David Gerleman vita

David Gerleman vita

David J. Gerleman
Assistant Editor
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln
National Archives
Washington, DC

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Doctor of Philosophy: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999 (Dissertation: Unchronicled Heroes: A Study of Union Cavalry Horses in the Eastern Theater--Care, Treatment & Use, 1861-1865)

Master of Arts:  Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1994

Bachelor of Arts: Wartburg College, Waverly, IA, 1991


Professional Experience

Assistant Editor, Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2008-

Research Associate, Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2007-08

Lecturer, Department of History, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2002-2011

Lecturer, Department of History, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, 2001-2008

Lecturer, Department of History, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1998-2000

Graduate Assistant, SIUC-1993-1998

Research Assistant, Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, SIUC-1994


Other Experience

Research Contractor, National Archives & Library of Congress, Washington, DC--2001-07

Intern, Congressional Research Service: Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC--2001

Special Collections and Administrative Intern, Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House Museum, Washington, DC--2001

Administrative Database Assistant, Southern Illinois University Alumni Association, Carbondale, IL--1993-1998


Honors and Awards

United States Military Academy, West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, 2012

David Warren Bowman Award for the best paper presented at the Alabama Association of Historians, 2011 (co-winner)

The Filson Historical Society, Research Fellowship, 2009

University of Illinois-Springfield, APAC Professional Development Award, 2009 and 2012

National Historical Publications and Records Commission/ Wisconsin Historical Society, Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents Certificate, 2008

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Corps of Discovery Award, 2007

Virginia Polytechnic and Civil War Preservation Trust, Teacher’s Certificate, 2006

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, 2005

U. S. Military Historical Institute General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgeway Post-Doctoral Research Grant, 2005

Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Certificate, 2001

SIUC Graduate Research Travel Award, 1997; 1998




On Lincoln's Mind: Leading the Nation to the Gettysburg Address. Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2013 (co-editor).

On Lincoln's Side: Reelecting a Leader. Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2014 (co-editor).


“Acting Masters of Disasters.” Lincoln Editor II, 3 (July-September 2011).

“‘My Companion in All Places,’ A Massachusetts Cavalryman’s Appeal to President Lincoln.” North and South Magazine (January 1999).

“Don’t Mess with a Soldier’s Coffee,” Civil War Times (Online Edition), 53, 4, (August 2014).

“A Good Boy Generally: Abraham Lincoln and Samuel Williams.” Lincoln Editor IX, 3 (July-September 2009).

“Lincoln and the Horse Doctor,” Lincoln Editor XIII, 3 (July-September 2013).

“A Loyal and Worthy Man.” Lincoln Editor IX, 1, (January-March 2009).

“Mr. Potter Goes to Leavenworth: Promotion or Punishment?” Lincoln Editor X, 3 (July-September 2010).

“Now Dear Uncle Abe.” Lincoln Editor VIII, 3, (July-September 2008).

“Remember Lincoln’s Man: Dr. Anson G. Henry’s Quest for Patronage.” Lincoln Editor X, 2 (April-June 2010).

“A Roosevelt, A Dodge, and A. Lincoln,” Lincoln Editor XIV, 2 (April-June 2014).

“Sam Houston Returns?  Two Letters from Texas Secessionists in 1863.” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, CXVII, 4, (April 2014), 404-9.

“’Say AAAAAbe’: Abraham Lincoln’s First Washington Physician.” Lincoln Editor XIV, 1 (January-March 2014).

“The Son Buried at New Bern: The Case of Sergeant John Hayre, Jr.” Lincoln Editor X, 4 (October-December 2010).

“War Horse: Union Cavalry Mounts.” North and South Magazine (January 1999).

“'Would to God We Had More Such Men’: War Democrat Lyne S. Metcalf.” Lincoln Editor XII, 1 (January-March 2012).

Encyclopedia Entries

 The Early Republic and Antebellum America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. Christopher Bates, ed. M.E. Sharpe, Inc.: Armonk, NY, 2010.  Martin Van Buren; John Deere; Robert Fulton; The Panic of 1857.

 The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History.  David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, eds. ABC-CLIO: Santa Barbara, CA, 2000.  Union Cavalry; The Stoneman Raid; General George H. Stoneman.

Government Reports

 “Operation Enduring Freedom: Foreign Pledges of Military and Intelligence Support.” Report for Congress. (Congressional Research Service: Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, 2001).

 “CONTOMS (Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support Program).” Report for Congress. (Congressional Research Service: Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, 2001).


