Gary W. Gallagher

John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War, Emeritus
Prior Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History

Field & Specialties

U.S. Civil War
American Military History to 1900


Ph.D., M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1982, 1977
B.A., Adams State College, 1972


Professional Activities

Editor, "Civil War America" series at the University of North Carolina Press, 1993 [1987] - (108 titles to date)

Editor, "Military Campaigns of the Civil War" series at the University of North Carolina Press, 1994 - (10 titles to date)

Co-editor, "American Civil War Classics" series, University of South Carolina Press, 2001-2005 (5 titles)

Co-Editor, "The Littlefield History of the Civil War Era," 16-vol. series at the University of North Carolina Press (sponsored by The Littlefield Fund for Southern History at the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina Press), 2008- (10 titles to date)

President, Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (national membership of 12,000), 1987-94; trustee, 1994-96



Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty. University of Georgia Press, 2013.

The Union War. Harvard University Press, 2011.

Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War. University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

The American Civil War: The War in the East, 1861-May 1863. Osprey Publishing, 20001.

Lee and His Army in Confederate History. University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

Lee and His Generals in War and Memory. Louisiana State University Press, 1998.

The Confederate War. Harvard University Press, 1997.

Stephen Dodson Ramseur: Lee's Gallant General. University of North Carolina Press, 1985.


Edited/Co-Authored Books

Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Oveland Campaign. University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2015. (Co-editor and co-author)

Lens of War: Exploring Iconic Photographs of the Civil War. University of Georgia Press, 2015. (Co-editor and co-author)

The American War: An Interactive History of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Flip Learning, 2014. (Co-author)

Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict in the American Civil War. University of North Carolina Press, 2009. (Co-editor and co-author)

Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration. University of Virginia Press, 2006. (Co-editor and co-author)

The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. University of North Carolina Press, 2006. (Editor and co- author)

The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. University of North Carolina Press, 2003. (Editor and co- author)

The Richmond Campaign of 1862: The Peninsula and the Seven Days. University of North Carolina Press, 2000. (Editor and co-author)

The Lost Cause and Civil War History. Indiana University Press, 2000. (Co-editor and co-author)

The Antietam Campaign. University of North Carolina Press, 1999. (Editor and co-author)

The Spotsylvania Campaign. University of North Carolina Press, 1998. (Editor and co-author)

The Wilderness Campaign. University of North Carolina Press, 1997. (Editor and co-author)

Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath. University of North Carolina Press, 1996. (Editor and co- author)

Lee the Soldier. University of Nebraska Press, 1996. (Editor and co-author)

The Fredericksburg Campaign: Decision on the Rappahannock. University of North Carolina Press, 1995. (Editor and co-author)

The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond. University of North Carolina Press, 1994. (Editor and co- author)

Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. University of North Carolina Press, 1989. (Editor)


Essays and Published Lectures

"The Progress of Our Arms": Whither Civil War Military History? Gettysburg College, 2006.

"Blueprint for Victory: Northern Strategy and Military Policy," in William J. Cooper, Jr., and James M. McPherson, eds., Writing the Civil War: Historiographical Essays (University of South Carolina Press, 1998).

"How Familiarity Bred Success: Military Campaigns and Leaders in Ken Burns's The Civil War," in Robert Brent Toplin, ed., Ken Burns's "The Civil War": Historians Respond (Oxford University Press, 1996).

Jubal A. Early, the Lost Cause, and Civil War History: A Persistent Legacy. Marquette University Press, 1995.

"'Upon Their Success Hang Momentous Interests': Generalship," in Gabor S. Boritt, ed., Why the Confederacy Lost (Oxford University Press, 1992).

Current Research

 (1) A study of the monuments on the battlefield at Gettysburg, with an emphasis on the ways in which Union and emancipation figured in 19th-century dedicatory speeches and inscriptions.

(2) Editing a book of essays on presidents and crises in the 19th Century (9 contributors explore topics from Jefferson and the problem of Union through U.S. Grant and the crisis of Reconstruction).

Awards & Honors

Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education, American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 2013

Tom Watson Brown Book Prize, Society of Civil War Historians, 2012

Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award, Civil War Trust, 2012

Lamar Lecturer, Mercer University, 2011

Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, University of Virginia, 2010-2012

Scholar in Residence, The Huntington Library, 2008

Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecturer, Gettysburg College, 2005

Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecturer in the Civil War Era, Pennsylvania State University, 2004

Organization of American Historians Lecturer, 2002-2011

Times-Mirror Foundation Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington Library, 2001-2002

President, Society of Civil War Historians, 2000-2004

Fellow, The Society of American Historians, 1999-

Fletcher Pratt Award, 1998

Lincoln Prize, Honorable Mention, 1998

George W. Littlefield Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, 1995-96

Citation, Society of American Historians, for supervising William A. Blair's 1996 Allan Nevins Prize- winning dissertation "Virginia's Private War"

Nevins-Freeman Award, 1991

Douglas Southall Freeman Award, 1990