<Dr. James J. Broomall, Director

James J. Broomall is the Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War and an assistant professor of History at Shepherd University. Before coming to Shepherd, Broomall most recently served as an assistant professor of History at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2011 working under Professor William A. Link whose family, coincidentally, is from the Shepherdstown area. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro awarded his master’s degree in history and museum studies in 2006, and he earned his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2001.
With an abiding passion for the Civil War-era, Professor Broomall has worked in diverse environments ranging from academic institutions to local museums, and developed courses, conferences, and programs of interpretation focusing on the experiences of civilians, soldiers, and slaves during the mid-Nineteenth Century. Broomall’s scholarship is dedicated to the Civil War-era. He is currently completing a manuscript-length study of white southern men and their families during civil war and reconstruction tentatively titled, Personal Reconstructions: War and Peace in the American South, 1840-1880, and along with William A. Link is publishing an edited collection Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (forthcoming 2016, Cambridge University Press). Further, he has published articles in Civil War History, The Journal of the Civil War Era, and the edited volume, Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South in addition to historiographical essays, book reviews, and online essays. Broomall is also completing for the National Park Service and the Organization of American Historians a study of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal during the American Civil War, which will be used for interpretative programs, online materials, and a brochure.

He currently resides in Shepherdstown with his wife Tish, their son Simon, and their cat Luna.




< Thomas E. White, Research Associate/Historical Records Specialist

Tom earned degrees from Montana State University (BS'59 -General Studies, MS'63 - American History). He retired from the National Park Service in 1997, after 34+ years service. Some of his NPS assignments included Park Historian, Manassas NBP, VA (64-66); Supervisory Historian, Fort Laramie NHS, WY (68-72); and Interpretive Planner at Harpers Ferry Center, WV (87-97). Tom's side interest is working on his family genealogy and researching the Civil War records of three great-grandfathers who were Union army veterans. He joined the staff of the George Tyler Moore Center in October 1998.

At the Center, his responsibilities include:  maintaining the Center’s extensive reference library resources of books, periodicals and microfilms; assisting students and other researchers in using our library resources; assuring the content and accuracy of the searchable databases of the common soldiers of West Virginia during the Civil War – which now consists of over 19,000 soldiers in 14 regiments and burials of West Virginia soldiers at seven national cemeteries;  and  providing the Center’s primary, front line public contact services, whether by telephone or in person.

Over the past twelve years on the Center staff, Tom has completed the databases for three West Virginia regiments and the West Virginia soldier burials at five national cemeteries.  He was also the primary preparer of the content of Mountaineers of the Blue and Gray — the Center’s new, interactive, multimedia CD, which strongly emphasizes the common soldier of the Civil War. This CD, which is over 1000 pages long, is essentially a special topic, visual encyclopedia focused on the Civil War and West Virginia.  In addition to researching and preparing information about Civil War personalities, military units, places, events, battles, campaigns, emblems, and music, he prepared over 150 new maps and 13 site-specific video vignettes.




Albert J. Pejack, Jr., Database Administrator/Programmer>

A graduate of Westminster College, PA with a B.S. in economics and Clemson University, SC, with an M.S. in management, Al was a professor of computer studies at several colleges and universities before coming to Shepherd University in 1988. Since February 1995, "Uncle Al" has been working at the George Tyler Moore Center developing and managing the Center's database, as well as working on other software projects. He is a veteran of the US Air Force.