The Civil 
War Institute

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Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6590
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2018-2019 CWI Fellows

Claire Bickers
Claire Bickers '20

Claire is a Junior History major with double minors in Public History and Writing. Hailing from Kentucky, she is the head of the Photography Department for the Gettysburgian, the college’s student-run newspaper, serves on the staff of the Mercury, the college’s literary magazine, and is a member of the International Affairs Association. This past summer, Claire served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Petersburg National Battlefield where she worked with the park’s special collections and curatorial staff. She is spending the Fall, 2018 semester studying abroad in Lancaster, UK, and will return to Gettysburg as a CWI Fellow during the Spring, 2019 semester.

Ryan Bilger
Ryan Bilger '19

Ryan is a three-year veteran of the CWI Fellows program where he has worked on numerous research and writing projects, including CWI’s digital history site, "Killed at Gettysburg," and the Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog.  In addition to continuing his work on these projects, Ryan is CWI’s 2018-2019 social media coordinator. A Senior History major with double minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History, Ryan also serves as the President of the college’s Civil War Club and the President of the Gettysburg College Quiz Bowl Team. He is a two-year veteran of the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program, having interned at both Manassas National Battlefield during the summer of 2016 and Antietam National Battlefield during the summer of 2018.

James Goodman
James Goodman '20

Originally from New York, James is a Junior with double majors in History and Political Science, as well as double minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies.  He is the current president of the 26th Pennsylvania College Guard, the college’s Civil War reenacting club, and worked as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park during the summer of 2017. He spent this past summer working as an intern in the Interpretation division at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg.

Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs '21

Lizzie is a Sophomore History & Anthropology double-major, with a minor in Public History.  She serves as the Service Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega, the college’s service fraternity, is the Production Editor of the college’s literary magazine, the Mercury, and works in the Civil War Era Studies office. Hailing from Maine, Lizzie served as a 2017-2018 volunteer researcher and writer for CWI’s digital history project, "Killed at Gettysburg," for which she produced a full-length profile and StoryMap following Private George Spear of the 3rd Maine.

Ben Hutchison
Benjamin Hutchison '21

Ben is a Sophomore History major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. A New Jerseyan by birth, Ben spent the 2017-2018 school year conducting volunteer research and writing for CWI’s digital "Killed at Gettysburg" project, for which he produced a profile and StoryMap following Captain Philip Kearny of the 11th New Jersey. Ben served as the Sandy Abend Research Fellow for the CWI office during the summer of 2018, during which time he began gathering research on the December, 1864 Hicksford Raid in Sussex County, VA.  Ben will continue his research and writing alongside CWI’s Director, Dr. Peter Carmichael during the Fall of 2018, with the goal of producing on article on guerilla warfare and civil-military interactions during the Petersburg Campaign in the near future.

Savannah Labbe
Savannah Labbe '18

Savannah is a three-year veteran of the CWI Fellows program where she has produced numerous scholarly articles for the Gettysburg Compiler, the CWI’s student-run blog, as well as a draft of a new interpretive wayside for the 20th Maine monument at Gettysburg National Military Park.  A native of Maine, she is a History and Religious Studies double-major who has served for the past year as a Peer Learning Associate for the History Department and is an editor of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. Savannah spent the summer of 2017 interning at the Maine State Archives where she helped catalogue and preserve records.

Olivia Ortman
Olivia Ortman '19

Originally from Connecticut, Olivia is a History major with double minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies.  She is a three-year veteran of the CWI Fellows program where she has researched and drafted a new interpretive wayside for the Virginia Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as contributed numerous scholarly articles to the CWI’s student run blog, the Gettysburg Compiler. Most recently, she has produced a lengthy series  of articles chronicling the history and evolving legacies of the Confederate flag from the 1860s through the present.  Olivia serves as a Community Advisor on the college’s Residence Life Staff and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era.  Olivia spent the summer of 2017 working as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, MA.  She currently serves as the 2018-2019 Editor of the Gettysburg Compiler.

Benjamin Roy
Benjamin Roy '21

A current North Carolinian with New Hampshire roots, Ben is a Sophomore History major with double minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History. He is the Treasurer of the college’s Civil War Club and an editor of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era.  Ben spent the 2017-2018 school year as a volunteer researcher and writer for CWI’s digital "Killed at Gettysburg" project, for which he produced a full-length profile and StoryMap on Sergeant Oscar D. Allen of the 5th New Hampshire. This past summer, Ben served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, MA. Ben will spend the Spring of 2018 working as a research assistant for CWI’s Director, Dr. Peter Carmichael.

Cameron Sauers
Cameron Sauers '21

A Pennsylvania native, Cameron is a Sophomore History major with double minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies. He earned his Leadership Certificate from Gettysburg College’s Garthwait Leadership Center in the Spring of 2018 and is a member of both the college’s Civil War Club and Mock Trial Team.  A 2017-2018 volunteer researcher and writer for CWI’s digital history project, "Killed at Gettysburg," Cameron produced a profile and StoryMap following Sergeant Philip Hamlin of the 1st Minnesota.  He spent the past summer working as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Ike Shoop
Isaac Shoop '21

A Sophomore from Pennsylvania, Ike is a History major with double minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies. He is also a member of Civil War Club. Raised on a nearby farm, Ike has spent many years working with animals and agriculture.  Most recently, he spent the summer of 2017 working as an intern at The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA.

Jon Tracey
Jonathan Tracey '18

Jon is a Senior, three-year veteran of the CWI Fellows program where he has written numerous articles for the Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog; produced several profiles and StoryMaps on a variety of Union soldiers for CWI’s digital history project, "Killed at Gettysburg;" drafted a new wayside interpreting the fighting on July 1 along Culp’s Hill for Gettysburg National Battlefield Park; and helped in the research and writing of the museum catalogue for Right to Serve, Right to Lead, an exhibit displayed in the Special Collections of Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library that interpreted objects pertaining to the service and legacy of United States Colored Troops in the Civil War era.  A History major with double minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History, Jon is also a veteran of the Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program, having worked at Appomattox Court House during the summer of 2016 and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park during the summer of 2017. He spent the 2017-2018 academic year working as a Library Assistant at Gettysburg National Military Park, and worked as a seasonal ranger at Gettysburg during the summer and fall of 2018. An active living historian, Jon is also a member of the college’s Civil War Club, in which he has held numerous leadership positions, and has served as an Associate Editor for the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. Jon will be graduating from Gettysburg College in December of 2018.

Zach Wesley
Zachary Wesley '20

Originally from Kentucky, Zach is a Junior History and Anthropology double-major with double minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History. A two-year veteran of the CWI Fellows Program, Zach has written for CWI’s digital history project, "Killed at Gettysburg," produced several scholarly articles for the Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog, and has drafted two new interpretive waysides for the Virginia Memorial and the July 1 fighting along Oak Ridge for Gettysburg National Military Park.  Zach spent the summer of 2016 working as a docent at Mill Springs Battlefield Museum & Visitor Center in Kentucky, and served as a 2017 Brian C. Pohanka intern at Appomattox National Historical Park. Most recently, he spent the summer of 2018 working as a Pohanka intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. An active living historian, Zach has served as the Vice President of the college’s Civil War Club and is a member of the Pennsylvania College Guard living history group. Zach also currently serves on the Executive Board of Disciple Makers Christian Fellowship and is an editor for both the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era and the Gettysburg College Historical Journal.

 

 

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