Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The Confederate War; Lee and His Generals in War and Memory; The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History; Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War; and The Union War. He also appeared regularly on the A&E series Civil War Journal.
Gallagher has delivered the Brose Lectures in Civil War History at Penn State University, the Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg College and the Lamar Lectures at Mercer University. He was the recipient of the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia, for 2010-2012.
Active in the field of historic preservation, Gallagher has served as president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and as a member of the board of the Civil War Trust. He has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions. A graduate of Adams State College of Colorado, Gallagher received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.