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University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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Civil War, military prisons, penitentiaries, martial law, Key West, Fort Jefferson, Tampa Bay, Florida
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About Me

I grew up Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Florida in 2006 to pursue my Doctorate in History. I am passionate about teaching and about history and have had the opportunity to teach in many settings, including the National Park Service, St. Francis High School (Gainesville, FL), Santa Fe College, the University of Akron, and the University of Florida. From 2011-2018, I was Professor of History at St. Petersburg College & accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Civil War History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, beginning in August 2018. I have presented my research on imprisonment in the Civil War Era at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

On April 2, 2017, I appeared in TLC’s celebrity genealogy show called “Who Do You Think You Are,” and helped actress Jessica Biel learn about the history of her Civil War ancestor (Season 8, Episode 5):

On May 2, 2018, I appeared in a Fox 13 Tampa Bay News segment on Confederate Monuments:

In July 2021, I did a short video on Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow:

Recent Publications
  • Under Contract: Stronghold of the Union: Key West Under Martial Law (University Press of Florida)
  • Sept. 2020“The Power of the Press: Defining Disloyalty at Old Capitol Prison,” Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 10, No. 3
  • Dec. 2018 “Interview with Angela Zombek: North & South Behind Bars,” Civil War Times Magazine
  • Nov. 2018“Catholics in Captivity: Priests, Prisoners, and the Living Faith in Civil War Military Prisons,” in Michael P. Gray, ed., Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered, Kent State University Press
  • Oct. 2018“The Silent Threat: Key West, Yellow Fever, and the Union Volunteers, 1861-1862,” National Museum of Civil War Medicine Blog:
  • May 2018“Citizenship –Compulsory or Convenient: Federal Officials, Confederate Prisoners, and the Oath of Allegiance,”in Paul J. Quigley, ed., The American Civil War and the Transformation of Citizenship, Louisiana State University Press
  • May 2018: Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons: Familiar Responses to an Extraordinary Crisis during the American Civil War, Kent State University Press.
  • Sept. 2017: “Paternalism and Imprisonment at Castle Thunder: Reinforcing Gender Norms in the Confederate Capital,” Civil War History, Vol. 63, No. 3.
  • Aug. 2016: “Paradise Lost: Florida’s Egmont Key during the Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era “Muster” blog
  • July 2016: ““History Hides the Lies of Our Civil War”: The Forgotten Battle of Pickett’s Mill,” Emerging Civil War
  • June 2013: “Oh Lord, Where Art Thou?: Civil War Guards, Prisoners, and Punishments,” The Civil War Monitor
  • 2011 “Camp Chase Prison: An Examination of Power and Resistance on the Northern Home Front, 1863,”
    Ohio History Vol. 118.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Emancipation, Gender, Urban History, Women