A lifelong Civil War enthusiast, Jim Morgan was born in New Orleans, grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and now lives in Lovettsville, Virginia. His Confederate ancestors served in the Pointe Coupee (La.) Artillery, the 6th Louisana Battery, and the 41st Mississippi Infantry.
Jim is past president of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable and a member of the Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He is a volunteer battlefield guide at Ball’s Bluff and recently has joined the advisory board of the Mosby Heritage Area Association.
His tactical study of Ball’s Bluff, titled A Little Short of Boats: the Fights at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry, October 21-22, 1861, was published in 2004 and has been called “the definitive account of Ball’s Bluff.” Jim also has written for Civil War Times, America’s Civil War, Blue and Gray, and The Artilleryman among others. His accounts of Ball’s Bluff appear on the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority website (nvrpa.org) and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground website (hallowedground.org). He currently is researching a biography of Union Brig. Gen. Charles P. Stone.
Jim holds a master's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida and a master's in Library Science from Florida State University. He works as the Acquisitions Librarian for the State Department's Office of International Information Programs in Washington, D.C.