Archive for November, 2010

Local historians, Civil War novelist illuminate local history

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Local Civil War Historian William Garrett Piston, Literary Historian Randall Fuller and Novelist Steve Yates will appear at the 2011 Missouri Literary Festival: The Civil War, to be held Sept. 23, 24 and 25 at The Creamery Arts Center in Springfield, MO.

William Garrett Piston

William Garrett Piston

William Garrett Piston, a professor of history at Missouri State University, is the author of “Wilson’s Creek: The Second Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It.” He has taught history at MSU for 22 years, specializing in American Military History, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Randall Fuller

Randall Fuller

Randall Fuller, an associate professor of English at Drury University, is the author of “From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature”  and “Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists,” as well as various articles on 19th- and 20th-century American literature.

Morkan's Quarry

Morkan's Quarry

Steve Yates, a novelist and native of Springfield, MO, is the author of “Morkan’s Quarry,” a father-and-son story of the Civil War set primarily in Springfield and the Missouri Ozarks. “Morkan’s Quarry” mines the rich Civil War history of Springfield, which was occupied by five different armies over the course of the war.

Famed Civil War Historian William C. Davis joins Festival lineup

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
William C. Davis

William C. Davis

The 2011 Missouri Literary Festival is proud to announce that Civil War historian William C. Davis has joined the Festival lineup.

A native of Independence, MO, with more than 50 books to his credit as either author or editor, Davis is a widely consulted expert on Civil War and southern history. His books “Battle of Bull Run” and “Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol” were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Davis served as on-camera senior consultant on the series “Civil War Journal” for A&E Network and The History Channel, and was historical consultant on television and film productions including “The Blue and the Gray,” “George Washington” and “The Perfect Tribute.”

The only three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, honoring book-length works on Confederate history, Davis is a professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies.