2020 Civil War Institute Faculty:
Matt Atkinson hails from Houston, Mississippi. He attended Ole Miss and graduated with a bachelor of business administration and bachelor of arts in history. In 2016, Matt earned a master’s degree in history at the University of Louisiana – Monroe. His thesis was on the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou. Matt has previously worked at Petersburg National Battlefield, Natchez National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield, and Vicksburg National Military Park, and he is currently employed by Gettysburg National Military Park.
Brian Black is a landscape and environmental historian who serves as the Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and History at Penn State Altoona, where he also currently holds the role of head of the Division of Arts and Humanities. He is the author or editor of several books, including Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom, Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History, and Gettysburg Contested: 150 Years of Preserving America’s Most Cherished Landscape. Black’s articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Environmental History, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is also the founding editor of the Energy and Society book series with the West Virginia University Press. Black is a Gettysburg College alum who enjoys returning to town to use the battlefield as a classroom space.
Sue Boardman has been an historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation on the new museum and for the conservation and restoration of the Gettysburg cyclorama. She also served as the foundation’s leadership program director from 2007 to 2019 and developed the program In the Footsteps of Leaders. Sue continues to serve as the program’s lead historian. She has authored books and articles on the history of the cyclorama and other Civil War topics; her articles have been published in Gettysburg Magazine, Blue & Gray Magazine and Civil War Times. Sue has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2001, and is a two-time recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Guiding. Sue has also served as president of the historic Evergreen Cemetery Association and is currently a member of the cemetery’s board of trustees. She was an ER nurse for more than twenty years before becoming an historian.
Keith Bohannon is a professor of history at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Old South, and Georgia history. He is the co-editor, with Randall Allen, of Campaigning with Old Stonewall in Virginia: The Letters of Ujanirtus Allen, Company F, 21st Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry (LSU Press, 1998). He is also the author of numerous essays, book reviews, and scholarly journal articles, including, most recently, an essay analyzing General John B. Gordon's Reminiscences in Gary Gallagher and Stephen Cushman’s edited volume, Civil War Writing: New Perspectives on Iconic Texts (LSU Press, 2019). Prior to his appointment to the faculty at West Georgia, Dr. Bohannon worked as an historian and interpreter with the National Park Service at multiple Civil War sites.
James J. Broomall is associate professor of history at Shepherd University and the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, which promotes academic scholarship, undergraduate education, and public engagement. He has published articles in Civil War Times, Civil War History, and The Journal of the Civil War Era and co-edited Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2016) with William A. Link. The University of North Carolina Press published his book Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers as part of its Civil War America series in 2019.
Judkin Browning is professor of military history at Appalachian State University, where he is the director of graduate studies in history. He has most recently co-authored An Environmental History of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2020), with Timothy Silver. He has also written Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina, 1862-1865 (2011) and The Seven Days' Battles: The War Begins Anew (2012).
Chuck Burkell became a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park in 2014 after a thirty-three-year career of federal service. In addition to guiding and providing Civil War programs for the Gettysburg Foundation and Civil War Round Tables, Mr. Burkell consults with many different public and private sector organizations within the areas of organizational change and leadership development. He also conducts staff rides for military and government officials and is currently a consultant to FCC Services of Denver, Colorado, who sponsors the Gettysburg Leadership Experience that uses the battle of Gettysburg as a tool for leadership development. Mr. Burkell earned a BS in technical education from the University of Akron and a master’s of business administration from Mt. St. Mary’s University. He has completed a number of executive programs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was also a supporting faculty member.
Peter S. 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 three books: Lee’s Young Artillerist: William R.J. Pegram (University of Virginia Press, 1998), The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), and most recently, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies (UNC Press, 2018). 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. Dr. Carmichael has also assisted with the development of student internship programs at numerous NPS sites.
Catherine Clinton is the Denman Endowed Chair at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and professor emerita at Queen’s University Belfast, where she held a chair in U.S. History from 2006 to 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, her master’s from the University of Sussex, and her doctorate in history from Princeton University in 1980. She is the author and editor of more than two dozen books, including The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South (1982), Tara Revisited: Women, War and the Plantation Legend (1995), Fanny Kemble’s Civil Wars (2000), Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom (2004), and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life (2009). Her first book for young readers, I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry won the Bank Street Poetry Prize in 1998. Dr. Clinton has served as a consultant on several film projects, including Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012). She delivered the 2012 Fleming Lectures in Southern History, which were published as Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War (2016). Her most recent book, Confederate Statues and Memorialization, is part of her new series, History in the Headlines, at the University of Georgia Press.
