Brian Steel Wills, PhD, is professor of history and director of the “Center for the Study of the Civil War Era” at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. Born in 1959, he is the author of numerous acclaimed books on the American Civil War, including:

Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide 1982

A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest  1992

The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia  2001

No Ordinary College: A History of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 2004

George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel  2012

Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory 2013

Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema 2013

And a forthcoming book due by the end of the year:

Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War