Brian Matthew Jordan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., History, Yale University, 2013  

M.Phil., History, Yale University, 2012

M.A. History, Yale University, 2012

B.A., History/Civil War Studies, Gettysburg College, 2009 


Dr. Jordan is assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, American military history, and the U.S. history survey. A cultural historian of the nation’s fratricidal conflict, he is interested in the human longitude of the Civil War battles and the problem of memory. Dr. Jordan is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2015), a narrative history of the men who won the war but couldn’t bear the peace. The book was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History and, in its dissertation form, won the George Washington Egleston Prize (for best U.S. history dissertation at Yale) and Yale’s John Addison Porter Prize. At present, Dr. Jordan is editing a collection of essays about Union and Confederate veterans (under contract with LSU Press). He is also at work on a life of the controversial Union general and Reconstruction leader, Benjamin Butler. A native of Akron, Ohio (but now a proud Texan), Dr. Jordan serves as the Book Review Editor for The Civil War Monitor and is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians.  



HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1876
HIST 3372 Historiography

HIST 3380 American Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 3386 American Military History


HIST 5373 American Civil War (Graduate Readings)

Selected Publications

Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War (New York: Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2015).

Enduring War: New Perspectives on Civil War Veteranhood (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming).

“Sortir d’une guerre civile: le cas de la guerre civile américaine,” in Bruno Cabanes, Thomas Dodman, and Gene Tempest, eds., Historie de Guerre (Paris: Le Seuil, forthcoming).

“The Day Soldiers Honored Fallen Comrades,” The Daily Beast, May 30, 2016.          

 “The Hibernation That Wasn’t: Rethinking Union Veterans Immediately after the Civil War,” The Journal of the Civil War Era 5, no. 4 (December 2015): 484-503.

“When the Soldiers Went Home,” New York Times, April 24, 2015.

“The Petersburg Campaign,” in Aaron Sheehan-Dean, ed., The Blackwell’s Companion to the American Civil War (Malden, Mass: Blackwell Publishing, 2014), 1:521-539.  

“‘Remembrance will cling to us through life’: Kate Bushman’s Memoir of the Battle of Gettysburg,” Adams County History 20 (Fall 2014): 4-21.

Dr. Jordan Publication