Dr. Chet has presented academic talks in Britain and the United States on his new research
regarding piracy and trade in the early-modern Atlantic. His forthcoming monograph on
this topic is titled "The Ocean is a Wilderness: Atlantic Piracy and the Limits of
Governmental Legitimacy in the Modern State, 1688-1856."
Dr. McCaslin spoke at the Teaching of History Conference at UNT, where the keynote address was delivered by Dr. Brian Linn of Texas A&M University. McCaslin's next speaking engagement is the Dallas Civil War Round Table in October, when he will talk about the Great Hanging. He is also speaking on Texas in the Civil War for a workshop hosted by Humanities Texas and a conference sponsored by Victoria College and the University of Houston at Victoria. UNT will host its own Civil War symposium in November, when it welcomes the Hood's Texas Brigade Re-Activated to the campus. McCaslin will again speak on Texas in the Civil War at that event; more information will soon be posted to the Department of History website.
From 10-20 March 2011, Dr. Mierzejewski conducted research at the Bundesarchiv at Koblenz, Germany. On 28 April 2011, he presented a paper titled"Comparing Apples and Oranges: A Comparison of German and American Railway Development," at the Symposium on the Regulation of Network Industries, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. This chapter will be published as a chapter in a conference volume by Cambridge University Press. On 29 September 2011, Dr. Mierzejewski presented another paper titled "Ludwig von Mises: The Man and His Ideas," at the Young Americans for Liberty meeting on the UNT campus.
In September 2011, Dr. Wawro presented a paper titled "The 'American Way of War' and the U.S. War with Japan, 1941-45," to the Japanese National Institute of Defense Studies, Tokyo, Japan as well as a paper titled "The 'Global War on Terror': History, Progress and Pitfalls," at the Dakota Institute Symposium in Bismarck, ND, September 2011. He gave a presentation titled "Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat: Admiral Chester Nimitz and CEO Jack Welch - Two Leaders, Different Leadership Styles, Both Winners," at the Military History Center Leadership Breakfast in Dallas, TX, likewise in September 2011. In July 2011, he presented "Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East," to the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana in Louisville, KY.
The MHC proudly launched its Quarterly Leadership Breakfast on the theme of LEADERSHIP IN BUSINESS AND WAR: A Comparison of Two Famous Leaders on 8 September 2011 at the Canyon Creek Country Club. Dr. Wawro gave a fascinating discussion about the leadership "Lessons Learned" from Admiral Chester Nimitz and Businessman Jack Welch. For the details, please see the event flier.
The MHC partnered with Texas A&M - Central Texas to hold the first ever Central Texas Military History Symposium at Killeen in the Ft. Hood area on 6 August. The theme was "Military History: Past Perspectives and Future Relevance." Over fifty attended this inaugural event. The MHC was well represented, with John Antal and Gus Seligmann of the Executive Council participating as well as two UNT Faculty Fellows of the MHC - Rick McCaslin and Walt Roberts - and three MHC Student Fellows: Jon Abel, Jordan Hayworth, and Lt. Jon Nesselhuf (USAF). The Symposium was a great success and we plan on it growing every year. See the Flier
In May and June two Student Fellows - Jonathan Abel and Jordan Hayworth - went to Paris to conduct research at the French archives of war. Both students spent three weeks examining primary documents upon which they will base their doctoral dissertations. Abel is working on proving that the 18th century French military theorist, Jacques Guibert, was actually the founding father of Napoleon's Grande Armée and thus responsible for much of Bonaparte's tactical and operational success. Hayworth is studying the wars of the French Revolution to debunk the myth that France achieved victory in the 1792-1797 war because the social changes caused by the Revolution (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity) carried over to the battlefield, giving the French a tremendous advantage over their unenlightened adversaries.
Third Annual Air Power Symposium was held on Monday, 2 May at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum. The title of the program was "Designing an Air Force for the 21st Century" and Dr. Grant Hammond gave the luncheon address. At 11:30a was a "Meet and Greet" hosted by the Executive Council of the Military History Center followed at 12:00p by the Lunch/Lecture/Discussion.
