Civil War Speakers
- Commissioner Susan Whitaker Commissioner - Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; Co-Chair, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Read Biography »
- Dr. Carroll Van West Director, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area & Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University; Co-Chair, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Read Biography »
- Sam Davis Elliott Historian and Author Read Biography »
Professor Emeritus of History, Auburn University
James Lee McDonough is Professor Emeritus of History, Auburn University. A native of Nashville, he pursued higher education at David Lipscomb College, Vanderbilt University, Abilene Christian College, and Florida State University, from which he earned a Ph.D. in History. His academic career included faculty positions at Lipscomb and Pepperdine University, before joining the History Department at Auburn. McDonough is an award-winning historian, who has authored numerous books, articles and book reviews, most of which have dealt with the American Civil War. Three of his books have been selected by the History Book Club. He has spoken upon many occasions for various groups around the nation.
Among McDonough's best known books are:
Shiloh - in Hell before Night
Stones River - Bloody Winter in Tennessee
Chattanooga - A Death Grip on the Confederacy
Five Tragic Hours: The Battle of Franklin (co-authored with Thomas L. Connelly)
War in Kentucky
From Shiloh to Perryville
Nashville: The Western Confederacy's Final Gamble
His most recent book is The Wars of Myron King: A B - 17 Pilot Faces WWII and U.S.-Soviet Intrigue.