John F. Votaw, Sr.


Job Title

Adjunct Professor - History/American Studies


Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel John F. Votaw, Sr., is executive director emeritus of Cantigny First Division. He has been an adjunct professor of history at Dominican University since 2009. He also serves as a senior instructor in the Master of Arts in Military History program at the School of Graduate Studies (Virtual Campus) for Norwich University, Northfield, VT. He has been the historian for the Society of the 1st Infantry Division and is a member of the advisory committee for the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, Philadelphia. His military career includes serving as Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle Barracks, PA from 1983 to 1986 as well as working as a strategist, dean and professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY.


Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., University of California at Davis
B.S., United States Military Academy


"The Gettysburg Campaign,” an eleven-week graduate course in preparation for the Master of Arts in Military History program, School of Graduate Studies, Norwich University, Northfield, VT.

"Review of The Question of MacArthur’s Reputation: Côte de Châtillon," October 14-16, 1918 by Robert H. Ferrell (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2008) for the Journal of Military History, 73, no. 3 (July 2009), 978-79.

Study leader for a National Geographic Society Expedition tour of the UK and Normandy beaches, 31 May—8 June 2009.

“Robert Rutherford McCormick: Journalist, Citizen-Soldier and Country Gentleman,” a chapter in Unknown Soldiers: The American Expeditionary Forces in Memory & Remembrance, edited by Mark A. Snell. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 2008.

“The Ambassador’s Troops: U.S. Military Attachés and Military Intelligence, 1885-1920,” a chapter in a book in honor of the late Professor Russell F. Weigley, edited by Dr. Edward Longacre and Dr. Theodore Zeman. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2007.


  • The American Civil War
  • The United States in World War I
  • Military in the United States
  • War on Two Fronts: Combat in Vietnam and Upheaval in the United States
  • Inventing Victory: The United States in World War II
  • History of American People to 1877