Prize-Winning Articles from the Journal of Military History

The Journal’s standing as the leading publication of its kind is regularly reinforced by the articles published in its pages that go on to win prizes elsewhere. We offer the following examples from a list that is sure to grow:

  • Michael J. Crawford, "Avast Swabbing! The Medical Campaign to Reform Swabbing the Decks in the U.S. Navy," The Journal of Military History 83:1 (January 2019). Winner of the first Charles Dana Gibson Award, presented by the North American Society for Oceanic History. NASOH presents the Charles Dana Gibson Award annually to the author of the most significant article on any aspect of North American maritime history published in a refereed journal during the previous year. 
  • Samuel Watson, “Military Learning and Adaptation Shaped by Social Context: The U.S. Army and Its ‘Indian Wars’, 1790-1890,” The Journal of Military History (April 2018) won a US Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for the best article to appear in an academic journal.
  • Kurt Hackemer, “Wartime Trauma and the Lure of the Frontier: Civil War Veterans in Dakota Territory,” The Journal of Military History (January 2017) won the Dorothy Schwieder Prize for the Best Article in Midwestern History for 2017, awarded by the Midwestern History Association.
  • Ethan S. Rafuse, “‘Little Phil’, a ‘Bad Old Man’, and the ‘Gray Ghost’: Hybrid Warfare and the Fight for the Shenandoah Valley, August-November 1864” The Journal of Military History (July 2017) won a US Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for the best article to appear in an academic journal.
  • Daniel T. Canfield, “Opportunity Lost:  Combined Operations and the Development of Union Military Strategy, April 1861-April 1862,” Journal of Military History (July 2015) won a US Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for the best article to appear in an academic journal.
  • Kevin J. Weddle, "A Change of Both Men and Measures: British Reassessment of Military Strategy after Saratoga, 1777-1778," Journal of Military History (July 2013) won the Colonel John J. Madigan III U.S. Army War College Staff and Faculty Published Writing Competition.
  • John W. Hall, “An Irregular Reconsideration of George Washington and the American Military Tradition,” (Journal of Military History:  July 2014) won a US Army Historical Foundation 2014 Distinguished Writing Award for the best article to appear in an academic journal.
  • Gregory Daddis, “Eating Soup with a Spoon: The U.S. Army as a ‘Learning Institution’,” Journal of Military History (January 2013) won a US Army Historical Foundation 2013 Distinguished Writing Award for the best article to appear in an academic journal.
  • Jochen S. Arndt, “The True Napoleon of the West: General Winfield Scott’s Mexico City Campaign and the Origins of the U.S. Army’s Combined-Arms Combat Division,” Journal of Military History (July 2012) won a US Army Historical Foundation 2012 Distinguished Writing Award for the best article to appear in an academic journal.
  • Kevin Weddle, “‘The Fall of Satan's Kingdom': Civil-Military Relations and the Union Navy's Attack on Charleston, April 1863," Journal of Military History (April 2011) won a US Army War College John J. Madigan Award for best faculty publication.
  • Kerry Irish, “Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines: There Must Be a Day of Reckoning,” Journal of Military History (October 2010) received the Army Historical Foundation’s prize for the best article on the U.S. Army to appear in a journal or magazine in 2010.
  • Brian F. Neumann, “A Question of Authority: Reassessing the March-Pershing ‘Feud’ in the First World War,” Journal of Military History (October 2009) received the Army Historical Foundation’s prize for the best article on the U.S. Army to appear in a journal or magazine in 2009.
  • Timothy S. Wolters, “Electric Torpedoes in the Confederacy: Reconciling Conflicting Histories,” Journal of Military History (July 2008) received the Rear Admiral Ernest M. Eller Prize in Naval History awarded by the Naval History and Heritage Command and the Naval Historical Foundation.
  • Andrew J. Birtle, “PROVN, Westmoreland, and the Historians: A Reappraisal,” Journal of Military History (October 2008) received the Army Historical Foundation’s prize for the best article on the U.S. Army to appear in a journal or magazine in 2008.
  • Lorraine White, “Strategic Geography and the Spanish Habsburg Monarchy’s Failure to Recover Portugal, 1640-1668,” Journal of Military History (April 2007 received the Oliveira Marques Prize Award for the best article on Portuguese history published in 2007.