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Libri Novus   July 2013


Featured Books

John Bell Hood

by Stephen Hood 

Price: $32.95

Hardcover, 384 pages



The Last Battle of Winchester 


by Scott Patchan

Price: $34.95

Hardcover, 576 pages


General Grant and the Rewriting of History



by Frank P. Varney

Price: $32.95

Hardcover, 336 pages 


Order your copy of John Bell Hood, The Last Battle of Winchester, OR General Grant by July 31, 2013 and use code FREEMEDIA2013 to receive FREE media mail shipping with your order. Offer cannot be combined with other coupons. One coupon code per customer.  (Orders processed through PayPal will receive refund after order has been processed.)

Mathew Lively is doing a great job marketing Calamity at Chancellorsville in unique ways:
Disability Connection's 2013 Annual Conference at MCC, featuring Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch:
Confederate General William "Extra Billy" Smith by
Scott Mingus
Other Titles of Interest

Simply Murder   
Price: $12.95
Paperback, 168 pages 

 A Season of Slaughter  
Price: $12.95
Paperback, 192 pages

Order any of our Other Titles of Interest by July 31, 2013 and use code FREEMEDIA2013 to receive FREE media mail shipping (a $4.50 value). Offer cannot be combined with other coupons. (Orders processed through PayPal will receive refund after order has been processed.)
Savas Beatie LLC  l  916.941.6896  l  PO Box 4527 l El Dorado Hills l CA l 95762  
In Our July 2013 Issue
Farewell old friend...
Diving a Civil War Wreck
Gettysburg Author Conclave
Gettysburg Author Book Signing
The Emerging Civil War Series Continues...
Now Under Contract
In Our Next Issue

Dear friends and supporters of Savas Beatie,

It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you that my publishing partner and good friend Russel H. "Cap" Beatie passed away recently. Cap didn't want a long eulogy or extravagant send-off. That was not his way. So these few words will have to do.

Most of you know Cap (a Princeton grad and Veteran of the U.S. Army) through his magnificent multi-volume Army of the Potomac endeavor, a research and writing tour de force that will forever remain unfinished. (His fourth installment manuscript, which picks up where volume three left off and travels through the fighting at Seven Pines, is available; we are working with it to determine how or whether we can publish it for you.)


Cap was both an outstanding attorney and a true historian. The man lived and breathed our past. I know he was most happy not arguing in court but rooting in an archive somewhere to help write history "from the bottom up," as he used to tell me. "I am going to let the sources take me where the sources take me, Savisky." That was his nickname for me; he had nicknames for everyone. "To hell with all these biased opinions today masquerading as history. What did the men who were there living it think about it all?" Cap never quite made it to his Sir Charles Oman moment, but his inability to pass that unique finish line was not for lack of effort.

I owe Cap so much I can never repay. It was his call one afternoon in 2003 that pulled me back into the world of independent publishing. I had accepted his first two volumes of the AOP series for publication with Savas Publishing Company back in 2000, and we remained in touch when that company was sold to another east coast house. "Saviksy, you need to get back into Civil War publishing! Let's talk about that," he barked through the phone. And so we did. He would not take no for an answer. And I had yet to meet him in person. He visited me in California, and you know the result.

He was proud to have our names on the spines and title pages of books of what we both believed offered lasting value. "Are we making a difference?" he used to ask me during our twice-weekly calls. When I assured him we were, he would invariably add, "I know we are. What we are doing is important. Maintain your post!" I learned to love his gruff, blunt exterior. It rubbed some people wrong, but I learned soon enough that beneath that New Yorker's crust was a kind and generous heart. He did not suffer fools gladly, but then neither do I. Maybe that is why we got along so well.

Included below is a photo of Cap in Scotland during a hunting trip. He loved it there and tried mightily to get me to go with him. I regret that I did not. 


Cap is survived by his wife Julie and two children, Ben and Amy.


Rest assured, old friend, I am still at my post, and a proud "SB" is still embossed on the spines for eternity.

Your old buddy,



Cap Beatie hunting in Scotland
Cap Beatie Hunting in Scotland



This past month at Savas Beatie has been both busy and exciting as we gear up for the Gettysburg Sesquicentennial.  We are pleased to announce the following three long-awaited titles now available:

The office just wasn't the same in June without Managing Director Theodore Savas.(See below for his wild adventures, with photos.)


JOIN US! Savas Beatie is celebrating the Sesquicentennial with the First Gettysburg Author Conclave.


Read about the details of our Authors' Gettysburg Schedule.


Celebrate Gettysburg's Sesquincentennial with a chance to win a free book! Click here or scroll down for details.  


Rapidly growing Emerging Civil War Series by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White. 


Be sure to check our website for the most up-to-date release dates and updates on your favorite titles and for events with your favorite author.


