Fort Valley State University  

Smith, Mark A.

History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice
Bond Building, Rm. 149

Georgia Association of Historians, 2006-Present.

Society for the History of the Early Republic. Member, 2005-Present .

Southern Historical Association. Member, 2001-2002.

Society for Military History. Member, 1999-Present.

American Historical Association. Member, 1998-2005.

Local Arrangements Committee, Georgia Association of Historians, Annual Conference, February 22-23, 2008, Fort Valley, Georgia.
Editor, Southern Historian, 2001-2002
Oversaw the editing of the journal, the refereeing of all the articles published, and the publication of book reviews.

Represented the journal at the 2001 Southern Historical Association Conference.

Assistant Editor, Southern Historian, 2000-2001
Managed business and design aspects and assisted with editorial duties.

Represented the journal at the 2000 Southern Historical Association Conference.


West Point Summer Seminar in Teaching Military History. United States Military Academy. 4 June – 29 June 2002. Employment History

Assistant Professor

Fort Valley State University, Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice; Fall 2005 to Present.

Taught both U.S. History Surveys (including an honors version of U.S. History to 1865), World Civilization since 1500, Georgia History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Old South.

Currently developing the following new courses: Jacksonian America, the American Revolution and New Nation, and the American Colonies.
Part Time Temporary Instructor

University of Alabama, History Department; Fall 2003, Fall 2004-Summer 2005.

Taught American Civilization to 1865, Honors American Civilization to 1865, and American Civilization since 1865.

Faculty Bio

This monetary award is given each year to a graduate student of superior competency in American History at The University of Alabama; it is awarded by the History Department each spring to a student nominated by the faculty. 2003.

Awarded by the University of Alabama History Department to A.B.D. Doctoral Candidates to assist in the completion of their dissertations. 2002-2003.
Albert S. Hanser Award

Awarded by the University of West Georgia History Dept. for the best graduate paper (“How Can Man Die Better? The Union Attack at Cheatham’s Hill”). 1996.


The Fall of Fort Pulaski and Its Implications for National Defense Policy” (working title), The Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians (forthcoming)
The Corps of Engineers and Third System Defense Policy, 1815-1860

University Alabama Press (forthcoming, under contract)
Numerous Book Reviews in various publications

“Engineering Slavery: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Slavery at Key West” Florida Historical Quarterly, 2008

“Sherman’s Unexpeced Companions: Marching Through Georgia with Homini and Clausewitz,” The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 1997.

Three encyclopedia articles for ABC-CLIO’s The United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society (edited by paul J. Pierpaoli, 2005).
Book Reviews

Roger S. Durham, Guardian of Savannah: Fort McAllister, Georgia, in the Civil War and Beyond in Civil War Book Review (2009).

Thomas Reid, America’s Fortress: A History of Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida in the Journal of Southern History (2008).

Donald B. Connelly, John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship and Allan Peskin, Winfield Scott and the Profession of Arms (combined review) in Civil War History (2007).

Michael B. Ballard, Vicksburg: The Campaign that Opened the Mississippi in The Journal of Military History (2005).

John E. Clark, Jr., Railroads in the Civil War: The Impact of Management on Victory and Defeat in Southern Historian (2003).

John Lauritz Larson, Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Government in the Early United States in Southern Historian (2002).

Harry W. Pfanz, Gettysburg—The First Day in The Georgia Historical Quarterly (2001).

Anne J. Bailey, Chessboard of War in Southern Historian (2001).

C. Edward Skeen, Citizen Soldiers in the War of 1812 in Southern Historian (2000).

James M. McPherson and William J. Cooper, Jr., eds., Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand in Southern Historian (1999).

Encyclopedia Entries

“Fort Pickens (American Civil War),” “Battle of Champion’s Hill (American Civil War),” and “Fort Bowyer (War of 1812)” in The United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society [electronic database], edited by Paul Pierpaoli (Oxford: ABC-CLIO Publishers), 2005.

Conference Papers

“The Corps and the Slave: Army Engineers and Slavery in Key West, Florida.” Georgia Association of Historians Conference. Fort Valley, Georgia. 22 February 2008.

“Funding and Support: Congress and the Third System of Coastal Defense.” Ohio Valley History Conference. Johnson City, Tennessee. 20 October 2006.

 “The End of an Era? The Siege and Reduction of Fort Pulaski.” Georgia Association of Historians Conference. Columbus, Georgia. 9 April 2005.

“Expertise and the Rise of Responsibility: The Corps of Engineers & Military Professionalism in Antebellum America.” Society for Military History Conference. Charleston, South Carolina. 27 February 2005.

“Engineering Continental Defense, 1816-1861.” Society for Military History Conference. Knoxville, Tennessee. 3 May 2003.

“Engineering Security, 1816-1861: The Corps of Engineers and the Formulation of National Defense Policy in the Antebellum Era.” The University of Alabama History Department Brown Bag Seminar. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 29 April 2003.

Research Interests: 

U. S. Military History, 1815-1865
National Defense Policy, 1815-1865
Corps of Engineers, 1815-1865

19th Century United States History, especially 1815-1860

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