Symposium Spotlight: Chris Kolakowski

In this week’s edition of our 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight we feature longtime ECW member and ECW Chief Historian, Chris Kolakowski. Chris has written numerous books and articles over the years, as well as given many presentations at our annual Symposium. If you haven’t had the chance to get to know him yet, read on to learn more about this historian. We can’t wait to hear his presentation this year!

Christopher L. Kolakowski was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. He received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany.

Historian and author Chris Kolakowski

Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history and leadership from 1775 to the present. He has published two books with the History Press: The Civil War at Perryville: Battling For the Bluegrass and The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaign: This Army Does Not Retreat. Chris is a contributor to the Emerging Civil War Blog, and his study of the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign titled Last Stand on Bataan was released by McFarland in late February 2016. In September 2016 the U.S. Army published his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War.

Chris lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is Director of the MacArthur Memorial.

You can find out more information about the 2019 Emerging Civil War Symposium by clicking here. Full details on the lineup, registering, directions, and accommodations all in one place!


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