Current Research: The Military History of the Civl War I am researching the life a Union Cavalry Officer Benjamin Franklin "Grimes” Davis. He was born in Mississippi, raised in Alabama, appointed to West Point from Alabama, graduating in the class of 1854. When hostilities broke out in 1861, Davis elected to stay with the Union. He was a complex and fascinating individual.
I am also in the process of reviewing a book by Rhonda Kohl, The Prairie Boys Go to War: The Fifth Illinois Cavalry, 1861-1865, for the Journal of Illinois History
This past year I wrote an article "Cavalry Escape from Harpers Ferry" which was published in the Journal of Illinois History in the Civil War commemorative edition.
My book, In the First Line of Battle: a History of the 12th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War was published by the NIU Press, in 2001. It earned the Award of Excellence from the Illinois Historical Society that same year.
Courses Taught at NIU include:
History 371 The American West History 379 American Military History History 425 World War II History 461 The American Revolution History 463 Antebellum America History 464 The Civil War America History 469 Vietnam War