David Williams, a history professor at Valdosta State University, has a Ph.D. in history. In 1988, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Auburn University. Williams is the author of Rich Man's War: Class, Caste, and Confederate Defeat in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley and Johnny Reb's War: Battlefield and Homefront, as well as the coauthor of Gold Fever: America's First Gold Rush and Plain Folk in a Rich Man's War: Class and Dissent in Confederate Georgia. He has written numerous articles on Georgia history, the Old South, Appalachia, and the Civil War. He currently resides in Valdosta, Georgia.