Dennis L. Peterson

Dennis L. Peterson is an independent author and historian living in Taylors, South Carolina.
He has a special interest in military history, particularly when it is closely connected to one of his relatives. He is also enjoys studying and writing about the Great Depression and the War
Between the States.

Among the books Peterson has published are Evangelism and Expulsion: Missionary Work
Among the Cherokees Until Removal, Christ in Camp and Combat: Religious Work in the
Confederate Armies, Combat! Spiritual Lessons from Military History and Look Unto the Hills: Stories of Growing Up in Rural East Tennessee.

Peterson has been widely published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The
Writer, World at War, True West, Blue Ridge Country, Smoky Mountain Living, and many
others. His work has been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies, including The Writer’s
Handbook (The Writer, Inc.), The Shape of Ideas (Harcourt Brace), and The Spirit of Freedom: Essays in American History (Foundation for Economic Education).

For 19 years, Peterson taught primarily history and writing at the junior high school through
college levels. He was also a senior technical editor for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., at the historic Oak Ridge, Tennessee, nuclear facilities and an independent editor for numerous publishers, educational organizations, and individuals. For 11 years, he was lead author of American history textbooks and curricula for a major textbook publisher.

Peterson is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Travelers Rest Historical Society, for which he serves as docent at the History Museum of Travelers Rest and a member and vice president of the Society’s board.

His website is

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Evangelism and Expulsion: Missionary Work Among the Cherokees until Removal

Releasing August 10, 2022