Colonel James M. Johnson, Ph.D.
(USA, Retired, USMA 1969)

Military history, American Revolution, Hudson River Valley, staff rides 

Dr. Johnson has over 49 years of leadership experience with a 30-year career in the U.S. Army. He served in leadership assignments both in the U.S., Germany, and the Republic of Korea, to include teaching as a member of the History faculty at the U.S. Military Academy for 14 years, the Naval War College for 1 year as an Army Fellow, and Marist College for 19 years. He was a staff officer for three battalions, field army (U. S. Army, Europe), and Headquarters, Department of the Army (Speechwriter, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army). He commanded two field artillery batteries, one in Germany and the other in the Republic of Korea. He is the Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History and the Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College. In addition to the staff rides of West Point and Fort Montgomery for Thayer Leadership, he has led staff rides for USMA (Fortress West Point, Ft. Montgomery), Target Corporation (Gettysburg), Fast Company (Battle ofTrenton), International Paper (Fortress West Point), U.S. Army’s PEOC3T (Lexington and Concord, Valcour Island, Trenton andPrinceton, Saratoga, Forts Clinton and Montgomery, Monmouth, and Yorktown) and Communications-Electronics Command (Monmouth), Blue-Gray Education Association (Stony Point and Forts Clinton and Montgomery), and Conference Board (Fortress West Point). While on active duty, he also led staff rides in the United States, Germany, Belgium, and the Czech Republic for Commanders, U.S. Army, Europe, 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Division, 78th Training Division, 7th Army Training Command, and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Scholarly Work/Publications/Awards
His research interests center on the American Revolution in general and the Hudson River Valley in particular. Dr. Johnson has authored, edited, or compiled four books: Key to the Northern Country: The Hudson River Valley in the American Revolution,America’s First River: The History and Culture of the Hudson River Valley, Militiamen, Rangers, and Redcoats: The Military in Georgia, 1754-1776, and Works of the Thirtieth Chief of Staff, United States Army (John A. Wickham, Jr.) and written articles and book reviews in an array of academic, historical, and military publications, including: Hudson Valley Magazine, The Encyclopedia of New York State, Hudson River Valley Review, Sea History, Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine,Engineer Magazine, The William and Mary Quarterly, The Journal of American History, North Carolina Historical Review, Assembly, Army Magazine, and Naval War College Review. He has made scholarly presentations at: 35th Conference on New York History, the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation Conference on Hudson River Valley History, American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point, 10th Annual Conference, American Battlefield Protection Program’s National Conferenceon Battlefield Preservation, and USMA Bicentennial Conference. Awards include: U.S. Army’s Legion of Merit with OLC, French Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Medal ofHonor and Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, three awards of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’sGood Citizenship Medal, Champion of History, 2015, Lincoln Society, Peekskill, and Dutchess County Historical Society’s Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award, 2017.

Ph.D., History, Duke University, Durham, NC
M.A., History, Duke University, Durham, NC
M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, RI
B.S., U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY 

Georgia Historical Association
National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Kappa Phi
Society for Military History
Vice President, Friends of the American Revolution at West Point

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"Most important things leaders do: 1) accomplish the mission 2) take care of their people"
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