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, 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, 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.
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.