Virginia Center for Civil War Studies


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, the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy, and the Albert Lee Sturm Award from the Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Southern History and Journal of the Civil War Era, as well as the Roanoke Times, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the New York Times Disunion section. In 2018 he published an edited volume entitled The Civil War and the Transformation of American Citizenship, and another essay collection, Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, coedited with his colleague James E. Hawdon. 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.

He serves on the board of the Society of Civil War Historians, the editorial board of the journal Civil War History, the board of the Smithfield-Preston Foundation, and the historians’ advisory board of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond.

You may reach Quigley at or 540.231.9090



Caitlin Verboon

Caitlin Verboon, VCCWS Postdoc

Caitlin Verboon is the 2018-2019 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she received her BA from the College of William and Mary and her PhD from Yale University. Her research interests broadly include the nature of the public sphere in the era of the Civil War, urban development, and the changing definitions of citizenship in the United States.

Verboon is currently revising her dissertation, Making Space: Race and Southern Cities, 1863-1877, which explores the ways black and white Southerners used public city spaces to remake citizenship after the Civil War. She has presented her work at several national conferences and events, including the Southern Historical Association, the Urban Historical Association, C-SPAN, and at the Society of Civil War Historians. She comes to us from the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland, where she served as an assistant editor working on a volume of documents about family and kinship after the Civil War.



Katie Brown

Katie Brown, Program Coordinator

Katie Brown is the Program Coordinator for the Center, assisting with its Traveling Trunk programs, annual Civil War Weekend, and other events throughout the year. A military brat from Tampa, Florida, Brown has BAs in Economics and American Studies from Christopher Newport University and her Master’s in History from Virginia Tech.

Brown recently finished her Master’s thesis, “ ‘When This You See, Remember Me’: Visual Culture and Civil War Soldiers’ Views of Permanence” on the ways in which Civil War soldiers used the creation of visual culture as a means to come to terms with their own mortality. She has also published work in Military Images and The Journal of Ohio Valley History.



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. Among his most recent books 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 played 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

John Legg is a first year graduate student studying Native Americans during the Civil War and Reconstruction. He received his BA in History from Middle Georgia State University. He assists with the upcoming exhibit at the American Civil War Museum at Appomattox.

Emily Stewart is a first year graduate student from Christiansburg, Virginia who completed her B.A. at Virginia Tech. She is involved in the Traveling Trunk program and the upcoming exhibit at the American Civil War Museum at Appomattox.

Jeff Felton is a second year graduate student in History. He is originally from Garner, North Carolina. He graduated from Bridgewater College with a BA in History. He assists with the upcoming exhibit at the American Civil War Museum at Appomattox.

Emily Wild is a second year graduate student from Apple Valley California who received her BA in History from California State University of San Bernardino. She helps with the Traveling Trunk program and is working on an online exhibit on the Civil War in film.

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