World History: Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War, Nineteenth Century America and Europe, Military History, Antebellum South, Digital History, Agricultural 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 100 previously unknown documents from 1832-1865 written by Abraham Lincoln. He is an authority on American Civil War cavalry and has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Military Historical Institute, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Kentucky Historical Society. He has appeared on CSPAN and other cable networks discussing Civil War topics and has taught specialized courses on 19th century America, the Civil War, the American Revolution, and Abraham Lincoln.
"'Put Crepe on Your Hat': The Burning and Rebuilding of the Lincoln White House Stables."
"The Fields of Battle: An Agricultural History of the Battle of Gettysburg."
"‘My Companion in All Places’: Horses and Horsemanship in the Civil War Era, 1850-1865."
“The Campaign for Island No. 10: February 28-April 8, 1862,” The Essential Civil War Curriculum, (2019), Online: https://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/island-no.-10.html
“Bring Our Glorious Flag Triumphantly Back into Texas: Anthony M. Dignowity, Abraham Lincoln, and the Restoration of the Lone Star State,” Our Heritage, 59, 3 & 4, (Spring and Summer 2018), 12-19.
“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.
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).
“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).
Benjamin F. Stevens Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2019-2020.
Research Fellowship, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech University, 2019-2020.
John H. Daniels Fellowship, National Sporting Library and Museum, 2019-2020.
Kentucky State Historical Society Scholarly Research Fellowship, 2018-2019.
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
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
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
"Men on Horseback: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Equestrian Image of the Commander-in-Chief," Invited Speaker, National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA, June 2019.
"A Most Shut-Mouthed Man: Abraham Lincoln in Myth and Reality," Invited Speaker, John Locke Institute, Oxford University, Washington, DC, November 2018.
"Attuned to the Past: The Parton Family Legacy and Civil War History," Presenter, Society of Appalachian Historians, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, May 2018.
“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.
"Representative 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.