Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian living in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has written about the American Civil War, United States Western history, and American culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian magazine, Preservation magazine, and The Civil War Monitor. Nelson earned her BA in history and literature from Harvard University and her PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and she has taught at Texas Tech University; California State University, Fullerton; Harvard University; and Brown University. Nelson is the author of The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (2020), Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012), and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (2005).
A Different Civil War in the Southwest
A riveting new book shows how the Civil War in the West was both strategically important and lacking in the moral contours of the broader war....