Robert I. Girardi
Pen Name: None
Born: 1960 in Chicago, Illinois
Girardi was born in Chicago and has lived within the city his entire life. He is a graduate of Rosary College (now Dominican University) with a major in History and Business Administration, and earned his Master's Degree in Public History from Loyola University of Chicago. Three of his eight published books deal with Illinoisans. He has edited the memoirs of general John Pope, General William Passmore Carlin, and Sgt. Lyman S. Widney, 34th Illinois Infantry. He was the guest editor of the 2011 and 2012 Sesquicentennial of the Civil War issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.
Biographical and Professional Information
Robert I. Girardi is a Chicago War historian, author, editor, speaker and consultant on the American Civil War to audiences of all ages. He has addressed historical societies, libraries, and Civil War groups all over the United States. A well known authority on the subject in the Chicago area, he has been interviewed on radio, television and in The Chicago Tribune.
A past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago, Girardi belongs to three other Civil War round tables in the Chicago area. He is a fellow of the Company of Military Historians and is an associate member of the Sons of Union Veterans. He is on the Board of Directors of the Camp Douglas Restoration Society and the Illinois State Historical Society. He is also on the editorial review board of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, for which he edited 2011-2014 Sesquicentennial of the Civil War Issues. He has consulted for the Chicago Historical Society on its Civil War exhibits, and lectured at its teachers and docents seminars. He is the 2010 recipient of the Chicago Civil War Round Table's Nevins-Freeman Award for scholarship and service. In 2013 he was awarded a research grant by the Friends of Andersonville, for his work on the experience and memory of Illinois soldiers at Andersonville prison. In 2014 he was awarded the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table's Iron Brigade Association for Civil War scholarship.
Girardi lives in Chicago and is a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department.
- The Soldiers' General: Major General Gouverneur K. Warren and the Civil War, Savas Beatie, 2014
- The Civil War Generals, Comrades, Peers, Rivals in Their Own Words, Zenith Press, 2013
- Gettysburg in Art and Artifacts, Crimson Books, 2010
- The Civil War Art of Keith Rocco, Crimson Books, 2009
- Campaigning with Uncle Billy: The Civil War Memoirs of Sgt. Lyman S. Widney, 34th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Trafford, 2008
- The Soldier's View, Military Heritage Press, 2004
- The Memoirs of Brigadier General William Passmore Carlin, U.S.A., University of Nebraska Press, 1999
- The Military Memoirs of General John Pope, University of North Carolina Press, 1998
Titles at Your Library
The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals—In Their Own Words
Release Date: 2013-11-15
Gettysburg in Art and Artifacts
Release Date: 2011
The Civil War Art of Keith Rocco (General Military)
Release Date: 2010-04-08
Campaigning with Uncle Billy: The Civil War Memoirs of Sgt. Lyman S. Widney, 34th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Release Date: 2008-07-22
The Soldier's View: The Civil War Art of Keith Rocco
Release Date: 2004-08-01
The Memoirs of Brigadier General William Passmore Carlin, U.S.A: "Fighting Billy": Sherman's Warrior in the West
Release Date: 2005-10-17
The Military Memoirs of General John Pope (Civil War America)
Release Date: 1998-11-26
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
The author can be contacted directly by phone, email, or through his website. He speaks on multiple aspects of the Civil War to audiences of all ages and levels of expertise. He also presents to historical societies, Civil War Round Tables, libraries and literary societies and schools at all levels. He is willing to travel and charges a modest $150.00 fee plus expenses for lodging etc.
The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals in Their Own Words Program
The leaders of the Civil War armies came from all walks of life, amateur as well as professional. Many rivalries and jealousies were born of ambition or from personal animosities. The generals were not shy in voicing their opinions of one another both during and after the war. An award-winning author and historian, Girardi examines the incisive and insightful comments that Civil War generals wrote about each other. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)
The Murder of Major General William Nelson Program
Award-winning historian and author Robert I. Girardi presents a fascinating Civil War murder case. On September 29, 1862, in the lobby of Louisville’s Galt House Hotel, Brigadier Gen. Jefferson C. Davis murdered Major Gen. William Nelson. Davis was arrested, but never brought to trial. A combination of political intrigue, cronyism, and military emergency brought this about. Girardi discusses the case from his perspective as a Chicago homicide detective. (All ages; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)
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