Kenneth W. Noe
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A native of Virginia, Ken Noe received his PhD from the University of Illinois, where he studied under the late Robert W. Johannsen. He then taught at West Georgia College for ten years before coming to Auburn in 2000. His major teaching and research areas are the American Civil War and Appalachian history. He is the author or editor of seven books: The Yellowhammer War: Alabama in the Civil War and Reconstruction (Tuscaloosa, 2014); Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861 (Chapel Hill, 2010); Politics and Culture of the Civil War Era: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Johannsen, co-edited with Daniel J. McDonough (Seligsgrove, Pa., 2006); Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle (Lexington, 2002); The Civil War in Appalachia: Collected Essays, co-edited with Shannon H. Wilson (Knoxville, 1997); A Southern Boy in Blue: The Memoir of Marcus Woodcock, 9th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.A.) (Knoxville, 1996); and Southwest Virginia's Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis (Urbana, 1994; paperback ed., Tuscaloosa, 2003). He also has written many articles and essays, including articles in Civil War History and The Journal of Military History. He was a Pulitzer Prize entrant and the winner of the 2003 Kentucky Governor's Award, the 2002 Peter Seaborg Book Award for Civil War Non-fiction, and the 1997 Tennessee History Book Award, as well as several teaching awards. He currently is writing a book on Civil War weather.
Dr. Noe is a frequent speaker on the Civil War Round Table circuit, and a participant in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program. He was the 2008-2009 president of the Alabama Historical Association. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Society of Civil War Historians, and was a consultant to the NBC series Who Do You Think You Are?
- 1990 PhD, University of Illinois
- 1983 MSLS, University of Kentucky
- 1981 MA, Virginia Tech
- 1979 BA, Emory & Henry
- The Yellowhammer War: Alabama in the Civil War and Reconstruction (Tuscaloosa, 2014)
- Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861 (Chapel Hill, 2010)
- Politics and Culture of the Civil War Era: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Johannsen, edited by Kenneth W. Noe and Daniel J. McDonough (Seligsgrove, Pa., 2006)
- Southwest Virginia's Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis (Urbana, 1994; paperback ed., Tuscaloosa, 2003)
- Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle (Lexington, 2002)
- The Civil War in Appalachia: Collected Essays, edited by Kenneth W. Noe and Shannon H. Wilson (Knoxville, 1997)
- A Southern Boy in Blue: The Memoir of Marcus Woodcock, 9th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.A.) (Knoxville, 1996)
Articles and Book Chapters
Foreword to Brian D. McKnight and Barton A. Myers, eds. The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017, xi-xx.
“Heat of Battle: Climate, Weather, and the First Battle of Manassas.” Civil War Monitor 5 (Fall 2015): 54-62, 76.
"Fateful Lightning: The Significance of Weather and Climate in Civil War History." In Brian Allen Drake, ed., The Blue, the Gray, and the Green: Toward an Environmental History of the Civil War. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015, 16-33.
"An 'Acting Major General': Charles Champion Gilbert at Perryville." Ethan S. Rafuse, ed., Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2014, 96-111.
"Historians' Forum: The American Civil War's Centennial vs. the Sesquicentennial," Civil War History 57 (December 2011): 380-402
“The Arrest and Court Martial of Captain George Dobson,” in Stephen Berry, ed., Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War's Ragged Edges. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011, 251-71
"'Villains, Vandals and Devils,'" Civil War Times 49 (August 2010): 60-65
"'Alabama, We Will Fight For Thee': The Initial Motivations of Later- enlisting Confederates," Alabama Review 62 (July 2009): 163-89
"'Battle Against the Traitors': Middle Tennesseans in the Federal 9th Kentucky Infantry and What They Fought For," in Kent Dollar, Calvin Dickinson, and Larry Whiteaker, eds., Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee (Lexington, 2009), 123-39
"'Damned North Carolinians' and 'Brave Virginians': The Lane-Mahone Controversy, Honor, and Civil War Memory," Journal of Military History 72 (October 2008): 1089-1115
"'Somebody Blundered': Marcus Woodcock, Ambrose Bierce, and 'The Crime at Pickett's Mill'," Ambrose Bierce Project Journal 3 (Fall 2007), http://www.ambrosebierce.org/journal3noe.html
"Jigsaw Puzzles, Mosaics, and Civil War Battle Narratives," Civil War History 53 (September 2007): 236-43
- "The Fighting Chaplain of Shiloh: Isaac Tichenor's Civil War and the Roles of Confederate Ministers," in McDonough and Noe, Politics and Culture, 240-64
Last Updated: August 24, 2017