Col. N. Turk McCleskey

Book:

  • The Road to Black Ned's Forge:  A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier.  Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, May 2014.

Journal articles:  

  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire. "Random Selection of Petit Jurors on the Virginia Frontier, 1846-1755.:  Historical Methods (forthcoming, late 2014 or early 2015).
  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire, "Pennsylvania Credit in the Virginia Backcountry, 1746-1755."  Pennsylvania History 81, no. 2 (2014):207-255.
  • "Quarterly Courts in Backcountry Counties of Colonial Virginia."  Journal of Backcountry Studies 7, no. 2 (2012):47-57.   http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/jbc/article/view/570/330
  • "Rich Land, Poor Prospects: Real Estate and the Formation of a Social Elite in Augusta County, Virginia, 1738-1770." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 98, no. 3 (1990): 449-486.

Contributions to books:

  • “Shadow Land: Provisional Real Estate Claims and Anglo-American Settlement in Southwestern Virginia.” In The Southern Colonial Backcountry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Frontier Communities, edited by David C. Crass et al., 56-68. Chattanooga: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1998.
  • “The Price of Conformity: Class, Ethnicity, and Local Authority on the Colonial Virginia Frontier.” In Diversity and Accommodation: Essays on the Cultural Composition of the Virginia Frontier, edited by Michael J. Puglisi, 213-226 Chattanooga: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1997.
  • "Archaeology and the New Frontier History." In The Archaeology of 18th-Century Virginia, edited by T. Reinhart & D.W. Sanford, 273-281. Richmond: Council of Virginia Archaeologists & Archaeological Society of Virginia, 1996.

Encyclopedia entries:

  • “Israel Christian.” In Dictionary of Virginia Biography, 2d ed. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 2005.
  • "Dunmore's War." In The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia, edited by Richard L. Blanco. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993.
  • "John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore." Ibid.

Non-juried essay (but still mighty entertaining):

  • "Relic of Two Revolutions."  Augusta Historical Bulletin 38 (2002):65-71.

Book reviews:

  • Review of Jefferson's Freeholders and the Politics of Ownership in the Old Dominion, by Christopher Michael Curtis.  Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 121, no. 2 (2013):180-182
  • Review of American Isurgents, American Patriots:  The Revolution of the People, by T. H. Breen. Journal of Southern History 78 (Feb. 2012):151-152.
  • Review of Buying into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia, by Ann Smart Martin. Journal of Social History (forthcoming Fall 2010).
  • Review of World of Toil and Strife: Community Transformation in Backcountry South Carolina, 1750-1805, by Peter N. Moore. Journal of Southern History 74 (Aug. 2008): 717-718.
  • Review of The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley, by Warren R. Hofstra. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37 (Winter 2006): 466-468.
  • Review of Breaking the Backcountry: The Seven Years' War in Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754--1765, by Matthew C. Ward. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 112, no. 2 (2004): 188-190.
  • Review of From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers, by Allan Kulikoff. Journal of Social History 37 (Winter 2003): 556-558.
  • Review of The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company: A Story of George Washington's Times, by Charles Royster. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 109, no. 4 (2001): 420-421.
  • Review of Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered, by James Kirby Martin. Journal of Military History 63 (January 1999): 177-179.
  • Review of Border Life: Experience and Memory in the Revolutionary Ohio Valley, by Elizabeth A. Perkins. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 106, no. 4 (1998): 484-485.
  • Review of Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen E. Ambrose. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 105, no. 4 (1997): 475-476.
    This was the first scholary review to note Ambrose's unprofessional use of other people's prose.
  • Review of Escape in America: The British Convention Prisoners, 1777-1783, by Richard Sampson. Journal of Military History (1996): 156-157.
  • Review of The Price of Nationhood: The American Revolution in Charles County, by Jean B. Lee. Journal of Military History (July 1995): 527-529.
  • Review of Palatines, Liberty, and Property: German Lutherans in Colonial British America, by A.G. Roeber. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 102, no. 4 (1994): 555-557.
  • Review of Appalachian Frontiers: Settlement, Society and Development in the Preindustrial Era, edited by Robert D. Mitchell. Journal of Economic History 52 (December 1992): 963-965.
  • Review of The American Backwoods Frontier: An Ethnic and Ecological Interpretation, by Terry G. Jordan and Matti Kaups. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 99, no. 2 (1991): 205-207.

Competitive Grants and Fellowships:

  • 2014 Virginia Military Institute, Wachmeister Faculty Development Leave (spring semester). Supported research and writing on quantitative approaches to Virginia legal history.
  • 2013 Gilder Lehrman Short-Term Residential Fellowship, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Supported research on small claims lawsuits in York County, Virginia.
  •  2003 Virginia Military Institute, Wachtmeister Faculty Development Leave (spring semester). Supported research and writing of The Road to Black Ned's Forge.
  • 1995 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Scholar in Residence. One of 9 annual awards by the commission; funded 1 month of research for The Road to Black Ned’s Forge at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg.
  • 1994 American Historical Association, Michael Kraus Research Grant in History. This award by the flagship national organization for American historians “seek[s] to recognize the most deserving proposals relating to work in progress on a research project in American colonial history.” 12 applicants, 2 awards. Supported mapping for The Road to Black Ned’s Forge.
  • 1993 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, Center for the Humanities.  Resident Fellow (spring semester).  One of 5 fellowships awarded this semester; application was ranked second out of 70. Funded 1 semester in residence at the Foundation in Charlottesville. Supported writing of The Road to Black Ned’s Forge.
  • 1992 National Endowment for the Humanities, Travel to Collections Grant. Funded 1 week of research for The Road to Black Ned’s Forge at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.

Recent Conference Participation:

  • “Legal Traffic: Petitions to Recover Small Debts in Mid-eighteenth Century Virginia.” Virginia Forum, Annual Meeting, George Mason University, March 2014.
  • Sen, Tinni, Turk McCleskey, and Atin Basuchoudary. “Good Little Debts Gone Bad: An Empirical Study of Decisions in the Small Claims Court of 18th-Century Augusta County, Virginia.” Southern Economic Association, Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida, November 2013.
  • Squire, James C., Turk McCleskey, Anthony English, and Elizabeth Baker. “Interdisciplinary Problems and Numerical Analysis: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Twenty Years Ago.” American Society for Engineering Education, Annual Conference and Expositions, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2013.
  • McCleskey, Turk and James C. Squire. “Backcountry Virginia Connections to the Atlantic Economy, 1746-1755.” Virginia Forum, James Madison University, March 2012.
  • “Interpreting Ordinal Evidence in Eighteenth-Century Documents,” Virginia Humanities Conference, Bridgewater College, April 2011.

Geology Scholarship:

  • Portell, Roger W., Turk McCleskey, James K. Toomey. Pleistocene Marine Mollusca. Part 1 of Fossil Invertebrates of the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Gainesville: Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History, in Cooperation with the U.S. Navy Public Works Department, Environmental Office, 2008.
  • Portell, Roger W., William Klose, Turk McCleskey, and James K. Toomey. Pleistocene Corals. Part 2 of Fossil Invertebrates of the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Gainesville: Division of Invertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History, in Cooperation with the U.S. Navy Public Works Department, Environmental Office, 2009.