About the Center


Founder & Director, 2009-2020

John R. Neff created the Center for Civil War Research in 2009 and served as its director until his death in 2020. He joined the faculty at the University of Mississippi in 1999. With a research focus in Civil War memory, he was delighted to be invited to participate in the placing of a monument to the Eleventh Mississippi Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg National Military Park in 2000. His first book, Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation , appeared in 2005 from the University Press of Kansas. That year, he was also named the College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year, and in 2009 he received the Elsie B. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. At the time of his death, he was researching the legacy of the Civil War in Chicago, a project he had tentatively titled City of Memory .


Interim Director

April Holm is a historian of the nineteenth century United States with a particular interest in sectionalism, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Christianity, and the border states.  Her work concerns the intersection of the moral and the political.  Her first book, A Kingdom Divided: Evangelicals, Loyalty, and Sectionalism in the Civil War Era was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2017.  She is currently at work on a book about provost marshals and civilians in the occupied border states during the Civil War.  Professor Holm received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2010 and spent a year as at Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New School and The New-York Historical Society. She joined the University of Mississippi in 2011.

Web Development

The following individuals have contributed their time and expertise to the creation and maintenance of our Center website: Noah Arnold, Eli Baker, Andrew Davis, Amy Fluker, Boyd Harris, Tony Klein, Amanda Nagel, Christine Rizzi, Audrey M. Uffner, Hunter Upchurch, LeeAnn Whitely.


Amy Evans of Wide Eye Design designed and constructed the website: amy@wideeyedesign


Color Photo Credits

African American Civil War Memorial, Washington D. C.

Photo courtesy of Leon Reed / Flickr.  Used with permission.

Hancock's Monument, Gettysburg National Military Park, and

New York Irish Brigade Monument, Gettysburg National Military Park.

Photos courtesy of Julie Rentsch / Flickr.  Used with permission.

Sherman Monument, Central Park, New York City.

Photo courtesy of Peter Law / Flickr.  Used with permission.

Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument and Pennsylvania State Monument,

Gettysburg National Military Park, and

First Pennsylvania Cavalry Monument, Gettysburg National Military Park.

Photos courtesy of Ron Zanoni / Flickr.  Used with permission.

Iowa State Monument, Shiloh National Military Park.

Photo courtesy of Pat Neff.  Used with permission.

All other color photos, John R. Neff.



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