My name is Brian Matthew Jordan, and I am a Ph.D. student at Yale University working on a dissertation about Union veterans and the trials of homecoming after the Civil War. My research focuses on issues of historical memory and trauma. I speak frequently at Civil War-related organizations across the country.

7 thoughts on “About

  1. barbara says:

    I am looking forward to reading your blogs. This is an exciting adventure for us all!


  2. rortensie says:


    I just jumped over to your site after reading about it on Kevin’s site. Looks great. I’m so out of touch with my Civil War research that through Kevin, Keith, and now your blogs I can get my fix while doing Air Force history. Thanks!


  3. rortensie says:


    I just clicked over to your blog from a post on Kevins. I am looking forward to your blogs as I am out of touch with my Civil War research/reading and get caught up with Kevin, Keith, Brooks, and now your blogs and gets me out of my Air Force research/writing. Thanks!


  4. Carl Eeman says:

    Dr. Jordan,
    (Let me be the first to give you that salutation here!) I have just come across your blog. Your are doing fine work and certainly having Dr. Blight as a mentor will be a boon to you. Dr. Blight was kind enough to write the jacket blurb for my novel “Encampment” (Melange Press, 2009) as it gave another narrative approach to the Reunion epoch. (more at http://www.carleeman.com). I am also becoming a film maker, in pre-production on a 60 minute documentary on the 1913 Gettysburg Veteran’s Reunion. I have some funding irons in the fire that may produce results in the next few weeks and so filming can begin this summer. Congratulations again on passing/surviving orals!

    March on!


  5. Tom Prince says:

    Hi Brian.
    I came across your site by accident, you have an interesting view on the GAR membership and a reminder that “Fraternity” and ” We drank from the same canteen” should be a key mentions in your study with comments about this Veterans society which unified these combat Vets and helped with their post war trauma. My research direction is differant than yours were I use the local CW Vet as a post war hero.

  6. AncientOne says:

    Promising! Don’t forget the music — those who “drank from the same canteen” also sang the same songs and stood at attention when the fifes and drums marched by. They had no use for the brass bands, it was the old music from the fife and drum corps that brought them to their feet with a tear in the eye. If I can help in that regard, do let me know. They were indeed the keepers of the music, much of which lives on the in Ancient fife and drum corps that you must hear on occasion in Southern CT.


  7. DU HUA says:

    I came across your site by accident. It is great! I am also at Yale. As a visiting student from China, I will stay here form half a year. I have attended Pro. David Blight’s seminar-Readings in the 19th century. My be we can go out to have a coffee if you are free. I love your blog, especially admire your deep love and interest to historical research.

    Du Hua

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