Previous Winners


First Place:
James B. Conroy, Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime
Douglas R. Egerton, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America (Basic Books)

D. H. Dilbeck, A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War
Chandra Manning, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War
Charles B. Strozier, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed

Special Achievement Award:
Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, eds., Herndon on Lincoln: Letters


First Place:
Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln

Michael Anderegg, Lincoln and Shakespeare
Eric Foner for Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad
Richard Wightman Fox for Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History
Earl J. Hess for Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness
Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell for Lincoln and the Jews: A History
John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier for Picturing Frederick Douglass: An  Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American

First Place:

Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

William Blair – With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era
Richard Brookhiser – Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
James B. Conroy – Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865
Joshua Zeitz – Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image

First Place:

Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
Martin P. Johnson, Writing the Gettysburg Address

Special Achievement Award:
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

Christopher Hager, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing
Margaret Humphreys, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War
Robert E. May, Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Future of Latin America
John Stauffer and Benjamin Soskis, The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On

First Place
James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States,1861-1865

Stephen Kantrowitz, More Than Freedom:  Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889
Yael A. Sternhell, Routes of War:  The World of Movement in the Confederate South

First Place:

William C. Harris, Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union
Elizabeth D. Leonard, Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky

Honorable Mention:
Barbara A. Gannon, The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic

First Place:

Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Honorable Mention:
Robert Bray, Reading with Lincoln.
Lorien Foote, The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor and Manhood in the Union Army
Mark W. Geiger, Financial Fraud and the Guerilla Violence in Missouri's Civil War, 1861-1865 
Stanley Harrold, Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War
Kate Masur, An Example of All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington D.C.
Howard Jones, Blue and Gray Diplomacy: A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations

First Place:

Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life

Robert McGlone, John Brown's War Against Slavery
Mark Wahlgren Summers, A Dangerous Stir: Fear, Paranoia, and the Making of Reconstruction

First Place:

James McPherson, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
Craig Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War

Honorable Mention:
Jacqueline Jones, Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War
Fred Kaplan, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer and William Lee Miller, President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman

First Place:

James Oakes, The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (W. W. Norton)
Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters (Viking)

Robert Cooke, Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961-1965

Honorable Mention:
Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf)

First Place:
Douglas L. Wilson, Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words (Vintage)

Martha Hodes, The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War in the Nineteenth Century (W. W. Norton)
Harry S. Stout, Upon the Alter of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War (Viking Adult)

First Place: 
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Simon & Schuster)

Ronald White, The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through his Words
Steven Woodworth, Nothing But Victory: The Army of Tennessee 1961-1865
Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

Honorable Mentions:
Carol Bundy, The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-1864 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Margaret Creighton, The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg's Forgotten History - Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War's Defining Battle (Basic Books)
Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (University Press of New England)

First Place: 
Allen C. Guelzo, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (Simon & Schuster)

Second Place: 
Harold Holzer, Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President (Simon & Schuster)

Jonathan D. Martin, Divided Mastery: Slave Hiring in the American South (Harvard University Press)
Jane A. Schultz, Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America (University of North Carolina Press)

First Place: 
Richard J. Carwardine, Lincoln (Pearson Education Ltd.)

Special Achievement Award: 
John Y. Simon for editing 26 volumes--to date--of The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (Southern Illinois University Press)

Steven Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet:  Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)

First Place: 
George C. Rable, Fredericksburg!  Fredericksburg! (University of North Carolina Press)

Second Place: 
John Stauffer, The Black Hearts of Men:  Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention: 
Michael Fitzgerald, Urban Emancipation:  Popular Politics in Reconstruction Mobile, 1860-1890 (Louisiana State University Press)

E-Lincoln Prize: 
John Adler for HarpWeek Presents Lincoln and the Civil (website)

First Place: 
David Blight, Race and Reunion:  The Civil War in American Memory, (Harvard University Press)

Honorable Mention:
Alice Fahs,  The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North & South, 1861-1865 (University of North Carolina Press)
Kenneth J. Winkle, The Young Eagle:  The Rise of Abraham Lincoln (Taylor Trade Publishing, Dallas)                                   

First Place:
Russell F. Weigley, A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865 (Indiana University Press) 

Second Place:
Leonard L. Richards, The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860 (Louisiana State University Press)

Mark L. Bradley, This Astounding Close Road to Bennett Place, (University of North Carolina Press)

E-Lincoln Prize Winner:
Edward L. Ayers, Anne S. Rubin, and William G. Thomas for Valley of the Shadow: The Eve of War (CD-ROM)

Second Place:
Stephen Railton for Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture (web site)

First Place:
John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger, Runaway Slaves: Rebels in the Plantation (Oxford University Press)
Allen C. Guelzo, Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

Second Place:
Michael Holt, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War (Oxford University Press)

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Richard N. Current, University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

First Place:
Douglas L. Wilson, Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln (Alfred A. Knopf)

Second Place:
J. Tracy Power, Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, from the Wilderness to Appomattox (Univ. of North Carolina Press)

First Place:
Jim McPherson, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War (Oxford University Press)

Second Place:
William C. Harris, With Charity For All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union (University Press of Kentucky)

Honorable Mention:
Gary Gallagher, The Confederate War: How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave off Defeat (Harvard University Press)
James Robertson, Jr., Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend (MacMillan Publishing Co)

First Place:
Don Fehrenbacher, Lifetime Achievement with special recognition of Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s and The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics (Stanford University Press)

First Place:
David Donald, Lincoln (Touchstone Books).

Second Place:
Mark Grimsley, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians 1861-1865 (Cambridge University Press)

Michael Fellman, Citizen Sherman: A Life of William Tecumseh Sherman (Random House)

First Place:
Phillip Shaw Paludan, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln (University Press of Kansas)

Second Place:
William Marvel, Andersonville: The Last Depot (University of North Carolina Press)

Charles B. Dew, Bond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge (W.W. Norton & Company)

First Place: (co-winners)
Ira Berlin, Barbara Fields, Steven Miller, Joseph Reidy, Leslie Rowland, eds., Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War (New Press)

Second Place:
Reid Mitchell, The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home (Oxford University Press)

Winthrop D. Jordan, Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy (Louisiana State University Press)
John Evangelist Walsh, The Shadows Rise: Abraham Lincoln and the Anne Rutledge Legend (University of Illinois Press)

First Place:
Kenneth Stampp, Lifetime Achievement with special recognition of The Peculiar Institution (Vintage Books)

Second Place:
Albert Castel, Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 (University Press of Kansas)

John F. Marszalek, Sherman: A Soldier's Passion for Order (Vintage Books)
Craig L. Symonds Joseph E. Johnston, A Civil War Biography (W.W. Norton & Company)

First Place: (split equally)
William S. McFeely, Frederick Douglass (W.W. Norton & Company)
Charles Royster, The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans (Vintage Books)

Finalist: Ira Berlin, et al., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation 1861-1867: Series I, Volume III, The Wartime Genesis of Free Labor: The Lower South (New Press)

First Place:
Ken Burns, The Civil War (Howell Press)

Mark E. Neely, Jr., The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties (Oxford University Press)
Warren Wilkinson, Mother May You Never See The Sights I Have Seen: The Fifty-Seventh Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers in the Last Year of the Civil War (HarperCollins)