The MHC at Ft. Hood! On 14 March, three members of the MHC faculty, Drs. Wawro, Leggiere, and McCaslin joined by MHC Student Fellow Captain Bill Nance visited Fort Hood to build relationships with the military community. Hosted by captain Nance's father, Bill, a retired Air Force Colonel, the professors and Dr. Wawro's two sons got the opportunity to train on tank and infantry fighting vehicle simulators as well as tour both the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and 1st Cavalry Division museums. The day also included lunch with faculty from the history department of Texas A&M Central Texas College and LTG (ret) David Palmer, a former superintendent of the United States Military Academy and leading citizen of the Fort Hood area. The trip marked the beginning of what is expected to be a long and profitable relationship between the MHC and the Fort Hood military community. Photo Gallery »
MHC Student Fellow Captain Bill Nance attended the 5th Annual regional International Security / International Safety conference at the University of Mississippi on 1 April 2011. Nance presented his paper "American Great War Cavalry Doctrine, 1911-1923, Wishful Thinking or Proper Reaction."
MHC Student Fellow Luke Truxal won third place at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference hosted by Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas for his paper: "The Incomplete Offensive: The End of the 1943 Bombing Campaign."
The Spring 2011 Military History Center Discussion Series was held on the evening of Monday, 28 March 2011. Dr. Ron Miliam of Texas Tech University discussed his book: Not a Gentleman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War.
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Dr. Chet has recently published a chapter ("Colonial Failures, Imperial Triumphs and the Loss of the American Colonies") in Georg Schild's volume, The American Experience of War (Paderborn: Schoeningh, 2010). In March, Dr. Chet delivered a talk at the National Maritime Museum Seminar Series in London about his current research on the decline of piracy in the Atlantic. He is now completing a manuscript for a book-length monograph on this topic.
The paperback edition of Dr. Wawro's critically acclaimed book, Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East, was released in March. He has been actively writing for the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast on the wave of revolutions in the Middle East, as well as doing TV and radio interviews as well. In April, he was commissioned to write a 1,000-word piece on Bismarck for the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Wawro is currently working on his fifth book, titled "The Sick Man: Austria-Hungary and the Outbreak of World War I" for the centennial of 1914.
Dr. McCaslin's Fighting Stock: John S. "Rip" Ford of Texas, was published by TCU Press this spring. He has spoken on Ford to the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Reserve Officers Association, at the Oak Cliff Community Center on the Border War in 1915, on the Great Hanging to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United States Attorney's offices for the Northern District of Texas, and to the Arkansas Civil War Round Table on his J. B. Polley book. He will be making a few more appearances before the summer, including giving a talk on Ford to the state convention of the Military Order of Stars and Bars on April 30 in Brownwood. Dr. McCaslin presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, where as Region VII Director of the Society for Military History he also arranged the first-ever session sponsored by the Society. He hopes to repeat this experiment for many years to come. On 23 April, Dr. McCaslin is hosting the Texas History Symposium which will be on the Red River Campaign of the Civil War. If you are interested in attending, see: http://www.hist.unt.edu/news.htm.
Dr. Tanner will present a paper on "'Big Army Groups, Standardization, and Assaulting Fortified Positions': The Transition from Guerrilla to Conventional War in China's Northeast, 1945-1948" at the Annual Conference of the Society for Military History in June.
Dr. Alex Mendoza has been quite active after joining the Military History Center faculty in Fall 2010. He has two articles about to be published. The first will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of Military History of the West and is entitled: "'I Know No Other Country': Tejanos and the American Wars of the Twentieth Century, 1917-1972." The second article will appear in the Fall 2011 issue or in the January issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. It is entitled, "For Our Own Best Interests': Nineteenth Century Laredo Tejanos, Military Service, and the Development of American Nationalism."
Dr. Mendoza also has a book chapter entitled "The Army of Northern Virginia and the Loss of Lookout Mountain," which will appear in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., The Chattanooga Campaign, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, in late 2011. In November 2010 he submitted a completed anthology manuscript to Texas A&M University Press entitled Texas at War: New Interpretations of the Military History of the Lone Star State which will be published in early 2012 in time for the Texas State Historical Association conference in March. For the collection, he wrote a chapter studying the history of Tejanos in the wars for Texas and the United States. He will also have an article published in a future issue of Civil War Times titled: "The Downfall of General Daniel Harvey Hill." Dr. Mendoza's 2010 article that appeared in The Journal of America's Military Past, "Bitter Disappointment: Gen. Braxton Bragg's Vendetta Against James Longstreet," is a finalist for the Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation. Results will be released in June of this year. Finally, he will present a paper at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for Military History Conference titled "'We're Going to Fight for Those People who Defended our Rights': Mexican Texans and Changing Notions of Patriotism, 1835-1975.
