Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan is assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Jordan earned the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in History at Yale University, where his dissertation, supervised by David W. Blight, earned the 2014 George Washington Egleston Prize (for Best U.S. History Dissertation) and the 2014 John Addison Porter Prize, a university-wide award. His more than fifty reviews, articles, and scholarly essays have appeared in Civil War History, The Journal of the Civil War Era, The Journal of Military History, Civil War News, and The Civil War Monitor.
Most recently, he is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2015), which scored reviews in the pages of the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal. A narrative history of the men who won the war but couldn’t bear the peace, Marching Home received the 2016 Governor John Andrew Award of the Union Club of Boston. At present, Jordan is editing a volume of essays about the lives of Civil War veterans and writing a life of Benjamin Butler. A native of northeastern Ohio but now a proud Texan, he serves as the book review editor for The Civil War Monitor.