James McPherson Wins Pritzker Military Writing Award

The award, with a $100,000 honorarium, will be presented to James McPherson on Oct. 6.
The award, with a $100,000 honorarium, will be presented to James McPherson on Oct. 6. (By Michael Williamson -- The Washington Post)
Associated Press
Tuesday, July 17, 2007

CHICAGO, July 16 -- Civil War historian James M. McPherson is the recipient of the first Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing, the library announced Monday.

McPherson, a professor emeritus at Princeton University, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era."

The award, which comes with a $100,000 honorarium, will be presented at an Oct. 6 dinner in Chicago.

The honor is designed "to acknowledge the highest levels of scholarship and writing in a field that often does not gain appropriate recognition," the library's founder and CEO, James N. Pritzker, said in a statement.

"By providing an annual award to the most thoughtful and articulate scholar writing about war and military activities, we may in turn be led to better solutions and perhaps a better life for all of us."

Among McPherson's other books are "Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution" and "For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War."

McPherson said his goal as a military historian was to "explore and write about the complex and crucial interconnections between the battlefield and home front, not only in the Civil War, but in all wars. I am proud that my contribution to understanding these relationships is being recognized."

The honorarium, citation and medallion that accompany the award were sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, which supports organizations dedicated to historical preservation.

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