James McPherson Wins Pritzker Military Writing Award
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.