Founding Editor


William Blair is the Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor of American History and Director of the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University.

He founded The Journal of the Civil War Era in 2011. Blair is the author of numerous books and articles, including most recently, With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era (UNC Press, 2014). With Malice Toward Some was a finalist for the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. His first book, Virginia’s Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865 (Oxford, 1998), was based on his dissertation, which won the Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians.