Co-Founder of Emerging Civil War Blog
Editor in Chief
Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press. Chris is a writing professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, where he also serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs. Chris is also 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 has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines. Chris serves on the board of directors for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust and the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Emerging Civil War Series (author):
Don’t Give an Inch: The Second Day at Gettysburg—from Little Round Top to Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White and Daniel T. Davis. Savas Beatie. (May 2016)
Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 4-7, 1864. Savas Beatie. (April 2016)
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)
Turning Points of the American Civil War. (editor) Engaging the Civil War Series. Southern Illinois University Press. (November 2017)
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. (Spring 2016)
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)
“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