Richard Lowe was elected a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) at its 2011 annual meeting in March. Fellows are "members who show, by published work, special aptitude for historical investigation." Five of Lowe's books and numerous articles deal with some aspects of 19th-century Texas. Another UNT MHC Fellow, Richard McCaslin, is also a Fellow of the TSHA.
Dr. Richard Lowe is serving on the 2010-2011 committee of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, to select the winner of the Founders Award for the best edited work on the Civil War published in 2009-2010.
Dr. Chet will give a talk entitled "The Atlantic Maritime Frontier" that will cover his current research at the National Maritime Museum Seminar Series, in London on 8 March 2011.
Dr. Richard B. McCaslin made a presentation based on his book on the Fort Fisher campaign in 1864-1865 to the Civil War Round Table of Hawaii in August 2010. He spoke on his forthcoming book on John S. "Rip" Ford at a meeting of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in September, then presented material from his book on Robert E. Lee to the Daughters of the American Revolution in October. On October 16, he spoke on the building of the monument to Hood's Texas Brigade at the Capitol in Austin, on the occasion of the centennial re-dedication of the memorial. He presented this paper again to the Military Order of Stars and Bars in November, and he also spoke to the Austin Civil War Round Table that month on his edited collection of Joseph B. Polley's letters to "Charming Nellie."
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Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us on the evening of Tuesday, 7 December at 7:00 for the Inaugural Military History Center Discussion Series Lecture. Read More »
Dr. Citino just returned from Ft Leavenworth, KS, where he spoke at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), the U.S. Army's elite school for military planning. He gave a lecture to officers enrolled in the Seminar on the Evolution of Operational Art entitled, "The Future of Operational Art: Too Early to Tell." This summer, Dr. Citino has spoken at all the army's major schools: SAMS, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, PA.
Dr. Harold Tanner traveled to China this summer to conduct research on the Manchurian theater of China's post-1945 civil war between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist armies and the Chinese Communist Party's forces. Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Modern History, Harold spent two weeks in Beijing meeting with Chinese colleagues and working at China's National Library. He also spent four weeks in Manchuria, traveling to cities including Jinzhou, Siping, Shenyang, and Dalian to consult sources held in local archival collections, museums and libraries, to interview elderly residents, and to meet with local scholars. His visit concluded with a research presentation at the Institute of Modern History.
28th Annual Alfred & Johanna Hurley Military History Seminar
University of North Texas - ESSC 255, Silver Eagle Suite
October 23, 2010 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
"Graveyard of Empires or New Dawn in the Middle East? Fresh
Perspectives on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Guest Speakers: Dr. Hew Strachan: "The British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Captain David Musick: "Combined Operations in Iraq in 2005 - 2008."
Dr. Seth Jones: "Afghanistan's Local War."
Dr Citino's eighth book, Death of the Wehrmacht has just appeared in Slovak translation as
Smrt wehrmachtu: Německá válečná; tažení v rozhodujícím roce 1942 (Jota Publishing).
See the page on the publisher's website here.
On August 2, Dr. Citino appeared on the program "Radio Smart Talk" on WITF, the National Public Radio Station in Harrisburg, PA. The hour-long program discussed the 20th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, as well as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. To hear Dr. Citino on "Radio Smart Talk," go here.
Dr Citino's eighth book, Death of the Wehrmacht has just appeared in Spanish translation as La Muerte de la Wehrmacht (Barcelona: Editorial Critica). See the page on the publisher's website here.
Dr Citino's first book, The Evolution of Blitzkrieg Tactics (Greenwood, 1987), has recently appeared in Polish translation with Tetragon Publishing. The cover photo may be found here. See Tetragon's online interview with Dr. Citino (in Polish).
