Rhonda M. Kohl received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Temple University in 1980 and a master’s degree in American history and museum studies from Southern Illinois University in 1987. Her thesis, “Benjamin Ladd Wiley: Nineteenth-Century Entrepreneur and Politician,” led her to research on the 5th Illinois Cavalry. A previous article on the unit’s services during the Vicksburg campaign was published in the Illinois Historical Journal. The article on health and disease at Helena grew out of research into the history of the regiment. Kohl owns and operates Kohl & Associates, a historical research firm in Jeffersonville, Indiana, specializing in the Civil War.
Leslie A. Schwalm is associate professor of history at the University of Iowa. She is the author of A Hard Fight for We: Women’s Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina (1997), which won the Willie Lee Rose book prize. Her current project, “Emancipation’s Diaspora,” explores the ways in which the destruction of slavery became a national phenomenon, by investigating the meaning, impact, and public memory of emancipation among white and African American midwesterners.
James P. Weeks teaches history at Penn State’s Hazelton Campus. He has served as a scholar-in-residence at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and as a research fellow at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. He is the author of Gettysburg: Memory, Market, and an American Shrine (2003) as well as numerous articles. Currently he is writing a book about Pennsylvania’s Civil War treasures in the PHMC.