About the Author
Burke Davis (1913–2006) was an American author and journalist best known for his narrative histories of the Civil War, including To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865; Sherman’s March; and The Last Surrender. His acclaimed biographies of military and political figures include They Called Him Stonewall; Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War; Marine!: The Life of Chesty Puller; and Old Hickory: A Life of Andrew Jackson. A longtime special projects writer for Colonial Williamsburg, Davis also published many works of historical nonfiction for young readers. His numerous honors include the Mayflower Cup, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and election to the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.