* All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET) *

Thursday, June 17, 2021

10:00-11:30 am

Panels 1 – 3

1. Families On All Fronts: African Americans’ Communal Freedom Struggles during the Civil War Era

Chair: Kelly Mezurek, Walsh University


Kristin Bouldin, The University of Mississippi, “Is This Freedom?” : Contraband Camps, Plantation Leasing, and the Development of Freedmen’s Bureau Policy in Mississippi

Caroline Newhall, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Dear old master . . .” : Black POWs’ Social Creativity in the Confederate and Postwar South

Holly Pinheiro, Augusta University, The Fractured Home Front: An Economic War on African American Families in the Civil War Era

Comment: Amanda Bellows, The New School

2. “She Outranks Me”: A Roundtable on Gender and Military History in Honor of Anne J. Bailey

Chair: Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Anne J. Bailey, Georgia College and State University

Donald Frazier, The McWhiney History Education Group and The Texas Center at Schreiner University

Jeffery S. Prushankin, Millersville University

Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Angela M. Zombek, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

3. The Politics of Faith: How Contests within Sacred Space Shaped Post-Emancipation Society

Chair: Charles Irons, Elon University


Peter Porsche, Texas Christian University, First Congregational Church and the Postwar Fight for Equality in the Nation’s Capital

Nicole Myers Turner, Yale University, Beyond Speeches and Leaders: The Role of Black Churches in the Reconstruction of the United States

Caitlin Verboon, University of Maryland, “Irregular Secession” : The Political Nature of Religious Space in the Reconstruction-Era South

Comment: Douglas Egerton, Le Moyne University

12:00-1:30 pm

Panels 4 – 6

4. Defining Freedom in the Law During the Civil War and Reconstruction

Chair: Rachel A. Shelden, Penn State University


Cynthia L. Nicoletti, University of Virginia School of  Law, William Henry Trescot and Land Redistribution in South Carolina, 1865-1866

Anne Silverwood Twitty, University of Mississippi, Saying their Names: Voter Suppression and the Ratification of Reconstruction Constitutions

Jonathan Lande, Purdue University, Emancipation and Black Jurisprudence in the U.S. Army Courts-Martial 

Comment: Kelly Kennington, Auburn University

5. Roundtable: More than Prospectors and Jayhawkers: Governing the West in the Civil War Era

Chair: Susanna Michele Lee, North Carolina State University


Stacey Leigh Smith, Oregon State University

Michael E. Woods, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Christopher B. Bean, East Central University

Andrew Wayne Wiley, Cumberland University

6. Roundtable: Keywords for New Directions in Civil War and Reconstruction Studies

Chair: Gregory Laski, United States Air Force Academy


Christopher J. Bonner, University of Maryland, Citizenship

Alaina E. Roberts, University of Pittsburg, Land

Sarah E. Gardner, Mercer University, Literature

Timothy J. Williams, University of Oregon, Memory

Gregory Laski, United States Air Force Academy, Revenge

Gregory Downs, University of California, Davis, Revolution

Megan Kate Nelson, Writer and Historian, West

2:00-3:30 pm

Panels 7 – 9

7. Sectionalism, Abolitionism, and Elections in the Civil War Era

Chair: Adam I.P. Smith, University of Oxford


Frank Towers, University of Calgary, Antislavery Anti-Abolitionists: The Politics of Incrementalism in the Late Antebellum North

Laura Ellyn Smith, Oxford University, Nullification, Populism and Secession in 1832 South Carolina

Frank J. Cirillo, University of Virginia, A Compromised Convention: Abolitionists and the Cleveland Movement of 1864

Comment: Christopher Olsen, Indiana State University

8. Race, Ethnicity, and Memory in the Popular Music of the Civil War

Chair: David T. Gleeson, Northumbria University


Sarah Gerk, Binghamton University, A Song of Famine and War: Irish Famine Memory in U.S. Civil War Music

Catherine Bateson, Durham University, From “Lincoln snakes” to the Sons of “Uncle Abe” : Union Wartime Policies, Irish American Identity and Expressions of Loyalty in Irish American Civil War Songs

