Mark Grimsley

Mark Grimsley

Mark Grimsley is an associate professor at Ohio State University, where he teaches military history and nineteenth-century American history. His books include And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 (2002) and The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865 (1995). He is currently researching 1864 as a pivotal moment in American history, Reconstruction violence, and the interplay between nonviolence and Black self-defense in the civil rights struggle. He has won three teaching awards, including the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, his university’s highest award for excellence in the classroom.


  • "A Near Run Thing": An Introduction to Counterfactual History
  • Starship Troopers, Civic Virtue, and the American Civil War
  • Civil War Soldiers
  • How to Read a Civil War Battlefield
  • Reconstruction: A Second Civil War
  • The Democracy That Broke: Incivility and the Origins of the Civil War
  • Why the Civil Rights Movement Was an Insurgency


"Why the Civil Rights Movement Was an Insurgency"

This lecture was presented at Wright State University and sponsored by the university's History Club. Recorded in April 2012.

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