Gettysburg professor's book wins $50,000 history prize

Written by witf staff report and The Associated Press | Mar 19, 2014 5:18 AM
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(New York) -- A midstate college professor's book about the Civil War conflict in Gettysburg has won a $50,000 prize.

Allen C. Guelzo's "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion," has received the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History.

“Guelzo’s book exemplifies the qualities the judging panel was seeking in a winning title for the prize,” Dr. Andrew Roberts, chairman of the judging committee, says. "'Gettysburg' will stand out as a lasting and important work in the military history genre.”

Guelzo is the Henry Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil war Era studies at Gettysburg College.

The award was established last year by the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation and Lewis E. Lehrman, a businessman, former Republican candidate for governor and co-founder of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.

“Our purpose in establishing this annual prize is to restore the serious pursuit of military history in research, scholarship, and writing-in recent times ignored by the American academic community-to its traditional role as a staple of historical study,” says Josiah Bunting III, president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and national chairman of the English Speaking Union.

More than 100 titles were submitted by publishers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom for the prize. Among the five other finalists: "The Guns at Last Light," the finale of Rick Atkinson's acclaimed World War II trilogy.

*Guelzo was a guest on Smart Talk in July, 3, 2013, to discuss the significance of the battle of Gettysburg. His interview starts around the 29:30 mark.

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