Amy Murrell Taylor

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  • Associate Professor
  • History
  • Gender and Women's Studies
1703 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Historic Preservation (College of Design)
Research Interests:

A.B., Duke University

M.A., University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the U.S. South in the 19th century. Her latest book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, 2018), is a study of the many thousands of men, women, and children who fled slavery and sought refuge behind the lines of the Union army during the American Civil War. It explores how their day-to-day experiences in military-supervised camps shaped the way Emancipation unfolded in the United States. She previously examined families divided by national loyalties, both the realities of their lives and the images of them in popular culture, in The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005).  She is the co-editor, with Stephen Berry, of the "UnCivil Wars" series with the University of Georgia Press, as well as an editorial advisory board member of the Civil War Monitor magazine and a past member of the board of editors of the Journal of Southern History. She is also involved in a variety of public history and historic preservation projects in central Kentucky.

Great Teacher Award, UK Alumni Association, 2016 (Profile)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2008-2009

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, 2018)

"Casualties," Civil War Monitor (March 2013)

“How a Cold Snap in Kentucky Led to Freedom for Thousands: An Environmental Story of Emancipation,” in Stephen Berry, ed., Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011)

“The Border States,” in Robert Sutton and John Latschar, eds., The Civil War Remembered: Official National Park Service Handbook (National Park Service, 2011)

Co-editor with Michael Perman, Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction, 3rd ed. (Cengage, 2010)

Interchange: Digital History,” a discussion with seven other digital historians, Journal of American History (September 2008)

The Divided Family in Civil War America (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2005)


  • Cameron Boutin
  • Jacob Glover (PhD, 2017)
  • Steffi King
  • Jennifer McCabe
  • Emily Moore
  • Andrew Patrick (PhD, 2017)
  • CJ Werking
  • Ruth White
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