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J. Tracy Power

J. Tracy Power

Assistant Professor of History and Director, College Archives

Office: Holland Hall 200

Office Phone: 803-321-5217



Ph.D. in History, University of South Carolina, 1993

M.A. in History, University of South Carolina, 1984

B.A. in History, Emory University, 1980


A native of the Atlanta area who has lived in Columbia since 1981, Dr. Power has been at Newberry College since January 2014. He received his B.A. in History from Emory University in 1980 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and 1993, respectively. From 1986 to December 2013 he was a historian in the State Historic Preservation Office at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, where he was co-coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places program and coordinator of the South Carolina Historical Marker Program. He also taught American history part-time at the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College.


Dr. Power is a past president of the South Carolina Historical Association and the recipient of the Alexander S. Salley Professional Service Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service from the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies. His book Lee’s Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) won Second Place in the 1999 Lincoln Prize from the Lincoln and Soldiers Institute, Gettysburg College, the 1998 Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy, the 1998 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award from the Atlanta Civil War Round Table, and the 1999 Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Award from the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation. Dr. Power is also co-editor of The Leverett Letters: Correspondence of a South Carolina Family 1851-1868 (University of North Carolina Press, 2000); author of Stonewall Jackson: Hero of the Confederacy, a children’s biography (The Rosen Publishing Group’s PowerKids Press, 2006), a contributor to The South Carolina Encyclopedia (University of South Carolina Press, 2006), author of an online essay on Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia for the “Essential Civil War Curriculum,” a Civil War Sesquicentennial Project of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech (2012), and author of an online essay on the Army of Northern Virginia for “Times Topics,” an online project of The New York Times (2013). He has published and lectured extensively on the Civil War as well as on South Carolina history from the American Revolution through the Civil Rights Movement.


Dr. Power lives in Columbia with his wife Carolyn Thompson Power, an academic advisor at Midlands Technical College.

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