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Glenn D. Brasher

Adjunct Instructor


Research Interests

  • Antebellum America
  • American Civil War
  • Abolitionism and Slavery

Courses Taught

  • American Civil War
  • American Revolution & the New Nation
  • Antebellum America, 1815-1860
  • United States History Survey, 1607-1865
  • Research Seminar: American Civil War
  • United States History Survey, 1865 to the present
  • Western Civilization Survey, ancient world to 1500
  • Western Civilization Survey, 1500 to the present

Professional Conferences/Public Appearances/Lectures

  • Lecturer, “How Did the Peninsula Campaign Lead to Emancipation?” Rural Plains Foundation Lecture Series: “Lectures on the Lawn,” Mechanicsville, Virginia, May 21, 2015.
  • Paper Presentation, “What Should Historians Make of ‘Black Confederates?’” Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians 2014 Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 5, 2014.
  • Interviewed, After Slavery blog, by Professor Brian Kelly, December 9, 2012.
  • Lecturer, “The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation,” at Colonial National Park Symposium: “Contraband, Freedmen and Community: The African American Experience in the Union Occupied South during the Civil War,” Yorktown, Virginia, July 20, 2013.
  • Interviewed, “Behind the Lines” video, for Civil War Monitor, September 28, 2012.
  • Lecturer, “The Peninsula Campaign: ‘Black Confederates,’ Entrenchments, Military Intelligence, and the Necessity of Emancipation,” presented at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 23, 2012.
  • Panel Discussion, “Debating Emancipation,” at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 23, 2012.
  • Interviewed, “Civil Talk Radio,” by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz, June 22, 2012.
  • Virtual Book Signing, Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, Chicago, Illinois, March 31, 2012.
  • Panel Commentator, “Resistance and Redefinition in the American South During the American Civil War,” University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 7, 2009.

Awards and Honors

  • Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi, Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History, October, 2013.
  • Southern Historical Association, one of three finalists for the 2008 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize.
  • College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Outstanding Dissertation Award, February 2008.
  • Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, Mellon Research Fellowship, March 2005.
  • Department of History, University of Alabama, Frank Lawrence Owsley Award for Superior Competency in American History, April 2004.

Selected Publications

Recent Publications



  • Edna Greene Medford, Lincoln and Emancipation, in Civil War MonitorBookshelf,” (June 1, 2016).
  • Colin Edward Woodward, Marching Masters; Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, in North Carolina Historical Review 93:2 (April, 2016).
  • Jeremy J. Tewell, A Self-Evident Lie: Southern Slavery and the Threat to American Freedom, in H-Net Reviews (August, 2015).
  • Jonathan W. White, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln, in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 113:4 (Autumn, 2015).
  • Michael B. Ballard and Mark R. Cheathem, eds., Of Times and Race: Essays Inspired by John F. Marszalek, in Journal of Southern History 80 (May, 2014).
  • Jaime Amanda Martinez, Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South, in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 122 (February, 2014).
  • Steve McQueen (director), 12 Years a Slave (2013, film), University of North Carolina Press Blog, (November 26, 2013).
  • James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in The Civil War Monitor “Bookshelf” (May 1, 2013).
  • Ronald S. Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album, in The Civil War Monitor “Bookshelf,” (February, 27, 2013).
  • Steven Spielberg (director), Lincoln (film), in The Civil War Monitor“Bookshelf,” (November 28, 2012).
  • Eric J. Wittenberg, Glory Enough For All: Sheridan’s Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station, in Civil War History 49 (December, 2003).
  • Noah Andre Trudeau, Like Men Of War: Black Troops In The Civil War, 1862-1865, in Civil War: The Magazine of the Civil War Society, 72 (February, 1999).

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