Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: W. Fitzhugh Brundage

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Curriculum Vitae


BA Trinity College, Hartford 2010
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Research Interests

Caroline Wood Newhall's dissertation project, "'Under the Rebel Lash': Black Prisoners of War in the Confederate South," examines the experiences of black Union soldiers who were captured and enslaved in the Confederacy. Using United States Colored Troops' regimental service records, black veterans' pension files, and correspondence in the Official Records of the war, her work emphasizes the intersections of race, labor, gender, and capital in wartime. She plans to expand her research into a genealogical project as she identifies formerly enslaved soldiers' family and community networks through the USCT pensions.

Recent Public Engagements

  • Speaker, “‘Under the Rebel Lash’: Black POWs in the Confederate South,” Tell  About the South Showcase Series, Center for the Study of the American South, Chapel Hill
  • Presenter, “Re-Engaging With Military History: The Path Forward,” The Society for Military History Emerging Scholars Lightning Round Session, OAH Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
  • Panelist, “Race and Gender Explorations: War and Military Service in 19th and 20th Century America,” University of Alabama Military History Symposium, Tuscaloosa
  • Finalist, “Under the Rebel Lash: Black POWs in the Confederate South,” Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), UNC-Chapel Hill
  • "Compelled to Stay in Slavery: The Captivity of the 44th USCT," Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, National Park Service Lecture Program, Chattanooga