Dr. David Coffey


Professor and Chair





Born in New Mexico and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, David Coffey holds a Ph.D. from TCU. He is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he offers classes in US, military, and Mexican history. His books include John Bell Hood and the Struggle for Atlanta; Soldier Princess: The Life and Legend of Agnes Salm-Salm in North America, 1861-1867; and Sheridan’s Lieutenants: Phil Sheridan, His Generals, and the Final Year of the Civil War. He is a co-author of Historic Abilene: An Illustrated History. Additionally, he has contributed chapters to well-regarded anthologies on Civil War, Mexican, and Texas history. He has contributed to ten major historical reference works and served as an editor on three award winning multi-volume projects: the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, the Encyclopedia of American Military History, and the Encyclopedia of the North American Indian Wars, 1607-1890. Coffey is the assistant editor of the new six-volume American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, to which he contributed more than forty entries. He is the 2012 recipient of UTM’s prestigious Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award.

Courses Taught:

HIST 201-202 History of the United States

HIST 310 American Military History

HIST 441 History of Latin America

HIST 442 History of Mexico

HIST 444 Imperial America, 1877-1900

HIST 494 Antebellum America, 1815-1850

HIST 495 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877


Authored Books

John Bell Hood and the Struggle for Atlanta Soldier Princess Sheridan's Lieutenants


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