Jessica Sheets


Penn State Harrisburg


Dr. Charles Kupfer

Academic Interests:

U.S. Military History
Social Military History
American Revolution
War of Independence
Historical Memory


“‘No More Striving of Brother against Brother’: Family Divisions and Historical Memory of the Revolutionary War”

Bio Note:

Jessica J. Sheets is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg. Her dissertation examines families politically divided by the War of Independence and the historical memory of that other civil war. Previously, Jessica earned an MA in Applied History from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and a BA in English with a Creative Writing minor from Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, in 2004.

Since April 2006, Jessica has worked at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and has been a Research Historian since September 2018. Prior to that, she primarily worked in the archives. In 2015, Jessica spent two weeks with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Archive Team processing personal papers of the outgoing Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno.

Jessica published articles in Military History (2009) and Military Heritage (2012) magazines on the 1781 siege of Yorktown. She also published a journal article in Cumberland County History (2012) on Continental Army Major James Armstrong Wilson of Carlisle and his still-standing house. Jessica was a West Point Summer Seminar Fellow (2016) and a Lord Baltimore Research Fellow at the Maryland Historical Society (2017-2018). She has presented dissertation research at conferences, including SMH, and as an invited speaker. Jessica is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Jessica currently serves as the SMH graduate student representative (starting in November 2018).

Updated November 2018