Congratulations to my good friend Peter Carmichael on being selected as the new Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. It’s safe to say that anyone with a passion for Civil War history would welcome the opportunity to teach it in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
“I am very excited about the Civil War Institute and building on this incredible legacy of Gabor Boritt,” said Carmichael. “There’s no other place like Gettysburg College to be a public intellectual and where you can bring together students, scholars and the public to study the Civil War. I have visited here numerous times, but to think about this place to live in and to teach is extraordinary. I am honored.”
As you can imagine this was a highly competitive position. I know of a number of top-notch scholars who applied for this position and I am confident that any number of them would have done an excellent job of advancing the mission of the Institute. Peter’s commitment to reaching out to the broader community as well as his interest in public history makes him an ideal choice for this position. Best of all a move to Pennsylvania will hopefully translate into more visits with Peter and his wife. I wish them both all the best as they prepare for another big move.
[Photograph from Five Forks, L to R: Keith Bohannon, Kevin Levin, Peter Carmichael]