Behind The Lines

  • An Interview with James BroomallRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/27/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with James Broomall, an assistant professor of history at the University of North Florida. In this interview, we discuss Broomall's latest work, a journal article entitled "We are a Band of Brothers: Manhood and Community in Confederate Camps and Beyond," published in the September issue of 'Civil War History.' Broomall discusses the power of Confederate camps when it came to...

  • An Interview with Craig WarrenRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/3/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Craig Warren, an Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University at Erie, the Behrend College. In this interview, Warren discusses his recent article entitled "Rebel Yell" that appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor. Warren helps illuminate the origins of the yell in the antebellum South, its wartime applications, and what role the yell held...

  • An Interview with Graham DozierRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/26/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Graham Dozier, the Managing Editor of Publications at the Virginia Historical Society and recent editor of "A Gunner in Lee's Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter" now out with UNC Press. In this interview, Dozier introduces us to Thomas Carter providing a synopsis of his entire life with a special emphasis placed on Carter's military service as an artillerist...

  • An Interview with Nicholas MarshallRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/9/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Nicholas Marshall, an associate professor of history at Marist College and recent author of "The Great Exaggeration: Death and the Civil War," featured in the March issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era. In this interview, Marshall addresses what he perceives as "misguided" criticism that has been leveled at his article and tries to share with viewers the true impact of...

  • An Interview with Shauna DevineRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/2/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Shauna Devine, Visiting Research Fellow in the department of the history of medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University and author of "Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science" now out with the University of North Carolina Press. In this interview, Dr. Devine describes the evolution of medical science...

  • An Interview with Michael AdamsRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/18/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Michael Adams, the Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University and author of "Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War," now out with Johns Hopkins University Press. In the interview, Dr. Adams details the wide ranging horrors of the Civil War from the trials of initial enlistment and camp diseases, to the perils of actually being on the march and...

  • An Interview with Michael Frost BecknerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/15/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Michael Frost Beckner, the creator, writer, and executive producer of "To Appomattox," an exciting new miniseries event. In this interview, Beckner details the history of this project and its upcoming kickstarter campaign. Beckner also discusses the exciting members of the cast who have already signed on that will be familiar to fans of numerous television shows as well as...

  • An Interview with CWI's Jill TitusRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/4/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Jill Titus, the Associate Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. In this interview, Dr. Titus discusses the plans for the 2014 CWI which centers around the war in 1864. She offers up some examples of the speakers and tours that the CWI attendees will take advantage of from June 20-24 as well as laying out some of the new features of this year's institute.

  • An Interview with Chris WheelerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/1/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Chris Wheeler, the writer, producer, and director of "Civil War: The Untold Story," a new five part mini series premiering on PBS nationwide in April 2014. In this interview, Wheeler discusses the untold story of the Western Theater which is the focus of this documentary and how he approached this creatively to tell a compelling story, complete with reenactors shooting on...

  • An Interview with James MartenRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 3/28/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with James Marten, chair of the History Department at Marquette University and author of "The Ubiquitous Mr. Tanner," an article published in the spring 2014 issue of The Civil War Monitor. Dr. Marten discusses Tanner in further detail, including his status as a Gilded Age celebrity and his ardent advocacy for veterans. Marten also offers up how his article fits into his larger...

  • An Interview with Susannah J. UralRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 3/7/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Susannah J. Ural, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi and recent author of "Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War in the Words of Those Who Lived It," now out with Osprey Publishing. In the interview, Dr. Ural touches on how this is a different narrative of the Civil War. Furthermore, she lets us know who some of her favorite...

  • An Interview with Jaime MartinezRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 2/7/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Jaime Martinez, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and author of "Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South," now out with University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Dr. Martinez details the evolution of slave impressment policy within the Confederacy and how its evolution mirrored Confederate governance as a...

  • An Interview with Megan Kate Nelson and Kevin LevinRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/31/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Megan Kate Nelson (Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Brown University) and Kevin Levin (Instructor, Gann Academy) on their most recent project: co-editing a special issue of Common-Place entitled "The Civil War at 150: Memory and Meaning." In this interview, Megan and Kevin discuss the process behind editing such a project and the various risks and rewards inherent in...

