Mark A. Smith, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice Academic Department
  • Title: Professor
  • smithm01@fvsu.edu

MARK A. SMITH, PH.D.

Department of History, Geography, Political Science & Criminal Justice
1005 State University Dr.
Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313

EDUCATION

Ph.D., History
The University of Alabama, 2004
Fields: U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History since 1865, Military & Naval History.
Dissertation Title: “The Corps of Engineers and National Defense in Antebellum
America, 1815-1860.”

M.A., History
The State University of West Georgia, 1997
Thesis Title: “A Tactical Analysis of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with respect
to the Tactical Precepts of Dennis Hart Mahan.”

B.A., History
Kennesaw State University, 1995 (Cum Laude)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Professor, Tenured
Fort Valley State University, Department of History, Geography, Political Science,
and Criminal Justice; Fall 2017 to present
Taught first half of U.S. History Survey, Georgia History, Historical Methods, the
American Revolution and New Nation, and U.S. Military History.

Associate Professor, Tenured
Fort Valley State University, Department of History, Geography, Political Science,
and Criminal Justice; Fall 2010 to Fall 2017
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, Jacksonian America, the American Revolution and New Nation,
Colonial America, U.S. Military History, and Historical Methods.

Assistant Professor
Fort Valley State University, Department of History, Geography, Political Science,
and Criminal Justice; Fall 2005 to Spring 2010
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, the Old South, Jacksonian America, and the American Revolution
and New Nation.

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.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Georgia Association of Historians, 2006-Present
  • Society for the History of the Early Republic. Member, 2005-Present
  • Society for Military History. Member, 1999-Present
  • Southern Historical Association. Member, 2001-2002
  • American Historical Association. Member, 1998-2005

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Member, Editorial Board, U.S. Military History Review, July 2013-Present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians,
    February 2015-February 2016
  • Member, Executive Board, Georgia Association of Historians, May 2013-Feb. 2016
  • Local Arrangements Committee, Georgia Association of Historians, Annual
    Conference, February 22-23, 2008, Fort Valley, Georgia

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Summer Dissertation Fellowship
Awarded by the University of Alabama History Department to A.B.D. Doctoral
Candidates to assist in the completion of their dissertations. Summer 2003.

Frank Lawrence Owsley Memorial Scholarship

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.

Dissertation Fellowship
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.

BOOKS

Engineering Security: The Corps of Engineers and Third System Defense Policy,
1815-1860, The University of Alabama Press, 2009.

ARTICLES

“The Third System and Its Critics: The Effectiveness of Antebellum National Defense Policy.” The Coast Defense Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4 (November 2016).

“Joseph Gilbert Totten and the Third System of Coastal Defense.” The Journal of
America’s Military Past, Vol. 41, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2016).

“‘The Hardest Work and Hardest Fighting’: The Engineer Company in Mexico and
the Origins of American Combat Engineering.” The Military History of the West,
Vol. 45 (June 2016).

“The Politics of Military Professionalism: The Engineer Company and the Political
Activities of the Antebellum Corps of Engineers.” The Journal of Military History,
Vol. 80, No. 2 (April 2016).

“Engineering Slavery: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Slavery at Key West.”
Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 86, No. 4 (Spring 2008).

“The Fall of Fort Pulaski and Its Implications for National Defense Policy.” The
Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, Vol. 26 (2005-2006).

“Sherman’s Unexpected Companions: Marching Through Georgia with Jomini and
Clausewitz,” The Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. 72, No. 1 (Spring 1997).

CONFERENCES, LECTURES, AND SEMINARS

“The American Civil War: Causes & Consequences.” Roundtable Discussion and
Moderated Debate, Middle Georgia State College, Macon, GA, 15 April 2015.
Conference Papers

‘Who Shows Them the Way but the Sappers’: The Engineer Company in the
Mexican-American War.” Society for Military History Conference. Jacksonville,
Florida. March 30 – April 2, 2017.

“‘Who Shows Them the Way but the Sappers’: The Engineer Company in Mexico.”
Georgia Association of Historians Conference. Rome, Georgia. 26 February 2016.

“The Politics of Military Professionalism: The Engineer Company & the Political
Activities of the Antebellum Corps of Engineers.” Georgia Association of Historians
Conference. Statesboro, Georgia. 20 February 2015.

“Responsibility and Accountability: Joseph G. Totten and the Political Activities of
the Antebellum Corps of Engineers.” Georgia Association of Historians Conference.
Athens, Georgia. 28 February 2014.

“Joseph G. Totten and the Limits of Antebellum Military Professionalism.” Georgia
Association of Historians Conference. Savannah, Georgia. 25 February 2011.

“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.
Seminars

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

BOOK REVIEWS

Thomas F. Army Jr., Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War, in
Civil War Book Review (2016).

Samuel J. Watson, Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the
American Frontier, 1821-1846, in U.S. Military History Review (2016).

Robert D. Jenkins Sr., To the Gates of Atlanta: From Kennesaw Mountain to
Peach Tree Creek, July 1-July 19, 1864 and Robert D. Jenkins Sr., The Battle of
Peach Tree Creek: Hood’s First Sortie (combined review), in The Georgia
Historical Quarterly (2015).

Eugene D. Schmiel, Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era, in
U.S. Military History Review (2015).

Thom Hatch, Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong
Custer, in Civil War Book Review (2014).

William G. Thomas, The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of
Modern America in Civil War Book Review (2012).

George C. Rable, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the
American Civil War in Alabama Review (2011).

Russell Bonds, War Like The Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta in
the Journal of Southern History (2011).

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

Contributor (multiple articles) to American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia
and Document Collection, edited by Spencer C. Tucker (Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO
Publishers), 2013

Contributor (“Fort Bowyer”) to The Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political,
Social, and Military History, edited by Spencer C. Tucker (Santa Barbara, CA:
ABC-CLIO Publishers), 2012.

Contributor (“Fort Pickens, Florida”) to The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia, edited
by Spencer C. Tucker (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers), 2011.

Contributor (multiple articles) to The United States at War: Understanding
Conflict and Society [electronic database], edited by Paul Pierpaoli (Santa Barbara,
CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers), 2005.

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Editor, Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, 2017-Present
Publication frequency: Annual
Oversaw the solicitation of article manuscripts, the review of manuscript
submissions by scholarly referees, and the production and editing of the journal.

Editor, Southern Historian, 2001-2002
Publication frequency: Annual

  • Oversaw the solicitation of article manuscripts, the review of manuscript
    submissions by scholarly referees, and the production and editing of the journal.
  • Oversaw the solicitation, submission, and editing of book reviews.
  • Represented the journal at the 2001 Southern Historical Association Conference.

Assistant Editor, Southern Historian, 2000-2001
Publication frequency: Annual

  • Managed business and design aspects of the journal; assisted with editorial duties.
  • Represented the journal at the 2000 Southern Historical Association Conference.