Saturday, May 26, 2018

2017 Civil War Book awards list

A reader recently asked me if I knew of any place on the web that compiled all the yearly Civil War book award winners. I've never encountered anything like that. Over the years, I've recognized various prizes and recipients here on CWBA and put together a limited list only in 2016. I am going to try to make it a yearly thing from now on (there will be permanent links in the sidebar), but the fact that many award sites either lack a web presence altogether or do not keep existing ones current still leaves gaps. Some prizes are also not awarded on a yearly basis.

I know there are many more in existence than I have listed below, so feel free to let me know of any additional ones (please keep them specific to the Civil War, though) in the comment section, with the relevant URL if possible. 2018 is incomplete at this time, of course, but I went back and completed a pretty good list for 2017:

Tom Watson Brown Award:
Christopher Phillips, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border

A.M. Pate Award:
Andrew Masich, Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands 1861-1867

Dan and Marilyn Laney Prize:
David A. Powell, The Chickamauga Campaign―Barren Victory: The Retreat into Chattanooga, the Confederate Pursuit, and the Aftermath of the Battle, September 21 to October 20, 1863

Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award:
Earl Hess, Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man in the Confederacy

Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History:
Daniel W. Crofts, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union

Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize :
(tie) James B. Conroy, Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime and Douglas R. Egerton, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America

Douglas Southall Freeman History Award:
Timothy B. Smith, Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson

Jefferson Davis Award:
Adam I.P. Smith, The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846–1865

Wiley-Silver Prize:
Matthew Hulbert, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West

Nevins - Freeman Award: ??

Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award: ??

General Basil W. Duke Literary Award:: ??

Some have already been mentioned here but belated congratulations to the rest!


  1. Drew:

    1. Thanks, John. Sorry for the late reply (see

    2. It's strange that the winners list doesn't include the titles! For the purposes of the list I did want to separate purely, or almost purely, Lincoln awards from "Civil War" awards. I'm not sure where this one is at on the spectrum.

  2. Just for clarification, Drew, the Lincoln Forum at its annual symposium in November gave this award to Ron Chernow, the recent author of the new bio on Grant. Mr. Chernow spoke about Grant at the symposium, and I can tell you he is as compelling a speaker as he is an author.


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