Book Award


John Fabian Witt has won the Tom Watson Brown Book Award for his book, Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History (Simon & Schuster 2012). He received the $50,000 prize at the Tom Watson Brown Book Award dinner held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, on Friday, November 1. The Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch served as the conference hotel for the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, on October 31-November 3, 2013. The SCWH holds its annual gathering in conjunction with the Southern.


The Society of Civil War Historians is soliciting nominations for the Tom Watson Brown Book Award for books published in 2013. Publishers are asked to send books, along with a cover letter nominating the work for the Tom Watson Brown Book Award, directly to the four jurors no later than January 31, 2014. Only books published in 2013 will be considered.

All genres of scholarship on the causes, conduct, and effects, broadly defined, of the Civil War are eligible. This includes, but is not exclusive to, monographs, synthetic works presenting original interpretations, and biographies. Works of fiction, poetry, anthologies, and textbooks will not be considered. Jurors will consider nominated works’ scholarly and literary merit as well as the extent to which they make original contributions to our understanding of the period.

Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, will chair the prize jury.  The other members are Alice Fahs, Professor of History and Director of the Humanities Honors Program at the University of California, Irvine, and Kenneth W. Noe, Alumni Professor and Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. Tad Brown, President of the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., will serve as a non-voting member of the jury.

The winner will be announced by August 1, 2014. The award will be presented at the SCWH banquet at the Southern Historical Association meeting, where the winner will deliver a formal address that will be published in a subsequent issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era.

Nominated books with cover letters should be sent to:

Thavolia Glymph, African and African American Studies, Duke University, 1316 Campus Drive, 243 Ernestine Friedl Building, Box 90252, Durham, NC 27708

Alice Fahs, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine, 230 Krieger Hall, Mail Code 3275, Irvine, CA 92697

Kenneth W. Noe, Department of History, Auburn University, 310 Thach Hall, Auburn, AL 36849-5207

Tad Brown, President, Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., 310 Tom Watson Way, Thomson, GA 30824


2012: Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, for The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011).

2011: Mark W. Geiger, a 2011-12 Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University Library of Congress and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, for Financial Fraud and Guerrilla Violence in Missouri's Civil War, 1861-1865 (Yale University Press, 2010).

2010: Daniel E. Sutherland, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Arkansas, for A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina, 2009).