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The 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street
New York City
 

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Telephone number: 718-341-9811

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"Dinner and a Speaker"

5:00pm Cocktails
6:00pm Dinner     
7:00pm Speaker   

 

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$60.00 guests     

     
 

The Fletcher Pratt Award

At a meeting of the Board of the Directors held on June 19, 1956, James D. Horan proposed that a Fletcher Pratt Award be established as a memorial to a distinguished charter member and former president (1953-54), who had passed away nine days earlier. Unanimously approved as proposed, the award, in the form of an appropriate plaque, is presented to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book on the Civil War published during the course of the calendar year. The Fletcher Pratt Award is presented annually at the May meeting. N.B. - Year dates are the year of publication.
 

The Civil War Round Table Of New York Presents The 60th Annual Fletcher Pratt Literary Award For Best Non-Fiction Civil War Book Of 2015 At Its 600th Meeting To James M. McPherson For “Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis As Commander In Chief”
 
On May 11, 2016, The Civil War Round Table of New York presented the 60th Annual Fletcher Pratt Literary Award for best non-fiction book of the year to the legendary Civil War Historian and Author, James M. McPherson.
 
The prestigious Fletcher Pratt Award was presented by Patrick Falci, Past President of the Civil War Round Table of New York and Chairperson of the Fletcher Pratt Awards Committee, along with Award Committee Members and former Past Presidents Charles Mander and William Finlayson, to the 1989 Pulitzer Prize Winner and the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University, Dr. James M. McPherson for “Embattled Rebel:  Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief.”
 
Awards Chairperson Patrick Falci informed Professor McPherson that this was indeed an “historic” meeting for The Civil War Round Table of New York, being the 60th annual presentation of the Round Table’s most prestigious literary award and that it was occurring at the Club’s 600th meeting during its 65th season.  Dr. McPherson then came to the podium and enlightened the Round Table’s members and their guests with his penetrating insights and dry humor. Although history has not been too kind to Jefferson Davis, Professor McPherson took another tack and told the Jefferson Davis military story from West Point to the Mexican War to his time as Secretary of War under the Pierce administration.  He then explained his relationships with his generals, especially the complicated relations between himself and Joseph E. Johnston and his excellent working relationship with Robert E. Lee, all the time interweaving the actual events, battles and reactions to those events.  It was a wonderful evening that ended with a spirited question and answer session.
 
The Fletcher Pratt Award was established in 1956.  One of the charter founding members of the Civil War Round Table of New York, Fletcher Pratt was a prolific writer.  Pratt authored 16 books, including six on the American Civil War. At a meeting of the board of directors held on June 19, 1956—just eight days after his untimely death—James D. Horan proposed that a Fletcher Pratt Literary Award be established as a memorial to a distinguished member and the second president of the Round Table (1953-54). Approved unanimously as proposed, the award, in the form of a scroll, is presented to the author or editor of the best non-fiction book on the Civil War published during the course of a calendar year.    Previous winners have included such Civil War luminaries as Bruce Catton, Burke Davis, Allan Nevins, Harry Hansen, Shelby Foote, Clifford Dowdey, Edwin Coddington, John Y. Simon, David Donald, William C. Davis, William McFeely, Stephen Sears, Richard McMurray, Edward Longacre, James I. Robertson, Noah Trudeau, Steven Woodworth, Wiley Sword, Gary Gallagher, Gordon Rhea, Joseph T. Glatthaar, Amanda Foreman, Allen Guelzo, and Ed Bearss, just to name a few.
 
James M. McPherson is the “dean” of contemporary Civil War Writers.  Born in North Dakota, he received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1963 where he studied under C. Vann Woodward.  His most famous work, of course, is his one-volume study of the Civil War, “Battle Cry of Freedom” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989.  He is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton.  Some of his other books include: For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in The Civil War; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietan 1862; and This Mighty Scourge.
 
Founded in 1951, The Civil War Round Table of New York generally meets on the second Wednesday of the month from September to June. Members assist each other with research, discuss preservation strategy for endangered battlefields, and listen to distinguished speakers as they talk about a particular aspect of the war. For the 2015-2016 Season, the meeting location is The 3 West Club at 3 West 51st Street in Manhattan.
 
