TAMIU’s Thompson Gets Book Award
Posted: 11/15/12

TAMIU Professor Thompson
Receives Award for Book on Civil War

Prolific author and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Regents professor Dr. Jerry Thompson received the 2012 Summerfield G. Roberts Book Award from the Sons of Confederate Veterans for his book “Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri,” which traces the Tejano Civil War experience through period letters.

The prize includes a $1,000 check.

Released by The Texas A&M University Press in 2011, the 160-page cloth-bound book compiles 41 letters and letter fragments written by two Mexican Texans, Captains Yturri and de la Garza. Dr. Thompson said the letters reveal the intricate and intertwined relationships that characterized the lives of Texan citizens of Mexican descent in the years leading up to and including the Civil War. Dr. Jacinto Juarez, retired TAMIU history professor, assisted with translation.

Considered one of the nation’s top authorities on the Civil War, Thompson is the author of over 20 books, and past president of the Texas State Historical Association. He holds a doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University and has received numerous awards from the Texas Historical Commission, Western Writers of America, Texas State Historical Association, Historical Society of New Mexico, and Arizona Historical Society.

Thompson was the recipient of the 2010 Zaffirini Award for Leadership, Scholarship, and Service and a recipient of a 2009 The Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award, a voluntary, student-selected honors program. He was also named a recipient of The Texas A&M University System’s 2010 Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

The Texas Institute for Letters (TIL) awarded him its Best Scholarly Book Published in 2006 award for his “Civil War to the Bloody End: The Life and Times of Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman.” His biography, “Cortina: Defending the Mexican Name in Texas,” is thought to be the definitive study of Juan Nepomuceno Cortina and has also won numerous awards.

“Tejanos in Gray: Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri” is available at the TAMIU Bookstore. 

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