Natchez native signing books on Friday at Cover to Cover

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 25, 2009

natchez — Natchez native Robert Willliams Crook will be signing copies of his book “Southern Voices” from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Cover to Cover Books & More.

Born and raised in Natchez, Crook was educated locally and at Mississippi State University. Descended from a long line of southerners and an amateur historian of the Civil War, he is a former camp commander in the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and Chief-of-Staff in the Louisiana Division of the SCV. Crook most recently served as commander of the Army of Trans-Mississippi, Military Order of the Starts and Bars.

He is a recipient of the MOS&B’s Gold Star Medal and Distinguished Commander Status and the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal.

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Crook is the compiler and editor of his family history published in 1997, “Memories that Cling.” Crook’s most recent work “Southern Voices” is a collection of family letters, journals and photographs of his Confederate kinsmen. Released in February 2009, the book received the Henry Timrod Southern Culture Award in June 2009.

“Southern Voices” covers the days during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

He is also the author of a soon-to-be published historically-based novel, “Honor Kept-Duty Done,” based on the story of his great-great-grandfather and the Eighth Mississippi Infantry Regiment.