Stephen Davis of Atlanta joined the contributing staff of Civil War News in spring 2016 with a new column, "Critic’s Corner,” in which he writes about a Civil War book he likes particularly.
With our September 2016 issue, Steve began work as Book Review Editor for our newspaper. Each month he helps us present a baker’s dozen or so of first-rate critiques of new, interesting books on America’s Civil War era.
Steve has been a Civil War buff since the 4th grade. He attended Emory University, and studied under the renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a Master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school for a few years, then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the theme of the Civil War in Southern literature.
He served as Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray Magazine from 1984 to 2005, and is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly.
Steve is the author of several books on the Atlanta Campaign: Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, John Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001), and What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta (2012). In May 2016 Savas Beatie published his paperback, A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee, May 5-July 18, 1864. His companion volume is being released this spring: All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peach Tree Creek to the Surrender of the City, July 18-September 2, 1864.
Dr. Davis is also a talking
head. In 2015 he served as a speaker and consultant for the television
documentary, "When Georgia Howled: Sherman on the March,” a joint production of
the Atlanta History Center and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Steve is also a popular speaker to Civil War Round Tables and historical societies around the country. His favorite event was when he was invited to speak to the annual meeting of the American Civil War Round Table (UK) in London. His talks around the country have sometimes been filmed and broadcast on C-SPAN.
Steve’s next book, tentatively titled Spurs Without Greatness: A Study of John B. Hood’s Generalship in 1864, will be published by Savas Beatie.
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