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Stephen Rockenbach

Rockenbach, Stephen, PhD

Department of History and Philosophy

Chair, Professor

Phone: 804-524-5910
Location: Colson Hall, Room 101D


Ph.D., History, University of Cincinnati, 2005
M.A., History, University of Cincinnati, 2000
B.A., History, Indiana University Southeast, 1997
A.A., Music, Rogers State College, 1991

Research and Teaching Interest

19th Century American History, Civil War and Reconstruction, American Military History

Representative Scholarly Activity

  • “‘A Brotherhood of Traitors and Felons’: Home Rebels, Amnesty, and Anti-Guerrilla Operations in Kentucky in 1864,” in The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, Spring 2017)
  • War Upon Our Border: Two Ohio Valley Communities navigate the Civil War (University of Virginia Press, Nov. 2016).
  • “’The Weeds and the Flowers are Closely Mixed’: Allegiance, Law, and White Supremacy in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, 1861-1865,” Kentucky Register of History, August 2013.
  • “’This Just Hope of Ultimate Payment’: The Indiana Morgan’s Raid Claims Commission in Harrison County, Indiana, 1863-1887,” Indiana Magazine of History, March 2013.
  • “Reconstruction” in John E. Findling and Frank W. Thackeray, eds., What Happened? An Encyclopedia of Events That Changed America Forever (ABC CLIO, 2010).
  • Seven Essays: “Emancipation Proclamation,” “Class Tensions,” “Men on the Homefront,” “War Music,” “Northern Copperheads, ”Biased Newspaper Reporting,” and “The Reconciliation Movement” in Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War (Gale Cengage, 2008).
  • “A Border City at War: Louisville and the 1862 Confederate Invasion of Kentucky,” Ohio Valley History, vol. 3, no. 4, Winter 2003, 35-52.
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