Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White

Jonathan W. White is an associate professor of American studies at Christopher Newport University and the author of several books, including "Our Little Monitor": The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (2017), Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011), and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and the Jefferson Davis Prize, a Civil War Monitor "best book," and the winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize. He has published more than seventy-five articles, essays, and reviews, and is the winner of the 2005 John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article in Civil War History, the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, and the Thomas Jefferson Prize for his Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History (2010). He currently serves as the president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, vice chair of the Lincoln Forum, on the Ford's Theatre Advisory
Council, and on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia.

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Twitter: @CivilWarJon.


  • Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties during the Civil War
  • Dreams of War and Peace: The Remarkable Night Life of Civil War Americans
  • Lincoln's Dreams of Death
  • The Amazing, Awe-Inspiring (and Possibly Salacious) Life of Abraham Lincoln


Multiple lectures, recordings courtesy C-SPAN.

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