Rickey E. Pittman, 1998 grand prize winner of the prestigious Ernest Hemingway Short Story Competition, is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He is also a Civil War reenactor, a public speaker on issues and topics related to the War Between the States, and a musician who travels and performs original and Civil War-period music. The inspiration to write Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House came from a chance discovery of Jim Limber Davis’s existence. Pittman proceeded with the encouragement of friends and the desire to provide reading audiences with an “accurate book written from a Southern perspective” among “the politically driven, and often historically inaccurate materials currently available on the Civil War.”
Born in Dallas, Texas, Pittman earned a bachelor’s degree in New Testament Greek and a master’s degree in English from Abilene Christian University. His prolific writing career took off after graduation; he produced numerous plays, works of nonfiction, collections of poetry, and short stories. After moving to Monroe, Louisiana, Pittman was added to the Louisiana Roster of Artists in 1998. Working closely with regional art councils, he was commissioned to write historical plays for Franklin and Madison Parishes.
Pittman lives with his wife in Monroe, Louisiana, where he teaches freshman composition and literature for Louisiana Delta Community College, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Virginia College Online. An enthusiast of many types of music, he is also a singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Angus Dubhghall, a local Scots-Irish band that performs at various Celtic festivals across the South.