Chris J. Hartley is the author of several nonfiction books.
His latest book is The Lost Soldier (Stackpole Books, 2018). It follows the ordeal of a World War II draftee and his family from the home front to the Huertgen Forest.
Prior to that, Hartley authored Stoneman's Raid, 1865, which was published by John F. Blair, Publisher. The book won the Willie Parker Peace Prize from the N.C. Society of Historians and was named a finalist for the Ben Franklin Award in History from the Independent Book Publishers Association. The Historic Salisbury Foundation also honored Hartley with a Preservation Education and Publication Award for his work on Stoneman's Raid.
Hartley is also the author of Stuart's Tarheels: James B. Gordon and his North Carolina Cavalry. The first edition, from Butternut & Blue, received the UDC's Jefferson Davis Award. A revised expanded edition of Stuart's Tarheels was published by McFarland & Co.
Hartley is a frequent speaker and battlefield tour guide who has also written several shorter works. That includes articles for popular history periodicals such as America's Civil War, Gettysburg Magazine, Military Heritage, and Blue & Gray, and the introduction for a reprint of W.A. Day's A True History of Company I, 49th North Carolina Troops.
He and his wife, Laurie, have two daughters. They live in Pfafftown, North Carolina, where Chris is a marketing executive.