Dr Citino represented the Military History Center at four separate events this past June. He took part in a panel of scholars discussing "Comparative Ways of War" at the Conference of the Historical Society at George Washington University in Washington, DC; gave a lecture entitled "Getting it Right? Military Reform in the Interwar Era" to the West Point Summer Seminar at the United States Military Academy; delivered a lecture entitled "The Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942" at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, part of the "Perspectives Lecture Series"; and gave a talk entitled "The Inchon Landing and the American Way of War" at the Conference Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, held at Victoria College in Victoria, TX. Also read Dr. Citino's recent interview by the Washington Post concerning the firing of General Stanley McChrystal.
In 2009 Dr. Tanner participated in the critically acclaimed annual
conference on China's People's Liberation Army (PLA, titled: "The PLA at
Home and Abroad: Assessing the Operational Capabilities of China's
Military." The conference commenced with a keynote address by Admiral
Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence, and explored the
broad range of operational capabilities of China's military. The
conference was the result of The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
partnering with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War
College for a fourth year and with the George H.W. Bush School of
Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University for the second
year to convene the 20th annual People's Liberation Army Conference in
Carlisle, Pennsylvania from September 25-27, 2009. The 2009 PLA
Conference volume was published in June 2010 and features Dr. Tanner's
article: "The People's Liberation Army and China's Internal Security
Challenges." For more on the NBR, see:
Four of Dr. Citino's graduate students--William Nance, David Musick, Luke Truxal, and Adam Rinkleff-- recently spent a very successful week at the National Archives at College Park and the Library of Congress conducting research in support of their Master's theses and doctoral dissertation (Adam Rinkleff). William Nance conducted research on American mechanized cavalry groups in the US Third Army in World War II. David Musick examined documents relating to American military government during and at the end of the Second World War. Luke Truxal perused the Eaker papers at the Library of Congress, and then records of the 8th Air Force at the archives. Adam Rinkleff analyzed documents of the US First Army and subordinate units during the Second World War. This trip was funded jointly by the Bradley Fellowship for Military History and the Military History Center.
Captain Dave Musick conducting research at the National Archives.
General Eisenhower's memo regarding Germany's unconditional surrender.
This summer, Dr. McCaslin has been invited to be a Visiting Professor in the University of Hawaii-Pacific's Military and Diplomatic graduate program. He will teach a course on the U.S. Civil War.
Drs. Wawro, Citino, McCaslin, Chet, and Leggiere were all on the program of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, which was be hosted by the Virginia Military Academy in Lexington, VA, from 20-23 May 2010.
Dr. Tanner presented two papers this Spring. The first, titled "The Battle of Siping (1946), George Marshall, and the Myth of Chiang Kai-shek's "Last Chance" in Manchuria" was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Philadelphia, PA on 27 March 2010. The second, "Nobody Wins: Nationalists and Communists in the Liaoxi Corridor, November 1945" was presented at the annual meeting of the Chinese Military History Society in Lexington, Virginia on 20 May 2010.
Dr. Citino traveled to Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming in March to speak as part of the college's "Writers Series." He read selections from his works and discussed the process of writing for both the scholarly and popular audiences.
Dr. McCaslin discussed "Rip Ford in the Civil War" at the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table on 9 March 2010, followed by a presentation on "Sam Houston and Secession," to the Dallas Civil War Round Table on 10 March 2010.
The Military History Center is pleased and proud to announce that Dr. Citino's student, Mervyn Roberts, won an award at the Texas A&M University 'Betty Unterberger' Graduate History Conference on 6 March 2010 for the best paper by a Master's student. His paper, which he researched and wrote in Dr. Leggiere's Seminar on Warfare during the Enlightenment and Revolution, was titled "Exciting a Spirit of Disaffection: The Propaganda Campaign against German Auxiliaries in the American Revolution."
Drs. Wawro, Citino, and Leggiere were all on the program of the 40th Annual Conference of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, which was held in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina from 25-27 February. Dr. Wawro commented on a panel of three papers that discussed the topic of "Technology Transfers." Dr. Citino presented a paper titled "From Disgrace to Redemption: The Prussian Army at Eylau." Dr. Leggiere presented a paper titled: "General Yorck's 'Robber Bands:' The Collapse of Allied Discipline on the Road to Paris, 1814."
Dr. Leggiere, a member of the Consortium's Board of Directors, informed the Board that UNT will host the 2013 conference, which will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the German "Wars of Liberation" against Napoleon.
