board (GHRAB) established the Outstanding Archives Awards Program in 2003 to recognize excellent efforts in archives and records work in Georgia. By publicly recognizing these achievements, the Board strives to inspire others to become interested in Georgia history.

Red Clay to Richmond is unique because it not only visits the horrors of the battlefield, but it also focuses on the daily life and voice of the average Southern soldier. It reveals the true American spirit in the midst of deprivation and hardship, not only along the battle lines but also for the family members left behind. These troops fought at many bloody places under the command of famous men like Stonewall Jackson, A.P. Hill and Robert E. Lee.

John J. Fox, a Richmond, Virginia native, has been a lifelong student of the Civil War. He lived for many years in the Columbus and Roswell, Georgia areas. His book also received the 2005 James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History, sponsored by the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, America’s Civil War and Civil War Times magazines. Fox now lives with his family in Winchester, Virginia.

Red Clay to Richmond is available for $37.95 in hardback or in a newly released trade paperback for $21.95 in most bookstores or by calling Angle Valley Press at 1-800-247-6553.

Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regimentby John J. Fox, III. First Edition. 6×9 hardback, 496 pages, 22 maps, 74 photos. ISBN 0-9711950-2-1. $37.95. Publication: Spring 2004. Second Printing Trade Paperback, ISBN 0-9711950-3-X, $21.95, Publication: Spring 2006.

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