Christian McWhirter, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, “One of the Best Tunes I Have Ever Heard” : Abraham Lincoln and Minstrelsy

Comment: Katherine K. Preston, The College of William and Mary

9. Roundtable: Writing History for Public Audiences


Nicholas W. Sacco, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Writing About Public History and the Civil War  for Muster

Kristen Epps, Kansas State University, Tips and Tricks for Academic Blogging

Andrew Seal, University of New Hampshire, Book Reviewing: A Welcome Distraction

Sarah E. Handley-Cousins, University at Buffalo, Editorial Processes at Nursing Clio

Kate Masur, Northwestern University, Principles of Writing Op-Eds

Brandon R. Byrd, Vanderbilt University, Scholarship and Struggle: Writing for Public Audiences from the Black Intellectual Tradition

4:00-5:30 pm


Workshop: Writing, Deploying, and Modifying Reacting to the Past for the History Classroom (Organized by the Early Career Committee)

Chair: Angela Diaz, Utah State University


Margaret Storey, DePaul University

Laura June Davis, Southern Utah University

Charles Wexler, Motlow State Community College

Robert Gudmestad, Colorado State University

6:00 pm Plenary Session
“The Civil War in Poetry and History”

Presiding: Nina Silber, Boston University and Co-President

Featured Speakers:

Natasha Trethewey, Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University, and 19th Poet Laureate of the United States

in conversation with:

David Blight, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University


* All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET) *

Friday, June 18, 2021

9:15-10:00 am SCWH General Meeting
  All SCWH members are invited to this session to learn more about recent changes to the organization, ranging from new by-laws and governing structure to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Chair: Joan Waugh, University of California Los Angeles, Co-President, Society for Civil War Historians


Lesley Gordon, University of Alabama

Rachel Shelden, Pennsylvania State University

Jim Marten, Marquette University

10:00-11:30 am Panels 13 – 15
13. Land, Labor, Law, and International Reconstruction

Chair: Robert Bonner, Dartmouth College


Erik Mathisen, University of Kent, Labor, Emancipation and Reconstruction’s Global Lens

James M. Shinn, Jr., Yale University, Reconstruction at Sea: The Republican Campaign to Reform International Neutrality, 1865-1871

Brooks Swett, Columbia University, Administering “an Enlarged and Exaggerated Ireland” : Congressional Debate over Land Policy in the American South, 1862-1867

Comment: Robert Bonner, Dartmouth College

14. Voting with their Feet: Locating Runaways from Slavery in the Politics of the Civil War Era

Chair: Richard J.M. Blackett, Vanderbilt University


Scott E. Ackerman, Germanna Community College, The Politics of Runaways: Benjamin Butler, John Phelps, and the Beginnings of Emancipation in the Department of the Gulf

Nina Halty, Harvard University, From Slaves to Subjects: Forging Freedom in the Canadian Legal System

Evan A. Turiano, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, A Slaveholder’s Dliemma: Runaways and Antislavery Jurisprudence at the Virginia Secession Convention

Rebecca Ernst Zietlow, J.D., University of Toledo College of Law, Fugitive Slaves as Constitutional Actors

Comment: Angela F. Murphy, Texas State University

15. Lightning Round: Future of the Field


Anne Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Mick Gusinde-Duffy, University of Georgia Press


Tracy Barnett, University of Georgia, Men and Their Guns: The Culture of Self-Deputized Manhood in the South, 1850-1877

Kevin Caprice, The University of Virginia, A Union Veteran and a Democrat: Fracture within the Union Veteran Community

Shae Smith Cox, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, “INDIANS WILL ATTEND REUNION” : The Complicated Story of Indigenous Commemoration of Civil War Service and Sacrifice

Francis Curran, West Virginia University, Leading Southern Manufacturers, Anti-Liquor Laws, and Social Reform in the Antebellum South

Spencer King, University of Mississippi, Defending the Home Front: Competing Masculinities in the Lawrence Massacre

James Kopaczewski, Temple University, “The Government never reforms an evil until the people demand it” : The Contraband Policy and the Reshaping of Indian Affairs in the Civil War Era

Stephanie Lawton, University of Virginia, Grant’s Tomb in a Global Context: Presidential Memory in the Age of American Empire

