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Civil War History 51.2 (2005) 235-236

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Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College, was recently appointed the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center. The holder of the Maguire Chair conducts research on the ethical issues associated with American history. Noll pursued research in the significance of the Bible in American public life. For more information, visit

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, in conjunction with Yale University Press, recently announced the establishment of the annual David Brion Davis Lecture Series in the History of Slavery, Race, and Its Legacies. The Center will collaborate each year with Yale University Press to publish the three lectures in a series of books. The inaugural lecture was given February 7-9, 2005, by Joseph Miller, University of Virginia. For more information, visit

In July 2004 the American Battlefield Protection Program announced twelve grants to assist in the preservation of the country's historic battlefields. Four Civil War sites were among the recipients. The Buckland Preservation Society received $25,000 to create an interpretive brochure about the Buckland Mills Battlefield in Virginia and to conduct an assessment of the site's potential for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ohio Historical Society received $35,000 to develop a comprehensive preservation plan for Buffington Island Battlefield, site of the last major engagement of Morgan's Raid of 1863. Radford University received $43,246 to survey the Civil War features of Saltville, Virginia. Finally, Reed's Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society received $25,203 to prepare a preservation plan for the Bayou Meto (Reed's Bridge) Battlefield, which is currently threatened by residential development. For more information, visit

Allen C. Guelzo was recently appointed the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Gettysburg College. Guelzo will coordinate the College's Civil War Era Studies Program and serve as associate director of its Civil War Institute. [End Page 235]

The Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University recently hosted the Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series in the Era of the Civil War. The 2005 speaker was Thomas C. Holt, University of Chicago, who gave three lectures on "Slavery and Abolition through the 19th Century." For more information, visit


Bruce Dorsey, Swarthmore College, was recently awarded the Pennsylvania Historical Association's Philip S. Klein Book Prize, given in even numbered years for the best book illuminating the history of Pennsylvania, for Reforming Men and Women: Gender in Antebellum City (Cornell University Press, 2004).

Judith Giesberg, Villanova University, was named a 2004-5 Scholar in Residence by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to conduct her research on "Army at Home: Working Women in the North during the Civil War."

Margaret Ellen Humphreys, Duke University, was named a 2004-5 fellow at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, for her project, "The Civil War and American Medicine." She was also named a Burkhardt Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Edward P. Jones won the 2004 Library of Virginia Literary Award for fiction for his novel, The Known World (Amistad), about a black farmer and former slave who becomes a slave owner in antebellum Virginia. The Known World also won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 2004 People's Choice Award for Fiction.

Elizabeth Lauterbach Laskin (Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003) received the 2004 Nevins Prize for the best-written dissertation in American history for "Good Old Rebels: Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1862-1865." Awarded by the Society of American Historians, the prize consists of $1,000, submission for publication by one of the fifteen publisher members of the Society, and consideration for adoption by the History Book Club.

Suzanne Lebsock, Rutgers University, received the 2004 Francis Parkman Prize for literary distinction in...


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