The Civil War Institute (CWI) Fellows program provides a range of professional and academic experiences, allowing Gettysburg College students to develop new skills and expand their career options.
The CWI Fellows program offers students a valuable opportunity to pursue historical research with members of the CWI staff and hone their research and writing skills. CWI Fellows work at least five hours a week. Duties include: helping the CWI staff and Director Peter Carmichael with research projects, developing interpretive waysides for Gettysburg NMP, writing for the CWI blog, and event planning. A central part of the fellowship is the unique opportunity to conduct independent research and write for a range of digital platforms, including the student-authored blog, The Gettysburg Compiler, and a new digital project, Killed at Gettysburg, which chronicles and maps the lives of soldiers killed on the fields around town.
The CWI offers a range of public programming throughout the academic year. CWI Fellows have an opportunity to meet some of the top scholars in the field while helping assist with the planning and execution of events, such as the annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture.
In 2016-2017, CWI Fellows helped share stories of the Civil War with the public and with their peers at Gettysburg College.They hiked the South Mountain Gap area and partnered with Special Collections staff to produce an exhibition catalog to accompany the 2016-17 exhibit, “Right to Serve, Right to Lead: Lives and Legacies of the USCT,” curated by Fellow Matt LaRoche ’17 as part of his 2016 Pohanka internship in Special Collections. They also had the opportunity to meet top scholars and authors throughout the year, including Fortenbaugh Lecturer Martha Hodes. They toured Gettysburg NMP’s newly-acquired Harmon Farm property with CWI Director Peter Carmichael, and authored over 75 entries for The Gettysburg Compiler, exploring topics ranging from battlefield preservation, the Smithsonian Institution during the Civil War, and the legacies of the 13th Amendment to the history and legacies of the Confederate flag and the prevalence of historical analogies in contemporary politics.
View photos from the November 2016 CWI/GRAB hike along the South Mountain gaps, site of the first major Civil War battle fought in Maryland (September 14, 1862).