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Gary W. Gallagher

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Gary W. Gallagher, Faculty Associate in the GAGE program at the Miller Center, is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He graduated from Adams State College of Colorado and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to teaching at UVa, he was Professor of History at The Pennsylvania State University.
Gallagher is one of the leading historians of the Civil War. His books include Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty; The Union War; Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War; and Lee and His Army in Confederate History, among others.  He has coauthored and edited several works on individual battles and campaigns and has published over 100 articles in scholarly journals and popular historical magazines.
He has received many awards for his research and writing, including the Tom Watson Brown Book Prize for the best book in Civil War studies, the Lincoln Prize, the Laney Prize for the best book on the Civil War, and the Fletcher Pratt Award for the best nonfiction book on the Civil War.  In 2013, he was awarded the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.
Gallagher was founder and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and has served on the Board of Directors of the Civil War Trust.

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