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Bruce Catton

Bruce Catton (1899 – 1978) was the Founding Editor of American Heritage and arguably the most prolific and popular of all Civil War historians. He wrote an astonishing 167 articles for the magazine, and won a Pulitzer Prize for history in 1954 for A Stillness at Appomattox, his study of the final campaign of the war in Virginia.

Catton received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Gerald Ford, in 1977, the year before his death.

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Upon the clash of arms near a little Maryland creek hung the slave’s freedom and the survival of the Union Read >>
In modern war, the true exercise of maritime power depends nearly as much upon the exertions of land and air forces as it does upon naval.” But it is still sea power. Read >>
The repulse of Pickett’s charge, described in a little-known account written shortly after the battle by a Union officer Read >>
The Civil War soldier marched to his own individualist cadence, but he was much like today’s G. I. Read >>

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