ACU professor emeritus publishes the tale of one "Ragged Rebel"

Posted January 19, 2010

Civil War book coverBenny Gallaway, professor emeritus of history at Abilene Christian University, understands that history is more than dates and famous names. His book, "The Ragged Rebel: A Common Soldier in W. H. Parson's Texas Cavalry, 1861-1865," the true story of one Texas farmer caught up in the Civil War, will be published by the ACU Press in a new edition on February 10.

The book follows David Carey Nance, a young farmer who opposed slavery by was swept up into the Texas cavalry. Nance was also the grandfather of Don H. Morris, the seventh president of ACU and the university’s first chancellor.

Hailed as a "small jewel of Civil War history well worth reading" by Frank H. Smyrl in the Journal of American History, the book is being reprinted with new cover art by noted southwestern artist Jodie Boren.

Advance copies of the book are now available at the Abilene Christian University Press. To learn more, visit the ACU Press Web site.