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Dr. Alan C. Downs

Associate Professor of History (1992)
B.A., North Carolina State University, 1978; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982, 1991

Teaching and Research Interests: Civil War Era, American Indian, US West

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 3365 Not Just Cowboys and Indians:
    A History of the US West
  • HIST 5130 American Indian History
  • HIST 5134 The Civil War Era and Reconstruction


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #3011, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912-478-0242
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications:

  • “‘The Responsibility is Great’:  Joseph E. Johnston and the War in Virginia” in Civil War Generals in Defeat. Steven E. Woodworth, ed. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1999)
  • “Civilizing the ‘Roving Pagans of the Prairie,” North & South Vol. 2, No. 4 (April 1999)

Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

Current Research:

  • The Pony Express
  • Gone Past All Redemption:  Joseph E. Johnston and the Fall of Vicksburg (manuscript under revision)
  • William Tecumseh Sherman and the March to the Sea (with emphasis on war and the environment)

Last updated: 12/14/2023