James M. McPherson is a world-renowned Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. McPherson's works include The Struggle for Equality, awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Award in 1965. In 1989, he published his Pulitzer-winning book, Battle Cry of Freedom. In 1998, For Cause and Comrades received the Lincoln Prize. In 2002, he published both a scholarly book, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 1862, and a history of the Civil War for children, Fields of Fury.
In 2009, he was the co-winner of the Lincoln Prize for Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. In 2007, he was awarded the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military history—the first person to be awarded the prize. He was named the 2000 Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
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