Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang

Assistant Professor

233 Allen Hall

American Civil War and Reconstruction, Nineteenth-Century America, U.S. South, American War and Society



Andrew Lang studies how nineteenth-century Americans understood and created warfare, particularly during the Civil War Era. His current book, In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America (2017), is published by Louisiana State University Press.

He is currently co-authoring a book for the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era, published by the University of North Carolina Press, titled The American Civil War and the World: Limited War, Limited Peace.

In addition to co-editing an anthology on new approaches to Civil War military history, he is in the beginning stages of researching the cultures of demobilization, anti-militarism, and the meaning of peace during the months and years following the Civil War.


  • Ph.D. (2013); M.A. (2010): Rice University, (History). 
  • Nominee: Council of Graduate Schools International Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities, 2013 
  • M.A. (2008); B.A. (2005): University of North Texas

Academic Career


andy In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. (Series: Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War).

Book Projects

  • “The American Civil War and the World: Limited War, Limited Peace” – under contract with University of North Carolina Press (Series: Littlefield History of the Civil War Era); Co-author with T. Michael Parrish, Baylor University

  • “War is the Remedy: Toward a New Civil War Military History” – under contract with Louisiana State University Press (Series: Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War); Co-editor with Andrew S. Bledsoe, Lee University

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Essays

  • "The Limits of American Exceptionalism: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and the Preservation of Union," forthcoming in Bledsoe and Lang, eds., War is the Remedy.

  • “Freedom by the Bayonet, Occupation, and the Long Civil War: Surveying the Military Narratives of Reconstruction,” forthcoming in Civil War History.

  • “Challenging the Union Citizen-Soldier Ideal: Guerrilla Violence and the Irregular War,” in Barton A. Myers and Brian D. McKnight, eds., The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017), 305-34.

  • "Republicanism, Race, and Reconstruction: The Ethos of Military Occupation in Civil War America," Journal of the Civil War Era, (December 2014): 559-89. (Invited to contribute to special issue on military history edited by Gary W. Gallagher and Kathryn Shively Meier.

  • "Soldiering on the Texas Coast and the Problem of Nationalism in the Confederate Experience," in Richard B. McCaslin, et al., eds., This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell (Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2013), 157-82.

  • "Memory, the Texas Revolution, and Secession: The Birth of Confederate Nationalism in the Lone Star State," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 114 (July 2010): 21-36.
  • "Upon the Altar of Our Country: Confederate Identity, Nationalism, and Morale in Harrison County, Texas," Civil War History 55 (June 2009): 278-306.

Scholarly Book Reviews/Notes In

  • Journal of the Civil War Era, Journal of Southern History, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Civil War Book Review, Journal of Military History, Civil War History, and Military History of the West Essays in History

Online Contributions:

Academic Conference and Symposium Papers:

  • "The Origins of 'Separate but Equal'? Emancipation, Military Citizenship, and the Boundaries of Inclusion in Union Armies." Annual conference of The Center for Civil War Research at the University of Mississippi, September 2017.

  • "The American Civil War and the World: The Quest to Wage a Limited War." Annual meeting of the Society for Military History, Jacksonville, Florida, April 2017 (paper presented in absentia​).

  • “Military Occupation and the Linkages of War and Peace: The United States Colored Troops and the Long Civil War Era.” Waging Peace Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2016. Hosted by the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi.

  • “Military Occupation of the South.” Gettysburg College Civil War Institute: “Reconstruction and the Legacies of the War,” Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 2016.

  •  “For Cause and Community: Black Military Occupation and the Fate of Emancipation.” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island, April 2016.

  • “From Conservative Assumptions to Radical Change: Emancipation, African American Soldiers, and Military Occupation in Civil War America.” Mississippi Jubilee: From Slavery to Freedom Symposium on the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation, Mississippi Humanities Council, Jackson, Mississippi, April 2015 (Invited).
  • "Union Soldiers, Military Occupation, and the Market Revolution: The Problem of Informal Economies in the Civil War South," Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2014.
  • "Occupying 'The Other': United States Soldiers, Military Occupation, and National Exceptionalism from the Mexican-American War through Reconstruction," Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, June 2014.
  • "The Language of Emancipation: Lincoln's Proclamation, 'Garrisoning,' and African American Soldiers in the Union's War." As Others See Us: The British Perspective on 19th Century U.S. History, Annual Meeting of the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians, Houston, Texas, April 2014 (Invited).
  • "A Perfect Season of Stagnation: Union Soldiers and the Civil War Era Military Occupation of New Orleans." Home Front, Battlefront: Louisiana and the Civil War: Nineteenth Annual Williams Research Center Symposium, Historic New Orleans Collection, January 2014 (Invited).
  • "Spirits of Insubordination: John B. Magruder and Coastal Confederates in the Trans-Mississippi South." Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2011.
  • "Jefferson Davis and the Petticoated Confederacy: Reexamining Masculinity and the North's Civil War." Annual Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Conference, Virginia Tech University, April 2012.
  • "'Mere Spectators of that Great Drama of the War': The Problem of National Identity among Galveston's Confederate Military Population." Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, Houston, Texas, March 2012.
  • "Upon the Altar of our Country: Confederate Identity, Morale, and Defeat in Harrison County, Texas, 1860-1865." Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi, Texas, March 2008.
  • "Confederate Veterans in the Political Life of Collin County, Texas: 1876-1900." Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association, San Antonio, April 2006.

Honors & Awards

  • John W. Gardner Prize, Best Dissertation in Humanities and Social Sciences, Rice University, 2013
  • Charles Septimus Longcope Award, Best Dissertation in History, Rice University, 2013
  • Dunlevie Teaching Fellowship, Rice University, 2011-12
  • Diane Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, Historic New Orleans Collection, 2011
  • Caleb Loring, Jr., Fellowship in Civil War Studies, Boston Athenaeum, 2011 (declined)
  • Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship, Clements Library, University of Michigan, 2011
  • Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2011-12
  • James Scott Peterson Award for Distinguished Service, Rice University, 2010-11
  • USC Scholarship for Continuing Students, University of North Texas, 2007-08
  • Donald Chipman Professor Emeritus Scholarship, University of North Texas, 2007-08
  • Toulouse School of Graduate Studies Fellowship, University of North Texas, 2006-07 

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