Colonel Doug Douds, USMC (Ret.), of Gettysburg, PA, is a professor at the U.S. Army War College. He has also served as a strategist and senior speechwriter for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. An F/A-18 pilot, he is a Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) graduate and has multiple deployments around the world, including commanding a Marine fighter attack squadron in Iraq. He holds dual undergraduate degrees in history and political science, and received a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is currently working on a military history doctoral degree from Leeds University, England. Doug is an avid historian and a Licensed Battlefield Guide, and he enjoys leading educational tours of Civil War battlefields.
Zachery A. Fry is an assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and the author of A Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac (UNC Press, forthcoming 2020). He previously taught history at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Fry's research focuses on election issues and partisan politics in Civil War armies, and his work has received the Coffman Prize from the Society for Military History, the Hay-Nicolay Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Institute / Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Hubbell Prize from Civil War History.
David J. Gerleman is a Civil War historian and Abraham Lincoln specialist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is also an emeritus assistant editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, having led the project’s search efforts at the National Archives for a decade. His forthcoming articles are Put Crepe on Your Hat: The Burning of the Lincoln White House Stables and Attuned to the Past: The Civil War Legacies of the Parton Brothers of Sevier County, Tennessee. Two book projects underway include My Companion in All Places: Horses and Horsemanship in the Civil War Era and Fields of Battle: An Agricultural History of the Battle of Gettysburg. Gerleman has received distinguished fellowships from the Kentucky Historical Society, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the U.S. Military Historical Institute, and the National Sporting Library and Museum. He is currently a research fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Polytechnic University.
Bradley Gottfried retired as president of the College of Southern Maryland three years ago, after beginning his career as a full-time faculty member. He is now devoting his time to providing tours of the town of Gettysburg and the Antietam battlefield and continuing his writing efforts. Gottfried is the author of thirteen Civil War books and numerous articles. His most recent efforts have been to map every campaign in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. Seven volumes in this series have been published to date.
Kent Gramm is adjunct professor of Civil War Era Studies and English at Gettysburg College. He is the author of November: Lincoln's Elegy at Gettysburg (Indiana University Press, 2001), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and Gettysburg: A Meditation on War and Values (Indiana University Press, 1997), which was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, as well as numerous other books on the Civil War era. A winner of the Hart Crane Poetry Prize, he has also published two books of poetry. His most recent publications include Sharpsburg: A Civil War Narrative (2015) and Gettysburg: The Living and the Dead¿, a volume co-authored with photographer Chris Heisey (2019).
Christopher Gwinn is a ten-year veteran of the National Park Service. He is a 2006 graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a master’s degree in public history. He has worked as an interpretive park ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, Boston National Historical Park, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks, where he created some of the first public programming conducted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Currently the chief of interpretation and education at Gettysburg National Military Park, he manages and oversees all aspects of the visitor experience. Chris has written numerous articles and journal entries on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War era.
Scott Hartwig retired in 2014 as the supervisory park historian at Gettysburg National Military Park after a 34-year career in the National Park Service, nearly all of it spent at Gettysburg. He won the regional Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation in 1993, and was a key player for the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center. He is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, published in September 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press, and is currently working on the second volume, tentatively titled, I Dread The Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam, which covers the battle and end of the Maryland Campaign.
Harold Holzer is one of the nation’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and a highly sought-after guest on television, Holzer served for six years as the Chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and for ten years as the co-chair of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. In 2008, he was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He currently serves as the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Holzer has authored, co-authored, or edited 52 books and 560 articles and reviews for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. His Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion won the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, as well as awards from the Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard’s Kennedy School. His latest book is Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, and his next will be Presidents vs. the Press: From the Founding Fathers to Fake News.
