Dr. Earl J. Hess will be our speaker at the monthly meeting of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable on Feb. 14 (details on the left of this page).


Dr. Earl Hess

Dr. Hess has been a student of Civil War history since he was a teenager, growing up in rural Missouri. He completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees in History at Southeast Missouri State University. His Ph.D. in American Studies, with a concentration in History, was awarded by Purdue University in 1986. He has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Georgia, Texas Tech University, and the University of Arkansas.

Since 1989, he has been at Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, where he is Associate Professor of History, past director of the History Program, and holds the Stewart McClelland Chair.

Dr. Hess has published more than twenty books, over thirty articles, and more than a hundred book reviews for academic history journals. He has conducted numerous manuscript evaluations for academic presses and article reviews for academic journals and is widely recognized as a leading scholar and author on Civil War history.

Dr. Hess has also published and is working on books on the history of making classic film musicals.