Dr Jeffrey M. Leatherwood is a native of North Carolina and a veteran of the US Army. After switching from a journalism career in 2003, he became a professional historian and began researching what would eventually become his first two books, Nine from Aberdeen and The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919–1922. Leatherwood is a 2009 doctoral graduate from West Virginia University with major fields in modern US and world history. For four years, he taught Humanities for his alma mater before making the transition to the American Military University, where he currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. More recently, Dr Leatherwood has taught US military history for the University of South Carolina at Columbia, USA.