Jim Lewis has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service since 1991. Since 1997, he has been fixture at Stones River National Battlefield, serving as a park ranger, curator and de-facto historian there. He became the Chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resource Management in 2016.
Jim has researched and presented dozens of interpretive programs at Stones River National Battlefield and across the country on a variety of Civil War topics. He has also produced numerous interpretive publications and exhibits for the National Park Service.
The September 2012 Blue and Gray Magazine featured “Lincoln’s Hard Earned Victory,” a full issue article written by Ranger Lewis that provides a concise analysis of the Stones River Campaign and its military, political, and social consequences.
Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in New Jersey, Jim is a graduate of Cornell University (BA in History) and has been a student of Civil War history since his late teens. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife Beth and son James. He serves on the advisory board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He is also a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Civil War Round Table and a reenactor in Company B of the Ninth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.
For your viewing pleasure: https://www.c-span.org/video/?309851-1/battle-stones-river
Battle of Stones River Panelists talked about the Battle of Stones River. Lincoln Memorial University history professor Earl Hess talked about Confederate commanding General Braxton Bragg’s role in the battle. Author and historian Richard McMurry discussed Jefferson Davis and the confederate strategy carried out in the Stones River campaign. Stones River National Battlefield Park ranger Jim Lewis and Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area historian Antoinette van Zelm talked about the civilian perspectives on the battle and its outcome.
The symposium, marking the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Stones River, which was fought from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863 near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.
Jim will speak at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. Details about how you can attend this presentation are at the left of this page.