Dr. Bledsoe’s research and teaching interests are in the history of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, American military history and leadership traditions, the American Revolutionary Era, the Early American Republic, and the American South and American West.

His first book, Citizen-Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Officer Corps in the American Civil War, was published in 2015 in Louisiana State University Press’s Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions in the American Civil War series.

He is the recipient of a number of awards, grants, and fellowships. He has been a Fellow at the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a faculty of Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute Summer Conference.

Dr. Bledsoe also leads Lee University’s HIST 492: The Battle of Chickamauga in History and Memory seminar in the fall of even-numbered years. This seminar is an in-depth exploration of various aspects of the 1863 Chickamauga Campaign, from its planning and execution to its commemoration and place in public and historical memory. Through original research projects, readings, in-class discussions, and multiple “staff rides” or battlefield excursions to the Chickamauga National Military Park, undergraduates explore issues of the Civil War combat experience, strategy, tactics, terrain, battlefield preservation, public commemoration, and historical memory.

He has published or is presently working on several projects related to the military history of the Civil War, including an edited volume on new approaches to Civil War military history, a book on the military staff of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and works on the 1863 Vicksburg Campaign, the 1862 Battles of Forts Henry and Donelson, the 1864 Battle of Franklin, the 3rd Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 19th-century military technology, and other subjects.