Kevin M. Levin

Education

University of Richmond

  • M.A. in History
  • Thesis: “Remembering the Battle of the Crater: 1864-1937”
  • Adviser: Robert C. Kenzer

University of Maryland

  • M.A. in Philosophy
  • Thesis: “Explanatory Competition in Historical Studies: The Case of the American Revolution”
  • Adviser: Raymond Martin

William Paterson College of New Jersey

  • B.A. in History and Philosophy

Experience

  • 2012 – 2016: Faculty, Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College
  • 2015: Visiting Instructor of American Studies, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 2012-2015: Instructor of History, Gann Academy, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • 2000-2011: History Department Chair and Instructor of History, St. Anne’s – Belfield School, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1998–2000: Instructor of Philosophy and Dorm Parent, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile, Alabama
  • 1999-2000: Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama

Publications

Books

  • Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, (University Press of Kentucky, 2012).
  • Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, (University of North Carolina Press [forthcoming, 2019]).

Edited Collections

  • Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman and Littlefield Press [Interpreting History Series]), 2017. 
  • “The Civil War at 150: Memory and Meaning,” co-edited with Megan Kate Nelson, Common-Place [(Winter 2014) http://www.common-place.org/vol-14/no-02/].

Book Chapters

  • “‘They Met Their Fate Without a Sigh’: An Analysis of Military Executions in the Army of Northern Virginia,” in Andrew F. Lang and Andrew Bledsoe, eds., War Is the Remedy: Toward a New Civil War Military History (Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming).
  • “The Devil Himself Could Not Have Checked Them’: Fighting with Black Soldiers at the Crater,” in Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline Janney eds., Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign (University of North Carolina Press, 2015): 264-82
  • “The Best Servant By Far,” in Ted Widmer ed., Disunion: Modern Scholars and Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Fort Sumter to the Emancipation Proclamation (Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 2013), 411-15.
  • “‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’: The Demobilization of Lee’s Army,” in William C. Davis and James I. Robertson eds., Virginia at War: 1865, (University Press of Kentucky, 2011): 85-101.
  • “‘Is There Not Glory Enough To Give Us All a Share?’: An Analysis of Competing Memories of the Battle of the Crater,” in Aaron Sheehan-Dean ed., The View From the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers, (University Press of Kentucky, 2007), 227-248.

Journal Articles

  • Co-authored with Beth Parnicza and Emmanuel Dabney, “Interpreting Race, Slavery, and United States Colored Troops at Civil War Battlefields,” Civil War History (June 2016): 131-48.
  • “Teaching Civil War History: From the Classroom to the Battlefield,” Civil War History, (March 2016): 76-79.
  • “Black Confederates Out of the Attic and Into the Mainstream,” Journal of the Civil War Era, (December 2014): 627-35.
  • Lincoln Movie Roundtable Discussion, Civil War History (September 2013): 358-75.
  • “Using Ken Burn’s The Civil War in the Classroom,” The History Teacher, (November 2010): 9-19.
  • “The Battle of the Crater, National Reunion, and the Creation of the Petersburg National Military Park, 1864-1937,” in Virginia Social Science Journal 41 (2006): 13-34.
  • “William Mahone, the Lost Cause, and Civil War History,” in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 113 (2005): 379-412. Winner of the M. E. Rachal Prize for best overall article in 2005.
  • “‘On That Day You Consummated the Full Measure of Your Fame:’ Confederates Remember the Battle of the Crater, 1864-1903,” in Southern Historian 25 (2004): 18-39.
  • “‘Our Little Boy Colonel’: An Account of the Life of John Bowie Magruder,” in Magazine of Albemarle County History 60 (2002): 1-46. Winner of the Mary N. Rawlings Prize for best article in 2002.

Magazine Articles

  • “Confederate Like Me,” The Civil War Monitor (Spring 2013): 60-67.
  • “Teaching Civil War Mobilization With Film,” Magazine of History (April 2012): 33-36.
  • Co-authored with Myra Chandler Sampson, “The Loyalty of Silas Chandler,” Civil War Times (February. 2012): 30-34.
  • “‘Until Every Negro Has Been Slaughtered’: Did Southerners See the Battle of the Crater as a Slave Rebellion?” Civil War Times (October 2010): 32-37.
  • “Has the Lost Cause Lost?,” Wilson Quarterly (Summer 2010): 7, 10.
  • Editorial on Confederate History Month in Civil War Times (June 2010): 44.
  • “Executing Justice,” Civil War Times (April 2010): 46-51.
  • “John C. Winsmith Letter, May 14, 1864,” Eyewitness of the Civil War, America’s Civil War, (September 2006): 11-14.
  • “‘The Earth Seemed to Tremble’: Confederate Reactions to the Battle of the Crater,” America’s Civil War (May 2006): 22-28.
  • “Using North and South Magazine in the Classroom,” OAH Magazine of History (May 2005): 54-57.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Robert A. Paul,” African-American National Biography, eds. Henry L. Gates and Evelyn Higginbotham, (Oxford University Press, 2008).
  • “Kansas-Nebraska Act,” The World of Frederick Douglass, vol. 2, eds, Diane Barnes and Paul Finkelman, (Oxford University Press, 2006).
  • “Peter Osterhaus,” Alexander Shimmelfennig,” and “Alexander Osboth,” Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History ed. Thomas North, (ABC-Clio publishers, 2006).
  • “United States Colored Troops,” Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Trans-Atlantic World, ed. Junius P. Rodriguez, (M.E. Sharpe Publishers, 2005).
  • “Alabama,” “Freeport Doctrine,” “Fortress Monroe,” and “Battle of Mobile Bay,” Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, 5 vols, eds., Jeanne and David Heidler, (ABC-Clio Publishers, 2000).

