Professor and Chair

Department of History

Marquette University

President, 2008-2012

Society of Civil War Historians


President, 2013-2015

Founding Secretary-Treasurer, 2001-2011

Society for the History of Children and Youth




              PhD, History, University of Texas at Austin, l986

                            Teaching Assistant, 1982-1985, Summer 1986

                            Texas Dissertation Fellowship, l985-l986

                            Dora Bonham Grant, l985

                            Colonial Dames Fellowship, l984

                            Clara Driscoll Fellowship, l983


              MA, History, University of South Dakota, l98l

                            Teaching Assistant, 1980-1981

                            Phi Alpha Theta, 1981


              BS, History, With High Honor, South Dakota State University, l978

                            Outstanding History Student, 1978

                            F. O. Butler Scholarship, l975-l977



              Marquette University 

                            2000-Present, Professor

                                          Department Chair, 2005-Present

                                          Acting Department Chair, 2004-2005

                                          Founder and Director, Frank L. Klement Lectures, 1991-2004

                                          Director of Graduate Studies, History, 1993-1994, 1999-2005

                            1992-2000, Associate Professor

                            1986-1992, Assistant Professor


              Northeast Normal University, Changchun, People’s Republic of China

                            J. William Fulbright Lecturer, Institute of American Studies, Spring 1999


              University of Texas at Austin, l984-l985, Assistant Instructor.


              Woodbine (Iowa) High School, l978-l980, Teacher, English and Drama.




Children and Youth during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (New York: New York University Press, 2014).

America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014).

Children and Youth during the Civil War Era.  Editor.  (New York: New York University Press, 2012).


Sing Not War: Civil War Veterans in Gilded Age America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011). Alternate Selection, History Book Club.

Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Senior Co-General Editor, with Elizabeth Foyster (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2010), 6 volumes.


The Enlightenment: Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Vol. 4. Co-editor, with Elizabeth Foyster (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2010).

Children and Youth in a New Nation. Editor. (New York: New York University Press, 2009).

 “More Than a Contest Between Armies”: Essays on the Civil War Era.  Co-editor, with A. Kristen Foster.  (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, in 2008).


Children in Colonial America.  Editor.  (New York: New York University Press, 2006).


Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era: A Brief History with Documents (New York: Bedford Books, 2004)

Children for the Union: The War Spirit on the Northern Home Front (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2004)


Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2003; New York: Fordham University Press, rev. paperback, 2007)

Children and War: A Historical Anthology. Editor. (New York: New York University Press, 2002,

cloth and paper).

The Boy of Chancellorville and Other Stories, Editor. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001)


Lessons of War: Selections from Children's Magazines During the Civil War. Editor. (Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1999, cloth and paper).

The Children's Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998; paper, 2000).

Chasing Rainbows: A Recollection of the Great Plains, 1921-1975. Edited reminiscences of Gladys Leffler Gist.  (Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1993).

Texas.  World Bibliographical Series. (Oxford, England: Clio Press, 1992).


Texas Divided: Loyalty and Dissent in the Lone Star State, l856-l874 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, l990; paper, 2009).



Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Marquette University, 2010


Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer (2004-Present)


Award for Enhancing the Quality of Student Life, Division of Student Life, Marquette University, 2004


1999 “Outstanding Academic Book,” Choice Magazine (for Children's Civil War)


1999 Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit National Book Award for History (for Children's Civil War)



              National Endowment for the Humanities

                            $176,000 for “Children in Urban America Project” (2000-2004)

              Marquette University

                            Mellon Grant for Legacies of Lincoln Conference, 2009

                            Mellon Grant for "Paths to Understanding" Lecture Series, 2003-2005

                            Faculty Development Award, l988, 1991, 2000

                            Regular Research Grant, 1994, 2000

                            Summer Faculty Fellowship, l988, 1993

              Bradley Institute for Democracy and Public Values

                            Summer Stipend, 1994, 1998



Director: Children in Urban America Project (1999-2004): Digital archive on history of children in Milwaukee, 1850-present.  Named one of EDSITEment’s 2005-2006 “Best of the Humanities on the Web” educational websites.



Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (2014-Present)

Milwaukee History, Milwaukee County Historical Society (2003-2009)



“Childhood Studies and History: Catching a Culture in High Relief,” in Anna Mae Duane, ed., The Children's Table: Childhood Studies in the Humanities (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012)


“Children and War,” in Paula Fass, ed., The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World (New York: Routledge, 2012).


