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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Y. Simon  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1933 in Highland Park, Illinois

Died: 2008 in Carbondale, Illinois

-- John Y. Simon on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

John taught at the University of Illinois for 44 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

John was on the history faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, for 44 years. Simon had MA and PhD history degrees from Harvard University. He received the Lincoln Prize Special Achievement Award in 2004 from the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College for his then-24, later 31 volume Grant series.

Published Works

  • Ulysses S. Grant, Essays and Documents, Southern Illinois University Press, 1981
  • Lincoln and Grant, Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin, 1984
  • The Era of the Civil War 1848-1870, University of Illinois Press, 1987
  • The Continuing Civil War, Essays in Honor of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago, Morningside, 1992
  • Lincoln`s Generals, Oxford University Press, 1994
  • Grant and Halleck, Contrasts in Command, Marquette University Press, 1996
  • New Perspectives on the Civil War, Myths and Realities of the National Conflict, Madison House, 1998
  • The Lincoln Forum, Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, and the Civil War, Savas Pub. Co., 1999

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ulysses S. Grant :
ISBN: 0809310198. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©1981.

The era of the Civil War, 1848-1870 /
ISBN: 0252013395. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1987.

Lincoln's generals /
ISBN: 0195101103. OCLC Number:

Oxford University Press,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.

From the moment the battle ended, Gettysburg was hailed as one of the greatest triumphs of the Union army. Celebrations erupted across the North as a grateful people cheered the victory. But Gabor Boritt turns our attention away from the rejoicing millions to the dark mood of the White House - where Lincoln cried in frustration as General Meade let the largest Confederate army escape safely into Virginia. Such unexpected portraits abound in Lincoln's Generals, as a team of distinguished historians probes beyond the popular anecdotes and conventional wisdom to offer a fascinating look at Lincoln's relationship with his commanders. In Lincoln's Generals, Boritt and his fellow contributors examine the interaction between the president and five key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. In each chapter, the authors provide new insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president's tireless efforts to work with them. Even Lincoln's choice of generals was not as ill-starred as we think, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark E. Neely, Jr.: compared to most Victorian-era heads of state, he had a fine record of selecting commanders (for example, the contemporary British gave us such bywords for incompetence as "the charge of the Light Brigade," while Napoleon III managed to lose the entire French army). But the president's relationship with his commanders in chief was never easy. In these pages, Stephen Sears underscores McClellan's perverse obstinancy as Lincoln tried everything to drive him ahead. Neely sheds new light on the president's relationship with Hooker, arguing that he was wrong to push the general to attack at Chancellorsville. Boritt writes about Lincoln's prickly relationship with the victor of Gettysburg, "old snapping turtle" George Meade. Michael Fellman reveals the political stress between the White House and William T. Sherman, a staunch conservative who did not want blacks in his army but who was crucial to the war effort. And John Y. Simon looks past the legendary camaraderie between Lincoln and Grant to reveal the tensions in their relationship. Perhaps no other episode has been more pivotal in the nation's history than the Civil War - and yet so much of these massive events turned on a few distinctive personalities. Lincoln's Generals is a brilliant portrait that takes us inside the individual relationships that shaped the course of our most costly war.

Grant and Halleck :
ISBN: 0874623294. OCLC Number:

Marquette University Press ;. Milwaukee :. ©1996.

New perspectives on the Civil War :
ISBN: 0742521206. OCLC Number:

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers,. Lanham, Md. :. 2002.

The Lincoln Forum :
ISBN: 1882810376. OCLC Number:

Savas Pub. Co. ;. Mason City, IA :. 1999.

On November 19, 1996, six distinguished American scholars met in Gettysburg and offered unique perspectives on the place of President Lincoln, his unforgettable Address, and the titanic battle of July 13, 1863, in American history and the collective conscience. Here for the first time, these monographs are made available to the general public. Includes essays by the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, Richard N. Current, Harold Holzer, Edna Greene Medford, and John Y. Simon.