My Civil War research and my background as an Audit Senior Manager in a Public Accounting firm are uniquely linked.  My 16 years of experience in the tireless pursuit of evidence in an audit practice, my professional skepticism of all evidence, and my attention to details, when combined with my passion for history, has uniquely prepared me for my research of the Powells and their Civil War experience.

The Link Between My Research and Career

Alison Herring



The Powells record a complete account of daily life and events at each location where they lived as refugees and of the people they encountered during the Civil War. I am reuniting these histories with the places that survive today and the people who live and work there.


My research includes transcribing the Powell Family Papers, researching the people they knew, the places where they lived, the places where they fled during the war, the events they witnessed, and civilian life.


I will publish the tale of the Powell family including their adventures before the war, their trials during the war, and what became of them after the war. While this site includes small windows into my research and my process, the publication will be a complete account.