  • An Interview with Rachel SheldenRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/24/2014 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Rachel Shelden, an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia College and State University and author of "Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, and the Coming of the Civil War" published by the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Shelden touches on the late antebellum political network that existed in Washington and how its insular nature contributed...

  • An Interview with Diane SommervilleRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/6/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Diane Sommerville, an associate professor of history at Binghamton University, and author of a recent article entitled "'A Burden Too Heavy to Bear' : War Trauma, Suicide, and Confederate Soldiers" in the December 2013 issue of Civil War History. In this article (part of a special issue dedicated to the Trauma of War) Sommerville discusses the role of suicide in the ...

  • An Interview with Matt DellingerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 12/6/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Matt Dellinger, a writer and author of a piece entitled "Why I Fight" in the Civil War Monitor's Fall 2013 issue. In this interview, Dellinger touches on what drew him to the world of reenacting, the unique nature of the Brooklyn 14th and Progressive reenacting, and his future project on Brooklyn during the Civil War. For those who may be interested in learning more about...

  • An Interview with Harold HolzerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/15/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Harold Holzer, esteemed Lincoln scholar and the Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. In this interview, Holzer details his thoughts on the meaning of the Gettysburg Address 150 years on as well as his assessment of sesquicentennial commemorations throughout the country. Finally, Holzer details his latest project "The Civil War in 50 Objects" in association...

  • An Interview with David GleesonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/31/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with David Gleeson, a Reader in American History at Northumbria University and author of "The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America," now out with the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Dr. Gleeson touches on the reluctant embrace of secession by Irish Confederates who ultimately go on to serve with distinction in the Confederate ...

  • An Interview with Kathryn Shively MeierRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/28/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Kathryn Shively Meier, an assistant professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of "Nature's Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia," published by the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Dr. Meier touches on the antebellum medical situation and how this impacts initial thoughts of Civil War soldiers in 1862 ...

  • An Interview with Elizabeth VaronRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/18/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Elizabeth Varon, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia and author of "Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War" published by Oxford University Press. In the interview, Dr. Varon touches on the deeper contested meaning of the iconic surrender at Appomattox Court House. She explains how such feelings...

  • An Interview with Ben Wright and Zach DresserRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/20/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Ben Wright and Zach Dresser, editors of "Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era," forthcoming from LSU Press. In the interview, Wright and Dresser discuss the origins of the ideas that led to the initial conference at Rice University and how it morphed into an edited collection. They also share their insight on millennialist thought in the Civil War Era. ...

  • An Interview with Margaret HumphreysRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/13/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Margaret Humphreys, the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University and author of "Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War" published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In the interview, Dr. Humphreys discusses the crises faced in both the North and South at the outbreak of the war as they tried to grapple with medical...

  • An Interview with Cate WyattRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/6/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Cate Wyatt, President of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. In the interview, Wyatt discusses the extensive work of the partnership over a 180 mile stretch from Gettysburg to Monticello. Included are Wyatt's thoughts on the Journey's extensive educational outreach programs including summer sessions. Finally, Wyatt touches on the Partnership's efforts to...

  • An Interview with Timothy WesleyRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 7/5/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Timothy Wesley, a lecturer in history and religious studies at Penn State University and affiliate of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center. In our interview, we discuss Dr. Wesley's latest work "The Politics of Faith During the Civil War," published by Louisiana State University Press. Dr. Wesley details the various camps of ministers during the Civil War and...

  • An Interview with Caroline JanneyRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 6/28/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Caroline Janney, an Associate Professor of History at Purdue University and author of "Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation" published by the University of North Carolina Press. In this interview, Dr. Janney addresses a more dynamic and contested narrative of Civil War memory. She looks at how the war time generation, black and white, men and...

  • An Interview with J.P. TerryRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 6/21/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with J.P. Terry, CEO of Smartdoc Technologies and the developer of the Gettysburg150 app. In this interview, Terry discusses the features of the Gettysburg150 app as well as ways in which technology and public history can work together to offer an alternative approach to how people learn about the Civil War.