Review: Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power. Richard Carwardine. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Civil War Book Review (Fall 2006).

Guide Pamphlet: French Regimental Flags of the American Revolution, 1777-1783. Washington, DC: The Society of the Cincinnati Anderson House Museum. (2001; Revised 2006).

Review: Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River. William L. Shea & Terrence J. Winschel. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Military History of the West (Summer 2006).

Review: Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies: A Life of General Henry W. Halleck. John F. Marszalek. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004. Civil War Book Review (Summer 2005).

Review: In the First Line of Battle: The 12th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War. Samuel M. Blackwell, Jr. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2002. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (Summer 2002).

Review: Lincoln’s Cavalrymen: A History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865. Edward G. Longacre. Stackpole Books: Mechanicsburg, PA, 2000. North and South Magazine (2001).

Review: Under Custer’s Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery. Compiled by Karla Jean Husby, Edited by Eric J. Wittenberg. Brassey’s: Washington, DC, 2000. North and South Magazine (2001).

Review: Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth and Stones River. Earl J. Hess. (The University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London, 2000). Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (Fall 2000).

Review: Abraham Lincoln: Twenty Years on the Eastern Prairie. Donald G. Richter. (Vermilion County Museum Society, 1999). Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (Spring 2000).



“Worth More Than a Battle Won: The Election of 1864,” Invited Speaker, Brunswick Civil War Round Table, Southport, NC, November 2014.

"Digital History and the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project,” Invited Speaker, Lifelong Learning College, The Villages, FL, September 2014.

“’Bring Our Glorious Flag Triumphantly Back into Texas’: Anthony M. Dignowity, Abraham Lincoln, and the Restoration of the Lone Star State,” Presenter, Texas State Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, March 2014.

“Rediscovering Lincoln,” Invited Speaker, Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, October 2013.

“No Snug Berth: Abraham Lincoln, the Stanly Family, and North Carolina Unionism, Presenter, Wake Forest University, ‘Lay My Burden Down: Freedom and Legacies of the Civil War’ Conference, October 2013.

“Spurring on Victory: The United States Cavalry Bureau, 1863-1866,” Presenter, University of Mississippi Center for Civil War Research: ‘This Terrible War’, October 2013.

“’No Other Alternative’: United States Naval Cadets Confront Secession, War, and Resignation,” Presenter, United States Naval Academy, McMullen Naval History Symposium, September, 2013.

 “The Horse in the American Civil War,” Invited Speaker, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, June 2013.

 “Evolution of the Horse Doctor: Equine Health and Welfare during the Civil War;” “Disease, Death and Disposal;” “North versus South: Differences in Horse Provisioning, Training and Care during the Civil War,” Invited Speaker, Illinois State Horse Fair, March 2013.

 “A Blot on the Army: Veterinary Care in the Union Cavalry, 1861-1865,” Presenter, Smithsonian Institution Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium, Astride Two Ages: Technology and the Civil War, November 2012.

 “Looking for Lincoln: In Pursuit of Old Abe at the National Archives,” Invited Speaker, ‘Know Your Records Series,’ National Archives, May 2012.

 "Sink the Merrimack! Northern Plans, Schemes, and Inventions to Destroy the Rebel Ram,” Presenter, Civil War Naval Conference, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2012.

 “The Hidden Abe,” Invited Speaker, Capitol Hill Civil War Roundtable, Washington, DC, September 2011.

 “‘These Loyal Alabamians’: A Portrait of the First Alabama Union Cavalry Drawn from the Records of the National Archives and Pension Files,” Presenter, Alabama Association of Historians Meeting, Gulf Shores, Alabama, February, 2011.

 “Finding the Lost Lincoln,” Invited Speaker, National Archives Book Club, Washington, DC, May 2010.

 “Have You Seen A. Lincoln?” Invited Speaker, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, November 2009.

 “A Loyal and Worthy Man: William Houston, Abraham Lincoln, and Loyalist Patronage,” Presenter, Sam Houston Symposium, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, February 2009.

 “Archival Collections and Local Research,” Panelist, Sam Houston Symposium, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, February 2009.

 “Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Equestrian Image of the Commander-in-Chief,” Conference Panelist, The Filson Society, Louisville, KY, October 2008.

 “Civil War Cavalry Horses,” Invited Speaker, The Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, June 2005.

 “The King’s Banners: History and Symbolism of French Regimental Flags in the American Revolutionary War.” Invited Speaker, Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House Museum, Washington, DC, October 2001.