ECW Honors Dan Welch with Upton Award

Dan Welch (left) accepts ECW’s Brig. Gen. Emory Upton Award from Editor-in-Chief Chris Mackowski.

Emerging Civil War has selected Dan Welch as the recipient of this year’s Emory Upton Award. The Upton Award is presented to a member of the Emerging Civil War (ECW) community in recognition of outstanding service to ECW.

“Dan has been a pinch hitter for ECW in so many ways it’s almost impossible to track them all,” said ECW Editor-in-Chief Chris Mackowski. “His portfolio of service has deeply entwined Dan into the very fabric of ECW itself. His energy and enthusiasm have done a lot to propel us forward as an organization at some really key moments.”

Most recently, Welch assumed the mantle of managing editor of the Emerging Revolutionary War book series, published by Savas Beatie in collaboration with ECW and ECW’s sister site, Emerging Revolutionary War.

Last year, Welch helped launch the Emerging Civil War 10th Anniversary Series by co-editing the first three volumes, The Summer of ‘63: Gettysburg, The Summer of ‘63: Vicksburg & Tullahoma, and Grant vs. Lee.

Welch’s other service to ECW has included terms on ECW’s board of directors, including time as the organization’s secretary, and he has been a co-coordinator of ECW’s annual symposium. He has co-led a pop-up tour for ECW at Antietam National Battlefield and spoken at a number of ECW events. He was also the inaugural preservation editor on the ECW blog.

Beyond ECW, Welch is an educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, he was the education programs coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park. Welch continues to serve as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He also serves as the associate editor of the long-running Gettysburg Magazine.

A lifelong student to the Civil War era, Welch has been a contributing member at Emerging Civil War since 2014 is the co-author of two works in the Emerging Civil War Series: The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863, and the forthcoming Never Such A Campaign: The Battle of Second Manassas, August 28-30, 1862. He is also the co-author of Ohio at Antietam: The Buckeye State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day. He has published numerous essays, articles, and book reviews, as well.

Welch received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University, an MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University, and completed Gettysburg College’s rigorous Gettysburg Semester program under the tutelage of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo.

Dan resides with his wife, Sarah, and three Labrador retrievers in Boardman, Ohio.

Previous recipients of ECW’s Brig. Gen. Emory Upton award include Paige Gibbons Backus, Rob Orrison, Sarah Kay Bierle, Kris White, Jennifer Mackowski, and Chris Mackowski.

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 Emerging Civil War is the collaborative effort of more than two-dozen historians committed to sharing the story of the Civil War in an accessible way. Founded in 2011 by Kris White and Chris Mackowski, Emerging Civil War features public and academic historians of diverse backgrounds and interests, while also providing a platform for emerging voices in the field. Initiatives include the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series of books published by Savas Beatie, LLC; the “Engaging the Civil War” Series published by Southern Illinois University Press; an annual symposium; a speakers bureau; and a daily blog:

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4 Responses to ECW Honors Dan Welch with Upton Award

  1. Congrats, Dan.
    Sure hope you can get Savas Beatie to “step it up” a bit on ERW books. Bert Dunkerly’s book on the Rev War in NJ has again been delayed for over a year now and Mark Maloy’s on Charleston has just been delayed from Sept to April 2023; which likely means 2024.
    They just don’t seem to put at all the same emphasis on ERW books as any thing published on Gettysburg, for instance.

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