“Those Who Have Borne the Battle: Civil War Veterans, Pension Advocacy, and Politics,” Marquette Law Review 93 (Summer 2010): 1407-1413.


“Family Relationships,” in Colin Heywood, ed., The Nineteenth Century: Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Vol.  5 (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2010).


“Not a Veteran in the Poorhouse: Civil War Pensions and Soldiers’ Homes,” in Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh, eds., Wars Within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), 202-222.


“Introduction,” in James Marten, ed., Children and Youth in a New Nation (New York: New York University Press, 2009), 1-10.


“History in a Box: Milton Bradley’s Myriopticon,Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 2 (Spring 2009): 2-6.


“Dark Days of Misery and Uncertainty: Children and Childhood in 1863 Virginia,” in Jack Davis and James I. Robertson, eds., The Civil War in Virginia, 1863 (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2008), 19-34.


“A New View of the Child: Children and Youth in Urban America, 1900-1920,” Journal of Historical Anthropology (Romania) 2 (January 2008): 67-81. 


“Introduction,” in James Marten, ed., Children in Colonial America (New York: New York University Press, 2006), 1-11.


“Cry Me a River: The Challenges of Growing Up in America,” Reviews in American History 33 (June 2005): 211-217.


"'No Beer for Babies': The Child Welfare Exhibit," Chicago History 33 (Spring 2005): 36-51.


"Introduction," in James Marten, ed., Children and War: A Historical Anthology (New York: New York University Press, 2002), 1-14.


“Bringing Up Yankees: The Civil War and the Moral Education of Northern Children,” in Burton Bledstein and Robert Johnston, eds., Middling Sorts: Explorations in the History of the American Middle Class (New York: Routledge, 2001), 86-100.

“Exempt from the Ordinary Rules of Life: Sources on Maladjusted Union Civil War Veterans,” Civil War History 47 (March 2001), 57-71.  Reprinted in Larry Logue and Michael Barton, The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader (New York: New York University Press, 2007).


“Nomads in Blue: Disabled Veterans and Alcohol at the National Home,” in David A. Gerber, ed., Disabled Veterans in History (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000), 275-294.


“’A Feeling of Restless Anxiety: Loyalty and Race on the Virginia Peninsula,” in Gary W. Gallagher, ed., The Richmond Campaign of 1862: The Peninsula and Seven Days (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000), 121-152.


“’I think it’s just as mean as it can be’: Northern Children Respond to Lincoln’s Assassination,” Lincoln Herald 101 (Fall 1999): 117-121.


“True to the Union: Texans in the Union Army,” North & South 3 (November 1999): 79-87.


“’We Always Looked Forward to the Hunters Coming’: The Culture of Pheasant Hunting in South Dakota,” South Dakota History 29 (Summer 1999): 87-112.


"'A Place of Great Beauty, Improved By Man': The Soldiers' Home and Victorian Milwaukee," Milwaukee History 22 (Spring 1999): 2-15.


“A Century of Contradictions: Images of Children in History and in Art,” in Curtis Carter, ed., Children in Art: A Century of Change, Exhibition Catalogue (Milwaukee: Haggerty Museum of Art, 1999).


“Out at the Soldiers’ Home: Union Veterans and Alcohol at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers,” Prologue 30 (Winter 1998): 305-313.


“Let Me Edge in to Your Bright Fire,” North & South 1 (August 1998): 46-56.


"Fatherhood in the Confederacy: Southern Soldiers and Their Children," Journal of Southern History 63 (May 1997), 269-292.  Abridged version published in Anya Jabour, ed., Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children (Westport: Greenwood, 2003).


"Stern Realities: The Children of Chancellorsville and Beyond," in Gary W. Gallagher, ed., Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), 219-240.


"For the Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Northern Children's Magazines and the Civil War," Civil War History 41 (March 1995): 57-75.


"In the Best Interests of the Parent: Children, Material Culture, and the Law," Reviews in American History 23 (March 1995): 58-63.


"Kentucky," in Archie P. McDonald, ed., A Nation of Sovereign States: Secession & War in the Confederacy (Murfreesboro: Southern Heritage Press, 1994).


