Congratulations to Barton Myers

I recently learned that my friend Barton Myers has been selected to receive a Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship for his research on guerrilla violence and the origins of political dissent in the Civil War South. Barton is working on his dissertation at the University of Georgia, the title of which is “Controlling Chaos: Unionists, Military Policy and Irregular Warfare in Confederate North Carolina” The foundation funds research on violence, aggression and dominance and annually awards ten fellowships in an international competition open to the social and natural sciences.  The competition for these fellowships is extremely tight, which makes his selection that much more impressive.  His M.A. thesis, ““Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865,” is already under contract with the LSU Press.  The manuscript examines the dynamics of race, southern Unionism,
and Union army counter-guerrilla policy in northeastern North Carolina.  Barton is clearly on his way to an impressive scholarly and teaching career.

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