William J. Miller grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, devoted to history, the Boston Celtics, the Red Sox, and books, roughly in that order. After earning a BA in English and U.S. History from Villanova University, he was awarded a teaching scholarship to study at the University of Delaware, where he earned an MA in English. He subsequently worked as an editor for the Pennsylvania State Senate and at Washington National Cathedral, where he was Assistant Director of Communications. After four years of research, he published his first book, The Training of an Army, in 1989.
After moving to Virginia, Miller served as an editor for Civil War magazine. During that time, he wrote his second book, Mapping for Stonewall, which was named the winner of the Fletcher Pratt Award for best work of Civil War nonfiction in 1993. Subsequent books include Great Maps of the Civil War, An Illustrated History of the Civil War (for Time Life), a three-volume collection of scholarship The Peninsula Campaign of 1862 (as editor), and Decision at Tom’s Brook (to be published in 2016). Miller also contributed chapters to three books published by the University of North Carolina Press and edited by Gary W. Gallagher, and to Audacity Personified: The Generalship of Robert E. Lee, published by LSU Press and edited by Peter S. Carmichael. He has led battlefield tours for many groups, including the National Park Service, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command, the Civil War Trust, University of Virginia Continuing Education Program, and the Civil War Society.
Miller has long been active in historic preservation, serving as a founding director of the Richmond Battlefields Association and on the advisory boards of Protect Historic America and the Stonewall Jackson Foundation. He appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning to voice opposition to the Disney Company’s massive development project near the battlefields in Manassas, Virginia. Though his devotion to the Celtics and the Red Sox has waned, Miller continues to love history and books, as well as teaching. He has taught composition and literature at George Mason University, James Madison University and Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Virginia.