"'These were happy years, working together':  Gladys Gist of South Dakota as Farm Wife and Partner," South Dakota History 24 (Summer 1994): 99-114.


"For the Army, the People, and Abraham Lincoln: A Yankee Newspaper in Occupied Texas," Civil War History 39 (June 1993): 126-147.


"The Making of a Carpetbagger: George S. Denison and the South, 1854-1866," Louisiana History 34 (Spring 1993): 133-160.


"A Medical Entrepreneur in the Turn-of-the-Century West: Father William Kroeger of Epiphany, South Dakota, 1893-1904," South Dakota History 21 (Winter 1991): 333-361.  Adapted as "The 'Priest-Healer' of Epiphany: William Kroeger of South Dakota," in Gene Fowler, ed., Mystics, Healers and Medicine Shows: Blazing Trails to Wellness in the Old West (Santa Fe: Ancient City Press, 1997).


"'What is to become of the Negro?': White Reaction to Emancipation in Texas," Mid-America 73 (April-July 1991): 115-134.


"Continuity and Change on the Twentieth-Century Farm: The Gists of South Dakota, l92l-1971," Great Plains Quarterly 11 (Winter 1991): 37-52.


"The Ambiguous Legacy of Blacks in War-Time America," USA Today: The Magazine of the American Scene 119 (January 1991): 80-83.


”John L. Haynes: A Southern Dissenter in Texas," Southern Studies, New Series 1 (Fall 1990): 257-279.


"Patriots and Dissidents: The Role of Ethnicity in Civil War Texas," Heritage of the Great Plains 22 (Summer 1990): 14-23.


"Slaves and Rebels: The Peculiar Institution in Texas, l861-1865," East Texas Historical Journal 28 (Winter 1990): 29-36.  Republished in Ralph A. Wooster, ed., Lone Star Blue and Gray: Essays on Texas in the Civil War (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1995) and in Bruce A. Glasrud and Archie P. McDonald, eds., Blacks in East Texas History: Selections from the East Texas Historical Journal (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2008).


"Coping With the Cold War: Civil Defense in Austin, Texas, l96l-l962," East Texas Historical Journal 26 (Spring 1988): 3-13.


"A View from the West: The Territories and Federal Policy," South Dakota History 18 (Winter 1988): 193-213.


"A Wearying Existence: Texas Refugees in New Orleans, 1862-1865," Louisiana History 28 (Fall 1987): 343-356.


"A 'Golden Opportunity': The South Dakota Agricultural Extension Service and the AAA, 1933-1935," South Dakota History 12 (Summer-Fall 1983): 163-181.



“How Technology Shaped the Civil War,” Introduction to Civil War Innovations, special digital issue of Scientific American, September 2012.


“Union and Confederate Veterans” and “Children in the Civil War,” Essential Civil War Curriculum, http://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/ (posted summer 2012).

“Slavery and the Causes of the American Civil War,” Encyclopedia Britannica Blog, April 2011.


“Charity for All: A Little-Known Legacy of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural” and “Not Just Fading Away: Civil War ‘Veteranizing,’” University of North Carolina Press blog, March and May, 2011.


"Thinking About Lincoln: War, Reconciliation, and the 'Better Angels of Our Nature,'" Wisconsin People & Ideas (Winter 2009): 16-17.


“Foreword” to Elizabeth Corbett, Out at the Soldiers’ Home: A Memory Book, Patricia Lynch, ed., (Skokie, IL: Acta Publications, 2008), 11-16.


“Show and Tell: Not Just for Kindergarten,” Newsletter of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (online), Number 7 (Winter 2008).


“Do Not Embrace Them Too Hastily: The Lost Cause and the Lost Soul of America,” in Mike Resnick and J. David Markham, eds., History Revisited (Dallas: Benbella Books, 2008), 257-268.


"Agricultural Extension Service" and "Agricultural Adjustment Administration," in David Wishart, ed., Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004).


"Never Too Young: Recent Approaches to the History of Children and War," Newsletter of the Society for the History of Children and Youth (online), Number 3 (Winter 2004).

"Childhood," in Stanley Kutler, ed., Dictionary of American History (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003).


"Food Riots," "Thomas Wentworth Higginson," "Home Front," "Race and Racial Conflict," and "Refugees," in Joan Waugh, ed., Encyclopedia of the Civil War and Reconstruction (New York: Facts on File, 2002).


