Lincoln Prize Goes to Russell Weigley
Russell F. Weigley has been awarded first place in the annual Lincoln Prize competition for his book "A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865," Gettysburg College has announced.
Mr. Weigley's book, published by Indiana University Press, was described by the prize jury as "the crowning achievement of one of America's most distinguished military historians."
The prize jury said Mr. Weigley, distinguished university professor emeritus at Temple University, "has raised substantially the standards for writing all future Civil War military history." He will receive $35,000 and a reproduction of a bronze bust of Lincoln by Augustus St. Gaudens.
Leonard L. Richards of the University of Masschusetts at Amherst was chosen for the second-place award for his book "The Slave Power: The Free North and Southern Domination, 1780-1860," published by Louisiana State University Press. He will receive $15,000.
First place for what the college calls an "e-Lincoln Prize component" was shared by Edward Ayers, Anne S. …