Adam H. Petty

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Dr. Adam H. Petty

Specialty Fields: 19th-Century U.S. History, Civil War
PhD – The University of Alabama, 2018
MA – The University of Alabama, 2014
BA – Brigham Young University, 2011

Research Interests

  • Civil War history, especially the interaction between military campaign and the environment

Current Projects

  • Dissertation: “Virginia’s Wilderness: Investigating the Landscape of War.”

Recent Publications

  • “Wilderness, Weather, and Waging War in the Mine Run Campaign,” Civil War History 63 (March 2017): 7-35.
  • “Latter-day Saint Beginnings in Alabama,” Alabama Review 69 (July 2016): 187-216.

Awards and Fellowships

  • David W. Bowen Award for Best Student Paper Presented at the Alabama Association of Historians (2017)
  • Graduate Council Fellowship (2017)
  • Frank Lawrence Owsley Memorial Scholarship for superior competency in American History (2015)
  • Dean’s Merit Award (2012-2014, 3 yr. limit)
  • Graduate Council Fellowship (2012)

Editorial Experience

  • I have served as an editorial assistant, book review editor, assistant editor, and editor of the Southern Historian, a journal of southern history.

Teaching Interests

  • 19th-Century U.S. History (Early Republic, Jacksonian, the Mexican War, Coming of the Civil War, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age)
  • Military History
  • Latin America


I am a native of Fort Worth, Texas. I lived in Texas until I was eighteen and then went off to school at Brigham Young University. I was in school for a year and then left to serve a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Guadalajara, Mexico. I got back from Mexico in 2009 and went back to BYU where I majored in history and minored in Spanish. I graduated in 2011 and then worked for a year while my wife finished her degree at BYU. In 2012 I went to start my graduate work in history at the University of Alabama. I finished my MA in 2014 and then began working on my PhD. I am currently working to finish my dissertation and expect to graduate in 2018. We have two daughters.

My research has focused on the Civil War era, but I am broadly trained to teach early American history. I also have secondary fields in the second half of American history and in the history of Latin America, specifically Mexico and the Brazilian empire.