William C. Harris (historian)

William C. Harris is Professor Emeritus of History at North Carolina State University. In 2012, he was co-winner of the 2012 Lincoln Prize (shared with Elizabeth D. Leonard).[1]

William C. Harris
OccupationAuthor and Historian
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
SubjectCivil War
Notable awardsLincoln Prize 2012


He began graduate school in 1958 at the University of Alabama.[2]


Harris served in the U.S. Air Force before graduate school.[2]

He is also on the Advisory Council of Ford's Theatre[3] and serves on the Board of Advisors for Knox College's Lincoln Studies Center.[4]


Harris's With charity for all: Lincoln and the restoration of the Union came in second place for the Lincoln Prize in 1998.[5] He then received the Lincoln Diploma of Honor from the Lincoln Memorial University in 2003.[1]

In 2008, Harris's writing was also awarded Henry Adams Prize offered by the Society for History in the Federal Government with his book Lincoln's Rise to the Presidency [6][7]

Most notably, Harris was awarded the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize in 2012.[8]


  • Presidential Reconstruction in Mississippi. Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University [1967]. OCLC 647759
  • The day of the carpetbagger: Republican Reconstruction in Mississippi. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1979. ISBN 9780807103661. OCLC 3915482
  • William Woods Holden: firebrand of North Carolina politics. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987. ISBN 9780807113257. OCLC 15109349
  • With charity for all: Lincoln and the restoration of the Union. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1997. ISBN 9780813109718. OCLC 35574529
  • Lincoln's last months. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004. ISBN 9780674011991. OCLC 52858521
  • Lincoln's rise to the presidency. Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, 2007. ISBN 9780700615209. OCLC 77270665
  • Lincoln and the Border States: preserving the Union. Lawrence, Kan.: University Press of Kansas, 2011. ISBN 9780700618040. OCLC 714731538
  • Lincoln and the Union governors. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2013. ISBN 9780809332885. OCLC 832706403