Bruce Catton (1899–1978)

Historian. Catton grew up in Benzonia, Michigan, listening to the stories told by Union army veterans and reenacting the battles of the Civil War. After serving briefly in the U.S. Navy during World War I, Catton worked as a reporter until the outbreak of World War II, during which he served as director of information for the War Production Board. A founding editor of American Heritage magazine, he wrote many volumes about the Civil War, including A Stillness at Appomattox (1954), which won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. In 1976 Catton was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom as America’s foremost historian of the Civil War.