Previous Lectures in the Civil War Lecture Series


Edward Ayers, Ph.D.

Ed Ayers
Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D., the president of the University of Richmond, launched the series with a fabulous lunchtime lecture entitled "Where Did Freedom Come From?" on May 21, 2012. Many of the resources Dr. Ayers referred to in his talk can be found at: 

President's Office

Digital Scholarship Lab

A teacher and scholar of American history, Dr. Edwards was named president of the University of Richmond in 2007. One of the nation's leading scholars on the history of the American South, Ayers is the author ofThe Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction (1992), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In addition to his administrative responsibilities and scholarly pursuits, Ayers also remains active as a teacher. For his outstanding work in the classroom, Ayers was named the 2003 National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Support and Advancement of Education. Prior to joining the University of Richmond, Ayers was the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he had taught since 1980. Ayers received his BA, summa cum laude, in American Studies from the University of Tennessee and his PhD, also in American Studies, from Yale University.

Gary W. Gallagher, Ph.D.

Gary Gallagher, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia continued the series with "'Conduct Must Conform to the New Order of Things': Robert E. Lee and the Question of Loyalty" on November 14, 2012.

Dr. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. He is the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University. Dr. Gallagher is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The Confederate War; Lee and His Generals in War and Memory; The Myth of the Lost Cause and Civil War History; and The Union War. He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press and has appeared regularly on the A&E Network's series, Civil War Journal.

Read this article from The Lovett School's student-run newspaper, the Onlion, entitled "Understanding 'Our Greatest National Crisis' with Visiting Civil War Historian Dr. Gary Gallagher" by student Ashley Taylor.

George W. McDaniel, Ph. D.

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Dr. George W. McDaniel, a member of Lovett’s Class of 1962 and a former faculty member, presented "The Civil War, Vietnam, and the Shaping of Values" on Thursday, January 31. He told the story of his great-grandmother's Civil War experience as a young girl near Jonesboro as well as his own experience as a soldier in Vietnam--connecting how their journeys through war did so much to shape their values.

Dr. McDaniel is executive director of Drayton Hall, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Charleston, S.C. He was a member of Lovett’s first graduating class in 1962 and after taking his B.A. in history from Sewanee, he returned to teach for a year. Later, he joined the Peace Corps but was one of the few drafted from it, and served in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1969-70. He then took an M.A.T. in history from Brown University and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University and has devoted his career to education and historic preservation.  From 1985-89, he directed education and public programs at the Atlanta History Center.

Ted DeLaney, Ph.D.


Ted DeLaney of Washington and Lee University presented "Frederick Douglass, Millennialism, and the Civil War" on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Dr. DeLaney is presently writing the story of school desegregation in four Virginia counties, a result of an oral history project involving extensive interviews with former public school students, teachers, and administrators in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. His research and teaching interests include colonial North America, comparative slavery in the Western hemisphere, African American history, Civil Rights, and gay and lesbian history.

Dr. DeLaney received his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, where serves as the head of the History Department.

The Civil War and the Forging of Character | Ted DeLaney, Ph.D. from Cinema Lovett on Vimeo.

David W. Blight, Ph.D.

David Blight

Dr. David W. Blight presented "Emancipation at 150: How Does the Civil War Have a Hold on Our Historical Imagination?" in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center's exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello, on May 8, at the Atlanta History Center.

Dr. Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale University, joining that faculty in January 2003. Dr. Blight is well-known as the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, which received eight book awards. His newest book, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era is an intellectual history of Civil War memory, rooted in the work of Robert Penn Warren, Bruce Catton, Edmund Wilson, and James Baldwin. He is currently writing a biography of Frederick Douglass to be published in 2013. Blight works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards of museums and historical societies, and as a member of a small team of advisors to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. He is also a frequent book reviewer for several newspapers and is a consultant to many documentary films.

Dr. Blight received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He has taught at Amherst College, Harvard University, and North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and was a public high school teacher in his hometown, Flint, Michigan.

David W. Blight, Ph.D. from Cinema Lovett on Vimeo.


Robert K. Krick

Robert K. Krick presented “Robert E. Lee and His Detractors in the Age of the Anti-Hero” on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

Robert K. Krick worked for 31 years as the chief historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County, Virginia National Military Park, and is a noted expert on Civil War battles and leadership in the Eastern theater.

Joan Waugh, Ph.D.

Joan Waugh, Ph.D.
Dr. Waugh presented "Ulysses S. Grant in Historical Memory" on Monday, March 24, at 6:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.

A professor in the Department of History at UCLA, her alma mater, Joan Waugh researches and writes about 19th-century America, specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age eras. Her many essays and books on Civil War topics include the prize-winning U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth. Waugh is a recipient of Huntington Library, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Gilder-Lehrman fellowships, and has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series American Experience, on Ulysses S. Grant, and the History Channel’s production of Lee and Grant."

John M. McCardell, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. McCardell presented "The Civil War and the Quest for Nationality," discussing the differing conceptions of nationhood and character by both North and South, on Monday, May 19, 2014.

Dr. McCardell, president emeritus of Middlebury College, was elected in 2010 to be Sewanee’s 16th vice-chancellor. He possesses a record of achievement as a scholar of the American South, as the chief executive of one of America’s finest liberal arts colleges, and as a respected national figure in the public discussion about higher education and student life.

A prolific writer, Dr. McCardell is the author of The Idea of a Southern Nation, and his specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with emphasis on the Old South and on American historiography.

A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and later studied at The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. 

2014 May 19th | John M. McCardell, Jr., Ph.D. from Lovett Fine Arts Events on Vimeo.


Stephen Davis, Ph.D.

Stephen Davis, Ph.D. , presented a talk on "Four Generals, the Atlanta Campaign, and the Forging of Character" on Tuesday, September 2, at 6:00 pm in the Hendrix-Chenault Theater.


Steve Davis attended Emory University, and studied under renowned Civil War historian Bell Wiley. After a master’s degree in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught high school and then earned his Ph.D. at Emory, where he concentrated on the theme of the Civil War in Southern literature. He presently serves as medical relations director for MAG Mutual Insurance Company in Atlanta.

Steve is the author of a book on the Atlanta Campaign, Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions (2001). He served as book review editor for Blue and Gray Magazine from 1994 to 2005, and is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly.

His recent book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta, has been called “by far the most well-researched, thorough, and detailed account ever written about the ‘wrecking’ of Atlanta.” Last year the Georgia Writers’ Association recognized Dr. Davis with its Georgia Author of the Year Award in the history category.

September 2, 2014 | Stephen Davis, Ph.D. from Lovett Fine Arts Events on Vimeo.