I have been fortunate to meet and talk face-to-face with McPherson three times, most recently at the New York Historical Society in 2012, when I not only was able to go to the microphone to ask him a question about Confederate Admiral James Buchanan and Commander James Montgomery (both of whom appear in my game) but also afterward, as we were leaving the building. (See below for a link to the video of his talk - I am on camera at the 39 minute mark).
Two years before that I met him at the Hotchkiss School, where he gave a talk on Lincoln as a commander - and I was able to have a brief one-on-one conversation over a drink with him afterward. Many years before that I met him after he did his signature work on Antietam. Grand, great historian and wordsmith of the old school; a master of easy to read yet elegant prose. Congratulations, Professor McPherson, couldn't happen to a nicer and more deserving guy!
Civil War historian McPherson wins lifetime award
NEW YORK — One the country’s greatest Civil War historians has won a lifetime achievement award.
James M. McPherson is best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Battle Cry of Freedom.” He received the seventh annual Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award for distinguished writing in American history. The award is named for the late Pulitzer-winning historian and was announced Monday by the Society of American Historians.