William C. Davis

 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
History Department
205 Brodie Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0117
(540) 231-9090 - office
(540) 231-8724 - fax

 Email: widavis6@vt.edu




Personal Background:

William C. Davis, a native of Independence, Missouri, was educated in northern California, then spent twenty years in editorial management in the magazine and book publishing industry, before leaving in 1990 to spend the next ten years working as a writer and consultant. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays. He was the on-camera senior consultant for 52 episodes of the Arts & Entertainment Network/History Channel series "Civil War Journal," as well as a number of other productions on commercial and Public Television, as well as for the BBC abroad, and has acted as historical consultant for several television and film productions, including "The Blue and the Gray," "George Washington," and "The Perfect Tribute."

He is the only three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award given for book-length works in Confederate History. His most recent book is The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf published in 2005 by Harcourt.

Davis has come to Virginia Tech as Director of Programs for the new Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, as well as serving as Professor of History. In coming to Virginia he is in a way returning to his roots, since his Davis ancestors settled in nearby Carroll and Grayson Counties some 200 years ago, and virtually all of his ancestry goes back in the Old Dominion, some as far as 1608.


Educational Background:

B.A. Sonoma State University, 1968
M.A. Sonoma State University 1969
Doc. Hum. Let. Lincoln Memorial University, 1976


Programs Open to the Public:

"Civil War Weekend"

Annual "Campaigning With Lee" Symposium

For further information, contact Wanda Hylton, whylton@vt.edu, at the Virginia Tech Continuing Education Development, (540)-231-9617.


Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Press Release: Blacksburg, March 12, 1999. Building on the reputation of nationally renowned Civil War historian James I. Robertson, Jr. and a massive collection of Civil War books, Virginia Tech announced today that it has initiated a $3-million fund drive to establish the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (continued on VCCWS website).

More information can be found on the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies homepage.


*Designed and maintained by Rhonda Wills, Virginia Tech, History department. Send comments to rwills@vt.edu
*updated 08/28/02