Nau Book Prize

Announcing the 2019 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History

The John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia invites nominations for the fourth John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History. Titles published in 2018 will be eligible. The $25,000 prize focuses primarily on scholarship devoted to the war itself but is also open to works on the background and consequences of the conflict. Collections of essays or primary documents, works of fiction, and poetry should not be submitted.

Publishers should submit copies of nominated books directly to members of the judging committee by February 15, 2019. The winner will be announced by July 1, 2019, and the award presented at an event sponsored by the Center. Further questions may be directed to Nau Center Director Caroline E. Janney at

Judging Committee

Caroline E. Janney (ex-officio)

William Blair (chair)

Susannah Ural

Cynthia Nicoletti

Past Recipients of the Nau Book Prize

2019: Amy M. Taylor, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (University of North Carolina, 2018)

2018: Andrew E. Masich, Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-1867 (Oklahoma University Press, 2017)

2017: Daniel W. Crofts, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)

2016: J. Matthew Gallman, Defining Duty in the Civil War: Personal Choice, Popular Culture, and the Union Home Front (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)