The Military History Center is pleased and proud to announce that two of Dr. Leggiere's graduate students, Jonathan Abel and Paul Strietelmeier, were on the Program of the 40th Annual Conference of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. Mr. Abel presented a paper titled: "Theory and Practice: Guibert and Napoleon Bonaparte's First Italian Campaign," while Mr. Strietelmeier presented a paper titled: "Ideology, Discipline and the Motivation to Kill: A Re-Evaluation of Turreau's Colonnes Infernales."
The Military History Center is pleased and proud to announce that Dr. Citino's student, Captain William Nance — one of the West Point Fellows attending UNT — received the 2010 General Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship in Military History, a hefty financial award. Captain Nance will use this fellowship to travel to the National Archives II in College Park, MD to study the archival documents of four cavalry groups and their parent corps during the Second World War. Also, if necessary, he will travel to the United States Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, PA, for further research of the same groups. Read about Captain Nance's Research
On 12 January 2012 Dr. McCaslin gave a talk titled: "J. B. Polley's War," to the Central Texas Civil War Round Table in Granbury, TX.
Dr. McCaslin inaugurated the Military History Center's Speaker's Bureau by giving a talk to the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association's North Texas Chapter on 1 December 2009 at The Park City Club in Dallas. Dr. McCaslin discussed the Fort Fisher (North Carolina) campaign in December 1864-January 1865, which was a joint amphibious operation against last open Confederate port east of Mississippi River.
The Military History Center at the University of North Texas is pleased to announce that it will hold the 2nd Annual Air Power Symposium on 20 April 2010 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History - 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107. The title of the program is "Wired for War." The luncheon address will be given by Dr. Peter Warren Singer, a Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Read More»
Dr. Citino had two articles appear in print in November 2009. The first was a contribution to a "Forum on the State of Military History," in the November 2009 edition of Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society. The second was "Hitler's Last Airdrop: Dead on Arrival?," the cover story of the Winter 2010 edition of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. On November 16, he traveled to the University of Tennessee to deliver the 10th annual Charles Johnson Lecture on War and Society. The talk, "Pride or Prejudice? Military History and the Academy" marked the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.
Dr. Citino recently traveled to West Point, NY, to film a documentary on the World War I battle for Mt. Cosna (Romania), which featured a young Lieutenant Erwin Rommel and troops of the Württemberg Mountain Battalion. The film, "Hill 789: The Last Stronghold" will be shown on Romanian TV Channel 1 (TVR1) on December 1.
See Dr. Tanner's book chapter, titled "Railways in Communist Strategy and Operations in Manchuria, 1945-1948" is forthcoming this November in Bruce Elleman and Stephen Kotkin, eds. Manchurian Railways and the Opening of China: An International History (M.E. Sharpe, 2009). Check it out here.
See Dr. Wawro
featured in History Makers 2010.
Dr. Tanner presented the paper: "The Retreating General: Lin Biao and the Communists on the Run in Manchuria, November 1945-April 1946," at the annual meeting of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, October 16-17 2009, hosted by The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Citino was honored with an invitation to deliver the keynote address at the international scholarly conference sponsored by the University of Calgary (Canada) in September, entitled "Seventy Years On: New Perspectives on the Second World War." He addressed the opening session of the conference at the Canadian Military Museum, attended by hundreds of scholars, World War II veterans, interested civilians, and the U.S. Consul in Calgary, on the topic, "The War Hitler Won: The Battle for Europe, 1939-1941."
On Dec. 1, 2009 the UNT Honors College honored Professor Richard Lowe for "Inspiring Excellence through Honors Teaching." This award was presented in recognition of Dr. Lowe's excellent teaching of the Civil War and other topics on US history.
Read Dr. Citino's comments about the state of Military History in David J. Koon's article: Retreat, but no Surrender for Military History
Dr. Leggiere was one of three featured speakers invited to the Annual
Gunther E. Rothenberg Seminar in Military History, hosted by High Point
University on 7 November 2009. The theme of this year's Seminar war "War
in Central Europe: From the Thirty Years' War to the Napoleonic Wars."
The title of Dr. Leggiere's presentation was: "Phoenix Rising or Myth of
a Great Power: The Prussian Way of War during the French Wars."
Dr. Wawro's much anticipated Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East is currently in production by Penguin Books with an anticipated release date of Fall 2010.
