Gerald Gillis is a native Georgian who grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur. He received his BBA from the University of Georgia and his MBA from the University of Tampa.

2017-12-05
John B. Gordon – A Unique and Consequential Character
A unique and compelling character, John Brown Gordon was one of Georgia’s most consequential political and military leaders of the nineteenth century. He studied at the University of Georgia, though he dropped out shortly before graduation to read law. He possessed no formal military training, yet he rapidly ascended through...

2017-10-26
Hollywood and Profiles in Courage – Oxymoron?
For those of you just returning from Mars or a deep coma, Hollywood is embroiled in a sex scandal wherein a powerful film producer and studio executive is alleged to have propositioned, groped, assaulted, or raped a growing number of women. This pattern of behavior is also alleged to have...

2017-09-13
A Gold Medal Award for THAT DEADLY SPACE
It’s a Gold Medal for That Deadly Space ! Heartfelt thanks to the Military Writers Society of America for their selection of my Civil War novel for their Gold Medal award. I am grateful to MWSA for their selection of my book for this prestigious award. The post A Gold...

2017-08-24
Being Offended: Is it Fashion, Contagion, or Admonition?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines offended as: to cause (a person or group) to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done. There is a seemingly endless number of people these days who seem to live in a perpetual state of being offended. It must be exhausting. And burdensome. If...

2017-08-07
Bravery, Tenacity, and Death at Bloody Lane
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Maryland battlefield at Antietam (or Sharpsburg, to the Confederates) where, on September 17, 1862, the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War took place. At the conclusion of the day’s fighting, over 22,000 combined casualties were incurred. The battle pitted...

2017-07-31
How to Become a Successful, Effective Communicator
The title of this blog post also happens to coincide with the title of my new Kindle eBook. The book is a collection of twenty-two articles I have written over the past several years on the subject of communications. I came across many exceptional communicators during my time in the...

2017-06-22
On the Matter of Confederate Monuments
The removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces in several Southeast cities has sparked a vigorous debate. At its crux is the efficacy of paying homage to soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and with it the Confederacy’s association with slavery. I will add my two-cents...

2017-05-25
A Memorial Day Salute to Hancock the Superb
In researching certain particulars of the Battle of Gettysburg for my new novel, That Deadly Space , I came across a familiar figure who might very well have been the most consequential Union officer on the field during those historic three days in July, 1863. General Winfield Scott Hancock was...

2017-05-17
That Deadly Space Book Trailer
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2017-05-09
Did All The Heroes Get Up And Leave?
Are we a society that no longer has heroes? Have we become so indifferent and cynical that men and women doing heroic things are seldom reported and hardly noticed, and consequently neither celebrated nor emulated? Are we now too sophisticated to become caught up in something so yesterday as a...

2017-04-24
The Atlanta Connection to “Gone with the Wind”
My interest in the Civil War began in earnest in elementary school in Atlanta, a city with a strong Civil War association. I also developed a particular attraction to Gone with the Wind—first the movie, then the book. After all, Tara was the fictional plantation just outside Atlanta, and GWTW...

2017-04-15
What Happens If The South Wins The Civil War?
Full disclosure here—I’m a history buff from the South. Certainly I’m not the only one who has wondered how history might have turned had the Civil War ended in a stalemate, which for the South would have been tantamount to victory. Improbable though it may have been, just suppose for...

2017-04-06
After All The Years, The Civil War Still Matters
The Civil War still matters to a great many Americans, even with the passage of more than 150 years since Robert E. Lee’s surrender to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in April, 1865. An estimated 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died during the conflict, giving their last full measure...

2017-03-29
My new novel That Deadly Space is now available!
That Deadly Space, my new historical novel concerning the Civil War, is now available in paperback and Kindle with this Amazon link . Below is a brief description of That Deadly Space: The Civil War has begun in earnest. Conor Rafferty joins the Confederate army as a young infantry officer...

2016-11-10
A Long Remembered Salute – Happy Birthday, Marines
Once again it is the occasion of the U.S. Marine Corps’ birthday, and I often think about this officer when I consider the Corps’ rich heritage. His name was Michael P. Ryan. In 1973, I was about to complete my obligation to the Marines and would soon leave Okinawa to...

2016-05-06
Denny Crane For President
I herewith support the election of Denny Crane, Esq., for President of the United States. Consider the following: Fact: Except for the Mad Cow, Denny is in overall good health. Pro: Good health is a prerequisite for being president. Con: Denny Crane may not always remember what he said. But...

2015-06-14
Druid Hills ’65 – The Best of the Best
This is the tribute I wrote to my Druid Hills High School classmates for our 50th Reunion To the Druid Hills Class of 1965: When we became Red Devils at the dawning of the Sixties, little did we know what that tumultuous decade would bring because, literally, little did we...