Visiting Scholars: 2019

The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides is pleased to announce information for the 2019 Visiting Scholars Banquet to be held at The Dobbin House Tavern & Restaurant on Friday April 6, 2019 in Gettysburg. This year’s honored presenter will be Dr. Peter Carmichael who will discuss and offer insights on his 2018 book “The War For the Common Soldier”. Dr. Carmichael is the Fluhrer Professor of Civil War History at Gettysburg College and the Director of Gettysburg College’s annual Civil War Institute.

Dr. Carmichael received his Ph.D. in History from Penn State University in 1996. His academic interests include 19th-century US history, Civil War and Reconstruction, southern history, public history and cultural history. Carmichael’s most recent book, The War for the Common Soldier, was published by University of North Carolina Press in November 2018 as part of the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era series. The culmination of nearly ten years’ work, this cultural history of soldiering in Civil War armies explores how soldiers endured the brutal and unpredictable existence of army life during the war years, drawing heavily on close examination of the letters and records left behind by individual soldiers from both the North and the South.

His previous books include The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (UNC, 2005) and Lee’s Young Artillerist: William R. J. Pegram (Virginia, 1995). After completing his doctorate at Penn State University under Dr. Gary W. Gallagher, Professor Carmichael went on to teach at Western Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and West Virginia University, before coming to Gettysburg College. 

In addition to holding seasonal interpretive positions at several National Park Service (NPS) sites, Carmichael served as Gettysburg National Military Park’s first Scholar-in-Residence in 1999, and has developed a lasting relationship with the NPS. He has instructed numerous courses at Gettysburg College including “Gender & the American Civil War” and “Gettysburg in History & Memory”.

The Banquet will be held in the Abigail Adams Ballroom at the historic Dobbin House Tavern, 89 Steinwehr Avenue, from 6-9 PM. There will be a cash bar and a delicious buffet dinner. The ALBG will provide the majority of the cost of the event. The cost is only $10 per person. Space is limited and the ALBG will accept reservations until the room’s capacity is reached. Please join us for an evening of good food, fellowship, and an interesting presentation by Dr. Carmichael


Last year’s program sold out.  Don’t miss out this year!

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