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.
CWI Fellows work at least five hours a week. Duties include: assisting in the Civil War Institute office, helping the CWI staff and Director Peter Carmichael with research projects, writing for the CWI blog, and event planning. A central part of the fellowship is the unique opportunity to research Civil War related topics and write for our blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. 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.
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 of events. Additionally, Fellows often assist with the annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture, and attend the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Award Ceremony, held in New York City.
In 2015-2016, CWI Fellows helped share stories of the Civil War with the public and with their peers at Gettysburg College. They baked hardtack for other students and reported on the progress of the restoration of Lee's Headquarters. They also had the opportunity to meet top scholars and authors throughout the year, including Lincoln Prize winner Martha Hodes and Fortenbaugh Lecturer Joseph Glatthaar. They toured the battlefield with CWI Director Peter Carmichael, and authored over 120 entries for The Gettysburg Compiler. The Compiler reached new heights of readership and visitor engagement this year, as Fellows experimented with a variety of new formats, including editorials, satire, videos, and broadcast radio pieces on topics ranging from public history ro the meaning of suffering during the Civil War. Their herculean efforts paid great dividends, and their work was recognized and shared internationally by eminent historians, authors, and even the editors of the blog platform WordPress.
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).