Mark E. Neely Jr.

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Mark E. Neely Jr. (born November 10, 1944 in Amarillo, Texas) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian best known as an authority on the U.S. Civil War in general and Abraham Lincoln in particular.


Neely was born in Texas. He earned his BA in American Studies and Ph.D. in history at Yale University in 1966 and 1973. Yale's Graduate School awarded him a Wilbur Cross Medal in 1995.

In 1971–1972 Neely was a visiting instructor at Iowa State University. In 1972 he was named director of the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a position he held for 20 years.

In 1992 Dr. Neely was named the John Francis Bannon Professor of History and American Studies at Saint Louis University. In 1998 he was named the McCabe Greer Professor of Civil War History at Pennsylvania State University.

Neely is best known for his 1991 book The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties, which won both the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for History[1] and the 1992 Bell I. Wiley Prize. In March 1991 he published an article in the magazine Civil War History entitled "Was the Civil War a Total War?", which is considered one of the top three most influential articles on the war written in the last half of the 20th Century.



  1. Heinz Dietrich Fischer; Erika J. Fischer (2005). Chronicle of the Pulitzer Prizes for history: discussions, decisions and documents. K.G. Saur. p. 33. ISBN 978-3-598-30189-6. Retrieved 2 December 2010.

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