Historian, author, editor, Bruce Catton (1899-1978) is best known for his two Civil War trilogies -- The Army of the Potomac and The Centennial History of the Civil War. Born in Petoskey, Catton spent most of his childhood in Benzonia, where his father accepted a teaching position at Benzonia Academy. In 1906 he became the academy's principal. The Cattons lived in this building, which was the principal's home and the girls' dormitory. Catton served in the navy and worked for newspapers and the federal government when, at the age of fifty-one, he published his first Civil War Book, Mr. Lincoln's Army. In 1954 he became the editor of American Heritage magazine and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for A Stillness at Appomattox. He died at his Frankfort, Michigan, summer home in 1978.
Bruce Catton's fascination with the Civil War began in Benzonia, where he grew up with Civil War veterans, who "gave a color and a tone, not merely to our village life, but to the concept of life with which we grew up." He was impressed by their certainty, their values and their faith in bravery, patriotism, freedom and the progress of the human race. He wrote, "I think I was always subconsciously driven by an attempt to restate that faith and to show where it was properly grounded, how it grew
Erected 1984 by Michigan History Division, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S0560.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 44° 37.147′ N, 86° 5.938′ W. Marker is in Benzonia, Michigan, in Benzie County. Marker is on Michigan Avenue (U.S. 31) north of Traverse Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 891 Michigan Avenue, Benzonia MI 49616, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mills Community House (here, next to this marker); Benzonia College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crystal Lake (approx. 0.6 miles away); Honor Area WWII Honor Roll (approx. 5 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 7.1 miles away); Marquette's Death Gravestone at Point Betsie (approx. 9.1 miles away); Oil House (approx. 9.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Benzonia.
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Also see . . .
1. Bruce Catton Obituary. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Bruce Catton at Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Bruce Catton at American Heritage. (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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