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Aaron Dilday

Ph.D. Student
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Aaron Dilday is a doctoral candidate in history specializing in United States History, Military History, and Strategic Studies. His Master’s Thesis from Georgia Southern University, titled “Presidential Strategy: Analyzing the National Security Strategies of the United States,” investigated the nature and meaning of grand strategy through the comprehensive visions of post-Cold War American Presidents. His current dissertation research focuses on post-battle operations during the Civil War, analyzing the intersection of Union strategy, POWs, and the command of General Ulysses S. Grant. The dissertation title is “The Challenge of Victory: Ulysses S. Grant, Prisoners of War, and the Evolution of Union Strategy.”


  • Ulysses S. Grant Association Research Travel Grant, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University (Summer 2017)
  • Junior Faculty Award, Wiley College (March/April 2016)
  • Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship, Georgia Southern University (Academic Year 2011-2012)