Dr. Chet is on leave during the 2009 Fall Semester to conduct archival research in the United States and United Kingdom concerning the decline of Atlantic piracy. The theme of trans-Atlantic cultural cohesion is at the heart of his second book project, "Frontier Violence in the North Atlantic, 1688-1856," which will examine the decline of Atlantic piracy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Read about Dr. Chet's current research project.
Dr. Citino's article, "Dead on Arrival: The German Airdrop on Crete," will be the feature article in the Fall 2009 article of the mass circulation journal Military History Quarterly.
Dr. Chet's essay "Colonial Failures, Imperial Triumphs, and the Loss of the American Colonies" will appear as a chapter in Georg Schild's The American Experience of War, which will be published in 2010. His "Assault and Arson: The Quest for Offensive Success Against Fortified Positions" will appear in Veronique Deplanne's Colonial Fortifications in North America 1541-1763 which Johns Hopkins University Press expects to release in 2010.
Dr. Lowe is editing the memoir of Confederate general John G. Walker for publication. Walker, commander of the famed Walker's Texas Division, took his family to England immediately after the Civil War, and there he wrote his history of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi Department.
Read Dr. Citino's American Historical Review article on Military History
In mid-October, Dr. Citino traveled to Warsaw, Poland as one of a handful of American scholars invited to address an international conference on the topic, "The Polish September 1939 Campaign: Politics, Society, Culture." His paper, "Case White and the German Way of War," will appear in a forthcoming volume to be published by the University of Warsaw and the Polish Museum of History.
Dr. Lowe spoke at a conference entitled "Vicksburg: The Fatal Fulcrum" at the Buffalo Gap Historic Village near Abilene, TX. Lowe's presentation, "The Attempt to Relieve Vicksburg from the West," is based on research done for his 2004 book, Walker's Texas Division, C.S.A.: Greyhounds of the Trans-Mississippi, winner of the Jefferson Davis Award sponsored by the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA. Ed Bearss, historian emeritus at the National Park Service, presented the keynote talk, an overview of the Vicksburg Campaign of 1863.
Dr. McCaslin was a member of a panel entitled "CSA Texas" at the East Texas Historical Association's fall meeting on September 26, 2009. McCaslin's presentation was based upon "The Price of Liberty: The Great Hangiing at Gainesville," his chapter in The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone Star State, an anthology edited by Charles D. Grear. This chapter presented new evidence uncovered since the 1994 publication of McCaslin's book on the Great Hanging, entitled Tainted Breeze, which won the Tullis Award from the Texas State Historical Association and was an Alternative Selection for the History Book Club.
Dr. Leggiere completed research on volume II of his The Fall of Napoleon by conducting research in May and June 2009 at the Service Historique de l'Armée de Terre, Château de Vincennes, Paris, France. This second volume, The War in France, 1814, begins with Napoleon taking command of the French field army on the banks of the Marne River on 25 January 1814 and ends with the Emperor's First abdication and exile later that year.
Dr. Chet was a guest speaker at a conference hosted by the University of London titled "1759 Revisited: The Conquest of Canada in Historical Perspective," September 17-19, 2009. He was invited to speak on Britain's use of light infantry in North America during the French and Indian War (1754-63). His conference paper "Light Infantry and the Narrative of American Exceptionalism: Competing Interpretations of Conventional Warfare in British America" dealt with the European origins of light infantry and the role of the British light infantry in the debates on "American tactics" among early-American military historians.
Dr. McCaslin presented a talk titled "Rip Ford in the Civil War" to the Dallas Civil War Round Table on June 10, 2009. His presentation was based upon his forthcoming book on John S. "Rip" Ford, entitled Fighting Stock. At the same meeting, the organization presented its 2009 Grady McWhiney Award of Merit to McCaslin for his contributions in Civil War scholarship.
Dr. Leggiere gave a presentation titled "From Wars of Kings to Wars of Nations: The Military Culture of the French Revolution" at the 2009 Teaching of History Conference. Hosted by the Department of History at UNT, the conference theme was "The Influence of War on Society."
Dr. McCaslin presented a paper on "J. B. Polley's Civil War" to Hood's Texas Brigade Association at its meeting on June 6, 2009, at Baylor University. His paper was based upon his research for his book, A Soldier's Letters to Charming Nellie, which was published in 2008 by the University of Tennessee in its acclaimed series, "Voices of the Civil War."