Chris Mackowski

Mackowski May 2018

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 and the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie. 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 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 nearly two dozen books and edited a half-dozen essay collections on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines. Chris serves as vice president on the board of directors for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, he serves on the advisory board of the Civil War Roundtable Congress and the Brunswick (NC) Civil War Roundtable—the largest in the country—and is a member of the Antietam Institute.

Publications:

Emerging Civil War Series (author):

Stay and Fight it Out: The Second Day at Gettysburg—Culp’s Hill and the North End of the Battlefield, July 2, 1863. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White and Daniel T. Davis. Savas Beatie. (Spring 2021)

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 1863. Savas Beatie. (November 2018)

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)

Other Books:

Grant Vs. Lee—Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War. (co-editor) Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series. (Savas Beatie, Spring 2021)

The Great What-Ifs of the American Civil War: Historians Tackle the Conflict’s Most Intriguing Possibilities. (co-editor) (Savas Beatie, January 2022)

Decisions at Fredericksburg: The Fourteen Critical Decisions that Defined the Battle. Command Decisions Series. (University of Tennessee Press, December 2021)

The Summer of ’63: Vicksburg and Tullahoma—Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War. (co-editor) Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series. (Savas Beatie, July 2021)

The Summer of ’63: Gettysburg—Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War. (co-editor) Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series. (Savas Beatie, June 2021).

A Wilderness of Woe: The Battle of the Wilderness. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. (Blue & Gray, September 2020)

Entertaining History: The Civil War in Film, Literature, and Song. (editor) Engaging the Civil War Series. (Southern Illinois University Press, January 2020)

Turning Points of the American Civil War. (co-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. Co-authored with Albert Z. Conner, Jr. (Savas Beatie, Spring 2016)

Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. (Savas Beatie, May 2013) —finalist for the Army Historical Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Book Award

Mackowski, Chris. Chancellorsville: Crossroads of Fire. (Thomas Publications, August 2011)—commissioned by the National Park Service

Mackowski, Chris. The Dark, Close Wood: The Wilderness, Ellwood, and the Battle that Redefined Both. (Thomas Publications, March 2010)—commissioned by the National Park Service

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. (Thomas Publications, July 2009)—commissioned by the National Park Service

Articles:

“The Vicksburg Question: Why Exactly was Robert E. Lee so Opposed to Sending Help to Mississippi in 1863?” America’s Civil War, September 2021.

“The Ultimate Price: A Common Farmer from Virginia and a Millionaire General from New York Transcended the Horrors of the Wilderness Through Simple Acts of Decency.” Co-authored with Kristopher D. White. America’s Civil War, March 2021.

“The Stonewall Jackson Death Site.” On the Front Line, Winter 2020.

“‘Roadside Attraction’ Jackson: The History of Stonewall Jackson’s Memorialization Around Chancellorsville is Deeply Rooted in Tourism.” Civil War Times, February 2020 (cover story).

“John Griffiths.” (profile of Ulysses S. Grant’s great-great-grandson) On the Front Line, Summer 2019.

“Saving Spotsylvania.” On the Front Line, Winter 2019.

“Certain Death: Day 5.—The battle of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania.” Hallowed Ground, Winter 2017.

“Stonewall’s Greatest Joy.” Civil War Times, August 2017.

“Explore North Anna: Opportunity Lost.” Civil War Times, April 2017.

“Another Butchery: The Third and Final Union Attack on Spotsylvania’s ‘Bloody Angle’ Accomplished Little Aside from Swelling the Casualty Lists.” Civil War Times, December 2015. Co-authored with Kristopher D. White.

“Burnside’s Bleak Midwinter: The Reluctant General from Rhode Island Nearly Ruined the Army of the Potomac.” America’s Civil War, January 2014 (cover story). Co-authored with Albert Conner, Jr.

“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

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