B.A., The Ohio State University, 1982; M.A., University of London, 1985; Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1992.
Professor Grimsley teaches American military history with an emphasis on the Civil War. He is the author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865
(New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1995), which won the Lincoln Prize. Professor Grimsley co-authored Warfare in the Western World
, the military history textbook in use at the U.S. Military Academy. Other works include Civilians in the Path of War
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002) (with Clifford J. Rogers); The Collapse of the Confederacy
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001) (with Brooks D. Simpson); And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999) (with Brooks D. Simpson), and Shiloh: A Battlefield Guide
(Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006) (with Steven E. Woodworth). He also maintains WarHistorian.org
, a web site focusing on academic military history. Blog Them Out of the Stone Age, a weblog associated with the site, received the 2005 Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog. In May 1994 the OSU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta gave him its Clio Award for Distinguished Teaching in History. Professor Grimsley also received the Ben Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching from the College of Humanities in 1997 and the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999. Prof. Grimsley is currently Harold Keith Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army War College.