Welcome

The Society of Civil War Historians (SCWH) is an association of scholars dedicated to exploring slavery, the sectional crisis, Civil War, emancipation, and reconstruction roughly from the 1830s through 1880. The society also looks at the legacies of the conflict that continue to have an impact on society today. SCWH’s mission is to encourage scholarly activity and academic exchange among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities. SCWH’s goal is to bring greater coherence to the historical field by encouraging the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history and generally to promote the study of the Civil War era.

News

The Society of Civil War Historians will host its biennial conference at The Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee, from June 2 through 4, 2016. The SCWH welcomes panel proposals or individual papers on the Civil War era, broadly defined. The goal of the conference is to promote the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history on the Civil War era among historians, graduate students, and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives, and other public facilities.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 11. Please complete a submission form: (panel proposal link is http://richardscenter.psu.edu/ conference-papers/panel-submission-form; single paper proposal link is http://richardscenter.psu.edu/ conference-papers/single-paper-submission) and upload a single PDF file. Proposals should include a title and abstract for the papers (approximately 250- 300 words) and a short curriculum vitae from each participant. Panel submissions should have an overall title and statement about the thrust of the session.

Final decisions on submissions will be made at the Southern Historical Association meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Ted Maris-Wolf has won the George and Ann Richards Prize for the best article published in The Journal of the Civil War Era in 2014. His article, "Of Blood and Treasure" Recaptive Africans and the Politics of Slave Trade Suppression, appeared in the March issue.

Tom Watson Brown Book Award

SHAUNA DEVINE WINS TOM WATSON BROWN BOOK AWARD



The Society of Civil War Historians and the Watson-Brown Foundation are pleased to announce that Shauna Devine, research fellow at the Schulich School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario, is the recipient of the $50,000 Tom Watson Brown Book Award for 2015. Devine received the award for her book, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2014.

Drawing on the copious reports of Union army physicians and surgeons, Learning from the Wounded recounts how the war presented an unprecedented opportunity to study and report on new methods of treatment and gain fresh understandings of the nature of disease and human anatomy. In her introduction, Devine notes that the Civil War “created the context for the most significant medical experience of the nineteenth century in the United States and in the process set American medicine on a new course.” Watson Brown Award jurors praised the book as “breathtaking in scope” and “ambitious, compelling, and original,” noting that it challenged many longstanding assumptions about the state of medicine during the Civil War while also making a major contribution to our understanding of the relationship between war and society.

The Watson Brown Book Award jury consisted of John Inscoe, Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor at the University of Georgia; Judith Giesberg, Professor of History at Villanova University; James Huston, Regents Professor of History at Oklahoma State University; and Tad Brown, president of the Watson-Brown Foundation. Tad Brown will present the award to Devine at the Tom Watson Brown Book Award dinner, which will be held on Friday, November 13 at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association in Little Rock, Arkansas.