Nau Book Prize

Announcing the 2020 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 2020 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History. Titles published in 2019 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 January 30, 2020. The winner will be announced by July 1, 2020, and the award presented at an event sponsored by the Center. For more information, please contact Caroline E. Janney at

Judging Committee

Caroline E. Janney (ex-officio)
Corcoran Department of History
Nau Hall - South Lawn
University of Virginia
PO Box 400180
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Joan Waugh (chair)
475 North Greencraig Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049

James Marten
History Department
Marquette University
P. O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Andrew Lang
208 Allen Hall, Department of History
Mississippi State University, Mailbox H
Mississippi State, MS 39762

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)