At BVU since 1997

Degrees Held

B.A., M.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Works published


For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607 to 2012. 3rd Edition. Co-authored with Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski. The Free Press, 2012.

Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox. University of Nebraska Press, 2002. [History Book Club Editor’s Choice for September 2002 and Finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Book Award]

Essays and Articles

“The General-in-Chief: Grant Takes Command, 1864-1865,” in Edward O. Frantz, ed. The Blackwell Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents, 1865-1881.  Blackwell Publishing, 2013. 

“‘Developed by Circumstances’: Grant, Intelligence, and the Vicksburg Campaign,” in Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear, eds., Vicksburg: Mississippi Blitzkrieg, May 1863. Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.

“Grant’s Relief Man: The Charmed Career of Edward O. C. Ord,” in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., Grant’s Lieutenants: Vol. II: From Chattanooga to Appomattox. University Press of Kansas, 2008.

“‘That Great Essential of Success’: Espionage, Covert Action, and Military Intelligence,” in Aaron Sheehan-Dean, ed. “Struggle for a Vast Future”: The American Civil War. Osprey, 2006.

"The War of Spies and Supplies: Grant and Grenville M. Dodge in the West, 1862-64," in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., Grant's Lieutenants: Vol. I: From Cairo to Vicksburg. University Press of Kansas, 2001.

"Jefferson Davis and the Guerrilla Option: A Reexamination," in Mark Grimsley and Brooks Simpson, eds., The Collapse of the Confederacy.  University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

"Grant and the Belmont Campaign: A Study in Intelligence and Command," in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., The Art of Command in the Civil War. University of Nebraska Press, 1998.

"Intelligence Activities," in Steven E. Woodworth, ed., The American Civil War: A Handbook of Research and Literature. Greenwood Press, 1996.

"Neutralizing the Valley: The Role of Military Intelligence in the Defeat of Jubal Early's Army of the Valley, 1864-1865," Civil War History 39 (September 1993).

"A Union Military Intelligence Failure: Jubal Early's Raid, June 12-July 14, 1864," Civil War History 36 (September 1990). [Winner of the National Intelligence Study Center Award for Best Scholarly Article on Intelligence for 1990]


George Wythe Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (2007)
Dissertation Year Fellow, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, DC (1993-94)
Award for Best Scholarly Article on Intelligence, National Intelligence Study Center (1990)