ECW Welcomes Jon Tracey

Emerging Civil War welcomes its newest member!

Jon Tracey is a public historian focused on soldier experience, medical care, and veteran life in the Civil War era. He holds a BA in History from Gettysburg College with minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies and is currently pursuing an MA from West Virginia University in Public History with a Certificate in Cultural Resource Management. He has also worked several seasons with the National Park Service at four sites, including three summers at Gettysburg National Military Park. Most of his recent research focuses on either the complex topic of historical memory of the Civil War or Camp Letterman General Hospital, the largest hospital in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.


  • “Benjamin Watkins Leigh, Johnson’s Division,” “James Bedell, 7th Michigan Cavalry,” and “Hannibal Howell, 76th New York,” Killed at Gettysburg,
  • “The Utility of the Wounded: Circular No. 2, Camp Letterman, and Acceptance of Medical Dissection,” Gettysburg College Journal of the Civil War Era Volume 9 (2019).
  • “Book Notes: James Hessler and Britt Isenberg, Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard,” in Gettysburg Magazine 63, July 2020.

In addition to his blog posts since becoming a member, be sure to check out his earlier guest posts!

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10 Responses to ECW Welcomes Jon Tracey

  1. Welome, Jon. Have you done a post on the current status of the effort to preserve the land where Camp Letterman was located. If you have, and I missed, my apologies. In any event, welcome to this group. I regularly enjoy what I learn.

    • Jon Tracey says:


      Good question! The issue with that is that the land ownership is very complicated, and according to a recent change on, now under contract. It is difficult to track changing development plans.

      In addition to that, GBPA is heading up the preservation effort and has been unclear on updates… and also hasn’t responded to any of my emails over the last few months. If things become more clear or concrete, I agree a post on the updated status would be useful.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Huzzah! Welcome! 🙂

  3. John Foskett says:

    Looks like a good addition to the team. Welcome aboard.

  4. Katy Berman says:

    The article about German POWs at Gettysburg was first-rate!

  5. Lyle Smith says:

    I’m just a commenter, but Welcome! The more historians the merrier.

  6. Meg Groeling says:

    Welcome–Remember Ellsworth!

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