2011 Emeritus Professors Lecture Series
"There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know."
Harry S. Truman

Presented by the ACC History Department

Studies in Civil War History

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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Northridge Campus Lecture Hall, Bldg. 4000


Jerry D. Thompson: Civil War on the Texas-Mexico Border: Film Making and Book Writing
Jerry D. Thompson is Regents Professor of History in the Social Science Department at Texas A&M International University. He earned his B.A. Degree from Western New Mexico University, his M.A. from the University of New Mexico, and his D.A in History from the Carnegie-Mellon University in 1982. He has twice received the Best Non-Fiction Book Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters and twice received the Tejano Book Award. He has received numerous other book prizes and awards including the A.M. Pate Best Civil War Book Award in 2007 for the Civil War and Revolution on the Rio Grande Frontier, and the T.R. Fehrenback Award from the Texas Historical Commission for Civil War and Revolution on the Rio Grande Frontier in 2005. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, the Western History Association, the Organization of American Historians, and was recently inducted as a member of the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters.

Joseph G. Dawson III: Jeb Stuart and the Confederate Generalship in the Pennsylvania Campaign, 1863
Joseph G. Dawson III focuses on U.S. military history in the nineteenth century with interests in civil-military relations. His books include Army Generals and Reconstruction: Louisiana 1862-1877 (LSU Press, 1982), which won the General Kemper Williams Prize given by the Louisiana Historical Association; and Doniphan's Epic March: The 1st Missouri Volunteers in the Mexican War (Kansas Press, 1999). His article on "American Volunteer Colonels Serving in the U.S.-Mexican War" was published in the journal American Nineteenth Century History in 2006. Dawson has also published an article in the Journal of Military History on "Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy's Offensive-Defensive Strategy" (2009). He has written several chapters in edited books including "The First of the Modern Wars?" in Themes in the American Civil War (2000; reprinted, 2nd ed., 2009), edited by Susan-Mary Grant and Brian Holden Reid. His current research concerns reevaluations of Confederate generalship and also the political-military interactions between Jefferson Davis and the Confederate governors. Among his edited books is The Texas Military Experience (Texas A&M Press, 1995). He is professor of history at Texas A&M University and earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1978.