The Earth is Weeping wins Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History

6th March 2017

The New York Historical Society and the Gilder Lehrman Institute have announced that Peter Cozzens has been awarded the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History for The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West.

The $50,000 annual prize recognises the best book in the field of military history. Andrew Roberts, committee chair of the judging panel, said:

“The judges recognised The Earth Is Weeping as an instant classic of military history. His ambitiously broad sweep both geographically and chronologically, his diligent research, his masterful grasp of both strategy and tactics, but above all his beautiful written style made Peter Cozzens our unanimous winner.”

Discussing the award, Peter Cozzens said:

“I am deeply honored to receive the Gilder Lehrman Prize… Also, I am highly gratified that the Indian Wars of the American West will receive far wider attention as a consequence of the prestige this award carries.”

More about The Earth Is Weeping

With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In his exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life—even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States—Peter Cozzens gives readers both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. In The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, he illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace and explores the lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies.

More about Peter Cozzens

Peter Cozzens is the author or editor of 17 books on the American Civil War and the American West. He also recently retired from a 30-year career as a Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he served as a captain in the U. S. Army. Cozzens was a frequent contributor to the New York Times “Disunion” series, and he has written for America’s Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, MHQ, Cowboys & Indians, BBC World Histories, and Smithsonian, among other publications. Cozzens is a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize and of the Literary Society of Washington, D.C. In 2002, Cozzens received the American Foreign Service Association’s highest award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent.