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David H. Slay, Ph.D. - Vita

EDUCATION
  • Texas Christian University
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Fall 2004-May 2009
    Ph.D. History, May 2009
  • Mississippi State University
    Starkville, Mississippi
    Fall 2000-May 2003
    M.A. History, May 2003
  • Shorter College
    Rome, Georgia
    B.S. History, December 1999
DISSERTATION
  • New Masters on the Mississippi: The United States Colored Troops of the Middle Mississippi Valley
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Tulane University (Madison Campus)
    African American History to 1865 (Fall 2010)

  • American Public University (Spring 2009 - present)
    Latin American History (graduate level)
    Museum Culture (January 2010, graduate)

  • Hinds Community College (August 2006 - present)
    U.S. History Since 1877
    U.S. History to 1877

  • Mississippi State University (August 2002 - May 2003)
    U.S. History to 1877
PUBLICATIONS
  • Civil War Manuscripts in Georgia: An Annotated Bibliography. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. Due out in Fall 2010.
  • The Papers of U. S. Grant, Vol. 31, 1883-1885, Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 2009. Assistant textual editor.
  • "Abraham Lincoln and the Mississippi Colored Troops" Journal of Mississippi History: Special Issue: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Civil War in Mississippi, Vol. 70, No. 1—Spring 2008, pp. 65-84.
  • Essays on "Hymns" "African American Commemoration" "Emancipation" "Family Among Slaves and Freedmen" "Free Blacks" "Freedpeople" "Race and Racial Tensions" and "Slave Markets" in Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
  • "Slavery's Long Grasp: The Problem of Pensions for Dependents of Mississippi Valley USCT Veterans" Revising for publication.
  • "Bloodshed in Trion brought out the Troops" Past Times: Life and Strife in the Mills. News Publishing Company, August 2008. p. 68-70..
  • "Darkness and Light: Progressive, Repressive" Past Times: The Rise and Fall of Mill Life. News Publishing Company, August 2007. p. 63-66.
  • "Playing a Sinking Piano: The Struggle for Position in Occupied Rome, Georgia" Georgia Historical Quarterly. Vol. XC, No. 4, Winter 2006. p. 484-50.
  • "Primary Sources on the History of Rome" Rome News Tribune, Rome, Georgia. Occasional column, 1999 to present.
EDITORSHIPS
  • Assistant Textual Editor, The Papers of U. S. Grant, Vol. 31, 1883-1885, Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.
  • Member of editorial board, The Electronic Guide to Collections of Civil War Manuscripts, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press.
  • Assistant Editor, Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War, Detroit, Gale Cengage Learning, 2008.
BOOK REVIEWS
  • Robert G. Evans, ed. The 16th Mississippi Infantry: Civil War Letters and Reminiscences. (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002) Journal of Mississippi History. Summer 2004, No. 2, p. 214.
  • Patrick, Jeffrey L., and Robert J. Willey, eds. Fighting for Liberty and Right: The Civil War Diary of William Bluffton Miller, First Sergeant, Company K, Seventy- fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. (Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 2005) Civil War Book Review. Scheduled for publication.
  • Barbara Bentley Smith and Nina Bentley Baker, eds. "Burning Rails as We Pleased": The Civil War Letters of William Garrigues Bentley, 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. (Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2004) H-Net, July 8, 2006.
  • Dossman, Steven Nathaniel. Campaign for Corinth: Blood in Mississippi. (College Station, Texas A&M University Press Consortium, 2006) The Civil War News. October 2006, p. 31.
  • Michael B. Ballard and Thomas D. Cockrell, eds. Chickasaw: A Mississippi Scout for the Union, The Civil War Memoir of Levi H. Naron. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2005) The Civil War News. October 2006, p. 28.
  • Cimprich, John. Fort Pillow, A Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Press, 2005) The Civil War News. Scheduled for publication.
