The University of North Carolina Press, in partnership with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State, launched The Journal of the Civil War Era in March 2011, with William Blair, former Director of the Richards Center, serving as founding editor. In 2016, Blair turned over editorship of the journal to Judith Giesberg (Villanova University). She is joined by associate editors Luke Harlow (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Stacey Smith (Oregon State University), digital media editor Kristen Epps (University of Central Arkansas), book reviews editor Rachel Shelden (Penn State), and managing editor Matthew Isham (Penn State).

The journal is an exciting new gathering place for scholars in various historical disciplines that aims to create consistent dialogue and scholarly interactions among historians in disparate subfields in order to stimulate fresh, new scholarship and, in the words of UNC Press, “galvanize the larger field of nineteenth-century history intellectually and professionally.” The journal has published articles on such topics as popular comedy in the Civil War era, the mental and physical health of soldiers during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, representations of slavery in northern theater in the 1800s, and the 1860s as a period of crisis throughout North America, among others.

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