Edward H. Bonekemper III received his BA cum laude in American history at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, where he won the DAR prize for best American history average and the Alumni Association Award for best historical paper. He earned his MA in history at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and his JD from Yale Law School.
Bonekemper has served as an instructor in American Constitutional History and Maritime Law at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and is currently a visiting lecturer in American Military History at Muhlenberg College, as well as an adjunct professor of Constitutional History at the internet American Military University. In January 2003, he retired after thirty-four years as a federal government attorney, including sixteen years as the lead hazardous materials attorney for the Department of Transportation and four years as the lead coal strip-mining regulatory attorney at the Department of the Interior. He is also a retired Coast Guard Reserve commander.
Bonekemper’s honors include the Distinguished Career Service Award, the Secretary of Transportation’s Silver Medal, Coast Guard Commendation and Achievement Medals, and the Federal Bar Association’s Younger Federal Lawyer Award and Transportation Attorney of the Year Award. His first book, How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War, was nominated for Virginia Book of the Year.