Awards and Recognition

The American Civil War Museum enjoys a legacy of 125 years through its predecessors, The Museum of the Confederacy and The American Civil War Center. During that time, the institutions have given and received numerous awards.

Book Awards


The American Civil War Museum is pleased to announce the results of its 2016 (47th annual) literary awards.

The recipient of the 2015-2016 Founders Award is Dr. M. Jane Johansson, professor of history at Rogers State University, for Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier, published by Louisiana State University Press. The judges praised the book both for its coverage of a “relatively unexplored theater of the war” and for Dr. Johansson’s incorporation and annotation of diverse primary sources in one volume.

The judges also named as a finalist for the Founders Award James Robert Hester’s A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina: William Francis Allen’s Civil War Journals, published by the University of South Carolina Press.

The Founders Award recognizes excellence in the editing of primary source documents related to the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederacy and the Civil War. The 2015-2016 jurors are Dr. David J. Coles of Longwood University (chair), Dr. Carl Moneyhon of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Dr. Peter C. Luebke, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command.

The recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Davis Award is Dr. Chandra M. Manning, associate professor of history at Georgetown University (currently serving as Special Advisor to the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University 2015-2017), for Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, published by Alfred A. Knopf. “This work is beautifully written and highlights an area of the war that has needed a floodlight turned upon it for some time: the social history of the refugee, the escaped slave crisis, and the Union Army’s response to it in the Confederacy and around the South,” observed one of the award judges. “In a growing field of Civil War ‘refugee studies,’ Manning’s work should stand out as a seminal study.”

The judges also named as finalist for the award Micki McElya’s The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery, published by Harvard University Press.

The Jefferson Davis Award recognizes outstanding narrative works on the origins, life, and legacies of the Confederacy and the American Civil War. The 2016 jurors are Dr. Barton A. Myers of Washington and Lee University (chair), Dr. Barbara A. Gannon of the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Jonathan W. White of Christopher Newport University.

The Museum awards the annual Jefferson Davis Book Award for distinguished book-length narrative history or monograph and the biennial Founders Award for excellence in the editing of primary source materials. The awards consist of a framed certificate bearing a red wax seal made from the original Great Seal of the Confederacy. Thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors, the Davis Award also carries a modest cash prize. The winners are chosen by independent panels of leading scholars, many of whom are past recipients of the awards. The Great Seal and the peer review have made the Jefferson Davis and Founders Awards among the most prestigious and desirable awards for Civil War scholars.

Call for nominations for 2017 Book Awards

Jefferson Davis Award Winners

2016: Chandra M. Manning, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War 
2015: Adam Rothman, Beyond Freedom's Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery
2014: William C. Davis, Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee: The War They Fought, The Peace They Forged
2013: Caroline E.Janney, Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation
2012: William J. Cooper, We Have The War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861
2011: Paul Quigley, Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848-1865
2010: George C. Rable, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War
2009: Joan C.Waugh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth
and Daniel E. Sutherland, A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
2008:  Joseph T. Glatthaar, General Lee’s Army: From Victory to Collapse
2007:  Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters
2006:  Eric H. Walther, William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War
2005: Charles W. Sanders, While in the Hands of the Enemy: Military Prisons of the Civil War
2004:  Richard Lowe, Walker’s Texas Division, C.S.A.
2003: G. Ward Hubbs, Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community
2002: George C. Rable, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!
2001: William W. Freehling, The South vs. The South
2000: William J. Cooper, Jr., Jefferson Davis, American
1999: Joseph L. Harsh, Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862
1998: J. Tracy Power, Lee’s Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox
1997: James I. Robertson, Jr., Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend
1996: Drew Gilpin Faust, Mothers of Invention
1995: David H. Donald, Lincoln 
1994: William C. Davis, “A Government of Our Own”
1993: Robert M. Browning, Jr., From Cape Charles to Cape Fear
1992: T. Michael Parrish, Richard Taylor
1991: William C. Davis, Jefferson Davis
1990: Mary A. DeCredico, Patriotism for Profit
1989: George C. Rable, Civil Wars
1988: Thomas E. Schott, Alexander Stephens of Georgia
1987: William C. Harris, Williams Woods Holden
1986: Richard Beringer, et. al., Why the South Lost the Civil War
1985: Joseph T. Glatthaar, The March to the Sea and Beyond
1984: Walter L. Buenger, Secession and the Union in Texas
1983: Michael Wayne, The Reshaping of Plantation Society
1982: Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Southern Honor
1981: Michael B. Chesson, Richmond After the War, 1865-1900
1980: James Lee McDonough, Stones River: The Bloody Winter in Tennessee
1979: Stephen Z. Starr, The Union Cavalry in the Civil War
1978: Michael C. C. Adams, Our Masters the Rebels
1977 Joseph H. Parks, Joseph E. Brown of Georgia
1976: Herman Hattaway, General Stephen D. Lee
1975: Bell I. Wiley, Confederate Women
1974: William C. Davis, Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol
1973: Thomas L. Connelly and Archer Jones, The Politics of Command
1972: Thomas B. Alexander and Richard Beringer, The Anatomy of the Confederate Congress
1971: Thomas L. Connelly, Autumn of Glory
1970: Frank E. Vandiver, Their Tattered Flags               

Founders Award Winners

2016: M. Jane Johansson, Albert C. Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier
2014: Graham T. Dozier, A Gunner in Lee’s Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter
2012: Donald C. Pfanz, The Letters of General Richard S. Ewell: Stonewall’s Successor 
2010: George Burkhardt, Double Duty in the Civil War: The Letters of Sailor and Soldier Edward W. Bacon 
2008: Charles W. Mitchell, Maryland Voices of the Civil War
2006: Kimberly Harrison, A Maryland Bride in the Deep South: The Civil War Diary of Priscilla Bond
2004:  Lynda L. Crist, et. al., The Papers of Jefferson Davis, vol. 11  
2002: Michael B. Chesson and Leslie J. Roberts, Exile in Richmond 
2000: Charles F. Bryan, Jr. and Nelson D. Lankford, Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey
1998: Ward W. Briggs, Jr., Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War
1996: Lynda L. Crist, et. al., The Papers of Jefferson Davis, vol. 8
1994: Ira Berlin, et. al., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, series I, vol. II  
1992: Russell Duncan, Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
1990: Gary W. Gallagher, Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander
1988: Carol Bleser, Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond
and John Rozier, The Granite Farm Letters: The Civil War Correspondence of Edgeworth and Sallie Bird 
1986: Richard Harwell and Philip N. Racine, The Fiery Trail: A Union Officer’s Account of Sherman’s Last Campaigns
1985: Ira Berlin, et. al., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, series I, vol. I
1984: Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roark,  No Chariot Let Down 
1983: LeRoy P. Graf and Ralph W. Haskins, The Papers of Andrew Johnson, vol. VI
1982: John Y. Simon, The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, vols. IX and X 
1981: Charles C. McLaughlin and Charles E. Beveridge, The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, vol. II 
1980: James I. Robertson, Jr., An Index-Guide to the Southern Historical Society Papers
1979: David C. Roller and Robert W. Twyman, The Encyclopedia of Southern History
1978: William A. Frassanito, Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America’s Bloodiest Day
1977: John W. Blassingame, Slave Testimony
1975: Ezra J. Warner and W. Buck Yearns, Biographical Register of the Confederate Congress
1974: John Hammond Moore, The Juhl Letters to the Charleston Courier
1972: Robert Ranson Myers, Children of Pride
1971: Haskell M. Monroe, The Papers of Jefferson Davis, vol. I.
1970: Warren Ripley, Artillery and Ammunition of the Civil War                                  

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