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Stephen Rockenbach

Rockenbach, Stephen, PhD



Phone: 804-524-5910
Location: Colson 101D


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

Research Areas

  • American Civil War in the border regions, guerrillas, community studies, historical memory, slavery and emancipation. 

Courses Taught

  • HIST 122 United States History to 1865
  • HIST 123 United States History after 1865
  • HIST 244 Readings in History
  • HIST 304 American Military History
  • HIST 409 Antebellum America
  • HIST 413 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIST 449 History of the American West

Graduate Level Courses:

  • HIST 510 Historiography
  • HIST 515 Antebellum and Civil War America
  • HIST 517 Seminar in Reconstruction
  • HIST 542 Slavery in National and International Perspective

Selected Publications

 “‘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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