2020-2021 CWI Fellows

Abigail Adam '22

Abigail AdamHailing from North Canaan, Connecticut, Abigail is a Junior History major with a minor in Public History. She has been a member of the 26th Pennsylvania College Guard (the college’s Civil War re-enacting group) as well as the Audeamus choir. This past summer, she interned with the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College, where she produced a project entitled, “Voices from the Northwest Corner Explores the Podcast Creation Process,” featuring Gettysburg College alumnus Peter C. Vermilyea. Abigail has also interned as a tour guide at Beckley Furnace State Park during the summers of 2018-2020, and has worked at the Canaan History Center as a student employee since the summer of 2015.

Ziv Carmi '23

Ziv CarmiA southern Californian, born and raised, Ziv is a Sophomore pursuing a History major with a dual minor in Public History and Civil War Era studies. A member of Gettysburg College’s 26th PCG (Pennsylvania College Guard) Re-enacting Club, he is an aspiring museum curator. Ziv’s passion for public history began when he became a docent at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, a volunteer position which he has held for over three years. He first became involved with the CWI during his freshman year when he volunteered to work on the Killed at Gettysburg digital history project. This past summer, Ziv served as a Paul Reber Fellow at Stratford Hall: Home of the Lees of Virginia, conducting research on objects in their collection and transcribing historical documents.

Thompson Dasher '21

Thompson DasherBorn and raised in south-central Pennsylvania, Thompson is a Senior History major with minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies. He served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Manassas National Battlefield Park during the summer of 2019 and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society. He is also active in Gettysburg College’s Civil War Club and has served on the editorial board of the Gettysburg Historical Journal.

Jaeger Held '23

Jaeger HeldA Sophomore from southeastern Montana, Jaeger is a History major with double minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History. He is a member of the college’s Civil War Club, the co-president of the college's reenacting club, the Pennsylvania College Guard, and serves on the editorial board of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. A 2019-2020 volunteer for the CWI, Jaeger researched for CWI’s digital history project, Killed at Gettysburg, and wrote for The Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog. For two years, he served as an editor, contributor, and researcher on a 527-page report, "The Powder River Fight, March 17, 1876," for the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service, which was published in 2018. Most recently, during the summer of 2020, he completed a project to obtain and place fifteen marble headstones from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Union Civil War veterans from Missouri and Kansas who died in Montana during the Powder River Expedition of 1865 and were buried in unmarked graves. Through the Civil War Institute’s Brian C. Pohanka Program, Jaeger has been hired for an internship next summer with the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Garrett Kost '21

Garrett KostA Senior from Freeland, Pennsylvania, Garrett is an Interdisciplinary Studies major in “Experiences of War,” which combines the disciplines of History, Civil War Era Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, and Religious Studies to focus on late Victorian era conflict, memory of warfare, and the evolution of military tactics. He is also double-minoring in Civil War Era Studies and Public History. Garrett has worked as a campus tour guide for prospective students in the college’s Admissions Office and as the social media coordinator for the Civil War Era Studies Department. He also spent several years in Army ROTC, which spurred his interest in military education and the evolution of warfare. In the summer of 2018, Garrett served as a Brian C. Pohanka intern at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Steven Landry '22

Steven LandryA Junior History major and Asian Studies minor with a Japanese focus, Steven is a member of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and the author of multiple pieces of original scholarship published in Gettysburg College’s The Cupola, including an essay on the correspondence of an American sailor with his family during the end of the Pacific War, and an article on the influence of U.S. media messaging on the American public during the Vietnam War. During the summer of 2019, he served as a Brian C. Pohanka intern at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Steven had been selected to serve as a Pohanka Intern at Boston African American National Historical Site this past summer, and was slated to spend the 2020-2021 year abroad studying in Tokyo as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar.

Lauren Letizia '23

Lauren LetiziaA Sophomore History major with a double minor in Public History and Italian language, Lauren hails from Newtown, Pennsylvania. Lauren currently serves as a student administrative assistant at the Civil War Institute and as the Secretary of the Gettysburg College Italian Club. She also enjoys participating in service activities on and off campus through the Committee of Public Service. She first became involved with the CWI when she participated in the Killed at Gettysburg digital history project during her freshman year at Gettysburg College. Lauren is also involved with the college’s Eisenhower Institute, having completed its Washington Connections program in the Fall of 2019. A Gettysburg College Presidential Scholar, Lauren hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Holocaust history, with the hope of ultimately working in one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.

