Samuel Blackwell

Samuel M. Blackwell


Education: Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, 1995

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

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

Major/Recent Publications:

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