Mark Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage He joined the AHPP in 1990 after eight years as a professional journalist. A 1982 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he received his Master's degree in 2000 from the University of Oklahoma. The Civil War Trust awarded him the 2013 State Preservation Leadership Award. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council and is a former member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. He has written and edited several books, including "Rugged and Sublime" The Civil War in Arkansas, Sentinels of History: Reflections on Arkansas Properties Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, "Getting Used To Being Shot At": The Spence Family Civil War Letters, "All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell": The Civil War, Race Relations and the Battle of Poison Spring, "The Earth Shook and Trees Trembled": Civil War Arkansas 1863-1864, "The Die is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861," and Civil War Arkansas, 1863: The Battle for a State, which won the 2010 Douglas Southall Freeman Award and the 2013 Booker Worthen Literary Prize, "This Day We Marched Again": A Union Soldier's Account of War in Arkansas and the Trans-Mississippi Region and "I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Over": First Person Accounts of Civil War Arkansas from the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.