September 22, 1998

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Civil War Author James M. McPherson to Give Lecture at Middlebury College on Oct. 9

Civil War historian James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era," will deliver the Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. in Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). The title of his talk is "Destroy the Rebel Army: Lincoln as Commander in Chief." The lecture is free and open to the public.

McPherson is the author of numerous books on the Civil War, including "Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), "Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution" (Oxford University Press, 1991), and "For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War" (Oxford University Press, 1997). He also has written over 80 reviews for publications ranging from Atlantic Monthly and The New Republic to The New York Times Book Review.

Since 1962 he has taught at Princeton University, where he is currently the George Henry Davis Professor of American History. McPherson is also the recipient of a number of fellowships and grants, including Woodrow Wilson and Guggenheim fellowships.

McPherson's talk will be the 23rd Grant Memorial Lecture, established in honor of the late Charles S. Grant, a member of the Middlebury College history department for several years prior to his untimely death in 1961. Previous speakers who have delivered the Grant Memorial Lecture, which maintains a focus on American history, range from David McCullough, author of the prize-winning biography "Truman," to Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., professor in the graduate school of the City University of New York.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Travis Jacobs in the history department of Middlebury College at 802-443-5315.