Dr. Barton Myers teaches courses on nineteenth century U.S. and American military history, specializing in the American Civil War Era. He received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Georgia. Dr. Myers' first book, Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865 (LSU Press, 2009), traced the origins, course and consequences of a guerrilla war in the Great Dismal Swamp region of North Carolina and the legal issues related to the public execution of a notorious Confederate guerrilla named Daniel Bright. His work received the prestigious Jules and Frances Landry Award for the best book in southern studies published by Louisiana State University Press.
Dr. Myers' current book project, Rebels Against a Rebellion: Southern Unionists in Secession, War and Remembrance, explores the life and death struggle of more than 350 southern-born unionist sympathizers living in Civil War era North Carolina. This project traces the repressive military policies of the Confederate military toward its own dissident population and the outbreak of guerrilla violence at the local level in the Old North State. This project received one of ten Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowships awarded internationally in 2008-2009.
Dr. Myers also contributed an article entitled "A More Rigorous Style of Warfare: Wild's Raid, Guerrilla Violence and Negotiated Neutrality in Northeastern North Carolina" in Paul D. Escott ed., North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction (UNC Press, 2008). Myers has presented and organized panels at numerous conferences including the Southern Historical Association, the Society for Military History, the American Historical Association, The Historical Society and the Organization of American Historians.
Dr. Myers' teaching interests focus on U.S. military history broadly defined. In 2009-2010, he was the inaugural Jack Miller Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Military History at Cornell University, where he taught courses in American military history and the history of irregular warfare. Myers is also interested in African-American, U.S. South, environmental and other sub-fields of U.S. and world history that intersect with the history of U.S. military policy and institutions. He spent four summers wearing the green and gray of the National Park Service as a historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, which gives him an intense interest in public history and issues related to Civil War memory.