Jennifer M. Murray

Jennifer M. Murray 

Assistant Professor of History

Phone:  276.376.4609
Office:  Zehmer 215


  • Ph.D. – Auburn University, 2010
  • M.A. – James Madison University, 2005
  • B.S. – Frostburg State University, 2003

Courses Taught

  • Western Civilization I & II
  • U.S. History I & II
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • America in the Gilded Age
  • American Foreign Policy, 1917-present.
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Public History:  Introduction to Public History / Voices Past and Present: Oral History
  • Military History:  American Military History / Civil War Field Experience / Vietnam: The American Experience / Wars of the Cold War / Terrorism, Insurgency, and Counterinsurgency / World War II: A Global Military History / WWII European Theater (Study Abroad)

Research Interests

Dr. Murray’s research explores the interplay between warfare and the creation and perpetuation of historical memory, and in particular the preservation and interpretation of Civil War battlefields.  Her book, On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military park, 1933-2013 (University of Tennessee Press, 2014), explores the nexus of landscape preservation, interpretation, and memory at Gettysburg National Military Park.  The book also addresses the evolving ways in which Americans commemorated the Gettysburg battlefield and used the landscape for various, contemporary purposes.  Murray won the 2014 Bachelder Coddington Award for On A Great Battlefield.

Other research interests focus on traditional military issues and include the practice and evolution of frontal assaults during the Civil War.  Murray is currently working on a monograph on George Gordon Meade and the Army of the Potomac, to be published with the Conflicting Worlds Series at Louisiana State University Press.

Professional Interests

Dr. Murray is an active member in several professional organizations and institutes, including the Society for Military Historians, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.  In June 2009, she received a fellowship to West Point’s Summer Seminar in Military History.  In addition to academic pursuits, Dr. Murray has worked for the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park as a seasonal interpretive ranger for nine summers.

Recent Selected Publications

  • On A Great Battlefield’: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933 – 2012.  Knoxville, TN:  University of Tennessee Press, 2014.

On a Great Battlefield

  • The Civil War Begins, the U.S. Army’s Campaign Series, Civil War Commemorative Series.  Center for Military History Publications, 2012.
  • Contributing Essay, “Civil War Tactics,” in A Companion to the U.S. Civil War.  Edited by Aaron Sheehan-Dean.  Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2014.

The US Civil War

  • Contributing Essay, “Preserving the Nashville Battlefield: The South’s True Lost Cause” in The Tennessee Campaign of 1864: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville.  Edited by Steven E. Woodworth.  Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland Series, Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.  Forthcoming.
  • “‘Far Above Our Poor Power to Add or Detract’: National Park Service Administration of Gettysburg Battlefield, 1933-1938.”  Civil War History 55 (March 2009): 56-81.