Peter Cozzens is the author of seventeen critically acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the American West. Cozzens also is a recently retired Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State.

His newest book, The Earth is Weeping: The Indian Wars for the American West was published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2016. It is the recipient of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Military History Prize for the best book on the subject published in the English language in 2016, and of the Caroline Bancroft Prize in American History. Now in its seventh hardcover printing, The Earth is Weeping made several Best Books lists, including the London Time, Seattle Times, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Newsday. It also was a Smithsonian Top History Book of the year. It has been reprinted in several languages.

Cozzens' next book Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation will be published by Knopf in early 2020.

All of Cozzens' books have been selections of the Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, and/or the Military Book Club. Cozzens’ This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga were both Main Selections of the History Book Club and were chosen by Civil War Magazine as two of the 100 greatest works ever written on the conflict.

The History Book Club called his five-volume Eyewitnesses to the Indian Wars "the definitive resource on the military struggle for the American West."

Cozzens's Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign was a Choice "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2009.

He was a frequent contributor to the New York Times "Disunion" series, and has written for America's Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, MHQ, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, BBC World Histories, and Cowboys & Indians, among other publications.

In 2002 Cozzens received the American Foreign Service Association’s highest award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent.

Cozzens is a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize and of the Literary Society of Washington DC.

Cozzens and his wife Antonia reside in Kensington, Maryland.

Other Works

  • The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (Knopf)

    October 2016

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History
  • Winner of the 2017 Caroline Bancroft Prize in American History
  • Smithsonian Magazine Top History Book of 2016
  • London Times 2017 History Book of the Year