Brian Craig Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History My C.V.
Courses Taught at E.S.U.
U.S. to 1877 U.S. since 1877
Abraham Lincoln African American History
Early Republic, 1789-1848 The Civil War, 1848-1876
Old South Modern South
American Military History U.S. Historiography to 1877
Memory in History
Sex and Violence in 19th Century America
“Film Roundtable: Lincoln” Civil War History 59, No. 3 (September, 2013): 358-75.
“Manhood,” article in Aaron Sheehan-Dean, ed., A Companion to the Civil War, under contract with Wiley-Blackwell.
“Traumatized Manhood: Confederate Amputees in History, Memory and Hollywood,” chapter in Keiser and Allred, eds. The Civil War in Popular Culture: Myth and Meaning, (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).
“John Bell Hood,” Essential Civil War Curriculum, Virginia Tech, published April 14, 2012 at http://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/.
“Confederate Amputees and the Women who Loved (or Tried to Love) Them”, chapter in Stephen Berry, Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011): 301-20.
“The Reconstruction Amendments” in Brian L. Johnson and Edward J. Blum, eds., The Civil War and Reconstruction Era: 1850s-1877, Manly, Inc., 2009.
“‘A People’s Dream Died There:’ Shatter Zones and the Trans-Mississippi West” Heritage of the Great Plains 39, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2006): 30-46.
Current Research Projects
I am currently finishing a book, entitled, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South. I am seeking to offer the first major study that explores what it means to lose a limb during the Civil War. How did the loss of a limb change notions of manhood and, in turn, womanhood? Did notions of dependency change? How did the reality of defeat in the war alter the meaning of physical sacrifice for the soldier and their family? The work will cover the medical experience and debates, those who both accepted and rejected amputation, the role that women played in the lives of amputees, the political debates about pensions and prosthetic limbs and the postwar adjustments men underwent due to their missing limb.
I have also begun thinking about a future project of how Civil War Memory groups, such as the United Confederate Veterans, dealt with wounded and disabled veterans. Additionally, I am writing on the Disneyland attraction "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln."
I am the inaugural series editor of Civil War in the South, with Kent State University Press, which will offer readers the latest in cutting-edge scholarship as it pertains to the southern experience during the American Civil War era. While the series will focus exclusively on the South in its totality (upper, lower and border South), books published will offer a wide range of historical topics, including politics, military campaigns, the experience of the common soldier, the hardships on the home front, and the dynamics of race, gender, and class within southern society. The series will address the latest trends in Civil War historiography, including medicine, environmental history, cultural studies, guerrilla conflict, and the dynamics of memory in the aftermath of the Civil War. Political, social, and cultural explorations of Reconstruction in the South are also welcome. At the same time, Civil War in the South will offer edited collections of diaries and letters from soldiers, politicians, and civilians who endured the most traumatic chapter in American history. The series will also include biographies of prominent military, political, and civilian figures and reprints of classic works that have significantly shaped how we think about the South during the Civil War era.
Want to be a reviewer for Civil War History?
I am the new book review editor for the journal Civil War History. I am seeking reviewers who are interested in reviewing titles that cover the entire Civil War era, including slavery, Reconstruction, freedom, the 1850s and the war itself. Please email me a note of introduction with your CV. More information about the book review process can be found here:
Please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my office, in 411B Plumb Hall, has a phone, which you can call at (620) 341-5573.