RIP Tony Horwitz

It saddens me to report the Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, who was the author of a terrific book about the Civil War’s continuing impact on modern times, Confederates in the Attic, the author of a book on John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, and most recently the author of a new book on Frederick Law Olmstead, Spying on the South, passed away after collapsing while walking. You can read his New York Times obituary here. NPR story here.

I briefly met Mr. Horwitz in 2016 when he came to Gettysburg as part of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park’s discussion of Confederates in the Attic. See the blog post here.

We have lost another historical luminary.


  1. Nancy Abbott · · Reply

    Wow. That’s really sad. It was probably a heart attack or stroke. I remember We I was first getting online with Civil War stuff everyone was talking about that book. I was going to get it and read it and never did. So sad.

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. You should still try to read it, Nancy. It’s very good. I’m sure your local library will have a copy so you don’t have to go searching for a copy.

  2. Sheesh, and so relatively young. Thanks for letting us know, Al. Confederates in the Attic has been on my list for many years, but never quite worked my way down to it. Will have to bump it up and get to it soon in honor of his memory.

    1. You won’t regret reading it, Bert. It’s a terrific book.

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