Engaging the Civil War Series

Engaging the Civil War, a series edited by the founders of the Emerging Civil War blog group, adopts the sensibility and accessibility of public history while adhering to the standards of academic scholarship. To engage readers and bring them to a new understanding of America’s great story, series authors draw on insights they gained while working with the public—walking the ground where history happened at battlefields and historic sites, talking with visitors in museums, and educating students in classrooms. With fresh perspectives, field-tested ideas, and in-depth research, volumes in the series connect readers with the story of the Civil War in ways that make history meaningful to them while underscoring the continued relevance of the war, its causes, and its effects. All Americans can claim the Civil War as part of their history. This series helps them engage with it.

Published by Southern Illinois University Press, the Engaging the Civil War series is edited by Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., and Brian Matthew Jordan, Ph.D. Our editorial board includes:

  • Zachery A. Fry, US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Belvoir
  • Hilary Green, University of Alabama
  • JoAnna M. McDonald, Emerging Civil War
  • Angela M. Riotto, Army University Press, Fort Leavenworth
  • Evan C. Rothera, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith
  • Nicholas Sacco, National Park Service, U. S. Grant National Historic Site
  • Cecily N. Zander, Pennsylvania State University

Click here for the series flier.

To submit a proposal for Engaging the Civil War, ECW’s collaborative series with Southern Illinois University Press, follow SIUP’s submission guidelines. However, rather than submit the proposals to the press, submit them to us here at emergingcivilwar@gmail.com.

Titles in the Series: 

Entertaining History: The Civil War in Literature, Film, and Song, Chris Mackowski, editor

The Spirits of Bad Men Made Perfect: The Life and Diary of Confederate Artillerist William Ellis Jones by Constance Jones


Turning Points of the Civil War, Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White, editors

Where Valor Proudly Sleeps: A History of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery by Donald C. Pfanz

Imagining Wild Bill: James Butler Hickok in War, Media, and Memory by Paul Ashdown and Edward Caudill

The Bonds of War: A Story of Immigrants and Esprit de Corps in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
by Diana L. Dretske

Matchless Organization: The Confederate Army Medical Department
by Guy R. Hasegawa