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One of the measures of the Center’s national impact comes through the publications produced by our graduates. Over the past decade, Richards Center alumni have published nearly 15 scholarly works with leading academic presses in the field. Their achievements testify to the impact of the Richards Center in moving the study of the Civil War era forward.


  • Keith Bohannon (’01), co-editor with Randall Allen, A Georgian with “Old Stonewall” in Virginia: The Letters of Ujanirtus Allen, Company F, 21st Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Louisiana State University Press, 1998.
  • Anne Brinton (’11) completed a one-year lectureship at the University of Massachusetts and has accepted a two-year fellowship with the prestigious Freedmen and Southern Society documentary editing project at the University of Maryland. The project publishes the multi-volume Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.
  • Barb Gannon (’05), The Won Cause: Black and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic, University of North Carolina Press, 2011. The Won Cause won honorable mention from the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and was a finalist for the Museum of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Prize, two of the premier book prizes awarded in Civil War era history.
  • Christian B. Keller (’01), co-editor Damned Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg, Stackpole, 2004; author Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory, Fordham University Press, 2007.
  • Meredith Lair (’04), Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, UNC Press, 2011. Meredith is a former managing director of the Richards Center
  • Timothy Orr (’10), The Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers, University of Tennessee Press, 2011.
  • Robert Sandow (’03), Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in the Pennsylvania Appalachians, Fordham, 2009. Bob delivered a lecture on the subject of his book at the Union League in Philadelphia last July. The lecture was featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s Humanities on the Road, this past October.
  • Andrew Slap (’02), The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era, Fordham, 2006; co-editor, Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath, Kentucky, 2010. Andrew also has two books currently under contract. African American Communities During Slavery, War, and Peace: Memphis in the Nineteenth Century is under contract with Cambridge University Press, and The Urban South during the Civil War, a volume that he is co-editing with Frank Towers, is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.
  • David Smith (’06), On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870, Fordham, 2012.
  • Michael Smith (’04), A Traitor and a Scoundrel: Benjamin Hedrick and the Cost of Dissent, University of Delaware Press, 2003. The Enemy Within: Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North, University of Virginia Press, 2011. Michael currently has a book under contract with Praeger Press with the working title, The Finishing Stroke: The 1864 Franklin-Nashville Campaign.
  • Karen Fisher Younger (’06), co-editor, Lincoln’s Proclamation: Emancipation Reconsidered, University of North Carolina Press, 2009; “Liberia and the Last Slave Ships,” Civil War History, 54 (December, 2008): 424-442.
  • James Weeks (’01), Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine, Princeton University Press, 2003.
  • Tim Wesley (’10), The Politics of Faith: Religious Authority and Politics during the American Civil War, LSU Press, forthcoming in Spring 2013.
  • Andrew Slap and Michael Smith are editing a collection of essays in honor of Mark Neely, which will be published by Fordham Press in January 2013 as This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War Era North. The volume features essays by former students of Neely, including Penn State graduates Slap, Smith, Gannon, Keller, Sandow, Orr, Younger, and current Richards Center managing director Matt Isham (‘10).