The Herbert Hart Award for Writing Military History


The Council on America’s Military Past (CAMP) is pleased to announce the inaugural Herbert Hart Award for Writing Military History has been awarded to Dave Page for his article “Not Lord Nelson: Watson Smith’s Attack on Fort Pemberton” which examined the Union Army’s combined arms attack on Fort Pemberton during the Vicksburg Campaign.

Dave Page is the current president of the St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable. The article was published in the Winter 2020 edition of CAMP’s Journal of America’s Military Past (JAMP) and was announced as the winner of the award at the May 6, 2020 CAMP Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting.

CAMP President Ann Todd, PhD, said “We are honored to have Dave Page, a serious scholar, as a member of CAMP, and so pleased to award him the Hart Prize.” Mr. Page was awarded $1,000 and his current membership has been extended a year.

Col. Herbert Hart, USMC (Ret.), was a mainstay of CAMP: official historian, prolific author, and Heliogram editor, in addition to being the executive director who grew the organization. Colonel Hart, who died in 2015, was one of the nation’s leading authorities on western forts.

Information on the 2021 writing contest will be announced in the Fall. For more information, or to obtain a copy of the Winter 2020 JAMP in which Mr. Page’s winning article appeared, please reply to this email.