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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights
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The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House
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Sherman’s Other War: The General and the Civil War Press
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American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline
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John F. Marszalek

Historian John F. Marszalek was born July 5, 1939, in Buffalo, New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College in 1961 and a master’s from Notre Dame in 1963. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1965-67, in which he attained the rank of captain, he returned to Notre Dame and earned a Ph.D. in 1968. He taught at Canisius College and Gannon University before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in Starkville in 1973, where he was named the William L. Giles Distinguished Professor in 1994. He has written or edited eleven books of history and published more than 150 articles over the course of his career.

In 2002 he retired from his faculty position at Mississippi State, but he continues to work, currently serving as a consultant for several historical commissions. He is now working on a biography of the Civil War’s longest serving commanding general, Henry W. Halleck, which is scheduled for publication in 2004 by Harvard University Press.

(Article first posted March 2003)

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Marszalek on C-SPAN

Marszalek was featured on C-SPAN’s Booknotes on March 8, 1998, to discuss his book The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House.



  • Court Martial: A Black Man in America. New York: Scribner, 1972; revised edition published as Assault at West Point (Collier, 1994).
  • (With Sadye Wier.) A Black Businessman in White Mississippi, 1886- 1974. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1977.
  • (Editor.) The Diary of Miss Emma Holmes, 1861-1866. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979.
  • Sherman’s Other War: The General and the Civil War Press. Memphis State University Press, 1981.
  • (With Douglas L. Conner.) A Black Physician’s Story: Bringing Hope in Mississippi. Foreword by Aaron Henry. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985.
  • Grover Cleveland, A Bibliography. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1988.
  • (Editor with Charles D. Lowery.) Encyclopedia of African-American Civil Rights: From Emancipation to the Present. Foreword by David J. Garrow. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1992.
  • Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order. New York: Free Press, 1993.
  • Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International/Collier, 1994.
  • (Coeditor with Wilson D. Miscamble.) American Political History: Essays on the State of the Discipline. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 1997.
  • The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson’s White House. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.

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