David A. Powell

PowellMugshot-smDavid A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (1983) with a BA in history. He has published numerous articles in various magazines, and more than fifteen historical simulations of different battles.

For the past decade, David’s focus has been on the epic battle of Chickamauga, and he is nationally recognized for his tours of that important battlefield. The result of that study are the volumes, The Maps of Chickamauga (2009), Failure in the Saddle (2010), and the three volumes of a Chickamauga trilogy. The Chickamauga Campaign: A Mad Irregular Battle was published in 2014, The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave appeared in 2015; and the final volume, The Chickamauga Campaign: Barren Victory, was published in 2016.

David and his wife Anne live and work in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He is Vice President of Airsped, Inc., a specialized delivery firm.


  • David A. Powell, The Chickamauga Campaign, Volume I: A Mad Irregular Battle, New York, Savas-Beatie, LLC, 2014.
  • David A. Powell, The Chickamauga Campaign, Volume II: Glory or the Grave, New York, Savas Beatie, LLC, 2015.
  • David A. Powell, The Chickamauga Campaign, Volume III: Barren Victory New York, Savas Beatie, LLC, 2016.
  • David A. Powell, Failure In the Saddle, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Joseph Wheeler, and the Confederate Cavalry in the Chickamauga Campaign. New York, Savas Beatie, LLC, 2010.
  • David A. Powell, with cartography by David A. Friedrichs, The Maps Of Chickamauga. New York, Savas Beatie, LLC, 2009
  • David A. Powell, “Nathan Bedford Forrest at Chickamauga,” In Evan C. Jones and Wiley Sword, eds., Gateway to the Confederacy. Louisiana State University Press, 2014.
  • David A. Powell, “The Army of the Cumberland and the Spirit of Innovation in 1863,” In Evan C. Jones and Wiley Sword, eds., Gateway to the Confederacy. Louisiana State University Press, 2014.
  • David A. Powell, “Negley At Horseshoe Ridge,” In Steven E. Woodworth, Ed. The Chickamauga Campaign. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 2010.
  • David A. Powell, “Failure In the Saddle: Forrest at Chickamauga.” North & South Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 2 (July, 2011). pp. 34-45.
  • David A. Powell, “Citizen Soldier: John Beatty And His Brigade At Chickamauga.” North & South Magazine, Vol. 10, No. 1 (May, 2007). pp. 58-67.
  • David A. Powell, “the Battles for Horseshoe Ridge.” North & South Magazine, Vol. 8, No, 2 (March, 2005). pp. 48-58.
  • David A. Powell, “Advance to Disaster: Sickles, Longstreet, and July 2nd, 1863.” Gettysburg Magazine, Issue No. 28 (January, 2003). pp. 40-48.
  • David A. Powell, “A Reconnaissance Gone Awry:  Captain Samuel R. Johnston’s Fateful Trip to Little Round Top.” Gettysburg Magazine, Issue No. 23. (June, 2000) pp. 88-99.
  • David A. Powell, “Stuart’s Ride: Lee, Stuart, and the Confederate Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign.” Gettysburg Magazine, Issue No. 20. (January, 1999) pp. 27-43.


5 Responses to David A. Powell

  1. William Weldon says:

    I am Looking for the complete Davis map used by David Powell in the Capture of Jefferson Davis article.

  2. David Lady says:

    Mr. Powell, you recently published a ECW blog entry Longstreet in the West: Conclusions. The blog post appears in my mail, but the article itself cannot be accessed either using computer or I-phone app. I have found your series of articles fascinating, and am anxious to read your conclusions.

    Can you resend or have the ECW IT person fix the blog post?

    Thank you

  3. Doak Walker says:

    Braxton Bragg was horrible. He was lucky to have NBF, the wizard of the saddle, and more man than any of us will ever be combined. Bragg was spineless and withheld crucial info from Jefferson Davis, who wasn’t much better.

  4. Hugh Evans says:

    I’ve just started your wonderful Chickamauga series. Any chance you’re related to Dr. Benjamin Mercer Powell? He is my 3G grandfather.

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