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Gary W. Gallagher wins Tom Watson Brown Book Prize
The Society of Civil War Historians announced that Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, was the recipient of the Society’s $50,000 book prize. The prize, funded by The Watson-Brown Foundation, was awarded for Gallagher’s 2011 book, The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011).
Tad Brown, President of the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., presented the book prize at a dinner held in Dr. Gallagher's honor during the Southern Historical Association Meeting in Mobile, AL on November 2, 2012.
Elizabeth R. Varon, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, chaired the prize jury. The jury consisted of Varon, Daniel E. Sutherland, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, and J. Matthew Gallman, Professor of History at the University of Florida. Tad Brown, President of the Watson-Brown Foundation, served as a non-voting member of the jury.
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