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Glatthaar Brings Cutting Edge Civil War Research to OWU


February 28, 2006

DELAWARE, Ohio — Joseph Glatthaar '78 will present "Rich Man's War, a Poor Man's Fight? Soldiers in General Robert E. Lee's Army" on March 30 in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Benes Rooms (40 S. Rowland Ave., Delaware) at 7:30 p.m.Glatthaar's presentation is part of The Richard W. Smith Civil War History Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. Glatthaar is the Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, specializing in the American Civil War and American military history. His current project is a study of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia."I've used statistics in several of my other publications, but this is my most detailed use," says Glatthaar. "There is nothing like it happening today."The traditional argument has been that the Civil War, especially in the South, was a rich man's war and a poor man's fight. "But there is a statistical base that proves a disproportional number of rich people fighting," says Glatthaar. "So it may have been a rich man's war but it was also a rich and poor man's fight."The presentation will feature the sharing of the statistical evidence through a PowerPoint presentation while also including testimonials from soldiers' letters.Glatthaar, who was advised by Smith as a student at Ohio Wesleyan, earned his M.A. from Rice University in 1981 and a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.Glatthaar has served as a lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison, earned tenure at the University of Houston and joined North Carolina in 2005. He has served terms as a visiting professor for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army Military History Institute, and U.S. Military Academy.He currently has his tenth publication, General Lee's Army in the writing stage and under contract with The Free Press. His latest publication, Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians in the American Revolution (Hill & Wang, 2006), with James Kirby Martin is due out yet this year. Other publications include:

  • The Civil War in the West, 1863-1865 (Osprey Press, 2001), Partners in Command: Relationships Between Civil War Leaders (The Free Press, 1994), Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance of Black Soldiers and White Officers (The Free Press, 1991), The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns (New York University Press, 1985), Black Soldiers in the Civil War (Eastern National & Monument Association, 1996) for the National Park Service, Leaders of the Lost Cause: Confederate High Command in the Civil War (Stackpole Press, 2004) edited by Glatthaar and Gary Gallagher, Editor and author of Guide Book, Confederate Military Manuscripts (University Publications of America),
  • Co-editor with John Y. Chambers, general editor, for Encyclopedia of American Military History (Oxford University Press, 2000).