Lee Thomas Oxford is a Civil War historian and author. His book, The Civil War on Hatteras: The Chicamacomico Affair & the Capture of the U.S. Gunboat Fanny, is published by The History Press. Lee is an authority on two Civil War “firsts” which took place in early October 1861 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina: the first Confederate capture of an armed Union vessel, and the first amphibious assault of combined forces of the Confederate army and navy. Oxford’s book, The Civil War on Hatteras, is the first book written on this subject and is dedicated to telling the story of these two engagements, the capture of the U.S. gunboat Fanny and the subsequent “Chicamacomico Affair.”
Lee’s research has led him to considerable investigation of early Confederate prisons, including the Richmond tobacco warehouse prisons of 1861-1862, the Richland County Jail in Columbia, South Carolina, Parish Prison of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Tuscaloosa Prison in Alabama. Since 2001, Lee has been the proprietor of Lee Oxford Books & Antiquarian Newspapers. His archival research services have allowed him to provide critical source material to leading experts and authors covering a considerably wide variety of subjects, including: 19th-Century American religious movements, namely the early Millerites and later Adventists; the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or Mormons; and the Kingdom of Matthias and Sojourner Truth. Lee has also extensively researched the U.S. Indian Removal Policy, the Seminole Indian Wars, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, American Slave Colonization and the founding of the African Colony of Liberia, as well as American support of the 1821-1830 Greek War of Independence. His research has also covered the early Baptist missionary work of William Ward and William Carey in India, and Adoniram Judson in Burma.
Lee holds a B.S. in Sociology and Psychology from Frostburg University, and a Master of Divinity from Columbia Biblical Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Stacy, since 1980, is the father of three talented adult children, and has two grandchildren. Lee also leads an international organization he founded in 2011 to fight poverty in Africa and around the world.