Francis Marion University Associate Professor of History Dr. Jacqueline Glass Campbell will address attendees of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s 19th annual Williams Research Center Symposium in New Orleans on Saturday, Jan. 25. The symposium is presented in conjunction with Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Campbell is one of eight scholars invited to discuss a variety of perspectives on the fundamental struggle of the Civil War and Historic New Orleans during the Home Front, Battlefront: Louisiana in the Civil War portion of the symposium. Campbell will share the contents of one of her published works that involved Benjamin Butler’s infamous proclamation concerning Confederate women in New Orleans. Her ability to expose the oddities of the relationships between civilians and soldiers has given her a platform to explore Louisiana’s experience during the war, while relating wartime events to broader and timeless themes of the south.
“As a child, I devoured historical fiction,” says Campbell. “That fueled my love for southern history. It is like an onion, very complicated, yet quite fulfilling as you make it through each layer.”
A native of Scotland, Campbell is a specialist in 19th-century U.S. History and is the author of “When Sherman Marched North from the Sea: Resistance on the Confederate Home Front” (University of North Carolina Press, 2003). She is currently working on a second monograph, which is under contract with UNC Press, entitled, "A Unique but Dangerous Entanglement: Benjamin F. Butler in Occupied New Orleans, April-December 1862.” She has written numerous articles, presented papers both in the United States and Europe, and was a consultant for a History Channel documentary on Sherman's march. Campbell teaches U.S. History to 1877, the Old South and Civil War America at FMU.
Other topics to be discussed at the symposium include Abraham Lincoln’s approach to diplomacy, the experience of Union soldiers in occupied New Orleans and the development of photography during the war.