The Professor Russell F. Weigley Award

The James A. Barnes Club, a graduate student history association, was created in 1966 in honor of long-time Temple University History Department faculty member, James A. Barnes. The Club fosters a sense of community among graduate students in Temple University’s History Department. The annual conference, begun in 1996, sponsored by the James A. Barnes Club is open to all graduate students across the United States and overseas to foster intellectual, methodological and professional interaction. Graduate students submit proposals for individual papers and/or panel presentations on any topic, time period, or approach in history.

The Army Heritage Center Foundation honors Russell F. Weigley, a Temple University History Department faculty member from 1930 to 1966, with a financial award for the best paper with a military history focus that is presented at the annual Barnes Club Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Weigley was considered among the elite of our nation's military historians.

Submitted papers are reviewed by a panel of five historians with a specialty in military history.

Weigley Awardees:


First Place:   Kaete O’Connell, Temple University, “Chocolate, Corn, and Lady’s Beer: A Taste of Civil-Military Relations in US-Occupied Germany”

Honorable Mention:   Alexandre F. Caillot, Temple University, Individualism and Authority: Vermont Soldiers’ Attitudes toward Military Discipline in the Civil War


First Place:  Christina Welsch, Princeton University, "“I may very shortly be a great a man as Tippoo”: History and Hysteria in Colonial India"

Honorable Mention:  James Kopaczewski, Temple University, “’If I Get Home Safe’: William C. White’s Experiences in the American Civil War


First Place:  Thomas A. Reinstein, Temple University "The Way a Drunk Uses a Lamp Post: The Intelligence and the Bombing of North Vietnam"

Honorable Mention:   Kaete O’Connell, Temple University, “Humanitarianism and the Meaning of Democracy in the Berlin Airlift”


First Place: Jeong Min Kim,  "American GIs, Korean Women, and the Black Market during the Korean War (1950-1953) "

Honorable Mention:  Mark R. Folse, University of Alabama, "The Impact of the Great War on Marines in Hispaniola, 1917-1919" 


First Place: Robert Hutchinson,  "Friendly Advice: German General Staffers and the Foreign Military Studies Program, 1945-1954"

Honorable Mention:  Thomas A. Reinstein, Temple University.  "Tonto As Official Policy: The Kit Carson Scouts and Frontier Mythology in the US-Vietnam War" 


First Place:  Martin G. Clemis, Temple University. “Violent Pacification: Force, Coercion, and the ‘Other War’ in Vietnam, 1968-1972”

Honorable Mention:  Patrick Gartland, Temple University.The Question of Loyalty: Japanese-American Student Relocation in World War II”

Honorable Mention:  John Worsencroft, Temple University. “Family Matters: The United States Army, Family, and the Search for Stability, 1980-1984”


First Place: Alec Lalonde, The Royal Military College of Canada. “Why ‘Europe First’?: The Economic and Ideological Underpinnings of America’s Europe-First Strategy, 1940-1941”

Honorable Mention: Ryan Johnson, Temple University. Silent Casualty: Chemical Warfare and the Environment on the Western Front” 


First Place:  Matthew Cheser, University of Maryland.  "The Many Deaths of General Braddock:  Remembering Braddock, Washington, and Fawcett at the Battle of the Monogahela, 1755-1855"

Honorable Mention:  Gerald F. Goodwin, Ohio University.  "'You're the same as us':  African-American Soldiers and the Vietnamese"


First Place:  Earl J. Catagnus, Jr., Temple University.  "Innovation and Adaptation in the U.S. Army Infantry, 1930-1941"

Honorable Mention:  Christopher Golding, Temple University.  "British Combined Operations of the Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Copenhagen and the Walcheren Expedition"


First Place: John Castaldo, Temple University. "Our Mohammedan Moros: American Perceptions of the Moro People during the Military Occupation of Southern Philippines, 1902-1913"

Honorable Mention: Martin G. Clemis, Temple University. "An Unprecedented Collaboration: Academic Participation in Counterinsurgency Doctrine during the Cold War and Today"


First Place: Erik Mathisen, University of Pennsylvania. "Schools of Citizenship: Allegiance & Statecraft in the Confederate Army, 1861-65"

Honorable Mention: Jason Smith, Temple University. "Instrument of Imperialism: The United States Navy’s Hydrographic Office, 1890-1904"


First Place: Richard Grippaldi, Temple University. "The Best Possible Appointments Should Be Made: The Officers of the U.S. Regiment of Dragoons and Military Professionalism"

Honorable Mention: Eric Klinek, Temple University. "The Army’s Orphans: The United States Replacement System during World War II and Its Impact on Combat Effectiveness"