Author Gail Stephens has been named the recipient of the 2011 William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography by the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York for her Indiana Historical Society Press book Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War.
The Seward Award carries with it a $2,000 cash reward, as well as an expense-paid trip to New York City, where Stephens will receive the Seward Award, and make a presentation to the Civil War Forum's membership, on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
Stephens is only the second person to receive the Seward Award. The first person was Joan Waugh for her work U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, published in 2010 by the University of North Carolina Press.
Stephens is a retired U.S. Department of Defense employee who serves as a volunteer at the Monocacy National Battlefield. She lectures on the Civil War, teaches courses at area colleges, and gives battlefield tours.