Professor Emeritus
Campus: Guelph

Although I researched and published in Canadian History when I first started to teach at the University of Guelph , for the last decade and a half my research and publishing has all been in U.S. History during the period of the Civil War and its aftermath. I have a book, Freedom for Themselves, coming out with the UNC Press in early 2008 that examines the experience of North Carolina ‘s black soldiers, and their families through the Civil War and Reconstruction period. I am also interested in black volunteers from British North America who serve in the Civil War and what themes that reveals in the Canadian society.

Selected recent publications:

  • Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina’s Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era (Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2008)
  • “The Fight for Freedom: African American Soldiers in the Civil War”, Contact Sheet, No. 140, 2007 (The Light Work catalogue issued for William E. Williams photographic exhibition, “Unsung Heroes.”) plus poster boards for the traveling exhibition.
  • “USCT Veterans in Post-Civil War North Carolina,” in Larry M. Logue and Michael Barton, The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader ( New York : New York University Press, 2007)
  • “The African American Experience in the Union Army: The Other Civil War,” Sheila Alan (ed.) Making Connections ( New York : Heilne & Heilne, 2004)

Freedom for Themselves: North Carolina's Black Soldiers in the Civil War Era