1999 Lincoln Prize Awarded to Douglas L. Wilson
AHA Staff, September 1999
The prestigious Lincoln Prize was awarded to Douglas Wilson, founding director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, for his book, Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln (Alfred A. Knopf), a study of Lincoln's life from age 22 to 33.
The prize (a bronze bust of Lincoln and $35,000) is awarded each year by the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute of Gettysburg College to honor outstanding scholarship in Lincoln and Civil War studies. A jury of historians (chaired by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese) considered 82 entries before making its recommendations.
Wilson, a former professor of English and American literature at Knox College, previously published Lincoln before Washington: New Perspectives on Lincoln's Illinois Years (University of Illinois Press).
J. Tracy Power, a historian with the State Historic Preservation Office of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, received the second place for his book, Lee's Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox (University of North Carolina Press), a social history of Lee's army during its final year.