Published Downloads and Drafts Available at

Just a quick note to let all of you know that I finally got around to setting up a page at You can find an updated CV along with downloads of published papers as well as drafts.

At this point I only have one draft upload, which is a forthcoming essay on the subject of black Confederates that will be published next year in The Journal of the Civil War Era. Hopefully, I will have a chance to make some final revisions so feel free to send along comments if you are moved to do so.

Over the next few weeks I will upload a few more items.


The Civil War Monitor’s Best Books of 2013

In addition to my short travel piece on Civil War Boston for the latest issue of The Civil War Monitor, I also took part in the magazine’s “Best of 2013” feature. Seven of us, including Ken Noe, Andrew Wagenhoffer, Robert Krick, Ethan Rafuse, Brooks Simpson and Harry Smeltzer were asked to select a “Top Pick” along with an “Honorable Mention.” Here are my selections. [click to continue…]

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Preservation of Historical Memory Runs in the Family

Alan Levin at the Kennedy Plaza

Alan Levin at the Kennedy Plaza on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Imagine my surprise when I came across this feature story this morning in my hometown newspaper about my own father, whose efforts to preserve John F. Kennedy Plaza on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey are finally being acknowledged on this 50th anniversary of the president’s assassination. My father loves this site for reasons mentioned in the article. [click to continue…]


Interpreting the Civil War on the Eve of the Centennial

Here is a wonderful little time capsule from the eve of the Civil War centennial in 1960. Those of you who teach courses on Civil War memory will find it particularly interesting. There are very few surprises in how the documentary frames the causes and consequences of the war along with slavery and emancipation. The need to maintain a national consensus at the height of the Cold War is clearly discernible. My favorite line is the claim that white northerners had difficulty on the battlefield early on owing to their unfamiliarity with guns. It turns out that before the war they were all working in shops and factories.


Civil War Boston for Bostonians

The current issue of The Civil War Monitor includes my top 10 list of Civil War-related sites in and around Boston. I fully realize that this is a subjective choice, but I do hope it reveals to Bostonians and visitors that the city’s Civil War commemorative landscape is worth exploring along with its rich history from the Revolution. Thanks to Terry Johnston for the opportunity to share a bit of the history from my new home. Click here for your subscription to the CWM.

Civil War Monitor Top 10

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