"Milwaukee Children's History Project Involves University, Historical Societies, Schools, Media," Newsletter of the Society for the Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 11 (Fall 2001): 1, 4-6.


 “Teaching in China,” Marquette Magazine 18 (Spring 2000): 15.


“Louisa May Alcott,” “Andrew Jackson Hamilton,” “Battle of Galveston,” “Rio Grande Campaign,” “United States Sanitary Commission,” and “Brownsville, Texas,” in Encyclopedia of the American Civil War (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2000).


"Round the Evening Lamp," regular column in The Children's Chronicle: A Civil War Newsletter (quarterly, May 1996 to May 2000).


Consulting Editor, “Children in the Civil War” issue of Cobblestone, December 1999 (for children).


“The First Brigade Band," "Laura Ingalls Wilder," and "Milwaukee Soldiers' Home," on Humanities Moments, Wisconsin Public Radio, Spring and Summer, 1997.


Entries on "Rio Grande Campaign," "Andrew J. Hamilton," "George Denison," "Civil Defense in Texas" and "Brackenridge Hospital," in Handbook of Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996).


Entries on "J. Madison Wells" and "Free Children," in Encyclopedia of the Confederacy (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993).


Entries on "O. O. Howard," "Charles Sumner," "Chicago Defender," and "Francis J. Grimke," in Historical Dictionary of Civil Rights in the United States (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992; rev. ed., 2003).


Edited selections from Thomas H. DuVal Diary: "A Glimpse at Occupied New Orleans: The Diary of Thomas H. DuVal of Texas, l863-l865," Louisiana History 30 (Summer 1989): 303-316;  "The Diary of Thomas H. DuVal: The Civil War in Austin, Texas, February 26 to October 9, 1863," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 94 (January 1991): 435-457;  "On the Road With Thomas H. DuVal: A Texas Unionist's Travel Diary, 1863," Journal of Confederate History 6 (Summer 1991): 76-93.


"The Lamentations of a Whig: James Throckmorton Writes a Letter," Editor. Civil War History 31 (June 1985): 163-170.



"A Generation Set Apart: Union Civil War Veterans and Northern Society," Herbert S. Schell Lecture, University of South Dakota, November 2011.


“Deserters, Coffee-coolers, Bounty-jumpers and Mendicants: Civil War Veterans and the Public in Gilded Age America,” 2009 Summersell Lecture in History, University of Alabama, March 2009.


“Coming of Age in the Civil War South,” 2006 W. Augustus Low Lecture, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, May 2006.



“Children in the City of the Progressive Era,” America on the World Stage Teaching American History Workshop, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, September 2011.


“The Children’s Civil War,” Life During Wartime Teaching American History Workshop, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI, August 2011.


“No Medals, No Monuments: Children during the Civil War,” How to Teach the Tough Stuff: The Civil War, Reconstruction, and Historical Memory: Virginia Beach Public Schools Teaching American History Workshop, March 2011.


“Children during the Progressive Era,” Northeast Georgia Teaching American History Workshop, Athens, Georgia, February 2011.


Co-organizer and speaker, “’Old’ and ‘New’ Americans: Immigration, Acculturation, and Community,” Teaching American History Workshop for the Milwaukee Public Schools, Marquette University, July 31-August 4, 2006.


“Civil War Children and Civic Responsibility,” Teaching American History “Read History” Summer Institute, University of Delaware, July 2005.



“Sing Not War: Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America,” Wisconsin History Museum, July 2011.


“Fathers, Sons, and the Army of the American Eagle,” Kenosha (Wisconsin) Civil War Museum, June 2010.


“Lincoln Provides for the Soldiers,” Sons of Union Veterans Lincoln Dinner, Wauwatosa, WI, February 2010.


“The Burden of Being Roosevelt: Roosevelt and the Idea of Family,” Theodore Roosevelt: Family Man in the Arena Symposium, Dickinson State University, October 2009.


Invited panelist, “Lincoln and Politics,” Legacies of Lincoln Conference, Marquette University, October 2009.


“Civil War Children,” Naper Settlement, Naperville, Illinois, May 2009.


“Children of Mars: The Intersection of Childhood and War,” Children and War Conference, Rutgers University-Camden, April 2009.

“Native Americans in Colonial America,” Gilder Lehrman Institute Junior Historians’ Forum, Marquette University, October 2008.


“Very Special Children: Childhood, War, and History,” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, February 2008.


“Teaching the Civil War Through the Eyes of Children,” Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Madison, WI, April 2007.


“Legacies of the Civil War: History, Memory, and Meaning,” Gilder Lehrman Institute Junior Historians’ Forum, Marquette University, March 2007.


"'Under the Guise of Patriotic Gratitude': Pensions, Soldiers' Homes, and Competing Memories of Sacrifice and Duty," Wars Within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, October 2006.


“No Medals, No Monuments: Children during the Civil War,” Civil War on the Western Frontier Days, Lawrence, Kansas, August 2006 (OAH Distinguished Lecturer program).


“’Those deeply passionate and poetic years’: Growing Up in Civil War America,” Metropolitan State College of Denver, April 2006.


“Children in History and Histories of Children,” Gilder Lehrman Institute Junior Historians’ Forum, Marquette University, March 2006.


“The Great Importance of Little Things: Lessons from the Children’s Civil War,” Monmouth College, October 2005.


“The Real War Did Get in the Books,” Introduction to the Liberal Arts Convocation, Monmouth College, October 2005.


“Children and the Civil War,” Sons of Union Veterans Gen. John Gibbon Birthday Celebration, Mukwonago, WI, April 2005.


"The Experience of Children in the War Between the States," Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, Biloxi, Mississippi, November 2004.


"Solemn Times and Thrilling Memories: Children and the Civil War," An Almost Silent Cry: Children of the Civil War Conference, North and South, University of Illinois at Springfield, June 2004.


"Hearts Burning with Patriotism: Children and the American Civil War," Second Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia, March 2004.


"Usable Childhoods: Civil War Children as Adults," Crossing Boundaries: New Perspectives on Civil War Military and Cultural History Conference, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, October 2003.


"The War Spirit at Home: Children and Society during the American Civil War," Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War Conference, Cotsen Children's Library, Princeton University, October 2003.


"No Medals, No Monuments: The Children's Civil War," Ohio University-Lancaster, May 2003.


"Finding Children's Voices in Milwaukee's History: The Children in Urban America Project," Annual Meeting of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, November 2002.


"Milwaukee, the Soldiers' Home, and the Legacy of the Civil War," Milwaukee County Historical Society, September 2001.


"Children, Parents, and the American Civil War," Teaching History Conference, University of North Texas, September 2001.


"Children and the Civil War," Rock County (WI) Civil War Round Table, May 2001.


"To Gettysburg and Beyond: Children and the Civil War," Gettysburg National Military Park, March 2001.


“Telling the Story of Milwaukee County Through Children’s Eyes,” Brown Deer (WI) Historical Society, October 2000.


“Touched by Fire: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers as Civilians,” From the Mississippi to the Potomac: The Middle West in the American Civil War Symposium, Carroll College, Waukesha Wisconsin, June 2000.


“Children’s Experiences on the Home Front,” Buffalo, New York, Civil War Round Table, May 2000.


“Community and Resistance: A Short Course in African-American History,” Seventh Annual Lenten Lecture Series, Immanuel United Church of Christ, West Bend, Wisconsin, March-April 2000.


“A Caution for Fun: Researching Civil War Children,” Marquette University Librarians’ Assembly Spring Colloquium, April 2000.


“Reflections on Teaching in China: Spring 1999,” Sunday Morning Forum, First Unitarian Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 1999.


“Children in History: The American Civil War as a Case Study,” Northeast Normal University, Changchun, People’s Republic of China, June 1999.


“Rebellions East and West: Legacies of the American Civil War and the Taiping Rebellion” and “Childhood in Crisis: The Civil War and American Children,” Nankai University, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China, April 1999.


“Northern Children Remember President Lincoln,” Sons of Union Veterans, Wauwatosa (WI), February 1999.


“Picturing History: The Photography of Matthew Brady and Jacob Riis,” Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee (WI), October 1998.


"Forgotten Casualties: Civil War Children," Civil War Institute, Carroll College, Waukesha (WI), January 1998.


"Hidden in Plain Sight:: Children During the Civil War," Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee Wisconsin, April 1997.


"Out of the Shadows: Children and the Civil War," Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, January 1997.


"The Children's Civil War," Milwaukee Civil War Round Table, January 1993.


"Historical Background of Issues Facing Black Families," St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, January 1989.



Delivered Paper, “Here There Be Monsters: Practical Lessons Learned and Questions Raised by editing Berg’s A Cultural History of Childhood and Family,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, June 2011.


Session Chair and Commentator, “”The World of Milwaukee Youth,” History of Milwaukee Metropolitan Area Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, October 2009.


Session Chair, “Wartime Girlhood,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, July 2009.


Delivered Paper, “Rally on the Colors: Civil War Veterans and Commerce in Gilded Age America,” Society of Civil War Historians, June 2008.


Delivered Paper, “’When I think of it now I shud[d]er’: Civil War Veterans and the Challenge of Peace,” Southern Historical Association, November 2007.


Commentator, “Children of World War II: The Enemy Legacy,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, Linköping University, Sweden, June 2007.


Session Chair, “Indian Missions and Anti-Catholic Politicians: Aspects of 19th Century American Catholicism,” American Catholic Historical Society, March 2007.


Panel member, “Roundtable: Huck’s Raft by Steven Mintz,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, August 2005.


Session Chair and Commentator, “Childhood Under Fire:  American Children at War Across Three Centuries,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, August 2005.


Session Chair, "The Contested Image of the Black Child," Southern Historical Association, November 2004.


Delivered Paper, "The Echo Writers Workshop and African American Youth in Milwaukee," Urban History Association, October 2004.


Session Chair and Commentator, "European Youth, Welfare, and War," Society for the History of Children and Youth, June 2003.


Delivered Paper, "'Dear Bishop, You’ve Got Some Nerve': Milwaukee Children and Social Responsibility," Organization of American Historians, April 2003.


Commentator, "Images of Children and Family in Modern European Politics," American Historical Association, January 2003.


Session Chair, "Community, Family, and Nation: Divided Loyalties in the Upper South during the Civil War," Southern Historical Association Meeting, November 2002.


Session Chair, "Children in Times of War," Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference, August 2001.


Delivered Paper, “The Children in Urban America Project: Creating a Digital Archive,” History of Childhood in America Conference, August 2000.


Delivered Paper, “No Medals, No Monuments: Civil War Children in War and Peace,” Anglo-American History Conference, University of London, July 2000.


Delivered Paper, “Living History: Legacies of the Civil War in Contemporary America,” Fulbright American Studies Conference, Sichuan University, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, April 1999.


Delivered Paper, “New Fronts on the Home Front; or, Anything’s Realer Than War,” Society of Civil War Historians Meeting, November 1998.


Delivered Paper, “Tad and Willie Go to War: Northern Children and the Fight for the Union,” Southern Historical Association Meeting, November 1998.


Commentator, “The Civil War,” Northern Great Plains History Conference, October 1998.


Delivered Paper, “’The war was continually rising in front of me’: Southern Children as Civil War Dissenters,” Families at War: Conflict and Loyalty in the Civil War South Conference, April 1998.


Delivered Paper, "'The Nation's Provision for Helpless Veterans': The Milwaukee Soldiers' Home and the Legacy of the Civil War," Chicago and the Midwest in the Civil War Era Symposium, September 1997.


Commentator, "Gender Roles Under Siege," Southern Conference on Women's History, June 1997.


Delivered Paper, "A Place of Beauty, Improved By Man: Milwaukee and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers," Milwaukee Sesquicentennial History Conference, October 1996.


Delivered Paper, "Fathers Know Best: Confederate Soldiers as Parents During the Civil War," Organization of American Historians Meeting, March 1996.


Session chair, "Catholicism on the Frontier," American Catholic Historical Association, April 1995.


Delivered Paper, "Rabid Partisans Among Their Playmates: The Politicization of Civil War Children," Southwestern Social Science Association, March 1994.


Session chair and panelist, "Reflections by South Dakota Historians: A Roundtable Discussion," Northern Great Plains History Conference, October 1993.


Commentator, "Legal Issues of the American Civil War," Organization of American Historians Meeting, April 1992.


Delivered Paper, "The Farm Woman as Wife and Partner: Gladys Gist of South Dakota," Missouri Valley History Conference, March 1992.


Delivered Paper, "The Enemies in Our Midst: Confederate Vigilance in Texas During the Civil War," Southern Historical Association Meeting, November 1991.


