Eric J. Wittenberg

eric-wittenbergEric J. Wittenberg is an award-winning historian, blogger, speaker and tour guide. His specialty is Civil War cavalry operations, and much of his work has focused on the Gettysburg Campaign. He is the author of 18 published books on the Civil War and more than three dozen articles that have appeared in various national magazines. He is also deeply involved in battlefield preservation work and often assists the Civil War Trust with its efforts, and is also a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Advisory Commission on the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania, and was educated at Dickinson College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is an attorney in private practice. He and his wife Susan and their three golden retrievers reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Eric maintains a personal blog, Rantings of a Civil War Historian.


  • The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour (Savas-Beatie, 2014).
  • Protecting the Flank at Gettysburg: The Battles for Brinkerhoff’s Ridge and East Cavalry Field (Second Edition, Savas-Beatie, 2013)
  • You Stink! Major League Baseball’s Terrible Teams and Pathetic Players (Kent State University Press, 2012)
  • The Battle of White Sulphur Springs; Averell Fails to Secure West Virginia (The History Press, 2011)
  • Gettysburg’s Forgotten Cavalry Actions: Farnsworth’s Charge, South Cavalry Field and the Battle of Fairfield (Second Edition, Savas-Beatie, 2011)
  • The Battle of Brandy Station: North America’s Largest Cavalry Battle (The History Press, 2010)
  • Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren (Edinborough Press, 2009)
  • One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 (with J. David Petruzzi and Michael F. Nugent) (Savas-Beatie, 2008)
  • Rush’s Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War (Westholme Publishing, 2007)
  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (with J. David Petruzzi) (Savas-Beatie, 2006)
  • The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign (Savas-Beatie, 2006)
  • The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863 (Brassey’s, 2003)
  • Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan (Brassey’s, 2002)
  • With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee (Louisiana State University Press, 2002)
  • Glory Enough for All: Sheridan’s Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station (Brassey’s, 2001)
  • At Custer’s Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd (Kent State University Press, 2001)
  • Under Custer’s Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery (Brassey’s, 2000)
  • One of Custer’s Wolverines: The Civil War Letters of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry (Kent State University Press, 2000)
  • We Have it Damned Hard Out Here: The Civil War Letters of Sgt. Thomas W. Smith, Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry (Kent State University Press, 1999)