Behind the Lines

Our interview series featuring conversations with prominent members of the American Civil War community

Published 5/9/2014

An Interview with Nicholas Marshall

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 5/2/2014

An Interview with Shauna Devine

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 4/18/2014

An Interview with Michael Adams

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 4/15/2014

An Interview with Michael Frost Beckner

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 4/4/2014

An Interview with CWI's Jill Titus

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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.

Published 4/1/2014

An Interview with Chris Wheeler

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 3/28/2014

An Interview with James Marten

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 3/7/2014

An Interview with Susannah J. Ural

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 2/7/2014

An Interview with Jaime Martinez

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 1/31/2014

An Interview with Megan Kate Nelson and Kevin Levin

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...