The Civil 
War Institute

300 North Washington Street
Campus box 435
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590


2019 Civil War Institute Faculty:

Join us, June 14-19, 2019, for a blockbuster year of CWI speakers!  We are thrilled to feature eminent Civil War scholars, Gary W. Gallagher, Ed Ayers, Carol Reardon, and Peter S. Carmichael within our line-up of over 35 distinguished speakers and tour guides.

Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War Emeritus at the University of Virginia. A native of Los Angeles, California, he received his B.A. from Adams State College of Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1998 where, in addition to his position in the Department of History, he served as director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History from 2015-2018. He is the author or editor of more than thirty-five books, including The Confederate War (Harvard University Press, 1997), Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (Louisiana State University Press, 1998), Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), The Union War (Harvard University Press, 2011), Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty (University of Georgia Press, 2013), and The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (Spielvogel Books, 2015). Professor Gallagher was the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012 (the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia) and the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 2013. Active in the field of historic preservation, he was president from 1987 to mid-1994 of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. He also served twice as a member of the Board of the Civil War Trust and has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions.

Edward Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama at the White House, won the Bancroft Prize and Beveridge Prize in American history, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.  He has collaborated on major digital history projects including the Valley of the Shadow, American Panorama, and Bunk, and is one of the cohosts for BackStory, a popular podcast about American history.  He is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and president emeritus at the University of Richmond as well as former Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.  His most recent book, The Thin Light of Freedom:  The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, won the 2018 Lincoln Prize for best book published on the era of the American Civil War.

Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor Emerita of American History in the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University (University Park).  She retired from Penn State in 2017 after twenty-five years of service to the university, specializing in courses on American military history, the Civil War, and the Vietnam conflict.  She also served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and at the U.S. Army War College, and she spent fourteen years on the Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University.  As the first woman to serve as president of the Society for Military History, she strongly promoted an approach to the study of war that integrated a traditional stress on battles and leaders with the political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural "elements of national power" to explore how armed conflict touches our civic and personal lives.  Throughout her career, Dr. Reardon maintained an active outreach effort; she has become a highly respected leader and facilitator of "staff rides" for the professional development of both military officers and for a wide range of civilian groups. She is the author of the prize winning books, Pickett's Charge in History and Memory and A Field Guide to Gettysburg (co-authored with COL Tom Vossler, USA, ret.), as well as the highly-regarded Launch the Intruders: A Naval Attack Squadron in the Vietnam War, 1972.

Peter Carmichael is the Director of the Civil War Institute and the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College. He currently teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American South, and public history.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, essays, and two books: Lee’s Young Artillerist: William R.J. Pegram (University of Virginia Press, 1998), and The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (University of North Carolina Press, 2005).  Dr. Carmichael has lectured widely on topics pertaining to the Civil War and public history, and has appeared as an expert scholar in several historical documentaries.  He has also conducted numerous public presentations, teacher workshops, exhibit consultations, and multiple interpretive workshops for National Park Service staff, and has assisted with the development of the student internship program at numerous NPS sites.  His most recent book, a cultural history of Civil War soldiers entitled The War for the Common Soldier: How Soldiers Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies, is due out in October of 2018 from University of North Carolina Press.


*Please check back in Fall 2018 for full faculty listing and bios*  



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300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: (717) 337-6300