OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Steven E. Woodworth

Portrait of Steven E. Woodworth

Steven E. Woodworth is the author, coauthor, or editor of twenty-eight books on the Civil War era. These include Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West (1990), Davis and Lee at War (1995), Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns (1998), and While God Is Marching On: The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers (2001). Among his more recent books are a biography of William T. Sherman; Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865 (2005); and Manifest Destinies: Westward Expansion and the Civil War (2010), an examination of how territorial expansion during the 1840s contributed to the political crisis that led to the Civil War; and a short study of command in the Battle of Shiloh. He is currently working on a longer work tracing the careers of two companies—Company E of the 44th New York and Company I of the 5th Texas—and their respective hometowns—Albany, New York, and Independence, Texas—from the years leading to the Civil War until the two companies met each other on the battlefield of Gettysburg. Woodworth teaches history at Texas Christian University.

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The young men, North and South, who marched away from their homes to fight in the Civil War were destined for many surprises when they reached the fighting fronts. For some of them the biggest of those surprises was the discovery that their foes worshipped the same God, believed the same theology, sang the same hymns, and accepted largely the same teachings. Perhaps more starkly than any other conflict, the Civil War presented the incongruous spectacle of co-religionists at war with each other.