Department of History

Kenneth W. Noe

Kenneth W. Noe Draughon Professor of Southern History
314 Thach Hall
(334) 844-6626
noekenn@auburn.edu

Office Hours

  • Monday 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (via Zoom), and by appointment
  • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (via Zoom), and by appointment
  • Friday 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (via Zoom), and by appointment

Profile

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 eight books: The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War (Baton Rouge 2020), 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.

Dr. Noe is a frequent speaker on the Civil War Round Table circuit. He was the 2008-2009 president of the Alabama Historical Association. He was a consultant to the NBC/TLC series Who Do You Think You Are?

Education

Ph.D. University of Illinois (1990)

MSLS, University of Kentucky (1983)

M.A. Virginia Tech (1981)

B.A. Emory & Henry (1979)

Representative Publications

Books:

The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War (Baton Rouge, 2020).

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:

When John Brooke Came Marching Home Again, Hurrah?” Muster, Feb. 11, 2020

“The Western Theatre, 1862-1863.”  In Aaron Sheehan-Dean, ed., The Cambridge History of the American Civil War, vol. 1: Military Affairs (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 165-82.

“’Disturbers of the Peace’: The Kidnapping of John D. Hale and the Long Civil War in Kentucky.”  Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 117 (Spring 2019): 267-81.

"'I Am Completely Checked by the Weather': George B. McClellan, Weather, and the Peninsula Campaign." In Andrew S. Bledsoe and Andrew F. Lang, eds., Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of the American Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2018), 45-70.

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.

"'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).

"Jigsaw Puzzles, Mosaics, and Civil War Battle Narratives," Civil War History 53 (September 2007): 236-43.

Classes Taught

Honors World History II

Appalachian History

Civil War & Reconstruction

Graduate Seminar in Civil War & Reconstruction

Last Updated: August 14, 2020