Richard J. Sommers served for more than 43 years at the U.S. Army Military History Institute/U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Even after nominally “retiring” as the Senior Historian of the Center in January of 2014, he continues teaching in the U.S. Army War College, writing about the Civil War, and speaking to Civil War groups across the nation. He has published over 100 books, articles, chapters, entries, and reviews on the Civil War. His most recent book – the expanded, revised, 150th Anniversary edition of Richmond Redeemed: the Siege at Petersburg – was honored by the Army Historical Foundation with a Distinguished Writing Award as the best expanded reprint book of 2014. In May, 2015, he was designated a Distinguished Fellow of the U.S. Army War College, an honor accorded to only 1 percent of the approximately 3,400 faculty who have taught at that institution since 1950. A graduate of Carleton College with a doctorate from Rice University, he was born and raised in suburban Chicagoland. He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.