For more information on the Civil War Round Table of New York, please contact The Civil War Round Table of New York at our mailing address: 139-33 250th Street, Rosedale, New York 11422.  Or, if you prefer, call 718-341-9811, or email us at cwrtnyc1@gmail.com.

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(From Left to Right:  Award Committee Member, Charles Mander; Fletcher Pratt Award Winner, Dr. James M. McPherson; Award Chairperson, Patrick Falci; Award Committee Member, William Finlayson)

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PAST WINNERS

1956 Bruce Catton - This Hallowed Ground
1957 Burke Davis - J.E.B. Stuart: The Last Cavalier
1958 Philip Van Doren Stern - An End to Valor
1959 Allan Nevins - The Improvised War: 1861-1862
1960 Ernest & Trevor Dupuy - The Compact History of the Civil War
1961 Glenn Tucker - Chickamauga
1962 Harry Hansen - The Civil War
1963 Shelby Foote - The Civil War: A Narrative (Volume 2)
1964 Clifford Dowdey - The Seven Days: The Emergence of Lee
1965 James V. Murfin - The Gleam of Bayonets
1966 Charles B. Dew - Ironmaker of the Confederacy: Joseph R. Anderson and the Tredegar Iron Works
1967 Glydon G. Van Deusen - William Henry Seward
1968 Edwin B. Coddington - The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study In Command
1969 Bruce Catton - Grant Takes Command
1970 Frank Vandiver - Their Tattered Flags
1971 Thomas Connelly - Army of the Heartland
1972 Robert M. Myers (editor) - Children of Pride
1973 John Y. Simon - The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (Volume 5)
1974 Shelby Foote. The Civil War: A Narrative (Volume 3)
1975 David H. Donald (editor). Gone For a Soldier: The Civil War Memoirs of Private Alfred Bellard
1976 Richard Wheeler. Voices of the Civil War
1977 William C. Davis - for continuing contributions to Civil War history
1978 Rowena Anita Reed - Combined Operations in the Civil War
1979 Stephen Z. Starr - The Union Cavalry in the Civil War (Volume 1)
1980 Samuel Carter III - The Final Fortress
1981 William McFeeley - Grant: A Biography
1982 Richard McMurray - John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence
1983 Stephen W. Sears - Landscape Turned Red
1984 Larry J. Daniel - Cannoneers in Grey
1985 Joseph T. Glatthaar - Sherman's March To the Sea and Beyond
1986 Edward G. Longacre - The Cavalry at Gettysburg
1987 James I. Robertson, Jr. - General A.P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior
1988 Benjamin F. Cooling, Jr. - Forts Henry & Donelson
1989 Noah Andre Trudeau - Bloody Roads South: The Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May - June 1864
1990 Steven E. Woodworth - Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West
1991 Rod Gragg - Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher
1992 Wiley Sword - Embrace an Angry Wind
1993 William J. Miller - Mapping For Stonewall
1994 John C. Waugh - The Class of 1846
1995 Steven E. Woodworth - Davis and Lee at War
1996 Stephen W. Sears - Chancellorsville
1997 James I. Robertson, Jr. - Stonewall Jackson, the Man, the Soldier, the Legend
1998 Gary W. Gallagher - Lee and His Generals in War and Memory
1999 Richard L. Kiper - Major General John Alexander McClernand: Politician in Uniform
2000 Gordon C. Rhea - To the North Anna River
2001 Charles B. Dew - Apostles of Disunion
2002 Grady McWhiney- Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers
2003 Stephen W. Sears - Gettysburg
2004 Michael J. Bennett - Union Jacks
2005 Ira M. Rutkow - Bleeding Blue and Gray
2006 Robert Tracy McKenzie - Lincolnites and Rebels
2007 Joan Cashin - First Lady of the Confederacy
2008 Joseph T. Glatthaar - General Lee's Army
2009 William L. Shea for Fields of Blood
2010 Donald Stoker for The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War
2011 Amanda Foreman for A World of Fire
2012 Timothy B. Smith for Corinth 1862 - Siege, Battle, Occupation
2013 Allen C. Guelzo for Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
2014 Ed Bearss for The Petersburg Campaign - Volumes 1 & 2
2015
Dr. James M. McPherson for "Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief"

 

 
 

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