Theodore P. Savas 

Helene Dodier

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Diving a Civil War Wreck


I finally did something I had wanted to do for decades: dive a Civil War wreck. My son Demetri and I spent a few days in Bermuda in early June. We dove many wrecks, including the Confederate blockade runners "Mary Celeste" and "Montana," also known more accurately as "Nola." We also dove the US brig "Constellation," the same ship Peter Benchly wrote about for his book and movie "The Deep." (The latter and "Nola" sank nearly on top of one another.)
The "Montana" operated under different names (like Nola, for example), and was very successful. She made frequent trips between England, Bermuda, and North Carolina. The sleek 236-foot vessel was built in Glasgow, a paddlewheel steamer that could run at a sped of 15 knots. The shallow treacherous rocky reefs of Bermuda accomplished what no Union gunboat could and she wrecked in December 1863.

I have included two photos, one on the dive boat getting ready, and another of both of us underwater on the "Nola" site. I hope you enjoy them.  Ted

A good view of the dive set up. The blue soap tank is for washing gear, masks, etc. Captain Chris is in the foreground with his back to us, and Ina-Bianca is on the dock about to climb aboard.
Ted and D.T. diving the
Here is a good picture of D.T. and I diving the "Montana/Nola"

 For me, time underwater is just about better than any time spent above it. I am only sorry now I let so many years pass before taking up this sport again. 

Gettysburg Author Conclave  ~ No Cost
Join us as Savas Beatie authors lead tours, answer your questions, and discuss their books. The tours and events are offered to the general public at no cost.  


For each tour you can attend, join us at the meeting place and time listed, and off we go! 
Please register to help us gauge attendance!  We hope to see you there.


~ Ted Savas, Sarah Keeney, Helene Dodier and the SB Team

Gettysburg Author Book Signing Schedule
Savas Beatie Authors are busy this month signing and presenting their books.  Stop by and visit them at the following locations:  
Gettysburg Event ScheduleMaryland 


July 1:

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Scott Mingus - Gettysburg Gift Center


July 2:

11:00 am to 12:30 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Hunterstown Historical Society

11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Scott Mingus - Gettysburg Visitors Center

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Scott Mingus - Hanover Battlefield tour


July 3:

11:00 am to 1:00 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Gift Center


July 4:

9:00 am to 11:00 am - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Visitors Center

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Gift Center


July 5:

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Pages of the Past


July 6:

10:00 am to 11:00 am - Scott Mingus - Gettysburg Battlefield (Reenactment)

11:00 am to 1:00 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Gift Center

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Chris Mackowski and Kris White - Gettysburg Gift Center

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Brad Gottfried - Gettysburg Visitors Center

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Chris Mackowski and Kris White - Gettysburg Gift Center

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Gift Center


July 7:

9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Chris Mackowski and Kris White - Gettysburg Visitors Center

9:00 am to 12:00 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Visitors Center

10:00 am to 11:00 am - Scott Mingus - Gettysburg Battlefield (Reenactment)

12:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Jim Hessler - Gettysburg Visitors Center

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - JD Petruzzi and Steven Stanley - Gettysburg Gift Center


See full schedule and details here. 


ContestContest : Name that spot in Gettysburg!
Savas Beatie is very excited to celebrate the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary, so we thought of the perfect contest in honor of our upcoming events. Name the specific location of this photo. Hint: the photo is on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Email us the answer and you will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook.


A big thanks to everyone who responded to the Father's Day contest last month. Andy P. was selected as our winner and his father's favorite historical figure is Crazy Horse. Congratulations Andy!



Be sure to check every edition of Libri Novus for your chance to win a FREE book. 

The Emerging Civil War Series Continues...  

Authors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White have recounted Grant's battlefield exploits as historians at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, and Mackowski, as an academic, has studied Grant's literary career. Their familiarity with the former president as a general and as a writer bring Grant's Last Battle to life with new insight, told with the engaging prose that has become the hallmark of the Emerging Civil War Series. Read more. 



Author William Lee White has spent most of his life on the Chickamauga battlefield, taking thousands of visitors through the wooded landscape and telling the story of the bloodiest engagement in the Western Theater. Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale describes the tragic events of Chickamauga, but also includes many insights about often-neglected aspects of the fighting that White has gained from his many years studying the battle and exploring its scenic landscape. Read more.




Historians Daniel Davis and Philip Greenwalt, longtime students of the Civil War, have spent countless hours researching the Valley battles of '64 and walking the ground where those battles unfolded. Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 shifts attention away from Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia to the campaign that ultimately determined the balance of power across the Eastern Theater. Read more.




Now Under Contract . . .

The following manuscript is now under contract. We will notify you through Libri Novus and our website when this title is about to be released. 

  •  Intelligence in the Gettysburg Campaign by Tom Ryan
We have more than a dozen contracts out for signature or soon will be, and we  will bring this news to you as soon as the ink is dry.


In Our Next Issue 
  • Gettysburg anniversary recap in photos!
  • August releases from Savas Beatie   
A Special Offer
Mention promo code FREESHIP13 to receive free shipping on the book of your choice. To place your order, call 916-941-6896, fax 916-941-6895, email our office, or visit our website. Good until July 31, 2013.