Visiting Professor of History, Executive Director of Common Ground
Ty Seidule’s latest book is Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause. Ron Chernow, author of Hamilton, wrote that, “Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency.” Seidule is the author or editor of six other books of military history, three of which won distinguished writing prizes, including The West Point History of the Civil War.
A leader in digital history, Seidule created and co-edited the award-winning West Point History of Warfare, the largest enhanced digital book in any field. His video lecture “Was the Civil War About Slavery” has more than 30 million views on social media. Seidule served in the U.S. Army for more than three decades, retiring in 2020 as a brigadier general. He is professor emeritus of history at West Point.
Seidule served as the vice chair of the Congressional Naming Commission, which renamed Department of Defense assets that honored Confederates. He is a presidential advisor for the National World War II Museum, a member of the Scholar Advisory Board for the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, and an International Security Fellow at New America.
Recent Courses Taught
The American Civil War and Reconstruction
Monuments and Myths: American Civil War Memory
America in World War I and II
- Historian of the Year Award, National Preservation Trust, Historic Hotels of America, 2021
- Honorary Doctor of Laws, Hamilton College, 2021
- International Relations Fellow, New America, 2020
- Distinguished Faculty Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, West Point, 2019
- Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Washington and Lee University, 2018
- Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, 2015, 2016, and 2018
- George C. Marshall Library/Society for Military History Digital Prize, 2016
- Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2021). Paperback, 2022.
- “Named for the Enemy: The US Army’s Confederate Problem,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, August 2020.
- “Black Power Cadets: How African American Students Defeated President Nixon’s Confederate Monument and Changed West Point, 1971-1976,” Hudson River Valley Review, 2019.
- West Point History of the American Revolution, editors Clifford J. Rogers, Ty Seidule, and Samuel J. Watson (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017).
- “From Slavery to Black Power: Racial Intolerance at West Point, 1778-2014” Intolerance: Political Animals and Their Prey, ed. Robert Tully and Bruce Chilton, (New York: Hamilton Books, 2017).
- The West Point History of World War II, vol. 2, editors Clifford J. Rogers, Ty Seidule, and Steve R. Waddell (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016).
- The West Point History of Warfare: Medieval, editors Clifford J. Rogers and Ty Seidule, Enhanced E-Book Edition (New York: Rowan Technologies Solutions, 2016).
- “Did Slavery Cause the Civil War?” Video Lecture, PragerU, 2015.
- The West Point History of World War II, vol. 1, editors Clifford J. Rogers, Ty Seidule, and Steve R. Waddell (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015).
- Stand Up and Fight: The Creation of U.S. Security Organizations, 1940-2012, editors Ty Seidule and Jacqueline Whitt (U.S. Army War College Press, 2015).
- The West Point History of Warfare, editors Clifford J. Rogers and Ty Seidule, four volumes, 71-chapter enhanced e-book (New York: Rowan Technology Solutions, 2015).
- The West Point History of the Civil War, editors Clifford J. Rogers, Ty Seidule, and Samuel J. Watson (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014).
- “’Treason is Treason:’ Civil War Memory at West Point,” Journal of Military History (April 2012).
Presidential Advisor, National World War II Museum
Appointed to the Faculty2020
Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.A., Ohio State University
B.A., Washington and Lee University