The Civil War Institute Fellows are back with replenished ranks for the 2017-18 academic year. This year, our veteran writers will be joined by green troops eagerly waiting to “see the elephant.” Armed with notebooks, libraries, and word processors, they stand united in line of battle to engage the history around them.
The Gettysburg Compiler remains the flagship of the fellowship, offering students the opportunity to showcase their hard work for the greater public. In the coming weeks and months, expect to see the Fellows tackle the past and present in new and exciting ways. As before, Fellows will share stories from the past, covering topics such as civilian life, slavery, and war and incorporating themes such as race, gender, and memory. The Fellows will be digging deep into the annals of history, examining eyewitness accounts of the often chaotic past and analyzing the ways in which people have engaged with their own versions of history. The Fellows are also keenly aware of their own place in history, so be sure to look out for their ruminations on the “living” history.
In addition to their work with the Compiler, the Fellows will also be interacting with history through two promising projects. The new “Killed at Gettysburg” project will see Fellows examining the lives of many of those who fell on the fields around them and sharing them through the wonders of digital history. Fellows will also be working with Gettysburg National Military Park to update interpretation around the battlefield.
Veteran Fellows Ryan Bilger ‘19, Savannah Labbe ‘19, Olivia Ortman ‘19, and Jonathan Tracey ‘19 welcome the addition of new recruits Jeffrey Martin ‘18, Nicholas Tarchis ‘19, Daniel Wright ‘18, Abigail Cocco ‘19, and Zachary Wesley ‘19. These wise students look forward to sharing their work with you, our faithful readers. All they ask in return is that you, too, engage in their research by “liking,” sharing, and discussing ideas in the comments section.
With that, it is our honor to present to you the 2017-18 Civil War Institute Fellows.
All the best,
Jeffrey Lauck, Managing Editor
Anika Jensen, Managing Editor