Chandler Lighty vita

Chandler Lighty vita

S. Chandler Lighty
Assistant Editor
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln
National Archives
Washington, DC

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M.A., History, Miami University, 2005 (Thesis: “The Fall and Rise of Lew Wallace: Gaining Legitimacy Through Popular Culture”).

B.A., History, Olivet Nazarene University, 2001.


Professional Experience

Assistant Editor, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2011-present.

Research Associate, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2008-2011.

History Education Specialist, Indiana Historical Bureau, 2007-2008.

Assistant Director, Montgomery County (IN) Historical Society, 2006-2007.

Adjunct History Instructor, Ivy Tech Community College, 2006.

Volunteer Editorial Assistant, The Papers of Lew and Susan Wallace, 2006.

Teaching Assistant, Miami University, 2003-2005.

Researcher, The Papers of Lew and Susan Wallace, 2002-2004.

Assistant Director and Public Historian, General Lew Wallace Study, 1997-2003.

Archives Associate, Ramsay Archives, Wabash College, 1999-2000.


Professional Development

Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, University of Wisconsin, Madison, July 2010.




“Civil War Masks Gen. Lew Wallace’s Artistic Side,” Crawfordsville (IN) Journal-Review, 20 June 2002, with Joann Spragg.

Encyclopedia of American Populism, edited by Alexandra Kindell and Elizabeth S. Demer, “Emancipation Proclamation” and “Know Nothings." Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming, 2013.

“The First Indiana High School Basketball State Tournament Champion 1911 Crawfordsville High School,” Indiana Basketball History Magazine (Fall 2008): 44-53.

“Honoring a Lesser Known Wallace,” Crawfordsville (IN) Journal-Review, 18 October 2001.

“Life and Times of Henry Lane Wallace Explored,” Crawfordsville (IN) Journal-Review, 15 November 2001.

“Man’s Artistic Expressions: General Lew Wallace,” Crawfordsville (IN) Journal-Review, 18 July 2002.

 Essays & Reviews

Review of Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, by David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften. Journal of Southern History 78 (November 2012): 985.

Review of At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis, by Shearer Davis Bowman. Maryland Historical Magazine (forthcoming).

Review of The Chattanooga Campaign, edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear. Journal of Military History (forthcoming).

Review of The Enemy Within: Fears of Corruption in the Civil War North, by Michael Thomas Smith.  Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 110 (Winter 2012): 113-115.

Review of Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln, by Jason Emerson.  Annals of Iowa (Winter 2013) (forthcoming).

Review of The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory, edited by Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams.  Indiana Magazine of History 107 (September 2011): 271-73.

Review of Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union, by William C. Harris. Maryland Historical Magazine (forthcoming).

Review of Lincoln and the Election of 1860, by Michael S. Green, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln, by Kenneth J. Winkle.  Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 105 (Summer-Fall 2012): 266-267.

Review of Lincoln's Political Generals, by David Work.  Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 32 (Winter 2011): 72-77.

Review of Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War, by Gail Stephens.  Ohio Valley History 11 (Spring 2011): 88-89.


Papers & Conferences

“‘Able and Efficient Services’: Lew Wallace and Indiana’s Mobilization for War, April 15-23, 1861,” paper presented at Fourth Annual Civil War Study Group Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2011.

“The Abolitionization of Major General Lew Wallace,” paper presented at “Abolition: The Spark that Ignited the Second American Revolution,” 30th Annual Illinois History Symposium, Wheaton, Illinois, March 2010.

“Him and Hur: Lew Wallace and Nineteenth Century Manhood,” paper presented at the Lew Wallace Symposium, Wabash College, 2005.

“Road Warriors: Wingate High School's Basketball Championship Odysseys, 1913 & 1914,” paper presented at the 32nd Annual Indiana Association of Historians Meeting, Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, February, 2012.

"Wingate’s Basketball Championships of 1913 & 1914: A Centennial Retrospective,” paper presented at the Montgomery County Historical Society Annual Meeting, Crawfordsville, Indiana, November 7, 2012.