Big news about Onward Southern Soldiers!

Recently, I announced an exciting collaboration between me and my wife, Traci Nichols-Belt, on a book project based on Traci's unpublished thesis, "Onward Southern Soldiers," which examined the manner by which religion unified, sustained, and provided a rationalized Southern commitment to the Confederacy within the Army of Tennessee, C.S.A. Today, I am thrilled to report that our book proposal recently submitted to the History Press has been approved and we are currently under contract! This is great news, and I'm looking forward to sharing updates on our progress towards publication in future blog posts.

The History Press preserves and enriches communities by empowering history enthusiasts to write local stories, for local audiences. The History Press has published more than five hundred books with an ever-expanding geographic focus, and has launched a series of publications commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Traci's book fits perfectly within this area of interest, and we're proud and honored to have an opportunity to work with the History Press in this publication effort.

Stay tuned for future updates on this project!


Traci Nichols-Belt is the author of Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War, published by The History Press. Traci holds a Master's degree in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Anderson University. Her principal research interest is the Civil War, with a particular focus on the impact of religion on the military. Traci has appeared on radio and television to speak about the role of religion in the Civil War, and she has had her writings published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and in The New York Times Civil War blog, Disunion.