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General Information

Name:  Robert I. Girardi  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History

Born: 1960 in Chicago, Illinois


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.

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