Publications Whimsically Selected


Guarding Greensboro: A Confederate Company in the Making of a Southern Community. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003. Winner, 2003 Jefferson Davis Award; winner, 2004 James I. Robertson Literary Prize; honorable mention, 2004 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship.

(editor) Voices from Company D: Diaries by the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.

Tuscaloosa:  Portrait of an Alabama County. Northridge, California: Windsor Publications, 1987.

(editor) Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama:  The Humor of John Gorman Barr. University: University of Alabama Press, 1981; paperbound edition, 1989.


(with Walter Lewellyn) The Alabama Christian Advocate: An Index to Memorials, 1881-1994. Birmingham: Birmingham-Southern College, 2010.

Faculty Scholarship [at] Birmingham-Southern College. Birmingham: Birmingham-Southern College, 2004.

(with L. J. Davenport) Roland Harper, Alabama Botanist and Social Critic:  A Biographical Sketch and Bibliography. Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin 17 (1995 May 1).


“Introduction.” Taming Alabama: Lawyers and Other Reformers, 1804-1929, by Pruitt. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010, ix-xiii.

“Introduction: An Unfinished War.” In The Great Task Remaining before Us: Reconstruction as America’s Continuing Civil War, edited by Cimbala and Miller. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010, 1-8.

 “A Settlement House in Ensley’s Italian District.” Alabama Heritage scheduled publication date 2005 spring.

“The Guards’ Civil War.” Alabama Heritage #71 (2004 winter): 32-40.

“What They Fought For . . . in Greensboro, Alabama,” Southern Historian 19 (1998 Spring): 5-13.

“Alabama Politics, 1819 to 1997,” in The Alabama Political Almanac, 1997, edited by James Glen Stovall, Patrick R. Cotter, and Samuel H. Fisher.  Tuscaloosa:  University of Alabama Press, 1997.  [An earlier version appeared in The Alabama Political Almanac, 1995.]

“‘Dissipating the Clouds of Ignorance’:  The First University of Alabama Library, 1831-1865.” Libraries & Culture 27 (1992 Winter): 20-35.  [Runner-up for the 1989 Justin Winsor Prize for the best essay in Library History]

 “A History of the University of Alabama Libraries, 1831-1970.” In A Dynamic Tradition: A History of the Academic Libraries of Alabama, edited by Vicki L. Gregory. Birmingham:  Birmingham Public Library Press, 1991.

“John B. Read’s Okra Paper.” Alabama Review 43 (1990 October): 289-296.

“Lone Star Flags and Nameless Rags.” Alabama Review, 39 (1986 October): 271-301.