Jon Tracey

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 an MA from West Virginia University in Public History with a Certificate in Cultural Resource Management. Previously, he worked several seasons with the National Park Service, 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. He is currently a Historian/Cultural Resource Program Manager for the National Park Service.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • “Benjamin Watkins Leigh, Johnson’s Division,” “James Bedell, 7thMichigan Cavalry,” and “Hannibal Howell, 76th New York,” Killed at Gettysburghttp://killedatgettysburg.org/.
  • “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 Magazine63, July 2020.
  • “John Rankin, 27th Indiana: A Veteran’s Truth at Antietam and Gettysburg.” Recorded for CSPAN, March 27, 2021. https://www.c-span.org/video/?510280-8/union-soldier-john-rankin-antietam-gettysburg
  • Contributor, The Summer of ’63 Gettysburg: Favorite Stories and Fresh Perspectives from the Historians at Emerging Civil War, Savas Beatie, 2021.
  • “A Man of Iron: Theodore Pease’s Medical Treatment and Resiliency.” Gettysburg Magazine 66, January 2022.