James McPherson is the Dean of Civil War historians. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1988 book Battle Cry of Freedom. He has also won the Lincoln Prize twice, for For Cause and Comrades:Why Men Fought in the Civil War and Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. He is the author more recently of Embattled Rebel and The War that Forged a Nation both published in 2015. He taught at Princeton University for more than 40 years. In this episode, he talks with Colin about Johns Hopkins and his mentor C. Vann Woodward, landing at Princeton, and his life studying and writing about the Civil War.