Brandon Neely '23

Brandon NeelyA Sophomore hailing from Missouri, Brandon is a History major with double minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies. As a 2020 Fortenbaugh intern, Brandon worked in Musselman Library’s Special Collections, archiving, digitizing, and preserving historical documents and artifacts. He was also a participant in the Eisenhower Institute’s Contours of the Middle East program, where he engaged in foreign policy and international history discussions, debates, and events. In addition, Brandon was a member of Susan Eisenhower’s Strategy Luncheons, focused on addressing contemporary issues while utilizing class leadership strategies.

Jessica Roshon '22

Jessica RoshonA Pennsylvania native, Jessica is a Sophomore History and English double-major with a minor in Civil War Era Studies. In addition to participating in the Bullets Marching Band, she also plays clarinet in the Gettysburg College Clarinet Ensemble and Symphony Band. In the Spring of 2020, Jessica completed an internship with the Adams County Historical Society, where she assisted the head archivists with cataloguing and organizing artifacts in their collections.

Benjamin Roy '21

Benjamin RoyA recent transplant from New Hampshire, Ben currently resides in Golden Valley, North Carolina. He is a Senior History major with double minors in Civil War Era Studies and Public History. Ben currently works for Musselman Library’s Special Collections and the Digital Scholarship Office, is a student researcher for the First World War Letters of H. J. C. Peirs digital history project, and has completed two summer Pohanka Internships at Minuteman National Historical Park, in Massachusetts, and at Virginia’s Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Ben has been actively involved with the CWI since his freshman year, when he researched and wrote a soldier profile on Sergeant Oscar Allen of the 5th New Hampshire for the Killed at Gettysburg digital history project. During his sophomore year as a CWI Fellow, he co-curated an original photography exhibit featuring rare Civil War photographs, conducted several short “spot interpretation” videos out on the Gettysburg battlefield, and contributed pieces to The Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog. Ben recently completed a Kolbe Research Fellowship about manhood and higher education in the antebellum North, the final product of which was an article recently accepted for publication by Johns Hopkins University’s Macksey Journal. The recipient of a Beinecke Scholarship, he plans to attend graduate school and study the cultural history of tobacco.

Cameron Sauers '21

Cameron SauersA Pennsylvania native and three year veteran of the Fellows program, Cameron is a Senior 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 past president of the College’s Civil War Club. In addition to serving as a D.J. for 91.1 WZBT, Gettysburg College’s student radio station, he serves on the editorial board of the Gettysburg Historical Journal and is currently Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era. 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. During his first two years as a Fellow, he helped to curate an original, student-designed photography exhibit featuring rare photos of the Gettysburg battlefield, conducted several short “spot interpretation” videos out on the Gettysburg battlefield, co-facilitated Gettysburg College's Civil War Book Club, wrote numerous originally researched articles on material culture of the Civil War era, and reported on various Civil War lectures and conferences in the area for The Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog. Cameron served as a Brian C. Pohanka Intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park during the summer of 2018, and in 2019, spent the summer as the Sandy Abend Summer Research Fellow at the CWI, continuing his studies of the life and war-time experiences of Sgt. Philip Hamlin under the direction of Dr. Carmichael. Most recently, Cameron spent the summer of 2020 as a Pohanka Intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is the author of two forthcoming articles, one focused on Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey and the forging of national identity during World War I (Tufts Historical Review) and one exploring the contested relationship between plantation mistresses and the enslaved through the lens of material culture (Johns Hopkins University’s Macksey Journal. Cameron currently serves as the Civil War Institute’s student social media coordinator.

Isaac (Ike) Shoop '21

Ike ShoopA Senior from Pennsylvania and three-year veteran of the Fellows program, 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. In his previous years as a Fellow, Ike researched and wrote a soldier profile about Private William H.P. Ivey for the CWI’s digital history project, Killed at Gettysburg, contributed several originally researched articles on material culture of the Civil War for The Gettysburg Compiler, the CWI’s student-run blog, and co-facilitated Gettysburg College's Civil War Book Club. Raised on a nearby farm, Ike has spent many years working with animals and agriculture. He interned for two summers in the archives of The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA, and most recently, was a Keystone Summer Intern at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Lindsay Waller '21

Lindsay WallerHailing from Perry, Michigan, Lindsay is a Senior History major with a minor in Africana Studies. She is a member of the women’s golf team and the co-host of a sports talk show for the college’s 91.1 WZBT radio station. Lindsay spent the Fall of her junior year studying abroad in Troms, Norway, and has served as a Brian C. Pohanka intern for two summers at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in both the interpretation and cultural resource divisions. This past summer at FRSP, she conducted a research study on a unique set of Civil War trenches on the Spotsylvania battlefield known as the “Galleries,” which she is currently transforming into a short article for The Gettysburg Compiler, CWI’s student-run blog.