OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Elizabeth D. Leonard

Portrait of Elizabeth D. Leonard

Elizabeth D. Leonard is the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, Emerita, at Colby College and the author of Yankee Women: Gender Battles in the Civil War (1994), All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies (1999), Lincoln's Avengers: Justice, Revenge, and Reunion after the Civil War (2004), Men of Color to Arms! Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality (2010),Lincoln's Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (2011), cowinner of the Lincoln Prize, and Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community's Struggle Toward Freedom (2019). She is currently completing a biography of General Benjamin F. Butler.

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A controversial figure in his lifetime, Butler has been treated harshly by history and historians. This lecture discusses the many reasons why Butler's life and memory merit a reassessment.