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- A Just and Righteous Cause: Benjamin H. Grierson’s Civil War Memoir. Edited with Bruce J. Dinges Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.
- Their Own Frontier: Women Intellectuals Re-Visioning the American West Edited and with an introduction by Shirley A. Leckie and Nancy J. Parezo.
- Shirley A. Leckie and William H. Leckie The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Black Cavalry in the West, Revised Edition Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
- Angie Debo, Pioneering Historian, Oklahoma Western Biographies, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000.
- Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993.
- The Colonel’s Lady on the Western Frontier: The Correspondence of Alice Kirk Grierson. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
- Coauthor, with William H. Leckie. Unlikely Warriors: General Benjamin H. Grierson and His Family, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.
Chapters in Books
- Biography Matters: Why Historians Need Well-Crafted Biographies More Than Ever.” Writing Biography: Historians and Their Craft. Ed. Lloyd E. Ambrosius. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
Articles in Edited Works
- “General George Armstrong Custer,” in Generals and Chiefs, Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 2004.
- “Not Your Usual Fairy Tale Love Story: The Romance of Armstrong and Elizabeth Custer,” in Custer and His Times: Book IV, N. P. Little Bighorn Associates Inc. 2002, 139-166.
- “The Partnership of Elizabeth and George A. Custer,” in Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and their Wives, New York: Oxford University Press, 2001, 178-198.
- “Why Biographies Matter in the Classroom.” History Teacher 20 (January 2006).
- “Gender as a Force in History.” North Dakota History 64, 1997, 30-41.
- “Custers Luck Runs Out.” Montana The Magazine of History 43, 1993, 30-41.
- “Reading Between the Lines: Another Look at Officers’ Wives in the Post-Civil War Frontier Army.” Military History of the Southwest 19, 1989, 137-160.
- “The Origins of the Toledo Metropark System.” The Northwest Ohio Quarterly 59, 1987, 3-15.
- “Toledo in 1890: A Time of ‘Great Expectations’.” Northwest Ohio Quarterly 57, 1985, 119-131.
- “Toledo, Ohio: A Case Study in the Process and Problems of Nineteenth-Century Urbanization.” The Old Northwest 10, 1984, 319-337.
- “Building the City Efficient: The Work of Toledos First Plan Commission,” Part I: “Establishing the Commission.” Northwest Ohio Quarterly 55, 1983, 113-125. Part II: “Instituting Zoning,” Northwest Ohio Quarterly 56, 1984, 21-33.
- “Brand Whitlock and the City Beautiful Movement in Toledo, Ohio.” Ohio History 50, 1982, 5-36.
- “Sylvanus P. Jermain and the Establishment of Parks in Toledo, Ohio.” Northwest Ohio Quarterly 50, 1981, 103-116 and 51, 1982, 117-135.
- A History Book Club Selection for Elizabeth Bacon Custer and the Making of a Myth
- 1993 Evans Biography Award
- 1993 Julian J. Rothman Prize
- Best book on Oklahoma History by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2001
- The Angie Debo Biennial Prize for the outstanding book published by the University of Oklahoma Press on the American Southwest in 2000 and 2001
- The Colonel’s Lady was selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic book