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Durham University/University of Gloucestershire/University of Wolverhampton
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American Civil War, American Civil War Songs and Music, C19th Song and Music Culture, Irish American Civil War Songs, Irish American History, Irish America Transnational Culture, Diaspora Culture, Immigrant Identity, American History, C19th American Cultural History/Print Culture and Material Culture History
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About Me

Dr Catherine Bateson recently completed and defended her PhD in History at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. Her doctorate research specialised in Irish American Civil War Songs, American Civil War Era Song and Music Culture and Nineteenth Century Irish American Transnational History. She focuses on the sentiments and culture of Irish American songs written and produced by and about the Irish-born and descended soldiers and families during the American Civil War. She also explores how Irish American wartime service and identity was articulated in contemporary songs and how Irish music shaped American culture during the Civil War era.

Her first article on her research was published in April 2018 – “‘For America’s Bright Starry Banner’: Expressions of Irish American Affiliation, Identity and National Loyalty in Civil War Songs”, in National and Transnational Challenges to the American Imaginary (Peter Lang, 2018). Further work includes an article on the Irish relationship to their American ‘home’ published in the Journal of History and Cultures.

Catherine is currently based at Durham University, where she tutors on the rise and fall of US slavery and also works on other areas of US history and historiography. She has previously worked at the University of Gloucestershire and University of Wolverhampton in the UK (both autumn 2018), teaching on C18th-19th US History and American Civil War history courses  at these universities respectively. She worked as a Tutor in American History at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2018), teaching on undergraduate courses covering US history from the Colonial period through to Modern and Contemporary US History. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Catherine was based  at the University of Edinburgh for her PhD studies, and was supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) doctoral training scheme through the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). Her doctoral research was also supported by fellowships awarded by the AHRC, the Eccles Centre at the British Library, the British Association for American Studies and a Caleb Loring Jr. grant from the Boston Athenaeum amongst others. She holds a BA History degree from University College London (2012) and a MA in American Studies from King’s College London (2013). She also spent a year of study at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-11) as part of her undergraduate studies. She has specialised in American history, particularly American Civil War history, throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate studies and is a passionate American Civil War era social and cultural historian. Her work on Irish American songs from the conflict started while working as an intern with the British Library’s Eccles Centre to help produce an online gallery exhibition about the institution’s sources relating to Britain and America during the Civil War.

Catherine has also presented widely at American and Irish history conferences in the UK, USA, Ireland and in Europe. She is the current Vice-Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA) and had previously served as the society’s social media secretary. She had co-organised three of its conferences (2017/2018/2019). She is also the co-founder of the War Through Other Stuff Society, which seeks to promote, encourage and explore non-military history, artistic interpretations and the material culture of conflict. The Society’s work can be followed on Twitter @stuffofwar.

Recent Publications


  • “Forward For Our Homes!’ Lyrical Expressions of Home Heard in Irish American Civil War Songs”, Journal of History and Cultures (2019), pp. 86-100.
  • “‘For America’s Bright Starry Banner’: Expressions of Irish American Affiliation, Identity and National Loyalty in Civil War Songs”, in National and Transnational Challenges to the American Imaginary (Peter Lang, 2018)
  • Britain and the American Civil War, British Library – Co-producer and creator of archival online gallery exhibition (2013),

Online Publications 

  • ‘Under the Fascinating Charm of the Clear Bugle Notes’: Medicinal Civil War Music, National Museum of Civil War Medicine (December 2017), ‘Proper Care and the Exercise of a Little Patience’: The Medical Treatment of Private William McCarter, National Museum of Civil War Medicine (September 2017),
  • ‘They Saw Red Currents Flow’: Death and Injury in Civil War Songs, National Museum of Civil War Medicine (August 2017),
  • ‘Our Lady of the Hospital’: A Song Dedicated to the Nurses of the Civil War, Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum (August 2017),
  • ‘I Don’t Care About Dancing on the Bodies of Dead Men’: The Civil War Letters of Daniel Crowley, Part 1, Irish in the American Civil War (February 2017), the-bodies-of-dead-men-the-civil-war-letters-of-daniel-crowley-part-1/
  • ‘I Am the Same Boy Yet’: The Civil War Letters of Daniel Crowley, Part 2, Irish in the American Civil War (March 2017), civil-war-letters-of-daniel-crowley-part-2/
  • ‘I Am So Heartily Sick of This Life’: The Civil War Letter of Daniel Crowley, Part 3, Irish in the American Civil War (March 2017), sick-of-this-life-the-civil-war-letter-of-daniel-crowley-part-3/
  • Archival Report from Catherine Bateson, Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship Recipient 2015, British Association for American Studies (Summer 2016),
  • ‘A Little Bit of Irish and a Wee Bit of Scotch’: Using a Four Nations Approach to Transnational Identity Studies, Four Nations History (March 2016), using-a-four-nations-approach-to-transnational-identity-studies/
  • An Irish Account of the First Days of the American Civil War, British Library American Collections (January 2016), days-of-the-american-civil-war.html
  • ‘In This Song I Will Make Mention of the Sons of Erin’: Researching Irish Songs from the American Civil War, Irish in the American Civil War (October 2015), researching-irish-songs-from-the-american-civil-war/
  • One Conflict, Two Nations and Four (or more) National Identities: The American Civil War from a Four Nations Perspective, Four Nations History (September 2015), national-identities-the-american-civil-war-from-a-four-nations-perspective/
  • 21st Century Transnationalists: Digitisation and the Impact on Research Abroad, Pubs and Publications: The PhD Experience (August 2015), publications/2015/08/24/21st-century-transnationalists-digitisation-and-the-impact-on-research- abroad/
  • An Assessment of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial, U.S. Studies Online (April 2015),
  • A Journey Through the Southern (and Northern) States, British Library American Collections (June 2013), through-the-southern-and-northern-states-.html

Book Reviews

  • Young Ireland and the Writing of Irish History, James Quinn (2015), Irish Studies Review, 25:4 (2017), 511-512
  • Irish Nationalists in America: The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998, David Brundage (2016), Irish Studies Review, 25:1 (2017), 121-122
  • Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond, eds. Mark Fitzgerald & John O’Flynn (2014), Irish Studies Review, 24:2 (2016), 238-240
  • Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music, and Community during Winter Quarters, Virginia, James A. Davis (2014), Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 108:3-4 (Fall/Winter 2015), 423-425
  • The American President in Film and Television: Myth, Politics and Representation, Greg Frame (2014), U.S. Studies Online (February 2015), president-in-film-and-television-myth-politics-and-representation-by-greg-frame/

Additional Academic Outreach 

  • 2018-current: Research Assistant, Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales, 1832-1914 ESRC/AHRC Project, Durham University
  • With Malice Towards None: The Fascinating Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln, American History Too! Podcast (April 2017)
  • The History Show with Myles Dungan, RTÉ Radio 1 – Guest contributor on special programme about the Irish and American Civil War music, (24 January 2016), show/programmes/2016/0124/762286-the-history-show-sunday-24-january- 2016/?clipid=2082251#2082251
  • Irish-Americans and the Civil War, American History Too! Podcast (September 2015)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, Ireland
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, Ireland, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Revolution, American Founding Era, American Presidents, Book History, Emancipation, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Military, Museums, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery, Women