Stephen W. Sears

Stephen W. Sears is an American historian who specializes in the Civil War. A graduate of Oberlin College, Sears has written Chancellorsville, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, Controversies and Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac, and, most recently, Gettysburg, released in 2003.He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.

Articles by this Contributor

A largely accidental battle, pitting Robert E. Lee against George B. McClellan, became the single deadliest day in America's history and changed the course of the Civil War. Read >>
In only minutes, Union guns at Gettysburg silenced the Confederacy's bold invasion of the North Read >>
One of Lee’s greatest lieutenants is slowly winning his reputation back after losing it for daring to criticize his boss Read >>
How to know the unknowable man Read >>
The bloodiest day’s fighting in our nation’s history took place on ground that has hardly changed since 1862. Antietam today offers a unique chance to grasp what a great Civil War battle was actually like. Read >>
In the Republic’s direst hour, he took command. In the black days after Bull Run, he won West Virginia for the Union. He raised a magnificent army and led it forth to meet his “cautious & weak” opponent, Robert E. Lee. Why hasn’t history been kinder to George B. McClellan? Read >>
The Civil War ignited the basic conflict between a free press and the need for military security. By war’s end, the hard-won compromises between soldiers and newspapermen may not have provided all the answers, but they had raised all the modern questions. Read >>
The great sit-down strike that transformed American industry Read >>
The first transcontinental auto trip began with a casual wager and ended sixty-five bone-jarring days later Read >>
How Americans Met the First Great Gasoline Crisis—Nearly Forty Years Ago Read >>
A British Officer Portrays Colonial America Read >>
It was called “the most extraordinary and astounding adventure of the Civil War” Read >>
The fastest man in the air competed with the Wrights for ten years, became rich, and awakened America to the air age. Read >>
IT’S A PETRIFIED MAN! IT’S A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY IDOL! IT’S A HOAX! ITS THE CARDIFF GIANT! Read >>
Operation Market-Garden promised to lay an airborne red carpet to victory. Read >>
Long before Frémont, Jedediah Smith mapped huge regions between Salt Lake and California. He ranks beside Lewis and Clark in the annals of American exploration Read >>

"Web only stories" by this contributor