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
  • Black Westerners: The United States Colored Troops in the Western Theater.
  • Braxton Bragg: A Biography. Coauthoring with Steven Woodworth for the LSU Press
  • The Memoirs of Benjamin Grubb Humphreys: Planter, Confederate General, and Mississippi Governor.
  • John Eaton: Lincoln's Soldier of the Freedmen's Bureau.
  • Battles of Dallas and Resaca, Georgia.
  • Civil War Students' Handbook
AWARDS
  • National Park Service, Southeast Region, George B. Hertzog Award for volunteer programs, 2007
  • Best Graduate Student Paper, Texas Christian University, co-winner 2007
  • Best Graduate Student Paper, Texas Christian University, co-winner 2006
  • Green Fellowship, Texas Christian University, 2005
  • Garner Fellowship, Mississippi State University, 2000
PUBLIC HISTORY EXPERIENCE
  • Park Ranger
    Vicksburg National Military Park
    May-August 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 to present
  • Internship
    Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
    May-August 1999
  • Internship
    Rome Area History Museum
    Rome, Georgia, spring 1999
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
  • Mississippi Historical Society, Annual Conference
    "United States Colored Troops as Occupation Troops in Mississippi"
    March 6-8, 2008
  • Vicksburg 2007 Civil War Conference
    Introduction of speakers
    Vicksburg, Mississippi, October 5-6, 2007
  • Vicksburg National Military Park
    Long Range Interpretative Planning Workshop
    Vicksburg, Mississippi, September 11-12, 2007
  • University of Mississippi Conference on the Civil War: "The Experience of Combat"
    Paper presented: "After Vicksburg: The Changing Face of Combat in the Middle Mississippi Valley"
    University of Mississippi, May 18-19, 2007
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History Symposium on the Black Experience in the Civil War
    Speech on the rise of the USCT as masters of the Middle Mississippi Valley
    Jackson, Mississippi, February 17, 2007
  • University of Mississippi Conference on the Civil War
    Paper presented: "Slavery's Long Grasp: The Problem of Pensions for Dependents of USCT Veterans"
    University of Mississippi, May 19-21, 2006.
  • Vicksburg 2005 Civil War Conference
    Introduction of speakers
    Vicksburg, Mississippi, November 11-12, 2005
  • Pi Gamma Mu, 1999 Annual Conference
    Paper presented: "The Rome Races and the Internet"
    Emory and Henry College, April 1999
  • Georgia Association of Historians, 1998 Annual Conference
    Paper presented: "Internet Research Methods"
    Hiawassee, Georgia, April 3-4, 1998
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Black and Blue: The Black Civil War Experience in Natchez
    Admiral Farragut
    Natchez, Mississippi, October 10, 2009
  • United States Colored Troops and Vicksburg
    Vicksburg Lion’s Club,
    May, 2009
  • Port Gibson Historical Society
    The Career of Benjamin Grubb Humphreys
    Port Gibson, Mississippi, November 2004
  • Northwest Georgia Genealogical Society
    Internet Research Methods
    Rome, Georgia; May 2000
  • 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry Descendants Association
    The Rome Races: A Civil War Battle
    Chickamauga, Georgia; October 1999
  • Polk County Historical Society
    Civil War Research Methods
    May 1998, Cedartown, Georgia
  • Georgia Historical Society
    Tour guide at quarterly meeting
    Mt. Berry, Georgia 1998
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Pearl Upper Middle School
    Speech on Vicksburg campaign
    Pearl, Mississippi; May 6, 2005
  • Rome City Commission, Fort Norton Preservation Committee
    Consultant on historic fortifications
    Rome, Georgia; Spring 2000
  • Model Middle School
    Speech on Civil War soldiers.
    Rome, Georgia; April 2000
  • McHenry Elementary School
    Speech on the Civil War
    Rome, Georgia; Fall 1993
GRANTS
  • Boller-Wooster Travel Grant, 2007
  • Mike Stevens Research Grant, 2006
  • Eastern National (National Park Service) Research Grant, 2006
  • Mike Stevens Research Grant, 2005