Delivered Paper, "A Lukewarm People: Origins of Dissent in Confederate Texas," Organization of American Historians Meeting, April 1991.


Delivered Paper, "Little Hospital on the Prairie: Father Kroeger's Clinic at Epiphany, 1893-1904," Western History Association Meeting, October 1990.


Delivered Paper, "Rebels Without a Cause: The Confederate Unionists of Texas," Texas State Historical Association Meeting, March l990.


Delivered Paper, "An 'Incongruous Foreign Element': The Role of Ethnicity in Texas During the Civil War," Northern Great Plains History Conference, October 1989.


Delivered Paper, "Keeping True to Themselves: The Civil War's Impact on Texas and on Texans," Mid-America American Studies Conference, April 1989.


Delivered Paper, "Taking Counsel of Reason: The Unionists of Travis County, Texas," Missouri Valley History Conference, March 1989.


Commentator, "Nineteenth Century America," Northern Great Plains History Conference, October 1987.


Delivered Paper, “The Home Front: Behind the Lines in Wartime America," ROTC Military History Workshop, United States Military Academy, June 1987.


Delivered Paper, "John L. Haynes: A Southern Dissenter in Texas," Southwestern Social Science Association, March 1987.


Delivered Paper, "Southern Vigilance and the Sectional Conflict," Southwestern Social Science Association, March 1986.



Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Journal of Southern History, Reviews in American History, Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth, Civil War Book Review, Civil War History, Western Historical Quarterly, The Historian, Pacific Historical Review, Florida Historical Quarterly, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Annals of Iowa,  Register of the Kentucky Historical Society,   Nebraska History, South Dakota History, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Tennessee  Historical Quarterly, Newsletter of the Society of Civil War Historians, Civil War Regiments, Military History of the West, Texas Humanist, History Reviews Online, Lincoln Herald, North & South, H-CivWar (on-line), H-Childhood (on-line), and Journal of Multi-Media History (on-line).





              Society for the History of Children and Youth

                            Vice President/President-Elect, 2011-Present

                            Founding Secretary-Treasurer, 2001-2011

                            Founding Co-Editor, Newsletter, 2002-2005


              Society of Civil War Historians

                            President, 2008-Present

                            Board of Directors, 2000-2005


              Wisconsin Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, 2008-2009

                            Seminars and Publications Subcommittee (Chair)

                            Milwaukee Event Subcommittee


              Milwaukee County Historical Society

                            Board of Directors, 2000-2009

                            Editorial and Publications Committee, 2000-2010 (Chair, 2003-2009)

                            Awards Committee, 2000-2009


Southern Historical Association

                            Membership Committee, 2000


Organization of American Historians

              Local Resource Committee, 2012 OAH Conference in Milwaukee, 2010-Present

              Distinguished Lecturer, 2004-Present


              Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, 2010-Present


              Editorial Board, UnCivil Wars Series, University of Georgia Press, 2011.


Editorial Advisory Board, Richards Classics Series, Pennsylvania State University Press,



150th Anniversary of the Civil War Advisory Committee, Kenosha Civil War Museum,



Wisconsin Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, 2010-Present


John French, What Do I Have to do to be Called an American? Irish-American National

Identity during the Civil War and World War I (in progress)


Daryl Webb (Cardinal Stritch University), Milwaukee Children during the

Depression (2006)


Martin Quirk (Rock Valley College), From Pioneers to Wheat Kings: The

                            Development of a Regional Identity in Western Kansas, 1890-1929 (2005)


Karen Kehoe (St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA), The Wisconsin Soldiers' Aid Society and

the Civil War (2003)


Patricia Richard (Metropolitan State College, Denver), The Home to the Camp:

Images of the Family in the Northern Civil War Effort (2001)


Patrick Jung (Milwaukee School of Engineering), Forge, Destroy, and Preserve

                            the Bonds of Empire: Euro-Americans, Native Americans, and Me'tis on the

                            Wisconsin Frontier, 1634-1856 (1997)


Paul Beck (Wisconsin Lutheran College), Fort Ridgely and the Settlement of the

Minnesota River Valley, 1853-1867 (1996)


Kevin Abing (Office of Advancement, Marquette University), A Fall From Grace:

Thomas Johnson and the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School, 1839-1862





History Department, Marquette University

P. O. Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881

(4l4) 288-7591

Home Phone: (4l4) 258-8480