The 2014 John E. Dolibois History Prize: James McPherson

McPhersonjpegOhioans on Slavery and Emancipation in the Civil War

James M. McPherson

George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Emeritus, Princeton University

Wednesday 29 October, 7.30 pm, Parrish Auditorium

Ohioans played a more important role in the Civil War than residents of perhaps any other Union state. Three of four principal generals who led the North grew up in Ohio and went to West Point, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton were Ohioans, while Senators Benjamin Wade and John Sherman and Representatives James Ashley and John A. Bingham were important Congressional leaders in the drive for abolition of slavery.

Ohio also furnished prominent opponents of these policies, notably Clement L. Vallandigham, George L. Pendleton, and Samuel S. Cox. The story of these and other Ohioans in military and political actions of the war brings special attention to issues of slavery and its abolition.

  • Free public event
  • Reception to follow