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.