  • An Interview with Allen GuelzoRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 6/14/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College and recent author of "Gettysburg: The Last Invasion," published by Alfred A. Knopf. In this interview, Dr. Guelzo discusses the lure of the battle of Gettysburg as an historian, the "source problem" that goes along with researching such a battle, and the impact of Edwin Coddington's work on...

  • An Interview with Ron MaxwellRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 6/7/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Ron Maxwell, director of the forthcoming film "Copperhead." In this interview, Ron discusses the motivation behind filming this work and its similarities and differences to his time spent directing "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals." Additionally, Ron offers his thoughts on the impact of Civil War era film and why it still engages to such a high degree with the general...

  • An Interview with Michael David CohenRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/31/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Michael David Cohen, an assistant research professor of history at the University of Tennessee and author of "Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War" published by the University of Virginia Press. Cohen discusses the dramatic changes that the conflict brought to northern and southern campuses, both during the war years and into the end of the 1...

  • An Interview with John MarszalekRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/24/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Dr. John Marszalek, the Executive Director and Managing Editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. Dr. Marszalek is also the Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Mississippi State University. In the interview, Dr. Marszalek details the most recent developments at the U.S. Grant Library. In addition, Marszalek offers...

  • An Interview with William A. LinkRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/17/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our Conversation with William A. Link, author of "Atlanta Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath" published by the University of North Carolina Press. In this interview, Link details Atlanta's Civil War experience and it's reemergence in the post-war period as the model of the New South. Link also shares some of his favorite Civil War books and how he approaches...

  • An Interview with CWI's Peter CarmichaelRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/10/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Peter Carmichael, the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Pete offers his thoughts on the Future of the Civil War Conference held in March at Gettysburg College as well as a sneak peak at the June Civil War Institute.

  • An Interview with Wayne E. MottsRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 5/3/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Wayne E. Motts, the CEO of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In this conversation, Motts discusses the current and future exhibits of the museum for the remainder of the sesquicentennial. In addition, he mentions some of his favorite places on the Gettysburg battlefield as a licensed battlefield guide and some of the areas' best locations to explore ...

  • An Interview with Jeff RosenheimRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/26/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Jeff Rosenheim, the Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In this interview, Jeff discusses the new exhibition at the Met entitled "Photography and the American Civil War" now open and running through September 2nd. Jeff touches on the role of photography in the Civil War and the various types of photography...

  • An Interview with Marion Moser JonesRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 4/19/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Marian Moser Jones, an assistant professor of family science at University of Maryland's School of Public Health and the author of "The American Red Cross: From Clara Barton to the New Deal," published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In this conversation, Jones discusses the origins of the Red Cross in the wake of the Civil War and Barton's crucial actions during the war...

  • An Interview with Ron CoddingtonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 3/15/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Ron Coddington, an assistant managing editor with the Chronicle of Higher Education and author of "African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album," published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • An Interview with David SilkenatRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 3/8/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with David Silkenat, Assistant Professor of History and Education at North Dakota State University and author of "Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce & Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina."

  • An Interview with Jill TitusRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 2/1/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Jill Titus, Associate Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Dr. Titus discusses the upcoming Future of Civil War History Conference taking place in Gettysburg from March 14-16, 2013. The conference features a collection of academic historians and public historians discussing a wide range of topics in addition to several working groups and excursions out...

  • An Interview with Scott HartwigRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/25/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our Conversation with Scott Hartwig, Supervisory Historian at Gettysburg National Military Park and author of "To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862." We talk with Scott about his first volume on the Maryland Campaign and plans at Gettysburg to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the battle this coming July.

  • An Interview with Brian Craig MillerRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 1/18/2013 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Brian Craig Miller, Assistant Professor of History and Associate Chair of History at Emporia State University and editor of "A Punishment on the Nation: An Iowa Soldier Endures the Civil War," published by Kent State University Press. In our conversation, Miller discusses the value of edited collections such as this, and his thoughts on the state of Civil War Publishing as...

  • An Interview with Clay RisenRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/16/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Clay Risen, editor of the New York Times Disunion blog. In this interview, Clay discusses the origins of the online version of the blog, the benefits of a chronological approach, and what he has learned as a student of history from his work on this blog.

