Susannah J. Ural, Ph.D. is a professor of history and co-director of the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. A scholar of war and society, Ural is the author of numerous books and articles on the U.S. Civil War era, including her latest monograph: Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confederacy’s Most Celebrated Unit (Louisiana State University Press, 2017). She has led the student- and community-driven study of the Mississippi Confederate Home (beauvoirveteranproject.org) from 2014-2018 and recently launched the Civil War Governors of Mississippi (CWGM) Project, a partnership between the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Mississippi Digital Library, and the USM history program. CWGM will digitize, transcribe, and provide historical context for nearly 50,000 pages of documents from the state’s governors papers from the late 1850s through the early 1880s. Thanks to the wide array of nineteenth-century Mississippians who contacted their governor — rich and poor, black and white, men and women, native-born and immigrant — and  the broad scope of the project, CWGM will help scholars, teachers, students, and the public hear from Mississippians who are often absent from traditional archival records and better understand the state in the Civil War era.