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Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis of Atlanta has been a student of the Civil War all his life. He grew up in Atlanta, and at Emory University, he studied under the renowned Civil War historian Bell I. Wiley. After a Master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the Civil War in Southern literature.

Steve is the author of a two-volume history of the Atlanta Campaign, published by Savas Beatie in 2016 and 2017:  A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw to the Chattahoochee, May 5-July 18, 1864 and All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peachtree Creek to the City’s Surrender, July 18-September 2, 1864.

His book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta, was published by Mercer University Press in 2012.  He is also the author of Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, John Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001).

In December 2017 Mercer University Press published his book, John Bell Hood: Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta, which will recount Hood’s rise to commanding general of the Army of Tennessee. The companion volume, John Bell Hood: Into Tennessee and Failure is set for publication by Mercer in late 2020.

His presentation for the Kentucky Civil War Round Table, “George N. Barnard: Photographer of Civil War Atlanta,” is based on his forthcoming paperback, 100 Significant Photographs—Atlanta Campaign, to be published later this summer by Historical Publications LLC, of Charleston SC. 


The Kentucky Civil War Round Table is the largest in the nation in terms of membership. Membership is open to all. Membership fees entitle you to attend five dinner meetings per year in January, March, May, September, and November (each member must pay for his/her own dinner) and the KY Civil War Roundtable newsletters, as well as access to special events.