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Lorien Foote

Lorien Foote
Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor of History
Areas of Speciality
  • War and Society
  • 19th-Century U.S.
  • (979) 845-7151
  • Glasscock 211A
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Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1999

Research Interests

Lorien Foote is the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History. She joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 2013 after teaching and researching for thirteen years at the University of Central Arkansas. She is the author of four books, including The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners of War (2016), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (2010), which was a finalist and honorable mention for the 2011 Lincoln Prize, and Seeking the One Great Remedy: Francis George Shaw and Nineteenth-Century Reform (2003).  She is the creator and principal investigator of the Digital Humanities Project “Fugitive Federals,” which visualizes the escape and movement of 3000 Federal prisoners of war during the American Civil War (




Rites of Retaliation:  Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2021)




Daniel Krebs and Lorien Foote, eds., Useful Captives: The Role of POWs in American Military Conflicts (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2021)


Book cover for The Yankee Plague



The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)


So Conceived Cover


“So Conceived and So Dedicated”: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North, (editor with Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai) (Fordham University Press, 2015)



Gentlemen and Roughs Cover



The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (New York:  New York University Press, 2010)



Seeking One Remedy Cover


Seeking One Great Remedy: Francis George Shaw & Nineteenth-Century Reform (Ohio University Press, 2003)