One of the aspirations of the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial Committee is to foster research and writing of the Civil War Navy at the undergraduate level. We are very happy to announce the edition of a new member to the Commmittee, Sarah Adler.
Sarah A. Adler is an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC majoring in History and American Studies. She realized her passion for Civil War history when she was thirteen and has been constantly seeking out more information and experiences ever since. Lucky enough to grow up in Hanover, Pennsylvania, a town only minutes from Gettysburg and itself the site of a cavalry battle, Sarah had the opportunity to work with the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College during her high school years. Her time at the Civil War Institute as well as a few of her own ventures introduced her to many historians--some of whom would become invaluable mentors--and approaches to studying the Civil War. When Sarah began attending American University in Fall 2009, she realized the necessity of exploring some areas of specialization within the field. After some exploration, she discovered an interest in Civil War naval history, especially that pertaining to the District of Columbia. Sarah is currently researching the wartime Washington Navy Yard as well as the life of Admiral David Dixon Porter.