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Craig Lee Symonds (born 31 December 1946, in Long Beach, California) is a retired professor and chairman of the history department at the United States Naval Academy. He is a distinguished historian of the American Civil War.
Early life and education [ edit ]
The son of Lee and Virginia Symonds, Craig Symonds attended the
University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. Going on to graduate work, he obtained his M.A. in history at the University of Florida in 1969 with a thesis on "The defense of the southwestern frontier, 1784-1794: a study in governmental relations." He married Marylou Hayden on 17 January 1969 and the couple had one son. In 1971, Symonds joined the United States Naval Reserve, serving for three years until 1974 and raising to the grade of Lieutenant. While in the Navy, he served on the staff and faculty of the Naval War College. On his release from active duty, he returned to his graduate studies in history at the University of Florida, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1976 under the tutelage of Professor John K. Mahon with a dissertation on "Navalists and antinavalists: the naval policy debate in the United States, 1785-1827."
Academic career [ edit ]
In 1976, the
United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland appointed Symonds assistant professor of history to succeed Professor E. B. Potter as a specialist in Naval history. He was subsequently promoted to associate professor in 1980 and professor of history in 1985. He served as chairman of the history department in 1988-1992 and appointed professor emeritus on his retirement in 2005. [1 ] In 1994-1995, he was [2 ] visiting lecturer at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England. He returned to teach at the Naval Academy as The Class of 1957 Distinguished Professor of American Naval Heritage for 2011-12.
In 2014, The
Naval Historical Foundation awarded him the Commodore Dudley W. Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award. [3 ] The Abraham Lincoln Book Award, 2010
Lincoln Prize, 2009 (co-winner with James M. McPherson) for Lincoln and His Admirals. [4 ]
The Barondess Prize, 2009
The Daniel and Marilyn Laney Prize, 2009
The Nevins-Freeman Prize, 2009 The
Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize in Naval History, 2006 Anne Arundel County Award for Literary Arts, 2006
John Lyman Book Awards, 1995, 1999, 2009 USNA Research Excellence Award, 1998
USNA Teaching Excellence Award, 1988
Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, 1994, 1998, 2005
Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 1989 History Book Club Author, 1983, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010
Military Book Club Author, 1983, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005
Book-of-the-Month Club Author, 1983, 1986, 1992, 2001, 2005
Published works [ edit ]
Charleston Blockade: The Journals of John B. Marchand, USN, edited by Craig Symonds. (Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 1976.
Navalists and Antinavalists: The Naval Policy Debate in the United States, 1785-1827. (University of Delaware Press, 1980).
New Aspects of Naval History, edited by Craig Symonds. (Annaplis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1981).
A Battlefield Atlas of the . (Annapolis, MD: Nautical and Aviation Press, 1983). Civil War ISBN 9780933852495
William H. Parker (1985). Craig Symonds, ed. . Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. Recollections of a Naval Officer, 1841-1865 ISBN 978-0-87021-533-9.
A Battlefield Atlas of the . (Annapolis, MD: Nautical and Aviation Press, 1986). American Revolution
Alvah F. Hunter (1987). Craig Symonds, ed. . Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. A Year on a Monitor ISBN 978-0-87249-761-0. (reprint 1991)
. New York: Norton. 1992. Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography ISBN 978-0-393-31130-3.
Gettysburg: A Battlefield Atlas, by Craig Symonds with William J. Clipson. (Annapolis, MD: Nautical and Aviation, 1992).
. Illustrator William J. Clipson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. 1995. The Naval Institute Historical Atlas of the U.S. Navy ISBN 978-1-55750-984-0.
Stonewall of the West: . (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1997). Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War
Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of . (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999). Franklin Buchanan ISBN 9781591148463
. New York: HarperCollins. 2001. American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg ISBN 978-0-06-054933-6.
New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Fourteenth Naval History Symposium, Held at Annapolis, Maryland, 23–25 September 1999, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 2001.
. New York: Oxford University Press. 2005. Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History ISBN 978-0-19-531211-9.
. New York: Oxford University Press. 2008. Lincoln and his Admirals ISBN 978-0-19-531022-1.
. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011. The Battle of Midway ISBN 978-0-19-539793-2.
. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012. The Civil War at Sea ISBN 0199931682.
Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. Oxford University Press. 2014. ISBN 0199986118.
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