John F. Marszalek

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John F. Marszalek
Born (1939-07-05) July 5, 1939 (age 80)
NationalityAmerican (ethnicity: Polish[1])
OccupationHistorian, College professor
EmployerMississippi State University

John F. Marszalek is an American historian. He is a native of Buffalo, New York and taught at Canisius College, Gannon University and Mississippi State University, where he became the William L. Giles Distinguished Professor in 1994. After twenty-nine years as a professor, Marszalek retired in 2002 to become a Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Today,[when?] he serves as the Director of the Mississippi State University Distinguished Scholars Program where he has made a significant contribution to the development of Mississippi State's most distinguished scholars, serving them as both a mentor and a friend.

After John Y. Simon's death in July 2008, Marsazalek was asked to serve as the Executive Director and Managing Editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant project. These papers are now located at Mississippi State University.

Over the course of his career, Marszalek has published more than 150 articles and written or edited at least 11 books.[citation needed]

Marszalek received his bachelor's degree from Canisius College in 1961.

On April 13, 2018, Marszalek won the Nevins-Freeman Award, the most prestigious honor given out by The Civil War Round Table of Chicago.[2]


External video
Booknotes interview with Marszalek on The Petticoat Affair, March 8, 1998, C-SPAN
Presentation by Marszalek on The Petticoat Affair, November 17, 1998, C-SPAN
  • Court Martial: A Black Man in America. New York: Scribner, 1972; revised edition published as Assault at West Point (Collier, 1994). (Also made into a movie)
  • (With Sadye Wier.) A Black Businessman in White Mississippi, 1886–1974. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1977.
  • (Editor.) The Diary of Miss Emma Holmes, 1861–1866. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979.
  • Sherman’s Other War: The General and the Civil War Press. Memphis State University Press, 1981.
  • (With Douglas L. Conner.) A Black Physician’s Story: Bringing Hope in Mississippi. Foreword by Aaron Henry. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985.
  • Grover Cleveland, A Bibliography. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1988.
  • (Editor with Charles D. Lowery.) Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Present. Foreword by David J. Garrow. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1992.
  • Sherman: A Soldier's Passion for Order. New York: Free Press, 1993.
  • Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International/Collier, 1994.
  • (Coeditor with Wilson D. Miscamble.) American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 1997.
  • The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House. New York: Free Press, 1997.
  • Sherman's March to the Sea. Abilene, Texas: McWhiney Foundation Press, 2005.
  • (Coeditor with David S. Nolen and Louie P. Gallo.) The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2017.


  1. ^ Frank J. Williams; William D. Pederson (2 January 2009). Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America's Greatest Leader. SIU Press. pp. 65–. ISBN 978-0-8093-2891-8.
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