Chris Mackowski

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief of Emerging Civil War and managing editor of the Emerging Civil War Series. He is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

(Co-Founder of Emerging Civil War Blog)

Publications:

Emerging Civil War Series (author):

Grant’s Final Battle: The Story Behind The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. Savas Beatie. (July 2015)

Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River. Savas Beatie. (June 2015)

Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White and Daniel T. Davis. Savas Beatie. (May 2015)

That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy, May 1-5, 1863. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. Savas Beatie. (August 2014)

A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, May 8-21, 1864. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. Savas Beatie. (May 2013)

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson: The Mortal Wounding of the Confederacy’s Greatest Icon—and the Birth of Its Greatest Legend. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. Savas Beatie. (April 2013)

Simply Murder: The Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. Savas Beatie. (December 2012)

Emerging Civil War Series (editor):

Davis, Daniel T. and Greenwalt, Philip. Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26-June 5, 1864. Chris Mackowski, editor. Savas Beatie. (May 2014)

Davis, Daniel T. and Greenwalt, Philip. Bloody Autumn: The 1864 Valley Campaign. Chris Mackowski, editor. Savas Beatie. (January 2014)

Dunkerly, Robert M., Pfanz, Donald C., and Ruth, David R. No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign. Chris Mackowski, editor. Savas Beatie. (April 2014)

Thompson, Meg. The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead. Chris Mackowski, editor. Savas Beatie. (Spring 2015)

White, William Lee. Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19, 1863. Chris Mackowski, editor. Savas Beatie. (Anticipated fall 2013)

Other Books:

Seizing Destiny: The Union Army’s “Valley Forge” and the Civil War Winter That Saved America. Savas Beatie. Co-authored with Albert Z. Conner, Jr. (anticipated for spring 2015)

Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church. Savas Beatie. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. (May 2013) —finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Book Award

Mackowski, Chris. Chancellorsville: Crossroads of Fire. Thomas Publications. Commissioned by the National Park Service. (August 2011)

Mackowski, Chris. The Dark, Close Wood: The Wilderness, Ellwood, and the Battle that Redefined Both. Thomas Publications. Commissioned by the National Park Service. (March 2010)

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson. Thomas Publications. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. Commissioned by the National Park Service. (July 2009)

Articles:

“How in the World Did They Shoot Jackson?: It’s difficult now to imagine just what went wrong at Chancellorsville.” America’s Civil War, May 2013 (cover story). Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“Mystery in the Wilderness: The War’s Most Famous Appendage Has a Following All Its Own.” Civil War Times, April 2013 (cover story).

“Before the Slaughter: How the Confederate Delaying Action in the Streets of Fredericksburg Set the Stage for the Bloodbath to Follow.” Hallowed Ground, November 2012. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“Spotsylvania Courthouse, May 13-21, 1864.” Blue & Gray, Spring 2011. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“‘Baptism of Fire’: The First Maine Heavy Artillery at Harris Farm.” Blue & Gray, Spring 2011.

“Second-Guessing Dick Ewell: Why didn’t the Confederate general take Cemetery Hill on July 1, 1863?” Civil War Times, August 2010. (Cover story) Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“The Battle of the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania Courthouse.” Blue & Gray, Summer 2009. (Publication of the article coincided with the 145th anniversary of the battle.) Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“Burnside at Fredericksburg.” Armchair General, Spring 2009. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“Forgotten Casualty: James Longstreet Wounded in the Wilderness.” America’s Civil War, May 2009. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“The Wilderness Battlefield: A Field Guide.” Civil War Times, April 2009. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

Mackowski, Chris and White, Kristopher D. “From Foxcroft to Fredericksburg: Captain Sewell Gray of the 6th Maine Infantry.” Fredericksburg History & Biography, vol.8, Dec. 2008. (refereed)

“War Town.” America in WWII, Oct. 2008. (The article profiles the Eldred, Pa., World War II Museum.)

“Making Music: After twenty seasons, the 2nd South Carolina String Band is still going strong—and still carrying the torch for Civil War campfire jam sessions.” Civil War Historian, Aug. 2008

8 Responses to Chris Mackowski

  1. Mike Assad says:

    Hi Chris,

    I just received the latest edition of “Panther Tracks.” Congratulations on the new book. I would really like to catch up if you are interested.

    Mike Assad

  2. Mike Assad says:

    Sorry, it’s gmail.com if you didn’t alreay catch the error.

  3. Brian Mackay says:

    Chris,

    I have been anxiously awaiting the release of CHANCELLORSVILLE’S FORGOTTEN FRONT: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church. I saw on Amazon that they are now taking pre-orders for hardback copies. I was wondering if it is possible to purchase an autographed copy directly through you? I have a direct ancestor who fought in the 23rd NJ and was KIA at Salem Church on May 3rd.

    Thanks so much,
    Brian Mackay
    Email: bmackay62 @ yahoo.com (remove spaces)

  4. Dear Chris,
    The Sherman House Museum in Lancaster,Ohio, birthplace of General William T. Sherman is sponsoring a Civil War symposium on September 28 and 29. You have been recommended as a speaker on General Meade. Please, contact me at your earliest opportunity to discuss details.
    Thank you very much!
    Laura

  5. Steve Usler says:

    Mr. Mackowski,
    You spoke this past week at our Civil War Rountable and I wanted to take a moment to thank you for an outstanding presentation. Your knowlege and enthusiasm made for a wonderful evening.
    Thanks again
    Steve Usler

  6. Barry McGhan says:

    Chris,
    Reviewed your link to photos of flooding in Fredericksburg. They all seemed to have the same description. Were any taken of “Franklin’s Crossing” (aka The Bend)? Can you give me a clue as to who might know the history of flooding at this location?

  7. Steve Powell says:

    I certainly enjoyed your presentation today at Ellwood.

  8. Bob LaPolla says:

    Hoping for emerging civil war books on days 2 and 3 Gettysburg, Wilderness, Dinwiddie Court house and five forks.

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