Deborah Petite has been a long-time student of 19th century American military history with a special interest in the Civil War and the Texas Revolution. An avid Longstreet enthusiast, she served as the California state representative for the Longstreet Memorial Fund and was a charter member of the Longstreet Society. Deborah has been a member of the South Bay Civil War Round Table since 1992 and served two terms as president. She has lectured before various groups and conferences on a number of historical topics and presented talks on the Roswell Women at the Conference for Women in the Civil War and Virginia Tech's Civil War Institute in addition to many historical societies and round tables.
Deborah’s latest book, The Women Will Howl, the result of exhaustive research at the National Archives, Library of Congress, US Army Military History Institute, and numerous state and local archives and historical societies, details the arrest and deportation of mill workers during the Atlanta Campaign. Her earlier books include 1836 Facts About the Alamo and the Texas War for Independence and May I Quote You General Longstreet?