Shane Makowicki, Texas A&M University, “Governor Stanly is Played Out”: Edward Stanly and the Union Army in North Carolina

Lucas Somers, University of Southern Mississippi, The Process of Emancipation in the Upper South

Cassy Jane Werking, University of Kentucky, “Erie Excitement: The Confederacy’s Plans to Capture the Great Lake

12:00-1:30 pm Panels 16 – 18
16. Roundtable: Accidental and Contingent Civil War Archives: Rereading Remnants of the Post-Civil War Era

Chair: Susan Schulten, University of Denver


Jim Downs, Gettysburg College, Dr. Joseph Jones’s (1867) medical report on smallpox

Judith A. Giesberg, Villanova University, The 1870 Census schedule

Yael A. Sternhell, Tel Aviv University, Letter (1873) from Thomas Vincent regarding a rainstorm and the Freedmen’s Bureau records

Hannah Rosen, William & Mary, A Post-Civil War Cemetery and the Stories It Tells

17. “Rethinking Family During the Civil War Era”

Chair: Lisa Tendrich Frank, Independent Scholar


Mandy L. Cooper, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, “The land of my father” : Family Identity and Sectional Loyalty in the Civil War Era

Antwain K. Hunter, Butler University, “No one ever had better servants than I have” : Labor, Race, and Manhood in Civil War North Carolina

Evan C. Rothera, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, “General Treviño and lady are expected here towards the end of the weeks”: Jeŕonimo Treviño, Roberta Ord, and Marriage in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Comment: Lisa Tendrich Frank, Independent Scholar

18. Roundtable: The Civil War as Ecological Event

Chair: Judkin Browning, Appalachian State University


Lisa M. Brady, Boise State University

John Mayer Crum, Rice University

Brian Allen Drake, The University of Georgia

Mark D. Hersey, Mississippi State University

Erin Stewart Mauldin, The University of South Florida

2:00-3:30 pm Panels 19 – 20
19. Reckoning with Emancipation in War and Reconstruction


Marcy S. Sacks, Albion College, Receiving an Education in Race: White Northerners’ Encounters with African Americans during the Civil War

Hannah Katherine Hicks, Vanderbilt University, “She Prays A Warrant:” Freedwomen and the Criminal Courts in Reconstruction-era Charleston”

Amanda Laury Kleintop, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, The Balance of Freedom

Comment: Joseph Reidy, Howard University

20. Roundtable: Beyond Words – A Workshop on Material Culture and the American Civil War

Chair: Jason Phillips, West Virginia University


James J. Broomall, Shepherd University, Through the Artist’s Eyes: Historical Paintings and the American Civil War

Annelle Brunson, University of Georgia, “A Ring of Rebel Manufacture”: The Curious Life of Civil War Prison Jewelry 

Joan E. Cashin, Ohio State University, Objects of War

Dana B. Shoaf, Civil War Times, Lead Assassins: A New Spin on the Minie Ball

Charles Ian Stevenson, Independent Scholar, Beyond the Object: Applying Place to the Study of Civil War Era Material Culture

Sarah Jones Weicksel, Smithsonian Institution, “Things we most treasured”: Theft, Destruction, and Material Culture

4:00 pm Plenary Session
Women and Gender in the Civil War Era

Presiding: Nina Silber, Boston University, Co-President, Society for Civil War Historians


Judy Giesberg, Villanova University

Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

Stephanie Jones-Rogers, University of California, Berkeley

Stephanie McCurry, Columbia University

Fay Yarbrough, Rice University

5:45 pm Graduate Student Happy Hour: Career Paths in History
This happy hour session for graduate students will feature a wide-ranging set of panelists who work in the field of Civil War History. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with publishers, podcasters, public historians, and professors who have found careers researching, writing, and teaching about the Civil War Era. All grad students are welcome! Organized by the Graduate Students Connection Committee.


Mark Simpson-Vos, Editorial Director at UNC Press

Sarah Handley-Cousins, Associate Director of the Center for Disability Studies, University at Buffalo and Producer of DIG: A History Podcast

Ashley Luskey, Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College