Behind the Lines

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

Published 7/5/2013

An Interview with Timothy Wesley

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 6/28/2013

An Interview with Caroline Janney

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 6/21/2013

An Interview with J.P. Terry

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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.

Published 6/14/2013

An Interview with Allen Guelzo

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 6/7/2013

An Interview with Ron Maxwell

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 5/31/2013

An Interview with Michael David Cohen

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 5/24/2013

An Interview with John Marszalek

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 5/17/2013

An Interview with William A. Link

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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...

Published 5/10/2013

An Interview with CWI's Peter Carmichael

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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.

Published 5/3/2013

An Interview with Wayne E. Motts

By: David K. Thomson Category: Behind the Lines

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 ...