Elizabeth D. Leonard

Gibson Professor of History, Emerita (Retired)

Box 5322

Phone: 207-859-5322
Fax: 207-859-5340
Mailing Address:
5322 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Leonard, Elizabeth D.


University of California, Riverside:
Ph. D. in United States History, June 1992
M. A. in United States History, October 1988

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. history 1780-1900, especially the Civil War era
  • American women

Professional Information

Elizabeth D. Leonard is the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. A native of New York City, she earned her Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of California, Riverside, in 1992. Leonard is the author of several articles and five books on the Civil War-era: 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); and Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally: Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky (2011), which was named co-winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize in 2012. She is currently engaged in research for a new project, which weaves together a deeper study of Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt’s transformation from slaveholder to willing advocate and enforcer of President Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation policies, and the story of the lived experience of enslaved men from the region of Kentucky where Holt was raised -- including one of Holt’s own former slaves -- as they ran from slavery to fight for freedom in the Union army and then returned to try and claim the promises of Emancipation.


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