Department of History
The Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-3631
Tel. 614-292-1855
Fax. 614-292-2282


Ph.D., History The Ohio State University 1992
M.A., War Studies Kings College London 1985
B.A., History The Ohio State University 1982

Current Position

Associate Professor of History

Awards and Honors

Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, The Ohio State University, 1999

This is the university's highest award for teaching excellence.

Ben M. Jones III Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, College of Humanities, The Ohio State University, 1997

This is the college's highest award for teaching excellence.

Lincoln Prize (second place), Lincoln and Soldiers Institute, 1996, for best book on Civil War published in 1995 (The Hard Hand of War)
Finalist, Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 1996.
Finalist, Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, 1994.
Clio Award for Distinguished Teaching in History, Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, 1994.

Fellowships and Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship 2000-2001
Faculty Professional Leave, Ohio State University 2000-2001
Seed Grant, Ohio State University 1992
Mellon Research Grant, Virginia Historical Society 1992
Dissertation Fellowship, U.S.Army Center of Military History 1992
Presidential Dissertation Fellowship, Ohio State University 1991-1992



a.  Books

The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865. Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Winner of the Lincoln Prize (second place); featured selection of the History Book Club.  Available in paperback.

And Keep Moving On:  The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864. Lincoln:  University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

b.  Edited Volumes

Civilians in the Path of War.  University of Nebraska Press, 2002.  Co-edited with Clifford J. Rogers.

The Union Must Stand: The Civil War Diary of John Quincy Adams Campbell, Fifth Iowa Volunteers. University of Tennessee Press, 2000. Co-edited with Todd D. Miller.

The Collapse of the Confederacy. University of Nebraska Press, 2001. Co-edited with Brooks D. Simpson. Available in paperback.

c.  Articles, Essays, and Chapters

“Surviving Military Revolution:  The American Civil War,” in McGregor Knox and Williamson Murray, eds., The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050 (Cambridge and New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2001), 74-91.

Chapters 10-14 of Warfare in the Western World: Military Operations from 1600 to 1871, ed. by Robert A. Doughty and Ira D. Gruber. D.C. Heath, 1996.

These chapters have also been published as a separate volume entitled The American Civil War: The Emergence of Total Warfare. D. C. Heath, 1996.

"In Not So Dubious Battle: The Motivations of Civil War Soldiers," Journal of Military History 62 (January 1998): 175-188.

"Introduction," Kenneth P. Williams, Grant Rises in the West: The First Year, 1861-1862 [reprint of Lincoln Finds a General, vol. 3] University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

"Modern War/Total War" and "The Western Theater" in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research. Greenwood Press, 1996.

"Introductory Essay: The Making of Strategy," in Williamson Murray, MacGregor Knox, and Alvin H. Bernstein, eds., The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War. Cambridge University Press, 1994. (co-author with Williamson Murray)

"Conciliation and Its Failure, 1861-1862," Civil War History, vol. 39, no. 4 (December 1993), pp. 317-335.

"The Pirate and the State: Henry Morgan and Irregular Naval Warfare in the Early Modern World," in Jack Sweetman, ed., New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Tenth Naval History Symposium. U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1993, 29-43.


a. Books

Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide. University of Nebraska Press [Bison Books], 1999. Co-written with Brooks D. Simpson.

b. Feature Articles

"Overthrown: The Truth Behind the McClellan-Scott Feud," Civil War Times Illustrated (November 1980).

"Prince John Magruder," Civil War Times Illustrated (September 1982).

"Jackson: The Wrath of God," Civil War Times Illustrated (March 1984).

"Rear Guard at Williamsburg," Civil War Times Illustrated (May 1985).

"On The Edge of Disaster: South Mountain," Civil War Times Illustrated (November 1986).

"Turning the Tables: Cedar Creek," America's Civil War (May 1989).

"The Definition of Disaster: Ball's Bluff," Civil War Times Illustrated (May 1989).

"High Tide at Perryville." Civil War Times Illustrated (August 1992).

"Millionaire Rebel Raider: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Part 1," Civil War Times Illustrated (October 1993).

"The Great Deceiver: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Part 2," Civil War Times Illustrated (December 1993).

"Leader of the Klan: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest, Part 3," Civil War Times Illustrated (February 1994).

"The Professional Historian and ‘Popular' History," Columbiad: A Quarterly Review of the War Between the States, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 1997), 59-71.

"Race in the Civil War," North and South vol. 4, no. 3 (March 2001), 36-46, 52-55.

c. Special Full-length Issues

"Robert E. Lee: The Master General," Civil War Times Illustrated (November 1985).

"A Legend of the South: Stonewall Jackson," Civil War Times Illustrated (April 1988).

"Ulysses S. Grant," Civil War Times Illustrated (February 1990).

"`We Will Vindicate the Right': An Account of the Life of Jefferson Davis," Civil War Times Illustrated (August 1991).


Reviews published in American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, Journal of Southern History, Civil War History, H-CivWar, Mississippi Quarterly, Georgia Historical Quarterly, North Carolina Historical Review, Civil War Times Illustrated, and Cleveland Plain Dealer.


A. Academic

"New Approaches to Teaching Military History in Civilian Academe." Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 18, 1997.

"Hard War in the West: U.S. Conduct Toward Southern Civilians and Native Americans in Comparative Perspective." Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 30, 1996.

"The Price of Entente: British Troop Commitment and the Salonika Campaign, 1915-1916." Northern Great Plains History Conference, October 5, 1991.

"The Pirate and the State: Henry Morgan and Irregular Naval Warfare in the Early Modern World." Tenth Naval History Symposium, September 12, 1991. B Invited.

"Citizenship, Manliness, and Soldier Motivation." The Ohio River Valley and the American Civil War Colloquium, Cincinnati Museum Center, September 18, 2000

"‘Thieves, Murderers, Trespassers': The Mythology of Sherman's March." Eleazer Wood Lecture, Bowling Green State University, March 18, 1997.

"‘A Single Grand Campaign': McClellan, Conciliation, and the Peninsula, 1862." Lecture at the ROTC Fellowship, United States Military Academy, June 7, 1996.

"The American Civil War Considered as a Revolution in Military Affairs." Conference on Revolutions in Military Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps University, April 11, 1996.

"Union Soldiers and the Persistence of Restraint in War." Lecture at the United States Military Academy, November 15, 1995.

"Fighting A Lost War: Southern Generals and the Final Weeks of the Confederacy." Perspectives in Military History Series, U.S. Army Military History Institute, May 18, 1995.

"The New Chevauchée: Federal Policy Toward Southern Civilians During the American Civil War." Fourth Midwest Military History Conference, November 5, 1993.

Courses Taught

a. Undergraduate Surveys

Western Civilization, 1648 - Present.
U.S. History to 1877
U.S History from 1877
Introduction to Historical Thought
World War Two
American Military Policy, 1607-1914
European Warfare from the Franco-Prussian War through World War Two
Civil War and Reconstruction

b. Graduate Level

Studies in American History: The Civil War
Studies in American History: White Racism in Nineteenth Century America
Studies in Military History: The Early American Way of War
Studies in Military History: New Frontiers in Military History
Studies in Military History: Memory, Myth and Imagination in the Two World Wars
Studies in Military History: Race and Ideology in the Two World Wars Race and Culture in Colonial and Nineteenth Century America


Available upon request.

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