David J. Gerleman

David J. Gerleman

David J. Gerleman

Adjunct Faculty

World History: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War, Nineteenth Century United States, Military History, Antebellum South, Public History

David J. Gerleman is a Nineteenth Century historian who served for a decade as an Assistant Editor with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging, and publishing all documents written by or to Lincoln during his lifetime. Dr. Gerleman directed the search of the holdings of the National Archives in Washington, DC., and is the only scholar worldwide ever to have uncovered over 50 previously unknown documents written by Abraham Lincoln ranging in dates from 1832-1865. He is an authority on the American Civil War and recently published "Veterinary Care in the Union Cavalry.” Dr. Gerleman has received fellowships from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Military Historical Institute, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, and has appeared on CSPAN and other cable network shows discussing a wide range of Civil War topics. Dr. Gerleman has taught specialized courses on 19th century America, the Civil War, the American Revolution, and Abraham Lincoln. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Current Research

"The Fields of Battle: An Agricultural History of the Battle of Gettysburg."

Selected Publications

“Veterinary Care in the Union Cavalry,” (p. 115-134) in Astride Two Worlds: Technology and the American Civil War, ed. Barton C. Hacker. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2016.

“The Campaign for Island No. 10: February 28-April 8, 1862,” The Essential Civil War Curriculum, (2017), Online: http://essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com

Will that Thing Work? Civil War Naval Inventions, ”Civil War Times, 54, 1, (February 2015).

On Lincoln’s Side: Reelecting a Leader, the Editors of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL, 2014. (Co-Editor).

On Lincoln’s Mind: Leading the Nation to the Gettysburg Address, the Editors of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield, IL, 2013. (Co-Editor).

“French Regimental Flags of the American Revolution, 1777-1783.” Guide Pamphlet. Washington, DC: The Society of the Cincinnati Anderson House Museum. (2001; 2006).

 

 

Expanded Publication List

“Meigs Vetoes the President.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XV, 4 (October-December 2015).

“Lincoln’s Other 1864 Christmas Gift,” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XIV, 4 (October-December 2014).

“Don’t Mess with a Soldier’s Coffee,” Civil War Times (Online Edition), 53, 4, (August 2014).

“A Roosevelt, A Dodge, and A. Lincoln,” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XIV, 2 (April-June 2014).

“Sam Houston Returns? Two Letters from Texas Secessionists in 1863.” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, CXVII, 4, (April 2014), 404-409.

“‘Say AAAbe’: Abraham Lincoln’s First Washington Physician.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XIV, 1 (January-March 2014).

“Lincoln and the Horse Doctor,” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XIII, 3 (July-September 2013).

“’Would to God We Had More Such Men’: War Democrat Lyne S. Metcalf.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XII, 1 (January-March 2012).

“Acting Masters of Disasters.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, XI, 3 (July-September 2011).

“The Son Buried at New Bern: The Case of Sergeant John Hayre, Jr.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, X, 4 (October-December 2010).

“Mr. Potter Goes to Leavenworth: Promotion or Punishment?” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln. X, 3 (July-September 2010).

“Remember Lincoln’s Man: Dr. Anson G. Henry’s Quest for Patronage.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, X, 2 (April-June 2010).

“A Good Boy Generally: Abraham Lincoln and Samuel Williams.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, IX, 3 (July-September 2009).

“A Loyal and Worthy ” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, IX, 1, (January-March 2009).

“Now Dear Uncle Abe.” Lincoln Editor: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, VIII, 3, (July-September 2008).

“War Horse: Union Cavalry Mounts.” North and South Magazine (January 1999).

“‘My Companion in All Places,’ A Massachusetts Cavalryman’s Appeal to President Lincoln.” North and South Magazine (January 1999).

Grants and Fellowships

United States Military Academy, West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, 2012

David Warren Bowman Award for the best paper presented at the Alabama Association of Historians, 2011.

The Filson Historical Society, Research Fellowship, 2009.

University of Illinois-Springfield, APAC Professional Development Award, 2009; 2012; 2013.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission/ Wisconsin Historical Society, Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents Certificate, 2008.

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Corps of Discovery Award, 2007.

Virginia Polytechnic and Civil War Preservation Trust, Teacher’s Certificate, 2006.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2005.

U. S. Military Historical Institute General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgeway Post-Doctoral Research Grant, 2005

Courses Taught

Introduction to World History

Virginia History and the Old South, 1607-1867

Rebels & Redcoats: America’s War for Independence, 1763-1783

The Young Republic and the Age of Jackson, 1784-1848

House Divided: 1850s America and the Coming of the Civil War

Ordeal by Fire: America’s Civil War Era

The Diplomatic History of the United States, 1776-1920

America in the Progressive Age, 1890-1920

The Era of Jazz, Gin, and Jalopies, 1919-1929

The American Century, 1900-1994

The Other War: The Civil War on the Fringe

Storm Cradled Nation: The Confederate Experience, 1860-1865

The Immortal Abraham Lincoln: Man, Myth, and Reality

The House Divides: The American Civil War, 1860-1865

Themes in U.S. History, 1500-1865

Themes in U.S. History, 1877-Present

Education

Doctor of Philosophy: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999. Advisor: John Y. Simon. Dissertation: Unchronicled Heroes: A Study of Union Cavalry Horses in the Eastern Theater--Care, Treatment & Use, 1861-1865

Master of Arts:  Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1994. Dual-Thesis: The Lock on the Door: Island No. 10 and the Opening of the Mississippi and Collapse of the Iron Ring: The Failure of France’s Alliance with Czechoslovakia, 1919-1938

Bachelor of Arts: Wartburg College, Waverly, IA, 1991. Major: Political Science

Recent Presentations

“New Views of Old Abe: Digital History and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln,” Invited Speaker, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, December 2016.

“Rediscovering Lincoln,” Invited Speaker, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA, October 2016.

“Gone With the Wind: Fact versus Fiction in Historical Memory,” Invited Speaker, Lifelong Learning College, The Villages, FL, January 2016.

“Worth More Than a Battle Won: The Election of 1864,” Invited Speaker, Brunswick Civil War Round Table, Southport, NC, November 2014.

“Digital History and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project,” Invited Speaker, Lifelong Learning College, The Villages, FL, September 2014.

“’Bring Our Glorious Flag Triumphantly Back into Texas’: Anthony M. Dignowity, Abraham Lincoln, and the Restoration of the Lone Star State,” Presenter, Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, March 2014.

In the Media

"Congressman Lincoln At Work." http://www.e-digitaleditions.com/i/930302-2017-dome-54-2

KALA Radio: Ambrose University, April 2017: "Relevant Or Irrelevant," https://soundcloud.com/david-baker-71/david-gerleman-the-papers-of-abraham-lincoln-roi-218-website-segment.