About the contributors

Michael B. Dougan taught at Arkansas State University from 1970 until his recent retirement. He is the author of many articles and books, including Confederate Arkansas: The People and Policies of a Frontier State in Wartime (1976); Arkansas Odyssey: The Saga of Arkansas from Prehistoric Times to Present (1994); and Community Diaries: Arkansas Newspapering, 1819–2002 (2003). A past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, he endeavors to go canoeing on New Year’s Day.

Lisa Tendrich Frank received her PhD from the University of Florida in 2001. She has published several articles on the experiences of women during the Civil War, and she is currently working on Women and the Civil War: An Encyclopedia and Home Fires Burning: The Gendered Implications of Sherman’s March. She has taught at several universities around the country, including the University of California, Los Angeles; Occidental College; the University of North Florida; and Florida Atlantic University.

Carl Moneyhon is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, specializing in Southern U.S. history and the Civil War and Reconstruction. He received his BA and MA from the University of Texas and his PhD from the University of Chicago. A prolific writer and researcher, he published Texas after the Civil War: The Struggle of Reconstruction (2004), Arkansas and the New South, 1874–1929 (1997), and The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on Arkansas (1994). Moneyhon also served as a general editor of the University of Arkansas Press’s award-winning series Portraits of Conflict, having also co-authored three of these impressive photo journals.

Thomas A. DeBlack is an associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. He holds a BA from Southern Methodist University, an MSE from Ouachita Baptist University, and a PhD from the University of Arkansas. DeBlack taught in the public schools in Arkansas for twelve years. He is currently president of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers. He is co-author of Arkansas: A Narrative History (2002), and author of With Fire and Sword: Arkansas 1861–1874, (2003). In 2003, Arkansas: A Narrative History was named the winner of the Arkansas Library Association’s Arkansiana Prize, and With Fire and Sword was the first winner of the Butler-Remmel Arkansas History Literary Prize.

William Garrett Piston teaches at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where he specializes in American military history and the Civil War and Reconstruction. He received his BA and MA degrees from Vanderbilt University and his PhD from the University of South Carolina. Piston’s scholarship has won awards from the Center for Studies in Military History, the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Colonial Dames of America, and Missouri State University. The author or co-author of two books, twenty-one articles, and two booklets, he is best known for his 1987 work Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History, a revisionist history of a controversial Confederate general. Piston’s most recent work is Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It (co-authored with Richard Hatcher), published in March 2000. The State Historical Society of Missouri recognized Piston with its Missouri History Book Award in 2001 for Wilson’s Creek.

Mark K. Christ (editor) is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and organizer of the Old State House Museum’s Civil War seminars. A 1982 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he received his master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Oklahoma. He has edited several books, including Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas; Sentinels of History: Reflections on Arkansas Properties Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History; Getting Used to Being Shot At: The Spence Family Civil War Letters; “All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell”: The Civil War, Race Relations, and the Battle of Poison Spring; and The Earth Shook and Trees Trembled: Civil War Arkansas 1863–1864.