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The Fletcher Pratt Award

At a meeting of the Board of the Directors held on June 19, 1956, James D. Horan proposed that a “Fletcher Pratt Award” be established as a memorial to a distinguished charter member and former president (1953-54), who had passed away nine days earlier. Unanimously approved as proposed, the award, in the form of an appropriate plaque, is presented to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book on the Civil War published during the course of the calendar year. The Fletcher Pratt Award is presented annually at the May meeting.

One of the founding members and the second president of the Civil War Round Table of New York, Fletcher Pratt was a prolific writer.  Pratt authored 16 books, including six on the American Civil War.

Previous winners of this prestigious award have included such Civil War luminaries as Bruce Catton, Burke Davis, Allan Nevins, Harry Hansen, Shelby Foote, Clifford Dowdey, Edwin Coddington, John Y. Simon, David Donald, William C. Davis, William McFeely, Stephen Sears, Richard McMurray, Edward Longacre, James M. McPherson, James I. Robertson, Noah Trudeau, Steven Woodworth, Wiley Sword, Gary Gallagher, Gordon Rhea, Joseph T. Glatthaar, Amanda Foreman, Allen Guelzo, and Ed Bearss, just to name a few.

For more information on the Civil War Round Table of New York, please contact The Civil War Round Table of New York at our mailing address: 139-33 250th Street, Rosedale, New York 11422.  Or, if you prefer, call 718-341-9811, or email us at cwrtnyc1@gmail.com.

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(From Left to Right:  Award Committee Member, Charles Mander; Fletcher Pratt Award Winner, Dr. James M. McPherson; Award Chairperson, Patrick Falci; Award Committee Member, William Finlayson)

Past Winners

2021 - Stephen Davis for Into Tennessee and Failure (2 volumes on John Bell Hood)

2020 - Stephen Davis for Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta

2019 - Donald F. Miller for Vicksburg

2018 - Timothy B. Smith - The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson's Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi

2017 - Ron Chernow - Grant

2016 - John Strausbaugh - City of Sedition

2015 - Dr. James M. McPherson for "Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief"

2014 - Ed Bearss for The Petersburg Campaign - Volumes 1 & 2
2013 - Allen C. Guelzo for Gettysburg: The Last Invasion

2012 - Timothy B. Smith for Corinth 1862 - Siege, Battle, Occupation

2011 - Amanda Foreman for A World of Fire

2010 - Donald Stoker for The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War

2009 - William L. Shea for Fields of Blood

2008 - Joseph T. Glatthaar - General Lee's Army

2007 - Joan Cashin - First Lady of the Confederacy

2006 - Robert Tracy McKenzie - Lincolnites and Rebels

2005 - Ira M. Rutkow - Bleeding Blue and Gray

2004 - Michael J. Bennett - Union Jacks

2003 - Stephen W. Sears - Gettysburg

2002 - Grady McWhiney- Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers

2001 - Charles B. Dew - Apostles of Disunion

2000 - Gordon C. Rhea - To the North Anna River

1999 - Richard L. Kiper - Major General John Alexander McClernand: Politician in Uniform

1998 - Gary W. Gallagher - Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

1997 - James I. Robertson, Jr. - Stonewall Jackson, the Man, the Soldier, the Legend

1996 - Stephen W. Sears - Chancellorsville

1995 - Steven E. Woodworth - Davis and Lee at War

1994 - John C. Waugh - The Class of 1846

1993 - William J. Miller - Mapping For Stonewall

1992 - Wiley Sword - Embrace an Angry Wind

1991 - Rod Gragg - Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher

1990 - Steven E. Woodworth - Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West

1989 - Noah Andre Trudeau - Bloody Roads South: The Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May - June 1864

1988 - Benjamin F. Cooling, Jr. - Forts Henry & Donelson

1987 - James I. Robertson, Jr. - General A.P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior

1986 - Edward G. Longacre - The Cavalry at Gettysburg

1985 - Joseph T. Glatthaar - Sherman's March To the Sea and Beyond

1984 - Larry J. Daniel - Cannoneers in Grey

1983 - Stephen W. Sears - Landscape Turned Red

1982 - Richard McMurray - John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence

1981 - William McFeeley - Grant: A Biography

1980 - Samuel Carter III - The Final Fortress

1979 - Stephen Z. Starr - The Union Cavalry in the Civil War (Volume 1)

1978 - Rowena Anita Reed - Combined Operations in the Civil War

1977 - William C. Davis - for continuing contributions to Civil War history

1976 - Richard Wheeler. Voices of the Civil War

1975 - David H. Donald (editor) -Gone For a Soldier: The Civil War Memoirs of Private Alfred Bellard

1974 - Shelby Foote - The Civil War: A Narrative (Volume 3)

1973 - John Y. Simon - The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (Volume 5)

1972 - Robert M. Myers (editor) - Children of Pride

1971 - Thomas Connelly - Army of the Heartland

1970 - Frank Vandiver - Their Tattered Flags

1969 - Bruce Catton - Grant Takes Command

1968 - Edwin B. Coddington - The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study In Command

1967 - Glydon G. Van Deusen - William Henry Seward

1966 - Charles B. Dew - Ironmaker of the Confederacy: Joseph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works

1965 - James V. Murfin - The Gleam of Bayonets

1964 - Clifford Dowdey - The Seven Days: The Emergence of Lee

1963 - Shelby Foote - The Civil War: A Narrative (Volume 2)

1962 - Harry Hansen - The Civil War

1961 - Glenn Tucker - Chickamauga

1960 - Ernest & Trevor Dupuy - The Compact History of the Civil War

1959 - Allan Nevins - The Improvised War: 1861-1862

1958 - Philip Van Doren Stern - An End to Valor

1957 - Burke Davis - J.E.B. Stuart: The Last Cavalier

1956 - Bruce Catton - This Hallowed Ground