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Stephen Ward Sears (born July 27, 1932) is an American historian specializing in the American Civil War.

A graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College, Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe-Harvard. As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War, primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac. He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.

Sears resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.


  • Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, Houghton Mifflin, 1983.
  • George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon Ticknor & Fields, NY, 1988.
  • The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860–1865, Ticknor & Fields, New York (edited by Sears, 1989).
  • To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign, Ticknor & Fields, New York, New York, 1992.
  • Chancellorsville, Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
  • Controversies & Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac, Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
  • Gettysburg, Houghton Mifflin, 2003.