Few would argue that Gary Gallagher has been one of the most influential voices in Civil War history over the past four decades. As a scholar, he’s made a point to remain firmly connected with the broader, non-academic Civil War community, producing insightful, accessible research. One of his most high-profile endeavors has been his regular column in Civil War Times, which editor Dana Shoaf calls “a critical element” of the magazine.
Gallagher’s columns have been collected into a new book, The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis (LSU Press, 2020), available this week (Sept. 2 to be exact!). The book collects more than 70 of Gallagher’s columns, framed by several new short introductory pieces. The book’s introduction, also new, is alone worth the price of the book.
Gary was kind enough spend some time chatting with me the other day about The Enduring Civil War; his long, influential career; the gap between academics and “buffs”; and a whole lot more.