Matthew Christopher Hulbert is an assistant professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College with interests in nineteenth-century America, the Civil War in the western borderlands, irregular violence and trauma, memory, and film. He is the author or editor of three books: The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth (Kentucky, 2015), co-edited with Joseph M. Beilein; Writing History with Lightning: Cinematic Representations of Nineteenth-Century America on Film (LSU, 2019), co-edited with John C. Inscoe; and, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers Became Gunslingers in the American West (University of Georgia Press, 2016), which won the 2017 Wiley-Silver Prize from the Center for Civil War Research. He has recently co-edited a volume of essays that explores war movies and the construction of American national identity with Matthew E. Stanley (LSU Press, forthcoming 2020). Hulbert is currently writing a biography of Confederate major-turned-memory architect John Newman Edwards, entitled The Never-Ending Civil War: The Life and Literature of Major John Newman Edwards, for Bison Books.
Christian B. Keller is professor of history and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security at the U.S. Army War College, where he teaches courses on strategic theory, national security policy, and Civil War history. A longtime faculty member of the CWI, he is the author, co-author, or editor of five books, including The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy (Pegasus, 2019) and the forthcoming Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed. He is currently writing the revision to the classic U.S. Army War College Guide to the Battles of Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, to be published by the University of Kansas Press.
Michelle A. Krowl is a historian at the Library of Congress. As the Civil War and Reconstruction specialist in the Manuscript Division, Dr. Krowl’s primary area of focus is the manuscript collections documenting the American Civil War, although she is also responsible for collections spanning from the Mexican War to the Spanish-American War and the personal papers of the presidents from James K. Polk to Theodore Roosevelt. Dr. Krowl’s responsibilities include participating in the digitization and online presentation of selected Civil War-era collections in the Manuscript Division, recommending acquisitions, specialized reference services, interpretation and exhibition of collection material, and outreach activities that promote public awareness and the use of Library of Congress resources. Dr. Krowl is the author of several articles and books on topics relating to the Civil War; Quantico, Virginia; and the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. She also contributes frequently to the Library of Congress Blog.
Kevin M. Levin is a historian and educator based in Boston. Over the past few years he has worked extensively with teachers and students across the country to better understand the ongoing controversy surrounding Confederate monuments. He has led history education workshops with a number of organizations, including the National Park Service, Civil War Trust, the Organization of American Historians, Ford’s Theatre, the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, the Georgia Historical Society, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. He is the author of Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder and the editor of Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites. His most recent book is Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. His writings have appeared in the Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, The Daily Beast, and the New York Times, and he has appeared as a guest on NPR, C-SPAN, and Al-Jazeera.
Ashley Whitehead Luskey is the assistant director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, where she works with Gettysburg College students on a variety of original research-based Civil War and public history projects, coordinates the annual CWI summer conference, and gives tours of the battlefield to visitors. She holds a PhD in nineteenth-century American history, with academic interests in the Civil War and Reconstruction, Southern history, cultural history, public history, and the intersection of history & memory. Prior to her arrival at CWI, Dr. Luskey worked for ten years with the National Park Service, including eight years as a park ranger and historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park. She has delivered numerous interpretive tours, lectures, and scholarly papers at educational institutions and public venues across the country, and has written articles on a variety of Civil War and public history-related topics for various magazines, journals, and blogs. Her most recent piece, a co-edited article entitled “From Women’s History to Gender History: Revamping Interpretation at Richmond National Battlefield Park,” was published in the June 2016 issue of Civil War History. She is currently revising a manuscript tentatively entitled The Last Confederate Christmas: Leading Ladies, Social Politics, and Power in the Confederate Capital for publication.
Brian Luskey is associate professor of history at West Virginia University, where he teaches nineteenth-century American history. He is the author of On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America (New York University Press, 2010), the co-editor of Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America with Wendy A. Woloson (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), and the co-author of “Muster: Inspecting Material Cultures of the Civil War” with Jason Phillips, in Civil War History 63, no. 2 (June 2017). His most recent book, Men Is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America, was published by UNC Press in spring 2020.
Eric J. Mink has worked for the National Park Service for the past twenty-five years. Eric grew up in Gettysburg and was a scholarship recipient to the Civil War Institute as a high school student. Eric is a graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation and American studies. Eric has held a variety of positions with the National Park Service, working at Gettysburg National Military Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park. He is currently a historian and the cultural resource specialist at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Wayne E. Motts is the chief executive officer of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, which is one of the largest museums in the country dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of the American Civil War. Before joining the museum, he served as the executive director of the Adams County Historical Society here in Gettysburg. In addition to his museum duties, Wayne has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide for thirty years. He holds a master’s degree in history and has published several books and articles about the war, including Trust in God and Fear Nothing, General Lewis A. Armistead and Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History with James A. Hessler.
