Speakers

Speakers will include:

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Emmanuel Dabney is a graduate of Richard Bland College, the University of Mary Washington and UNC-Greensboro, and has been employed by the National Park Service at Petersburg National Battlefield since 2001. He believes his love of history is embedded in his DNA; having on his maternal grandfather’s line, ancestors who were slaveholders and free blacks; on his maternal grandmother’s line: enslaved people and non-slaveholding whites; and on his paternal line more enslaved people.

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William C. “Jack” Davis is the author or editor of more than 50 books in Civil War and Southern history. He retired in 2013 as Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. His latest book is The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America. Among his recent awards are a record fourth Jefferson Davis Award from the American Civil War Museum and the Richard Nelson Current Award from the Lincoln Forum.

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Angela Esco Elder is an assistant professor of history at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. But previously, she worked as the 2016-2017 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech, after receiving her doctorate from the University of Georgia. Her research explores gender, emotion, family, and trauma in the Civil War Era South. She is the co-editor of Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln.

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David Gerleman is a 19th century historian at George Mason University and an emeritus assistant editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln. Active as a public speaker, Gerleman has appeared on C-SPAN, the History Channel, and has presented at the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. military academies, and national conferences. His current book project is My Companion in All Places: Horses and Horsemanship in the Civil War Era.

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Hilary Green is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama and is currently 2020-2021 Vann Professor of Ethics in Society at Davidson College. She is the author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham University Press, 2016) and is currently at work on a book exploring how everyday African Americans remembered and commemorated the Civil War.

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Kurt Luther is an associate professor of computer science and (by courtesy) history at Virginia Tech’s Arlington campus. He is the creator of Civil War Photo Sleuth (www.civilwarphotosleuth.com), a free website that uses crowdsourcing and face recognition to identify unknown soldiers in Civil War-era photos. He is also a contributing editor for Military Images Magazine, where he has written a regular column on Civil War photo sleuthing since 2015.

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Caroline Wood Newhall is the 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. She recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dr. Newhall specializes in 19th-century United States history, focusing on North American slavery, warfare, and the Civil War Era. She analyzes the experiences of Black Civil War soldiers who became prisoners of war in the Confederacy. She is currently working on her book manuscript, as well as a digital database and mapping project centered on Black POWs’ movements throughout the American South.

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Dana B. Shoaf is the editor of Civil War Times magazine. He is also a contributing editor to America’s Civil War magazine, as well as a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. Shoaf 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. He is currently researching the impact of the percussion cap on the tactics of the Civil War.

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Sarah Jones Weicksel is the Director of Research and Publications at the American Historical Association. She is the author of several articles on the material culture of the Civil War. Weicksel earned her BA from Yale University, MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and PhD from The University of Chicago. She is currently finishing a book that explores how Americans used clothing to wage war against one another across a range of practical, emotional, political, economic, and cultural battlefronts.






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