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Athens, GA: The Southern Historical Association is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize: Matthew C. Hulbert, author of “Guerrilla Memory: Irregular Recollections from the Civil War Borderlands” written under the direction of John Inscoe at the University of Georgia.

The Woodward Award was established in 2000 and is given to recognize the best dissertation in Southern history defended in the previous calendar year. The prize consists of a $3,000 stipend
and is funded by the Woodward Fund, based on a generous bequest left to the SHA by C. Vann Woodward.

In its report the Woodward prize committee noted that “Hulbert clearly establishes that the memory of guerrilla warfare—or the absence thereof—is a vital component of Civil War historiography. His framework was well-conceived, his argument was persuasive, and the entire dissertation was a pleasure to read. We look forward to seeing the dissertation in print.”

About the SHA: The Southern Historical Association was organized on November 2, 1934 and charged with promoting an "investigative rather than a memorial approach" to southern history. Its objectives are the promotion of interest and research in southern history, the collection and preservation of the South's historical records, and the encouragement of state and local historical societies in the South. As a secondary purpose the Association fosters the teaching and study of all areas of history in the South. The Association holds an annual meeting, usually in the first or second week of November, and publishes The Journal of Southern History.


Matthew C. Hulbert is a cultural and military historian of nineteenth-century America. He is the co-editor of The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (Kentucky, 2015) and the author of The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers became Gunslingers in the American West (forthcoming from the UnCivil Wars series at UGA Press in fall 2016).