Bailey, Anne J. 1944-
Bailey, Anne J. 1944-
PERSONAL: Born August 7, 1944, in Cleburne, TX; divorced; children: two. Education: University of Texas, B.A., 1982; Texas Christian University, M.A., 1984, Ph.D., 1987.
ADDRESSES: Office— Department of History, Georgia College & State University, Box 47, Milledgeville, GA 31061. E-mail— [email protected]
CAREER: Historian, educator, and writer. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, history professor, 1997—. Previously served on the faculty at Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, TX, 1984-87; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 1987-88; Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, 1988-93; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1993-97.
MEMBER: Georgia Historical Association, Historical Society, Society of Civil War Historians, Society of Military Historians, Arkansas Historical Association, East Texas Historical Association, Georgia Association of Historians, Southern Historical Association, St. George Tucker Society, Southern Association of Women Historians.
AWARDS, HONORS: Barnett fellow, 1986-87; grant from the Georgia Southern College, 1988, 1993-94; Andrew J. Mellon research stipend, 1995; Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award, Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, GA, 2001; Grady McWhiney Award of Merit, Civil War Round Table of Dallas, TX, 2005.
Between the Enemy and Texas: Parsons’s Texas Cavalry in the Civil War, Texas Christian University Press (Fort Worth, TX), 1989.
Texans in the Confederate Cavalry, under the general editorship of Grady McWhiney, Ryan Place Publishers (Fort Worth, TX), 1995.
(With Walter J. Fraser, Jr.) Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War, foreword by the general editors, Bobby Roberts and Carl Moneyhon, University of Arkansas Press (Fayetteville, AR), 1996.
(Editor and contributor, with Daniel E. Sutherland) Civil War Arkansas: Beyond Battles and Leaders, University of Arkansas Press (Fayetteville, AR), 2000.
The Chessboard of War: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864, University of Nebraska Press (Lincoln, NE), 2000.
War and Ruin: William T. Sherman and the Savannah Campaign, Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, DE), 2003.
(Editor) In the Saddle with the Texans: Day-by-Day with Parsons’s Cavalry Brigade, 1862-1865, McWhiney Foundation Press, McMurry University (Abilene, TX), 2004.
Invisible Southerners: Ethnicity in the Civil War, University of Georgia Press (Athens, GA), 2006.
Contributor to books, including The Confederate General, edited by William C. Davis, National Historical Society, 1991;Western Horse Tales, edited by Don Worcester, Wordware Publishing, 1994;Lone Star Blue and Gray: Essays on Texas in the Civil War, edited by Ralph A. Wooster, Texas State Historical Association, 1995;The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research, edited by Steven E. Wood-worth, Greenwood Press, 1996;Valor and Lace: The Roles of Confederate Women, 1861-1865, Mauriel Phillips Joslyn, Southern Heritage Press (Murfreesboro, TN), 1996;Southern Families at War: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South, edited by Catherine Clinton, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 2000;Enemies of the Country: New Perspectives on Unionists in the Civil War South, edited by John C. Inscoe and Robert C. Kenzer, University of Georgia Press, 2001;Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era, edited by John David Smith, University of North Carolina Press, 2002; and Black Flag over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War, edited by Gregory J.W. Urwin, Southern Illinois University Press, 2004. Contributor to encyclopedias, including Encyclopedia of the Confederacy, edited by Richard N. Current, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1993. Editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly.
SIDELIGHTS: Anne J. Bailey, a historian with a special interest in the American Civil War and military history, has written several books focusing on these topics. Bailey collaborated with Walter J. Fraser, Jr., to write Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War. Through 260 photographs and explanatory text, the authors present a look at Georgia during the Civil War that includes women and families, architecture, fortifications, military prisons, soldiers, factories, and towns. “The accompanying text provides a fast-paced narrative that identifies each image and places it in context with events,” wrote W. Todd Groce in Civil War History. Todd went on to note: “Professors Bailey and Fraser have made a major contribution by presenting the first comprehensive photographic examination of the Civil War in Georgia—and they have done it in a way that is both informative and pleasurable to read.”
In The Chessboard of War: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864, Bailey focuses on Civil War battles that took place in Georgia and Tennessee by chronicling William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea and John Bell Hood’s fighting in Tennessee. Among the topics Bailey covers are the role of black soldiers in the campaigns, their efforts to prove themselves, and both the Northern and Southern soldiers’ resentment of them. “Her writing is crisp and clear as she considers questions of military strategy and leadership and issues of politics and race,” wrote Lesley J. Gordon in the Journal of Southern History.
Bailey returns to Sherman’s march through the South in War and Ruin: William T. Sherman and the Savannah Campaign. The author discusses in depth Sherman’s decision to allow his troops to freely plunder and pillage as they battled through the South. She focuses primarily on his ransacking of Savannah and provides a look at the city and its society prior to Sherman’s invasion and as the South began to lose the war. Writing in the Journal of Southern History, James H. Birdseye noted: “Bailey examines the strategic situation in very clear terms and does a great deal to dispel the popular belief that Sherman’s march was an easy triumph with little risk and no chance of failure.”
Bailey served as coeditor with Daniel E. Sutherland of Civil War Arkansas: Beyond Battles and Leaders. Bailey also contributed one of the book’s eleven essays, which cover topics such as individual historical figures, the role of geography in Arkansas’s involvement in the war, and the abuse of Arkansas property and farms as Union soldiers marched through the state. Michael B. Dougan, writing in the Journal of Southern History, noted that “scholars should. . . welcome this collection. . . that supposedly represent the ‘new’ Civil War history.”
As editor of In the Saddle with the Texans: Day-by-Day with Parsons’s Cavalry Brigade, 1862-1865, Bailey presents various communications among officers in regard to the Texas cavalry’s Parsons’s Brigade during the Civil War. Bailey also provides an introduction and extensive footnotes. An Internet Bookwatch contributor noted that the many primary references provide “an up-close and personal look Texas cavalry life.”
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES
Civil War History, September, 1998, W. Todd Groce, review of Portraits of Conflict: A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War, p. 238.
Internet Bookwatch, February, 2005, review of In the Saddle with the Texans: Day-by-Day with Parsons’s Cavalry Brigade, 1862-1865.
Journal of Southern History, November, 2001, Michael B. Dougan, review of Civil War Arkansas: Beyond Battles and Leaders, p. 872; February, 2002, Lesley J. Gordon, review of The Chessboard of War: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864, p. 184; February, 2004, James H. Birdseye, review of War and Ruin: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864, p. 161; November, 2005, Brady Lee Hutchison, review of In the Saddle with the Texans, p. 968.
Wisconsin Bookwatch, February, 2005, review of In the Saddle with the Texans.