Graduate Colloquium Series: Shane Makowicki

“‘North Carolina is Ill-Treated and Abandoned’: The Social and Political Effects of the Loss of Roanoke Island in the Confederacy”

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

Shane Makowicki
Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, 2017-2018 Glasscock Graduate Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

In January 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside led a combined army-navy expedition to the coast of North Carolina. Within a month, Burnside won a complete victory at Roanoke Island, capturing the strategically significant position along with over 2,500 Confederate soldiers. The Confederate defeat, however, had social and political effects that dwarfed the battle’s size and magnified its historical significance. This battle combined with Confederate defeats in the West to create a significant downturn in Southern morale. It also led to increasing distrust of the Confederate government in Richmond, particularly among North Carolinians. The panic in North Carolina and Southern Virginia was so intense that it provided the impetus for President Jefferson Davis’s first use of martial law, thus forcing the Confederate government to redefine the boundaries under which it would curtail the rights of its citizens. The worsening relationship between North Carolina and the Davis Administration that was the battle’s chief legacy aptly demonstrates the inseparable connection between battlefield events and the Confederate home front, and sheds light on one of the key factors in the Confederacy’s ultimate demise.

The Graduate Colloquium offers graduate students an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Shane Makowicki’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at

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