A native of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Tracy L. Barnett is currently a first-year PhD student at the University of Georgia working under the direction of Dr. Stephen Berry. Her research focuses on the experiences of militiamen in the Civil War-Era South.
Citizen-soldiers also formed the foundation of her master’s thesis, “Maligned ‘Milish:’ Mississippi Militiamen in the Civil War,” which argued that Mississippi militiamen’s pre-war positions in society directly influenced their wartime service. Militiamen, often in their thirties and forties, were older than the average Confederate soldier. As established community members with families, citizen-soldiers had localized conceptions of military service. The Mississippi state government, however, visualized their service as anything but local. State politicians developed a centralized militia system that removed men from their communities for long durations of time. Then, overwhelmed by wartime demands, state officials failed to properly utilize these men.
She has presented her work at the 2017 Annual Meeting for the Society for Military Historians in Jacksonville, Florida.