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Caroline Newhall - Columbus State University

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Columbus State University

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Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Trinity College, Hartford


Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall specializes in 19th-century United States history, focusing on North American slavery, warfare, and the Civil War Era. Her dissertation, “‘Under the Rebel Lash’: Black Prisoners of War in the Confederate South,” analyzed the experiences of Black Civil War soldiers who became prisoners of war in the Confederacy. She joined Columbus State University as an Assistant Professor of History in the fall of 2021, and was the 2020–2022 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech.

She has spoken at numerous engagements, including the National Park Service Lecture Program and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg, and is a member of several organizations including the Society of Civil War Historians, the Society for Military History, and the Southern Historical Association.

Academic Areas

United States History, Race, Slavery, Captivity, Military History, Legal History

Research Interests

A past fellow at UVA’s Nau Center and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, Dr. Newhall has written for several publications including Civil War History, the Civil War Monitor, and The Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog, as well as UNC Chapel Hill libraries’ For the Record blog on her research into the lives of enslaved people at UNC Chapel Hill.

She is currently working on her book manuscript on Black prisoners of war (POWs), as well as a digital database and mapping project centered on Black POWs’ movements throughout the American South and their genealogies. Further information on her work can be viewed at her personal website.

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