Jennifer M. Murray is a teaching assistant professor in the department of history at Oklahoma State University, where her teaching and research specialization focuses on the American Civil War and U.S. military history. She is the author of multiple publications, including The Civil War Begins, which was published by the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History in 2012 and On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 (University of Tennessee Press, 2014). She is currently working on a full-length biography of George Gordon Meade, tentatively titled Meade at War. In addition to delivering hundreds of Civil War battlefield tours, Dr. Murray has led World War I and World War II study abroad trips to Europe. She is a veteran faculty member at the Civil War Institute and a coveted speaker at Civil War symposiums and roundtables. She was also a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for nine summers (2002-2010).
Megan Kate Nelson is a writer and historian living in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Her new book, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West, will be published by Scribner in February 2020. This project was the recipient of a 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award and a Filson Historical Society Fellowship. Nelson is the author of two previous books: Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (Georgia, 2012) and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (2005). She has also written about the Civil War, the U.S. West, and American culture for The New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Preservation Magazine, and Civil War Times. Her column on Civil War popular culture, "Stereoscope," appears regularly in the Civil War Monitor.
Jonathan A. Noyalas is director of the McCormick Civil War Institute and Civil War Era Studies at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah: Remembrance, Reunion, and Reconciliation. Noyalas is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, including the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award. His next book, "To Be Free Some Day": Race, Slavery, and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era is under contract with the University Press of Florida.
Therese Orr was raised in Missouri and Oklahoma. Following high school graduation, she enlisted in the United States Navy, serving three years on Active Duty and twenty-seven years in the Navy Reserve, retiring as a senior chief intelligence specialist in 2007. Therese earned her Licensed Battlefield Guide badge in September 2016. She enjoys requests for special tours, since they give her the opportunity to dig deeper into the battle.
Timothy J. Orr is associate professor of history at Old Dominion University. A 2001 graduate of Gettysburg College, he worked for eight years as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. His publications include Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward (University of Tennessee Press, 2011), Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway, a volume co-authored with N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss and Laura Lawfer Orr (William Morrow, 2017), and several scholarly essays about the Army of the Potomac.
Jared Peatman is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and PhD from Texas A&M. Jared is the author of The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, a project for which he was named the Organization of American Historians and Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Doctoral Fellow and received the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize (2012). He is currently working on a book about Joshua Chamberlain, the 20th Maine, and the Battle of Gettysburg. He is the founder and president of Four Score Consulting, which provides training events that use history as a metaphor to examine current leadership and performance challenges.
Gerald J. Prokopowicz is the author of Did Lincoln Own Slaves? (2008) and All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862 (2001) as well as host of the podcast Civil War Talk Radio. He served for nine years as the resident Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he helped create the award-winning exhibit “Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment” and edited Lincoln Lore. Dr. Prokopowicz is a member of the advisory boards of the Lincoln Studies Center and the Lincoln Forum. He is also a professor of history at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Ethan S. Rafuse received his PhD at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and since 2004 has been a member of the faculty at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where he is a professor of military history. His publications include A Single Grand Victory: The First Campaign and Battle of Manassas, McClellan's War, Corps Commanders in Blue, and guides to the Antietam, Manassas, and Richmond-Petersburg Battlefields. In 2018-19, he was the Charles Boal Ewing Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Military Academy.
Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor Emerita of American History at Penn State University. She is currently an adjunct professor of history at Gettysburg College. Dr. Reardon is the author of Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory (UNC Press, 1997), With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other: The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North (UNC Press, 2012), and A Field Guide to Gettysburg and A Field Guide to Antietam (UNC Press, 2013 and 2016, respectively, with Tom Vossler). In addition to her stints as visiting professor at West Point and the Army War College, she also served on the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University and spent two terms as president of the Society for Military History, from 2005 through 2009.
Tim Roberts is a professor of history at Western Illinois University. His research concerns American military, political, and diplomatic history in the era of the Civil War. In addition to "This Infernal War": the Civil War Letters of William and Jane Standard, he has published Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism (University of Virginia, 2009), a study of how the 1848 European revolutions both sharpened Americans' sense of their uniqueness and helped cause the sectional crisis. His current research is a study of connections between the United States and France in their construction of territorial empires. Dr. Roberts has won the Best Article Prize of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and was a U.S. Fulbright Lecturer in American History at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He is currently training in the digital humanities at George Mason University. He also serves as a public historian for the Western Illinois Museum.
