October Meeting – Angela Zombek on Civil War Prison Camps

Monday, October 21, 2019

7:30 PM

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 21, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

This month our speaker will be Angela Zombek, History professor at UNCW. She will speak on her book Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons.

Her book examines the military prisons at Camp Chase, Johnson’s Island, the Old Capitol Prison, Castle Thunder, Salisbury and Andersonville, whose prisoners and administrators were profoundly impacted by their respective penitentiaries in Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; North Carolina; and Georgia.

While primarily focusing on the war years, Zombek looks back to the early 1800s to explain the establishment and function of penitentiaries, discussing how military and civil punishments continuously influenced each other throughout the Civil War era.

In an interview on the web site, Women Who Know History, Dr. Zombek says; “I grew up Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Florida in 2006 to pursue my Doctorate in History. I am passionate about teaching and about history and have had the opportunity to teach in many settings, including the National Park Service, St. Francis High School (Gainesville, FL), Santa Fe College, the University of Akron, and the University of Florida.

From 2011-2018, I was Assistant Professor of History at St. Petersburg College & accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Civil War History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, beginning in August 2018. I have presented my research on imprisonment in the Civil War Era at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad.”

On April 2, 2017, she appeared in TLC’s celebrity genealogy show called “Who Do You Think You Are,” and helped actress Jessica Biel learn about the history of her Civil War ancestor (Season 8, Episode 5): https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/.

On May 2, 2018, she appeared in a Fox 13 Tampa Bay News segment on Confederate Monuments: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/tampa-bay-area-confederate-monuments.