Conference Archives

2006 Program

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006

The Sheraton Read House Hotel

7:00-10:00 p.m.

  • Opening Remarks: “Memories and Myths” David B. Sachsman, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • "Dual Perspectives: The Letters of A.R. Dyson” Regina M. Faden, Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, Hannibal, MO
  • “Philomen’s Father: The Civil War Friendship of Diarist Clara Solomon and Correspondent Durant Da Ponte” Nancy McKenzie Dupont, University of Mississippi
  • We Miss the Good We Sought: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Civil War” Steve Cox, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • “’The Notes and Memories of Thousands’: The Second Civil War and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain” Crompton Burton, Marietta College
  • “‘Confounding the Wise, if not the Devil Himself’: The Civil War Humor of R.R. Gilbert of the Houston Telegraph” Mary Lamonica, New Mexico State University
  • Panel: ”Children’s Civil War Fiction: Unexplored Territory” Verbie Prevost and Fran Bender, U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Friday, Nov. 10, 2006

Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center

  • Luncheon and Dinner in the Chickamauga Room (2nd Floor)

9:00-10:50 a.m.

  • “The Mystery Men Who Took the Pictures: Civil War Photojournalists Associated with Mathew Brady’s Gallery from 1861-1865” Elizabeth Paul, Georgia State University
  • “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July: A Historical Communication Analysis” Megan O’Byrne, Bowling Green State University
  • “Father Abraham & Mammy Lincoln; Aunty Abe & Uncle Abe: Gender Embodied in Civil War Cartoons of Abraham Lincoln” Andrea Foroughi, Union College
  • “’Freely and Fearlessly’: The 1863 New York Editors’ Resolutions” David W. Bulla, Iowa State University


  • Refreshments


  • “Southern Shadows, Southern Sunsets: Framing American Public Issues, 1855-1885, A New York Times Case Study” Donald L. Shaw and Thomas Terry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • “Editors in Uniform: The Historiography of Civil War Soldier Newspapers” Wallace B. Eberhard, University of Georgia

12:00-1:30 p.m.

  • Luncheon in the Chickamauga Room, University Center
  • “’The Night of Our Knowledge’: Sidney Lanier and the Struggle for Faith” Roy Morris Jr., Military Heritage Magazine


  • "Ex Parte McCardle and the First Amendment During Reconstruction” Wendy E. Swanberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Doctors, Sex, and Obscenity: Moving Stories from a ‘Forgotten’ Health Monthly, 1876-1896” Janice Wood, Texas Christian U.
  • “Changes in News Conventions during the Gilded Age: The Relationship between Cultural Values and News Definition in Press Coverage of Yellowstone, 1863-1872” Nickieann Fleener, University of Utah
  • “Henry Berry Lowry and the Scuffletown Outlaws: Mythological Archetypes in Newspaper Portrayals from 1870 to 1922” Catharin Shepard, University of Georgia
  • “John Dougherty: A Case Study of a Public Figure in 19th Century Southern Illinois” Robert L. Spellman, Southern Illinois U.


  • Refreshments


  • Panel:  “Constructing Race and Gender in the 19th Century Press”
  • “Jane G. Swisshelm: 19th Century Symbol of Liberal Bigotry?” Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland, College Park
  • “The Pen Could be the Sword” Ann M. Colbert, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
  • “Defining Civilization: The First Six Months of Harper’s Weekly” William E. Huntzicker, St. Cloud State University
  • “A True American: David Naar and His New Jersey Newspaper” Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers University
  • “John Jolliffe’s Defense of Escaped Slave Margaret Garner: Gender, Race, Slavery, and Murder in the 19th Century Press” Lee Jolliffe, Drake University


  • Dinner in the Chickamauga Room
  • Panel: “Colliding Worlds: Confederate War Correspondents as Men of Letters”
  • “Texas’ Civil War Correspondents: Forgotten Reporters from the Frontier” Mary Lamonica, New Mexico State University
  • “George W. Bagby and the Unintended Consequences of Reporting on the Politics of War” Debra van Tuyll, Augusta State U.
  • “Henry Timrod: The Failed War Correspondent Who became the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy” Pat McNeely, South Carolina

Saturday, November 11, 2006

9:00-12:00 a.m.

  • “Old News in the Digital Age” Michelle Harper, Readex Project
  • “Fiction Still Fights the Civil War: ‘It Ain’t Over Though It’s Over’” Thomas Ware, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • “The Bermuda Connection: The Royal Gazette on the American Civil War” Barbara Straus Reed, Rutgers University
  • “19th Century Newspaper Coverage of Crime Victims During the Penny Press and Yellow Journalism Periods” Jack Breslin, Iona
  • Panel: “Researching the 19th Century from the New Millenia: A Focus on Primary Sources”
  • “In Pursuit of Elusive Memories: Oral History and the Civil War” Charles W. Crawford, University of Memphis
  • “A Prism on the Past: Tennessee’s Civil War Veterans Questionnaires” Doug Cupples, University of Memphis
  • “Preservation and History: The Letters of Dr. William J. Armstrong, 1863-1878” Richard Nollan, University of Memphis
  • “Bad News Travels Fast: The New Madrid Earthquake Account of John Clark Edwards” Kent Moran, University of Memphis
  • “The Long Arm of Lincoln: Suppression of the Northern Democratic Press” Timm Jobes, University of Memphis

12:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Discussion continues while the group visits Chattanooga’s historic Civil War Sites  (includes lunch and dinner)

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