Dana B. Shoaf is the editor of Civil War Times magazine and a contributing editor for America’s Civil War magazine. In both publications, he works to distill academic research and make it available to a larger popular audience. He holds a master’s degree in history from Slippery Rock University and completed doctoral course work at Kent State University. He began his career working for Time-Life Inc. as a writer for the “Voices of the Civil War” series and has published numerous articles on the conflict. He has served as a consultant for the National Archives, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Post, and the National Park Service, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio and C-Span. He serves on the advisory board for Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War and is president of the Early American Industries Association. Shoaf is currently researching the impact, or lack thereof, of the minié ball, rifling, and the percussion cap on the tactics and casualty counts of the Civil War.
Nina Silber is an award-winning teacher at Boston University where she teaches in both the department of history and the program in American and New England Studies. Her research and teaching have focused mainly on issues related to historical memory, gender, and the Civil War. A recipient of numerous awards – including fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Harvard University’s Warren Center – Professor Silber has also published works that have helped to expand the scholarly horizons in the study of the Civil War. Among her most important publications are: The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993); Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992); Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005); and, most recently, This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America (2019). Professor Silber has also worked in the field of public history, consulting on projects with the Gettysburg National Military Park, the History Channel, and the National Park Service. She currently serves as president of the Society of Civil War Historians.
Kristopher Teters earned his PhD in 2012 from the University of Alabama. The focus of his work is the Civil War era, and his book, Practical Liberators, which came out in 2018, looks at the Union army and emancipation in the Western Theater. Teters examines how Union officers at all levels of command carried out emancipation in the West and their attitudes towards that issue. He is a course faculty member at Western Governors University, where he teaches American history.
Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Connecticut, and at Western Connecticut State University. The author or editor of four books and two dozen articles, he is currently at work on a study of Connecticut's mobilization for war in 1861-62.He is the recipient of the Connecticut Arts Council's CultureMax award for history professional and is a past Connecticut History Teacher of the Year.
Jeffry D. Wert is a retired Pennsylvania high school history teacher and an award-winning Civil War historian. He has written biographies of James Longstreet, Jeb Stuart, and George Custer and studies on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, Army of the Potomac, and Army of Northern Virginia. His book, Gettysburg--Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.
Jessie Wheedleton is from York County, Pennsylvania. She began her academic career studying the sea, and graduated in 2009 from the Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in small vessel operations and a mate's license. She worked for Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore and then spent five years working for the Sea Education Association leading Semesters at Sea for college students. In between semesters Jessie began working on the Gettysburg battlefield, which led her to become a Licensed Battlefield Guide in 2018.
Brian Steel Wills is the director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and professor of history at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. In addition to leading tours, offering lectures, and conducting programs, Dr. Wills is the award-winning author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including biographies of Confederate generals Nathan Bedford Forrest and William Dorsey Pender and Union general George Henry Thomas. He has also written about the Civil War in Virginia and in the movies and has most recently published a volume that focuses on noncombat deaths in the Civil War. A graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Georgia, he spends time on his farm in Virginia when not teaching and working in Kennesaw.
Angie Zombek is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she teaches courses on the Civil War Era United States. She is the author of Penitentiaries, Punishment, & Military Prisons: Familiar Responses to an Extraordinary Crisis during the American Civil War (Kent State University Press, 2018), which won Honorable Mention as one of the Civil War Monitor's Best Civil War Books of 2018; “Catholics in Captivity: Priests, Prisoners, and the Living Faith in Civil War Military Prisons,” in Michael P. Gray, ed., Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered (Kent State University Press, 2018); “Citizenship – Compulsory or Convenient: Federal Officials, Confederate Prisoners, and the Oath of Allegiance,” in Paul J. Quigley, ed., The American Civil War and the Transformation of Citizenship (Louisiana State University Press, 2018); and “Paternalism and Imprisonment at Castle Thunder: Reinforcing Gender Norms in the Confederate Capital,” Civil War History, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2017. She is currently working on a book project entitled Stronghold of the Union: Key West Under Martial Law, and on a study of imprisonment at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas.