Gary W. Gallagher

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Gary William Gallagher
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Born (1950-10-08) October 8, 1950 (age 72)
Alma materAdams State College (B.A.)
University of Texas at Austin (M.A., Ph.D.)
EmployerUniversity of Virginia

Gary William Gallagher is an American historian specializing in the history of the American Civil War. Gallagher is currently the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.[3] He produced a lecture series on the American Civil War for The Great Courses lecture series.

Life and career[edit]

Gallagher received a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College in 1972. He then did graduate study in history at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a Master of Arts in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1982. He was a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University from 1986 to 1998, when he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia.

He is the presenter of an Audible series of lectures entitled The American Civil War. An in depth look at the American Civil War. These are currently available on Audible as a series of read lectures which go into great detail on the Civil War. He both wrote and read the lecture series as part of The Great Courses. The series has 48 lectures, each averaging about 30 minutes, meaning more than 24 hours of lectures in total. This is presented exclusively for Audible books.

In 2021, Gallagher received The Lincoln Forum's Richard Nelson Current Award of Achievement.[4]


Authored Books[edit]

Edited Books[edit]

  • The Antietam Campaign. University of North Carolina Press. 1999. ISBN 9780807824818.
  • Three Days at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership. Kent State University Press. 1999. ISBN 9780873386296.
  • Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. University of North Carolina Press. 2000. ISBN 9780807882344.
  • with Alan T. Nolan: The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History. Indiana University Press. 2000. ISBN 0253338220.
  • The Wilderness Campaign. University of North Carolina Press. 2006. ISBN 9780807857854.
  • Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath. University of North Carolina Press. 2012. ISBN 9780807835906.


  1. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "Gary W. Gallagher, Historian, Author, Educator". American Battlefield Trust. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "Gary W. Gallagher". Corcoran Department of History. University of Virginia. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  4. ^ The Lincoln Forum
  5. ^ Rable, George C. (2016). "The American War: A History of the Civil War Era by Gary W. Gallagher, Joan Waugh". The Journal of the Civil War Era. 6 (4): 622–624. doi:10.1353/cwe.2016.0086. ISSN 2159-9807. S2CID 164493994.
  6. ^ Grant, Susan-Mary (2011). "The Union War (review)". Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. 109 (2): 248–250. doi:10.1353/khs.2011.0104. ISSN 2161-0355. S2CID 153903422.

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