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Selected Publications


  • 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