Burke Davis was a journalist, novelist, and nonfiction writer, best known for popular war histories. A native of North Carolina, he lived in Virginia for about thirty years, and many of his histories and biographies tackled Virginia subjects, such as Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, George Washington, and Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. He was awarded the Mayflower Cup in 1959 for his history To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865, and the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1973.