Monday, September 10, 2007

In Memoriam: Edward J. Cashin (1927-2007)

We were saddened to hear that Edward J. Cashin passed away on Saturday, September 8. He was 80 years old. More information can be found in this Associated Press story in the Macon Telegraph.

Cashin, a native of Augusta, was a historian and author of more than thirty books. He had a long career at Augusta State University where he founded the Center for the Study of Georgia History. Cashin's main areas of interest were Georgia and the history of the southern frontier in the 18th century.

The Press pu
blished four books by Cashin: LACHLAN McGILLIVRAY, INDIAN TRADER, PATERNALISM IN A SOUTHERN CITY, GOVERNOR HENRY ELLIS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA, and THE KING'S RANGER. The Press also recently reissued BERRY BENSON'S CIVIL WAR BOOK, a classic Civil War memoir that was newly edited by Cashin, who also contributed a greatly expanded introduction to the book.

Cashin won numerous awards for his books, including the 1992 Malcolm and Muriel Barrow Bell Award of the Georgia Historical Society for LACHLAN MCGILLIVRAY, INDIAN TRADER and the 1990 Fraunces Tavern Book Award of the American Revolution Round Table for THE KING'S RANGER. He also received the Governor's Award from the Georgia Humanities Council and the 1997 Hugh McCall Award from the Georgia Association of Historians.