Reunion 2014 Speaker – Dr. Mathew W. Lively

Dr. Mathew W. Lively is a West Virginia native and practicing physician.  He currently serves as a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.  The recipient of two master’s degrees in addition to his medical degree, he has been an active teacher of medical students and resident physicians for the past fifteen years.  He is the author of numerous scientific articles in the medical literature, several of which focus on medical history topics.


The American Civil War was replete with interesting characters and personalities.  Soldiers, politicians, and civilians – both North and South – performed remarkable feats of courage, intellect, and leadership during the course of the conflict.  The intent of Civil War Profiles is to tell those stories.  Dr. Lively maintains a blog at with a focus on the individuals and the actions they performed relevant to the Civil War.  He is also on facebook:


He admits to being a “Jackson man”.  He has posted the following blogs on Stonewall:


  • “The Most Fatal of All Acute Diseases: Pneumonia and the Death of Stonewall Jackson”, published in “The Monitor”
  • “Traveller and Little Sorrel-The War-Horses of Lee and Jackson”
  • “Stonewall Jackson and the “Old Man’s Friend”
  • “Did Stonwall Jackson “cross” or “pass” over the river?”
  • “Stonewall Jackson Makes His Fatal Reconnaissance-but On Which Road?”


A life-long student of Civil War history, his first book – Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson – was released by Savas Beatie in May 2013.  The reader is engaged in a day-by-day account of the last days of Stonewall Jackson’s life following his wounding at Chancellorsville.


Dr. Lively will speak after our banquet dinner on Saturday July 26, 2014 about 7 p.m. in Jackson’s Mill’s WVU Room.