Peter Cozzens is one of the nation's preeminent Civil War historians. He has authored sixteen critically acclaimed books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Cozzens also is a retired Foreign Service Officer, U. S. Department of State.
The prestigious Easton Press included This Terrible Sound as one of thirty-five volumes in its leather-bound Library of the Civil War.
Cozzens is a frequent contributor to the New York Times "Disunion" series, America's Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, among other publications.
In 2002 Cozzens received of the American Foreign Service Association’s highest award, given annually to one Foreign Service Officer for exemplary moral courage, integrity, and creative dissent. He also received an Alumni Achievement award from his alma mater Knox College, from which he graduated summa cum laude.
Cozzens is a member of the Advisory Council of the Lincoln Prize. He is at work on a narrative history of the Indian Wars of the American West, 1866-1890, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2016.