Harpers Weekly

American Civil War Correspondent and Special Artist
James Allen Davis



Torin R. Finney

James Allen Davis at Vista


  • 2000 CLAD California Teacher Credential in Social Science, University of La Verne.
  • 1991 Master of Divinity, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California.
  • 1985 Master of Arts in American Civilization, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • 1983 Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.


2005-2018 Social Science Teacher, Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton, California. Teacher of college preparatory and honors courses in United States History, World History, Geography, Government, and Economics. Social Science Instructor in the Digital Arts & Humanities Program of the Academy of the Arts for eight years.

2001-2004 Humanities Instructor, University of Phoenix, Bakersfield, California. Teacher of general studies courses in humanities and world religions and education courses in curriculum development and diversity.

2000-2005 Social Science Teacher, Sequoia Middle School, Bakersfield City School District. Teacher of grades 6 (ancient civilizations and art enrichment), 7 (medieval and renaissance world history), and 8 (19th century United States history). Founder and faculty advisor of the Sequoia Drama Club, and director of numerous stage productions.

1999-2005 Adjunct Instructor of History, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, California. Instructor for survey courses in United States History at the Panorama campus and Western Civilization at the Delano campus.

1998-2000 Teacher of Theology and History, Garces Memorial High School, Bakersfield, California. Teacher of core curriculum courses in Biblical Theology, History of Christianity, World Religions, and United States history, and summer session courses in Reading and Journalism. Lay catechist for Diocese of Fresno.


  • 1996-1998 Fire and Casualty Insurance Agent, USAA, Sacramento, California.
  • 1992-1996 Bilingual Relay Operator, Sprint/California Relay Service, Sacramento, California.
  • 1991-1992 Co-Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA), Newton, Kansas.
  • 1989-1990 Intern Pastor, The Lutheran Church of Honolulu (ELCA), Honolulu, Hawai'i.
  • Summer 1989 Educational Staff, Holden Village, Lake Chelan, Washington.
  • 1985-1989 Seminarian/Parish Life Director, Lutheran Church of the Cross (ELCA), Berkeley, California.
  • 1983-1984 Graduate Research Assistant in American Civilization, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • Summer 1984 Bilingual Camp Counselor, CYO Camp Armstrong, Occidental, California.


“Seventh-graders at Sequoia Explore New Avenues of History” by Charles Adamson. The Bakersfield Californian, Tuesday, February 17, 2004.

Weekend Warriors: Shades of the Blue and the Grey directed by Lila Place and Christie Herring. Stanford University, March 2004.

“Summer on the Front Lines” by David Hunn. The Bakersfield Californian, September 16, 2003.

Unsung Hero of the Great War: The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon. New York and Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1989. Winner of the 1990 Pax Christi USA Book Award.

Ben Salmon: Witness for Peace. Pax Christi USA Peacemaker Pamphlet Series, 1991.

School presentations and Civil War reenactments between 1999 and 2008 in the role of James Allen Davis, Special Artist Correspondent for Harper’s Weekly: A Journal of Civilization, 1861-1865. Includes publications in The Bivouac Banner, The Civil War News, The Camp Chase Gazette, The Civil War Courier, Bakersfield Magazine and The Los Angeles Times.


  • National Civil War Association, 1996-2000.
  • Fort Tejon Historical Association, 1998-2006.
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 2001-2006.
  • American Civil War Society, 2005-2011.
  • Civil War Preservation Trust, 2001-2013.


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