As many of you know, historian Bertram Wyatt-Brown passed away this past Monday.
Bert was editor of LSU Press’ Southern Biography Series when I submitted my revised dissertation as a book proposal. He was responsible for the title (Old Hickory’s Nephew), and his advice about the manuscript made it immeasurably better. I also know from his former Ph.D. students how valuable his mentorship was to them.
If you recall, I recently blogged about the BrANCH panel that focused in large part on Wyatt-Brown’s Southern Honor. That discussion and the memories of Bert that panelists and audience members shared seem even more poignant now.