Our Faculty

Dr. Brian McKnight, professor of history at the University of Virginia at Wise, will be our lead faculty member for the workshop. Dr. McKnight is an expert on the border states and particularly Kentucky’s unique place in Civil War history. His books, “Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia,” and “Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia,” have brought a wealth of fresh scholarship to border state studies. Dr. McKnight will be a constant presence during the week and available for questions and discussions each day, including the site visits planned for the week.

Dr. Lindsey Apple, retired professor of history at Georgetown College, will share his research on Henry Clay and this political leader’s family divisions that were caused by the Civil War at our visit to Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

Dr. Aaron Astor, professor of history at Maryville College who recently published “Rebels on the Border: The Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri,” will discuss the Reconstruction era and its unique challenges in Kentucky and the border states during our final day of the workshop.

Mr. Robert Bell, a prized performer for the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua program, will perform his portrayal of Kentucky African-American Union soldier Newton Bush during our visit to Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park.

Dr. Juilee Decker, associate professor of art history at Georgetown College, will lead a session at the Confederate Monument in Louisville about Civil War memory, the role of commemorative public statuary and post-war memorialization in Kentucky.

Mr. Ed Hamilton, a nationally recognized artist, will discuss his historic-themed sculptures with us when we visit his Lincoln Waterfront Memorial in Louisville.

Dr. William C. Harris, history professor emeritus at North Carolina State University, will share his research that went into his book, “Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union,” winner of the 2012 Lincoln Book Prize. Dr. Harris will be also interviewed by Dr. McKnight on his book during the workshop .The book will be required reading for participants.

Dr. James Klotter, Kentucky State Historian and professor of history at Georgetown College, will provide an overview of the Bluegrass State’s unique role in the Civil War on the workshop’s first full day.

Dr. Anne E. Marshall, professor of history at Mississippi State University, has received excellent reviews for her book, “Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State.” She will discuss the transition of Kentucky during and after the Civil War into an advocate of Confederate orthodoxy and Lost Cause memorialization despite it remaining within the Union during the war.

Dr. Stephen McBride, director of interpretation and archaeology at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, will share his expertise on the United States Colored Troops and their experience in Kentucky, particularly those that served at Camp Nelson during the war.

Dr. Christopher Phillips, professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, will contrast the experiences of sister slaveholding border states Maryland and Missouri to that of Kentucky on the workshop’s first full day.

Dr. Dwight Pitcaithly, professor of history at the New Mexico State University and former Chief Historian for the National Park Service, will lead a discussion of the politics that were involved in Kentucky’s decision to initially declare neutrality and then reject secession to remain in the Union on Thursday’s visit to the Old State Capitol in Frankfort.

Dr. Alicestyne Turley, professor of African and American Studies at Berea College, will explain the different forms of active agency that Kentucky’s African-Americans utilized to ultimately bring about their emancipation when we visit Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville on Friday.