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About Civil Warriors

Civil Warriors is a group blog composed of two professional historians of America’s bloodiest conflict.  Our intent, in part, is to have a platform that supports the books we write: after all, few authors write with no hope of gaining a readership. But we’re also historians committed to dialogue with the wider community of people who love history as much as we do.

Here we candidly share our views concerning the field of Civil War history, the joys and terrors of writing books, and our encounters with publishers, Civil War tour companies, internet discussion groups, and pretty much anything that touches upon the vocation we’ve chosen. We’re glad you’ve chosen to visit. We hope you enjoy Civil Warriors, and we always enjoy your comments.

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The current Civil Warriors:

mark-grimsleyMark Grimsley is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (Cambridge University Press, 1995), which received the Lincoln Prize. A professor of history at The Ohio State University, he is also a research associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.  From July 2008 through June 2010 he held the Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.

Mark has received three teaching awards, including the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, Ohio State’s highest award for teaching excellence. He is currently writing a book on 1864 as a pivotal moment in American history.

Mark has conducted staff rides for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and has lectured at the United States Military Academy, the U.S. Army War College, and the Marine Corps University. He maintains, a web site devoted to the field of military history, and writes frequently on its weblog, Blog Them Out of the Stone Age. From 1983 to 1991 he served as a fire support specialist in the U.S. Army National Guard.  He is currently writing a book at 1864 as a pivotal moment in American history and beginning research on a new project, tentatively entitled Wars for the American South, 1865-1965.


Ethan S. Rafuse is a professor at the U.S. Army Command General Staff College.  He grew up in northern Virginia, received his BA and MA degrees in history at George Mason University, and did his doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He is the author, editor, or co-editor of eight books and monographs on Civil War and military history, including McClellan’s War:  The Failure of Moderation in the War for the Union; Antietam, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry:  A Battlefield Guide; Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy; The Ongoing Civil War: New Versions and Old Stories (with Herman Hattaway), and A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas, as well as articles, essays, and reviews in various academic and popular history publications.

He taught Civil War and military history at the U.S. Military Academy in 2001-2003. He lives with his wife and daughter in Platte City, Missouri.

And a distinguished alumnus…

Brooks D. Simpson is a native of New York and a lifelong Islanders and Yankees fan. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of several books, including Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865 (2000); The Reconstruction Presidents (1998); America’s Civil War (1996); The Political Education of Henry Adams (1996), and Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 (1991).

Brooks is also the co-editor or co-author of several other works, including The Collapse of the Confederacy (2001; with Mark Grimsley); Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide (1999; with Mark Grimsley); Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865 (1999), Union and Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era (1997), and Advice After Appomattox: Letters to Andrew Johnson, 1865-1866 (1987). At present he is working on the second volume of his biography of Ulysses S. Grant, entitled Ulysses S. Grant: The Fruits of Victory, 1865-1885, volumes on the Grant presidency and ex parte Milligan for the University Press of Kansas, and an overview of the Civil War in the East for Praeger.

Brooks continues to blog at Crossroads. It offers readers a discussion of various topics, most of them related to history, historians, and the academic life.