Christopher L. Kolakowski

kolakowski_chrisChristopher L. Kolakowski, Emerging Civil War’s chief historian, was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. He received his BA in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College, and his MA in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany.

Chris has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, Kentucky State Parks, and the U.S. Army. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history and leadership from 1775 to the present. He has published two books with the History Press: The Civil War at Perryville: Battling For the Bluegrass and The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaign: This Army Does Not Retreat. His study of the 1941-42 Philippine Campaign, titled Last Stand on Bataan, was released by McFarland in late February 2016. In September 2016 the U.S. Army published his volume on the 1862 Virginia Campaigns as part of its sesquicentennial series on the Civil War.

Chris lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is director of the Douglas MacArthur Memorial. He is a regular contributor to the Emerging Civil War blog.



Last Stand On Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941 – May 1942. McFarland, 2016.
The Virginia Campaigns of 1862. U.S. Army, 2016.
The Stones River and Tullahoma Campaigns: This Army Does Not Retreat. The History Press, 2011.
The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass. The History Press, 2009