Virginia Civil War 150
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"Leadership and Generalship in the Civil War"
Virginia Military Institute
Center for Leadership and Ethics
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lieutenant General (VA)
John W. Knapp
Conference Chair


Josiah Bunting
Josiah Bunting III is President of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation in New York City. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and of the University of Oxford.

His most recent book is a biography of Ulysses S. Grant, and he is completeing a biography of George C. Marshall.

Mr. Bunting lives with his family in Fauquier County, Virginia.


Peter Cozzens
Peter Cozzens is the author of sixteen critically acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West. He also is a career Foreign Service Officer.

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 Civil War. His most recent book, Shenandoah 1862, Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign, received a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title award in 2010. The prestigious Easton Press reprinted This Terrible Sound for inclusion their Library of the Civil War collection.


William Cooper
William J. Cooper is a Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Biography. He is also a past president of the Southern Historical Association. His books include: The South and the Politics of Slavery, 1828-1856; Liberty and Slavery: Southern Politics to 1860; Jefferson Davis, American; and Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era.


Gary Gallagher
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. A native of Los Angeles, California, he received his B.A. from Adams State College of Colorado (1972) and his M.A. (1977) and Ph.D. (1982) from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught for twelve years at Penn State University before joining in the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1998. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including The Confederate War (Harvard University Press, 1997), Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (Louisiana State University Press, 1998), The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History (co-edited with Alan T. Nolan, Indiana University Press, 2000), Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), and The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011). He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press ("Civil War America" and “Military Campaigns of the Civil War”) and has appeared regularly on the Arts and Entertainment Network's series "Civil War Journal" as well as participating in more than three dozen other television projects in the field. Professor Gallagher delivered the 1996 Littlefield Endowed Lectures at the University of Texas at Austin, the 2004 Brose Lectures in Civil War History at Penn State University, the 2005 Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg College, and the 2011 Lamar Lectures at Mercer University, and in 2001-2002 he was the Times-Mirror Foundation Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California. He is also the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia. Active in the field of historic preservation, he was president from 1987 to mid-1994 of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (an organization with a membership of more than 12,500 representing all 50 states). He also served as a member of the Board of the Civil War Trust and has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions.


Robert Krick
Robert K. Krick grew up in Northern California. He has lived and worked on east coast battlefields for more than four decades. For thirty years he was Chief Historian of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Krick is the author of twenty books and more than two hundred published articles. His Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain (University of North Carolina Press, 1990) won three national awards, including the Douglas Southall Freeman Prize for Best Book in Southern History. Krick's Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic (William Morrow & Co., 1996) was a main selection of the History Book Club and a selection of the Book of the Month Club. His latest book, from the University of Alabama Press (2007), is Civil War Weather in Virginia. During 2003-2006, Krick worked under contract on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, writing most of the words on the walls of that new museum.


Mark Neely
Mark E. Neely Jr. is McCabe-Greer Professor of the History of the Civil War Era and senior historian in residence at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author or coauthor of eleven previous books, including The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War Northand The Union Image: Popular Prints of the Civil War North. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Fate of Liberty, which also won the Bell I. Wiley Prize.


Carol Reardon
Carol Reardon is George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State University. An expert on the Civil War and Vietnam eras, she is the author of many books and articles about the U.S. military. Her titles include Soldiers and Scholars: The U.S. Army and the Uses of Military History, 1865-1920 (1990), Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory (1997), and Launch the Intruders: A Naval Attack Squadron in the Vietnam War, 1972 (2005). She was President of the Society for Military History, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Civil War Trust. Dr. Reardon is currently serving as the General Harold K. Johnson Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.


James I. Robertson Jr.
Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, is one of the most distinguished names in Civil War history. A nationally acclaimed teacher and lecturer, he has written or edited two dozen books on the Civil War era. His biography of Stonewall Jackson won eight national awards and was the basis for the movie Gods and Generals. His most recent book is The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War (2011). Early in his career, Robertson was appointed executive director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission by President John F. Kennedy. Today he serves on the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, appointed by the Virginia General Assembly.


Jeffry Wert
Jeffry D. Wert, a native of central Pennsylvania, is a historian, author, and lecturer of Civil War history. He graduated from the Lock Haven University, earned a MA in history from The Penn State University, and taught at Penns Valley Area High School for thirty-three years, retiring in 2002. He has written nine books on the Civil War, two of which were awarded the Laney Prize, A Brotherhood of Valor and The Sword of Lincoln. Another book, Gettysburg, Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. His newest work, A Glorious Army, has also been nominated for a National Book Award. He has also received the William Woods Hassler Award for contributions to Civil War studies. He has appeared on the television series “Civil War Journal” and other documentaries. He has written more than two hundred articles, columns, and essays for history journals and magazines and has lectured extensively throughout the country.



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