Bruce Catton Historical

Bruce Catton Historical (HM1U4Y)

Location: Benzonia, MI 49616 Benzie County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 37.147', W 86° 5.938'

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(Side A)
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.
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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
out of what a great many young men on both sides felt and believed and were brave enough to do." In the 1970s, Catton turned his thoughts to his native state, writing Waiting for the Morning Train, an account of the Michigan of his boyhood, and Michigan: A Bicentennial History.
HM NumberHM1U4Y
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1984
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 571484 N 4941035
Decimal Degrees44.61911667, -86.09896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.147', W 86° 5.938'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 8.82" N, 86° 5' 56.28" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 826 Michigan Ave, Benzonia MI 49616, US
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