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TitlesOrder
Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 by Albert E. Castel
Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox by J. Tracy Power1999, second prize
The Civil War: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey C. Ward1991
The Destructive War: William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, and the Americans by Charles Royster1992
Frederick Douglass by William S. McFeely1992
The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South by Kenneth M. Stampp1993
Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War by Ira Berlin1994
The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln by Phillip Shaw Paludan1995
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald1996
The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Politics by Don E. Fehrenbacher1997
Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850s by Don E. Fehrenbacher1997
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson1998
With Charity for All: Lincoln and the Restoration of the Union by William C. Harris1998
Honor's Voice by Douglas L. Wilson1999
Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President by Allen C. Guelzo2000
Runaway Slaves: Rebels in the Plantation by John Hope Franklin2000
A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865 by Russell F. Weigley2001
Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David W. Blight2002
Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! by George C. Rable2003
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine2004
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America by Allen C. Guelzo2005
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin2006
Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words by Douglas L. Wilson2007
The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics by James Oakes2008
Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters by Elizabeth Brown Pryor2008
Lincoln and His Admirals by Craig L. Symonds2009
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson2009
Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Michael Burlingame2010
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner2011
Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union by William C. Harris2012
Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky by Elizabeth Leonard2012
Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 by James Oakes2013
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guelzo2014
Writing the Gettysburg Address by Martin P. Johnson2014
Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion by Harold Holzer2015

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Recommendations

  1. Father Abraham: Lincoln's Relentless Struggle to End Slavery by Richard Striner (2006)
  2. Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 by Harold Holzer (2008)
  3. Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President by Harold Holzer (2004)
  4. The Battle of the Wilderness May 5-6, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea (1994)
  5. Chancellorsville by Stephen W. Sears (1996)
  6. The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America by Mark E. Neely Jr. (1993)
  7. Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner (1988)
  8. The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words by Ronald C. White (2005)
  9. Lincoln and the Decision for War by Russell A. McClintock (2008)
  10. Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency by Jack Waugh (1997)
  11. Abraham Lincoln and the second American Revolution by James M. McPherson (1990)
  12. Lincoln and His Party in the Secession Crisis by David M. Potter (1942)
  13. We Are Lincoln Men: Abraham Lincoln and His Friends by David Herbert Donald (2003)
  14. Abraham Lincoln: The Observations of John G. Nicolay and John Hay by Michael Burlingame (2007)
  15. Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President by Brian Lamb (2008)

Award description

Under the auspices of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History co-sponsors an annual $50,000 prize for the best book on Lincoln or the Civil War era. The prize is awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on the era of the American Civil War. When submissions carry similar merit, preference is shown for work on Abraham Lincoln or the common soldier, or work that reaches a broad literate public.

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