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Paul Quigley

Paul Quigley, VCCWS Director

Paul Quigley is Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War History in the History Department at Virginia Tech. A native of Manchester, England, he holds degrees from Lancaster University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Quigley is the author of Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848-65, which won the British Association for American Studies Book Prize and the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy. He has also published articles in journals such as the Journal of Southern History and Journal of the Civil War Era. Among his current research projects are a study of Preston Brooks, the South Carolina Congressman who achieved notoriety by caning Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate in 1856, and “Mapping the Fourth of July in the Civil War Era,” a collaborative digital humanities project with colleagues in Education, Computer Science, and the Virginia Tech libraries.

You may reach Quigley at pquigley@vt.edu or 540.231.9090

 

William C. Davis, former Executive Director

William C. “Jack” Davis

 

William C. “Jack” Davis is the former Executive Director of the Center. A native of Independence, Missouri, he was educated in Northern California, spent 20 years in editorial management in the magazine and book publishing industry, then left the industry in 1990 to spend the next decade working as a writer and consultant.

Davis is author or editor of more than 50 books and numerous documentary screenplays in the fields of Civil War and southern history. He has also served as consultant for numerous television productions, including the Arts & Entertainment Network/History Channel series “Civil War Journal.  He is a three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award given for book-length works on Confederate history. His most recent book is Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee–The War they Fought, the Peace they Forged.

 

 

James I. Robertson, Jr.

James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr.

James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr. is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Center. The Danville, Va., native served as executive director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and is currently playing a leading role in Virginia’s Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

Robertson is the author or editor of more than 20 books. His biography of Gen. Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, won an unprecedented eight national awards and was used as the foundation for the portrayal of Jackson in the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. film, Gods and Generals, released in 2003. He has regularly appeared in Civil War programs on the Arts & Entertainment Network, the History Channel, C-Span, and public television, and he recorded a weekly Civil War program that aired on 11 public radio stations. He is also a lecturer of national acclaim and was one of the most popular teachers in the history of Virginia Tech, attracting some 300 students each semester to his Civil War course.

 

Graduate student assistants

Caprice

Kevin Caprice is a second-year graduate student from Sweetwater, New Jersey. He graduated from The College of New Jersey with degrees in history and education.

Katelyn Brown is a first year graduate student from Valrico, Florida. She received her undergraduate degrees in Economics and American Studies from Christopher Newport University.

Katelyn Brown is a first-year graduate student from Valrico, Florida. She received her undergraduate degrees in Economics and American Studies from Christopher Newport University.

Daniel Newcomb is a second-year graduate student in History and Social Studies Education from Highland County, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's in History in 2013.

Daniel Newcomb is a second-year graduate student in History and Social Studies Education from Highland County, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in History in 2013.