Catton, Bruce

Catton, Bruce

▪ American historian and journalist
in full  Charles Bruce Catton  
born Oct. 9, 1899, Petoskey, Mich., U.S.
died Aug. 28, 1978, Frankfort, Mich.

      American journalist and historian, noted for his books on the American Civil War.

      As a child living in a small town in Michigan, Catton was stimulated by the reminiscences of the Civil War that he heard from local veterans. His education at Oberlin College, Ohio, was interrupted by two years of naval service in World War I and was subsequently abandoned for a career in journalism. While he was employed as a reporter for the Boston American, the Cleveland News, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer (1920–26), Catton continued his lifelong study of the Civil War period. He subsequently worked for the Newspaper Enterprise Service (1926–41) and for the U.S. War Production Board. In 1954 he became a member of the staff of American Heritage magazine, and from 1959 he served as its senior editor.

      A commission to write a Centennial History of the Civil War evolved into Catton's celebrated trilogy on the Army of the Potomac: Mr. Lincoln's Army (1951); Glory Road (1952); and A Stillness at Appomattox (1953). The latter earned Catton both a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1954.

      Catton's brilliance as a historian lay in his ability to bring to historical narrative the immediacy of reportage.

      Other works by Catton include The War Lords of Washington (1948); U.S. Grant and the American Military Tradition (1954); and a second trilogy, The Coming Fury (1961); Terrible Swift Sword (1963); and Never Call Retreat (1965).

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