Steve Davis

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Stephen Davis, Emerging Civil War’s book review editor, has been lauded for his writing as a recipient of the Fletcher Pratt Award, the Richard Barksdale Harwell Award, and the Douglas Southall Freeman Award.

He is author of seven books on the Atlanta Campaign:

  • Into Tennessee and Failure: John Bell Hood (20120);
  • From Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta (2019);
  • 100 Significant Photographs: Atlanta Campaign (2019);
  • All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peachtree Creek to the City’s Surrender, July 18- September 2, 1864 (2017–part of the Emerging Civil War Series);
  • A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee River, May 5-July 18, 1864(2016–part of the Emerging Civil War Series);
  • What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta (2012); and
  • Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001).

His book reviews have appeared in Civil War Times, the Georgia Historical Quarterly and other popular and scholarly publications. From 1985 to 2006 he served as Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray Magazine.

Davis is author of hundreds of articles, including “‘Far Better in the Present Emergency: John Bell Hood Replaces Joseph E. Johnston” in Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White, eds., Turning Points of the American Civil War (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018).

Steve earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Emory and a Master’s from Chapel Hill. He is presently retired and resides with his wife, Billie, in Cumming, Georgia. His latest book, written with Atlanta journalist Bill Hendrick, is The Atlanta Daily Intelligencer Covers the Civil War: A Foray into Confederate Culture. It will be published next year by the University of Tennessee Press.