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Robert Cray

Professor, History

Dickson Hall 417
BA, SUNY at Stony Brook
MA, SUNY at Stony Brook
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
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Lovewell's Fight: War, Death, and Memory in Borderland New England, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014.

Paupers and Poor Relief in New York and its Rural Environs, 1700-1830, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988


The Most Valiant in Defense of His Country: Andrew Jackson's Bequest and the Politics of Courage, 1819-1857, Journal of the Early Republic, forthcoming

The Congregational Way Assailed: The Reverend Thomas Goss in Revolutionary Massachusetts, Historical Journal of Massachusetts, 43 (Winter 2015): 124-153

The Reverend John Murray and the Eighteenth Century Presbyterian Church, Journal of Presbyterian History 88 (Fall/Winter, 2010): 59-67

Weltering in their own Blood: Puritan Casualties in King Philip's War, Historical Journal of Massachusetts, 37 (Fall, 2009): 106-123

Explaining Defeat: The Loss of the USS Chesapeake, Naval History, 21 (August, 2007): 56-62

Remembering Richard Somers: Naval Martyrdom in the Tripolitan War, The Historian, 68 (Summer, 2006): 267-284

Remembering the USS Chesapeake: The Politics of Maritime Death and Impressment, Journal of the Early Republic, XXV (Fall, 2005): 445-474

The Death and Burials of Captain James Lawrence: Wartime Mourning in the Early Republic, New York History, 83 (Spring 2002): 133-164

Commemorating the Prison Ship Dead: Revolutionary Memory and the Politics of Sepulture in the Early Republic, 1776-1808, William and Mary Quarterly, LVI (July, 1999): 565-590

Major John Andre and the Three Captors: Class Dynamics and Revolutionary Memory Wars in the Early Republic, 1781-1830, Journal of the Early Republic, XVII (Fall, 1997): 371-397

The John Andre Memorial: The Politics of Memory in Gilded Age New York, New York History, 77 (January, 1996): 5-32

Congregational Autonomy and Presbyterian Discipline: The Immoral Ministry of Luther Gleason in Early Republic New York, 1789-1808, Mid-America: An Historical Review, 78 (Fall, 1996):303-324.

James Davenport's Post Bonfire Ministry, 1743-1757, Historian, 59 (Fall, 1996): 59-73

More Light on a New Light: James Davenport's Religious Legacy, Eastern Long Island, New York History, 73 ((January, 1992): 5-27

White Welfare and Black Strategies: the Dynamics of Race and Poor Relief in Early New York, 1700-1825, Slavery & Abolition, VII (December, 1986): 273-289

Current Research:

Currently researching the New York Sixth Volunteers Regiment. They were a collection of toughs, pickpockets, and ex-pugilists whose Civil War actions (and antics) received widespread publicity in both northern and southern newspapers.


Early American history with a concentration in social history, approximately 1607 to 1830.

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