  • An Interview with Cathy WrightRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 11/2/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our conversation with Cathy Wright, curator for the Museum of the Confederacy. In her interview, Cathy discusses her responsibilities at the MOC, the new MOC branch at Appomattox, and future exhibits planned for both Richmond and Appomattox.

  • An Interview with Barbara GannonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/26/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Barbara Gannon, Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Central Florida and author of "The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic," published by University of North Carolina Press. In our conversation, Gannon discusses her work as well as how she teaches the war 150 years later.

  • An Interview with Lisa BradyRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/19/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Lisa Brady, Associate Professor of History at Boise State University and author of "War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War" published by University of Georgia Press. In this interview, Brady discusses her work as well as the future of environmental studies of the Civil War.

  • An Interview with Anne Rubin Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/12/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Anne Rubin, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Rubin is the author of "A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868," published with the University of North Carolina Press. In the interview, Rubin discusses her new role as President of the Society of Civil War Historians and her aspirations for the next two years...

  • An Interview with Kevin LevinRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 10/5/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with historian Kevin Levin. Kevin maintains the popular blog "Civil War Memory" and is the author of "Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War As Murder," now out with University Press of Kentucky. In the conversation, Kevin shares his thoughts on the memory of the fight for the Crater, the evolution of his blog, and some recent works of Civil War scholarship that have caught his...

  • An Interview with Glenn BrasherRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/28/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Glenn Brasher, Instructor of History at the University of Alabama and author of "The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans & the Fight for Freedom," now out with UNC Press. Dr. Brasher provides a fresh account of the Peninsula Campaign as part of the larger emancipation narrative, detailing the role of African Americans in this political...

  • An Interview with Aaron Astor Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/19/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Aaron Astor, associate professor of history at Maryville College and author of "Rebels on the Border" published by Louisiana State University Press. Dr. Astor's work examines Missouri and Kentucky during the Civil War Era and the fall of conservative Unionism in these two border states followed by a retroactive Confederate ideology.

  • An Interview with Ric BurnsRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/14/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Ric Burns, director of the new PBS documentary "Death and the Civil War." Based on Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering," Burns details the documentary, his experience working with Drew Faust, and the challenges and rewards the project posed to him as a filmmaker. "Death and the Civil War" premiers on Tuesday September 18th at 8 P.M. Eastern on PBS.

  • An Interview with Jim Downs Read More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 9/7/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Jim Downs, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies at Connecticut College and author of "Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction" published by Oxford University Press. In the interview, Jim shares his thoughts on disease in the Civil War among freedmen, his take on the slave agency debate, and how he teaches...

  • An Interview with Keith HarrisRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 8/31/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    The Civil War Monitor's interview with Keith Harris, host of "Cosmic America," a Civil War multi-media platform. In the interview we discuss Keith's goals with Cosmic America, other Civil War blogs that he recommends, and efforts in Keith's mind that can be made to bridge the gap between academic historians and the public.

  • An Interview with Elizabeth LeonardRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 8/24/2012 Author: David K. Thomson | 

    Our interview with Elizabeth Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College and author of "Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky." In this Lincoln Prize winning work, Dr. Leonard offers a fuller assessment of this complex man that goes beyond his role in the Lincoln Assassination trial. Dr. Leonard also discusses her approach to...

  • An Interview with Megan Kate NelsonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 8/17/2012 Author: David K. Thomson  | 

    Our interview with Megan Kate Nelson, Lecturer of History and Literature at Harvard University and author of "Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War" now out with University of Georgia Press. Dr. Nelson's interview is part of The Civil War Monitor's new video interview series "Behind the Lines."In addition to the book, Dr. Nelson's reflects on one of the most influential books on her...

  • An interview with Peter CarmichaelRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 8/10/2012 Author: David Thomson | 

    Our interview with Peter Carmichael, the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College and Director of the Civil War Institute. In this conversation, we discuss the 2012 and 2013 Civil War Institutes as well as the state of public history.

  • An introduction to "Behind the Lines" from your host David ThomsonRead More

    Category: Behind the Lines Posted: 8/10/2012 Author: David Thomson | 

    Host David Thomson provides a brief welcome and introduction to "Behind the Lines," The Civil War Monitor's new video interview series with prominent members of the American Civil War community at large.

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