Book Reviews

Over 50 reviews in: American Nineteenth-Century History, Civil War Book Review, Civil War History, Civil War Monitor, Civil War Times Illustrated, Florida Historical Quarterly, Georgia Historical Quarterly, H-Net, Journal of Southern History, Journal of the Civil War Era, Louisiana History, North and South Magazine, North Carolina Historical Review, Northwest Ohio Quarterly, Pennsylvania History, South Carolina Historical Magazine, Southern Historian, Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Washington Times.

Awards and Honors

  • Remembering the Battle of the Crater nominated for Virginia Literary Award, 2013
  • Civil War Memory blog selected by Gettysburg College to be archived as part of its digital collection, 2012
  • Civil War Memory blog selected by Library of Congress to be archived as part of its digital collection, 2011
  • Inducted as Honorary Member of Cum Laude Society, St. Anne’s – Belfield School Chapter, 2010
  • Selected by Class of 2010 to Deliver the Final Graduation Day Chapel Sermon, St. Anne’s – Belfield School, 2010
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, Better Living Inc., 2008
  • Cliopatria Award for Best Individual Blog, 2007
  • M. E. Rachal Award, Virginia Historical Society, 2005
  • Russell Weigley Award, Society for Military History, 2005
  • Award for best paper presented at regional meeting, Phi Alpha Theta, Virginia Regional Meeting, 2004
  • Award for best paper presented at annual meeting, Virginia Social Science Association, 2004
  • Yearbook Dedication Award, St. Anne’s – Belfield School, 2003
  • Mary N. Rawlings Prize, Albemarle County Historical Society, 2002

Selected Professional Presentations

  • “Reconstructing the Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier,” Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, June 22, 2016.
  • “Remembering Reconstruction,” Lynn Historical Museum, May, 19, 2016.
  • “Unfurling the History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” Springfield College, March 30, 2016.
  • “Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers in History and Memory,” The National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA, September 26, 2015.
  • “When a Confederate General Brought Reconstruction to Virginia,” Facing History & Ourselves, Boston, MA, September 22, 2015.
  • “The Flags are Down. Now What? Grappling with Monuments and Iconography,” Participant in Roundtable Discussion, Annual Meeting of American Association of State and Local History, Louisville, KY, September 18, 2015.
  • “The Battle of the Crater in Memory,” Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, June 2014.
  • “The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier,” Nevins Memorial Library, Methuen, MA, November, 4, 2013.
  • Panelist: “Interpreting Issues of Civil War Memory For the Classroom,” Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, March 15, 2013.
  • Panel Moderator: “Interpreting United States Colored Troops at Civil War Sites,” Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, March 16, 2013.
  • “Race, Labor, and Mobilization: Teaching the Civil War Through Film,” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012.
  • Panelist on Civil War Sesquicentennial Working Group sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History at the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012.
  • “Searching for Black Confederates in History and Memory: The Case of Silas Chandler”, Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Richmond, Virginia, October 2011.
  • “‘When You’re Black, the Great Battlefield Holds Mixed Messages’: Discussing Race at the Petersburg National Battlefield” Conference on the Civil War Sesquicentennial and Public History at North Carolina State University, March 26, 2011.
  • “Reflections on the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Virginia” sponsored by the Brunswick County Committee of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, forum with Waite Rawls III and Christie Coleman, October 26, 2010.
  • “Mahone’s Brigade and the Defense of Petersburg”, The Civil War and American Society Seminar sponsored by Shepherd University and Pamplin Park, June 2010.
  • Moderator for panel on Southern History at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Social Science Association, Virginia State University, March 27, 2010.
  • Moderator for panel on Public History, Slavery, and Slave Resistance at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Louisville, November 2009.
  • “Lincoln and the South,” The American Civil War Center, Richmond, March 14, 2009.
  • “Blogging the American Civil War,” Society for Civil War Historians Annual Meeting at the Southern Historical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2008.
  • “Teaching Ken Burns in the Classroom”, Society for Civil War Historians Biennial Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2008.
  • “The Relevance of Lee Today,” University of Virginia Continuing Studies Program sponsored conference on “Lee at 200″ October 31, 2007.
  • “The Battle of the Crater, William Mahone, and Civil War Memor,” Conference on Civil War Memory, Shepherd University, June 2007.
  • “Soldiers, Citizens, and Sources: The Uses of Civil War Soldiers in Writing U.S. History” (Roundtable), Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2007.
  • “Landscapes and the Lost Cause: An Analysis of the 1903 and 1937 Crater Reenactments,” The Virginia Forum, Winchester, Virginia, March 2006, Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, January 2006.
  • “‘I Understand Our Men Just Chopped Them To Pieces”: Confederates Remember U. S. Colored Troops at the Crater,” Conference on African Americans in the Civil War, Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia, May 2005.
  • “Douglas Southall Freeman’s Interpretation of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia”, The Douglas S. Freeman History Conference, University of Richmond, February 2002.

