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Walter Coffey was born in Joliet, Illinois and graduated from both Joliet Junior College and Loyola University of Chicago. He is an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. His work has earned critical praise from The Quincy Writers' Guild, ForeWord Reviews, Indie Excellence, and Walter is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans who has also been recognized for his work with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

For over 20 years, Walter has studied works exploring various events in American history by Larry Schweikart, Thomas Woods, Jr., Howard Zinn, Jay Winik, David McCulloch, and Arthur Schlesinger. Civil War writers that have influenced Walter include Shelby Foote, Bruce Catton, and Ulysses S. Grant (memoirs). Fiction writers include John Jakes, Michael Shaara, and Owen Parry.

Walter's latest book is titled The Reconstruction Years: The Tragic Aftermath of the War Between the States. This is a comprehensive history of the years following the Civil War (1865-77) in a year-by-year chronology. This is a follow-up to Walter's book The Civil War Months: A Month-by-Month Compendium of the War Between the States. This is a comprehensive history of the conflict presented in a monthly summary. The Civil War Months and The Reconstruction Years are available at all major on-line bookstores.

Walter is also the writer and managing editor of, a blog that expands upon his book The Civil War Months with more detailed research, analysis, and insight into the conflict's events. Walter currently resides in Texas with his wife Gianna, and he can be contacted at