Glenn W. LaFantasie, the Richard Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History at Western Kentucky University, was born in Rhode Island in 1949. He received his BA in History from Providence College, an MA in American History from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in History from Brown University. He is the author, among other works, of Twilight at Little Round Top (Wiley, 2005) and Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates (Oxford University Press, 2006). A collection of his previously published Civil War essays, Gettysburg Heroes: Perfect Soldiers, Hallowed Ground, was published by Indiana University Press in 2008. He is presently at work on Lincoln and Grant, a book that will explore the relationship between the commander in chief and his general in chief.
Mr. LaFantasie has had a diverse career in the fields of history, publishing, and libraries. He has served as Director of Publications at the Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission, Editor of Publications of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Senior Editor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Editor and Project Director of The Papers of Albert Gallatin, Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Deputy Historian of the U.S. Department of State, Senior Program Officer for the Council on Library Resources, and Director of the Aldie Mill Historic Site. He has taught at Lord Fairfax Community College, Gettysburg College, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Maine at Farmington. He was named to his endowed chair at Western Kentucky University in 2006.
Mr. LaFantasie lives with his wife, Donna, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They have three grown children and one granddaughter.
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