Alum Wins Prestigious Writing Award

Posted on July 24th, 2007 by

James McPherson

James McPherson

Civil War historian and Gustavus graduate James M. McPherson has been named the first recipient of the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing. The $100,000 award is “to acknowledge the highest levels of scholarship and writing in a field that often does not gain appropriate recognition,” according to James N. Pritzker, founder and chief executive of the library.

The award will be presented Oct. 6, 2007 at a dinner in Chicago. Author of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, McPherson is professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has written several books. He graduated from Gustavus in 1958.


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