Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert I. Girardi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Born: 1960 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.robertgirardi.com
-- Robert I. Girardi on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=robert+i.+girardi


Illinois Connection

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.


Selected Titles At Your Library

Soldiers' general :
ISBN: 1611212065. OCLC Number:

Savas Beatie,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2014.

The Civil War generals :
ISBN: 0760345163. OCLC Number:

. .

"The Civil War Generals offers an unvarnished and largely unknown window into what military generals wrote and said about each other during the Civil War era. Drawing on more than 170 sources--including the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the general officers of the Union and Confederate armies, as well as their staff officers and other prominent figures--Civil War historian Robert Girardi has compiled a valuable record of who these generals were and how they were perceived by their peers. The quotations within paint revealing pictures of the private subjects at hand and, just as often, the people writing about them--a fascinating look at the many diverse personalities of Civil War leadership. More than just a collection of quotations, The Civil War Generals is also a valuable research tool, moving beyond the best-known figures to provide contemporary character descriptions of more than 400 Civil War generals. The quotes range in nature from praise to indictment, and differing opinions of each individual give a balanced view, making the book both entertaining and informative. A truly one-of-a-kind compilation illustrated with approximately 100 historical photographs, The Civil War Generals will find a home not only with the casual reader and history buff, but also with the serious historian and researcher."--

The Civil War art of Keith Rocco /
ISBN: 1849084351. OCLC Number:

Osprey Pub.,. Oxford :. 2009.

Campaigning with "Uncle Billy" :
ISBN: 1425178871. OCLC Number:

Trafford,. Victoria, BC, Canada :. ©2008.

The soldier's view :
ISBN: 0974877425. OCLC Number:

. .

"The Soldier's View 'is a most fitting title for the published Civil War art of Keith Rocco,' according to Peter Cozzens, who penned the introduction to this book and is the author of No Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones River and This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga, among other highly-acclaimed works."--Book Jacket.

The military memoirs of General John Pope /
ISBN: 0807824445. OCLC Number:

University of North Carolina Press,. Chapel Hill :. ©1998.

Union general John Pope was among the most controversial and misunderstood figures to hold major command during the Civil War. Before being called east in June 1862 to lead the Army of Virginia against General Robert E. Lee, he compiled an enviable record in Missouri and as commander of the Army of the Mississippi. After his ignominious defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run, he was sent to the frontier. Over the next twenty-four years Pope held important department commands on the western plains and was recognized as one of the army's leading authorities on Indian affairs, but he never again.


Speaking Engagements

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 Louisvilles 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)