Bruce Catton

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Date of Birth October 9, 1899
Place of Birth Petoskey, Michigan
Date of Death Aug 28, 1978 (78)
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Bruce Catton

Charles Bruce Catton was an American historian and journalist, known best for his books concerning the American Civil War. Known as a narrative historian, Catton specialized in popular history, featuring interesting characters and historical vignettes, in addition to the basic facts, dates, and analyses. Although his books were researched well and included footnotes, they were not generally presented in a rigorous academic style. He won a Pulitzer Prize during 1954 for A Stillness at Appomattox, his study of the final campaign of the war in Virginia.

Born: Charles Bruce Catton, October 9, 1899, Petoskey, Michigan, U.S.
Died: August 28, 1978, Frankfort, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation: Journalist, author
Nationality: American
Period: 1948–1978
Genre: History
Subject: American Civil War
Spouse: Hazel H. Cherry
Children: William Bruce Catton

About Bruce Catton

Award-winning American historian, author, and journalist who is best known for his three Civil War-themed trilogies. His writing features colorful characters and historical vignettes.

Before Fame

He became a reporter and editor for The Cleveland News, the Boston American, and The Plain Dealer after serving in the US Navy during World War I. He published his first historical work, The War Lords of Washington, in 1948.


His book, A Stillness at Appomattox, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954.

Family Life

He married Hazel H. Cherry on August 16, 1925. Their son, William Bruce, was born the following year.


He wrote a trilogy on Ulysses Grant.

Information related to Bruce Catton

  • Pulitzer Prize for History winners
  • Historians of the American Civil War
  • American newspaper journalists
  • American naval personnel of World War I
  • Writers from Michigan
  • National Book Award winners
  • American Congregationalists
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
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