History Education Presentations

  • “Who Won the Civil War? Who Won the Peace?” Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C., July 29, 2016.
  • “Unfurling the History and Memory of the Confederate Battle Flag,” Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, June 22, 2016.
  • “Teaching Reconstruction,” Workshop for Lynn Area High School Teachers, May 26, 2016.
  • “Why Visit Civil War Battlefields?,” Wellesley Middle School, April 6, 2016.
  • “Appomattox in History and Memory,” Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, June 21, 2015.
  • “Remembering and Commemorating Civil War Soldiers,” Framingham History Center, Framingham, MA, July 11, 2013.
  • The Other Gettysburg Address: An Introduction to Civil War Memory,” Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, June 2013.
  • “Massacre at the Crater: Addressing the Tough Questions of Civil War History in the Classroom,” Regional Teacher Institute, Civil War Trust, Petersburg, Virginia, April 20, 2013.
  • “Teaching Glory in the Classroom” and “Black Confederates and Digital Media Literacy in the Classroom,” The Richard Bartol, Jr. Educator’s Conference at Gettysburg, National Park Service, July 16, 2012.
  • “Teaching Civil War Monuments” Civil War Trust Annual Teachers Conference, Charleston, S.C., July 13, 2012.
  • “Northern Racism on the Eve of Emancipation” Gettysburg College, Civil War Institute, June, 26, 2012.
  • “Teaching Civil War Film: Where History and Hollywood Intersect” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Milwaukee, WI, April 2012.
  • “From Civil War to Civil Rights” w/Professor Aaron Sheehan-Dean, West Virginia University [Teaching American History Grant Workshop for teachers from Virginia Beach], January 2012.
  • “Black Confederates and Media Literacy in the Classroom” and “Teaching Glory in the Classroom” Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Teachers Institute, July 2011.
  • “How to Teach the Tough Stuff: The Civil War, Reconstruction, and Historical Memory”, Virginia Beach, Virginia, March 2011.
  • “From Civil War to Civil Rights” w/Professor Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [Teaching American History Grant Workshop for teachers from Virginia Beach], January 2011.
  • Roundtable Discussion on teaching Civil War history and Social Media, Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Teachers Institute, July 2010.
  • “Civil War Memory in the Classroom” w/ Professor Robert Kenzer, University of Richmond [Teaching American History Grant Workshop for teachers from Charlotte County, Danville City, Halifax County, and Pittsylvania County Public Schools], February 20, 2009.
  • “Key Turning Points in the Civil War and Reconstruction” w/ Professor Thavolia Glymph, Duke University, Virginia Beach, Virginia [Teaching American History Grant Workshop], February 26, 2009.

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Civil War History, 2018-present.
  • Board of Directors, National Council for History Education, 2017-present.
  • Digital History Advisor for The Civil War Monitor magazine, 2011-present.
  • Volunteer at Royall House & Slave Quarters, Medford, MA, 2015.
  • Chair: Committee For the Award for Excellence in Public History, Blue and Gray Education Society and Society For Civil War Historians, 2014.
  • Writer for Valley Sim Project, Flip Learning, 2011-13.
  • Commentary for documentary on black Confederates produced and directed by Ken Wyatt, 2010.
  • Advisory Board, Schlager Group-Milestone Documents Series, 2012.
  • Awards Committee: Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, Shepherd University, 2008.
  • Editorial Advisory Board: Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 2008-10.
  • Advisory Council: Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, 2007-11.
  • Consultant: Monticello exhibit, “The Liberty Gallery”, 2006-07.
  • Board of Directors: Virginia Social Science Association, 2004-2007, Secretary, 2005-06.
  • Manuscript Reviewer: Civil War History, Virginia Social Science Journal, Magazine of Albemarle County History, Louisiana History, University Press of Kentucky, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

 Professional Affiliations

  • National Council for History Education
  • Society of Civil War Historians
  • Boston Athenaeum