Nau Book Prize

Announcing the 2023 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 2023 John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History. Titles published in 2022 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 15, 2023. The winner will be announced by July 1, 2023, 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

Peter S. Carmichael (chair) - 300 North Washington Street, Campus Box 435, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Jennifer Murray - Oklahoma State University, Department of History, 104 Social Sciences Building, Stillwater, OK 74078

Angela Zombek - UNC Wilmington, Department of History, 601 S. College Road, Morton Hall 259, Wilmington, NC 28403

Past Recipients of the Nau Book Prize

2022: Kate Masur, Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction (W. W. Norton & Company, 2021).

2021: Thavolia Glymph, The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

2020: Joseph P. Reidy, Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery (University of North Carolina Press, 2019)

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