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2017 Civil War Institute Faculty:

Michael Birkner is the Benjamin Franklin Professor of the Liberal Arts and a Professor of History at Gettysburg College.  He also serves on the Faculty Advisory Council for the Eisenhower Institute.  His scholarship focuses on the political, urban, oral, and biographical history of both 19th- and 20th-century America.  In addition to co-editing, with John Quist, James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War (University Press of Florida, 2013), he is widely recognized for his work on Dwight D. Eisenhower, which includes scholarly studies of Eisenhower’s presidency, a video series workbook on the Eisenhower Era, and numerous seminars and workshops for college and middle-school students as well as secondary school teachers.  He has also published on 19th-century Secretary of the Navy, Samuel Southard.  A former journalist, editor, and writer for New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor, Dr. Birkner continues to contribute regular op-ed pieces for national publication.

Andrew Bledsoe is an Assistant Professor of History at Lee University, where he teaches classes on the Civil War and American military history.  He is the author of numerous works on military leadership, citizen-soldiers, and the American military tradition, including Citizen-Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Officer Corps in the American Civil War (LSU Press, 2015), and “The Destruction of the Army of Tennessee’s Officer Corps at the Battle of Franklin,” (in Steven Woodworth’s and Charles Grear’s co-edited volume, The Tennessee Campaign of 1864, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016).

Peter Carmichael is the Director of the Civil War Institute and the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College. He earned his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, and currently teaches courses at Gettysburg College on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American South, and public history.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, essays, and two books: Lee’s Young Artillerist: William R.J. Pegram (University of Virginia Press, 1998), and The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (University of North Carolina Press, 2005). Dr. Carmichael has lectured widely on topics pertaining to the Civil War and public history, and has appeared as an expert scholar in several historical documentaries.  He has also conducted numerous public presentations, teacher workshops, exhibit consultations, and multiple interpretive workshops for National Park Service staff, in addition to assisting with the development of the student internship program at numerous NPS sites.  He is currently working on a cultural history of Civil War soldiers entitled The War for the Common Soldier, which is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

John Coski is the Historian of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia.  Prior to 2014, he served as the Historian of The Museum of the Confederacy, where he had worked in various capacities since 1988, and was the editor and principal writer of the Museum’s quarterly Magazine. He is the author of several books, most notably The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem (Harvard University Press, 2005) and Capital Navy: The Men, Ships, and Operations of the James River Squadron (Savas Beatie, 1996), and more than 125 essays, articles, and reviews.  A leading authority on the history of the Confederate flag, he has lectured widely on Civil War topics and participated in many academic conferences and community discussions about Confederate symbols and controversies.

Stephen Engle is a Professor of History and the Director of the History Symposium Series at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches courses on the political and economic evolution of the 19th-century American Republic.  His research focuses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on ethnicity, wartime civil-military relations, and the politics of power.  His numerous books include Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel (University of Arkansas Press, 1993); Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising of All (UNC Press, 1999); Struggle For the Heartland (University of Nebraska Press, 2001); The American Civil War in the West (Routledge Press, 2001); The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge (a volume co-authored with Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick, and Joseph Glatthaar, Osprey Publishing, 2003); A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley: The Letters of John H. Black, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry (co-edited with David Coles, University of Tennessee Press, 2012); and A War Worth Fighting: Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency and Civil War America (University of Florida Press, 2015).  His most recent work, Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors, was published by UNC Press in 2016.  Dr. Engle has also authored numerous articles and essays for the scholarly journals Civil War History, Journal of the West, Journal of Negro History, Yearbook of German-American Studies, Journal of Urban History, and The American Historian.  He is the recipient of several research and teaching honors, including the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  A former Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Dr. Engle was also recently named an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society for 2016-2017.  He has lectured widely in the U.S. and Germany, and is a member of both the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lecturers’ Program and the Smithsonian Associates Program.

Lorien Foote is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University, where she teaches classes on the Civil War and Reconstruction, war and society, and 19th-century American reform movements.  Her publications include Seeking the One Great Remedy: Francis George Shaw and Nineteenth-Century Reform (Ohio University Press, 2003); The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (NYU Press, 2010, which received honorable mention as a finalist for the 2011 Lincoln Prize); and most recently, The Yankee Plague: Escaped Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy, (UNC Press, 2016).  Dr. Foote is the creator and principal investigator of a project with the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia that is currently mapping the movement of 3,000 Federal prisoners of war who escaped from the Confederacy during the American Civil War. (

Lisa Tendrich Frank is an independent historian, editor, and writer on issues related to the American Civil War and American women.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and has taught at universities and colleges across the U.S.  Dr. Frank is the author and editor of several books and articles on women’s and American military history, including The Civilian War: Confederate Women and Union Soldiers During Sherman’s March (LSU Press, 2015); The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2015); and “Bedrooms as Battlefields: The Role of Gender Politics in Sherman’s March,” (in Alecia P. Long’s and LeeAnn Whites’s edited collection, Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation, and the American Civil War, LSU Press, 2009).  She has also worked as a consultant for various non-profits and as a public lecturer.

Dennis Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  A prominent Civil War historian, he is a prolific writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, with numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E. He also served on the production team for award-winning television features about the Battle of Antietam and abolitionist John Brown, and as an Associate Producer for the movie Gods and Generals.  Mr. Frye is one of the nation’s leading Civil War battlefield preservationists.  He served as the co-founder and first president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation and the co-founder and former president of the Civil War Preservation Trust, through which he helped save battlefields in 12 states.  A highly sought-after tour guide, he has led tours for prominent organizations such as the Smithsonian and National Geographic, numerous colleges, universities, and Civil War Round Tables.  He is the author of 77 articles and six books, including Antietam Revealed: The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign As You Have Never Seen It Before (C.W. Historicals, 2004); Harpers Ferry Under Fire: A Border Town in the American Civil War (Donning Company Publishers, 2012); and September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril (Antietam Rest Publishing, 2012).  Mr. Frye has also written for prestigious Civil War magazines such as Civil War Times Illustrated, America’s Civil War, Blue & Gray Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Hallowed Ground, and is a guest contributor to the Washington Post.  He is currently working on a new book entitled Antietam Considered: Lee Challenging Lincoln. 

Richard Gillespie is the Historian Emeritus and former Executive Director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association.  A 30-year veteran history teacher in the Loudoun County, VA Public Schools, Mr. Gillespie also spent several summers working as a seasonal park ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  He arrived at MHAA in 2004, where he led and expanded MHAA’s educational programming prior to his appointment as executive director in February of 2015.

Amelia Grabowski is the Education and Digital Outreach Specialist at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.  A graduate of Gettysburg College, she earned her Master’s degree in Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage from Brown University, where she received the Master’s Award for Engaged Citizenship and Community Service.  Ms. Grabowski has previously worked for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, humanities councils, and various community organizations.

Fiona Deans Halloran teaches U.S. history at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Prior to her arrival at Rowland Hall, she spent four years teaching 19th-century American history at Eastern Kentucky University, as well as several years in the history departments at Bates College and UCLA, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2005.  Dr. Halloran is the author of Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons (UNC Press, 2013).  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, and has served as an Associate Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

D. Scott Hartwig is a Civil War historian, battlefield guide, guest lecturer, and author of numerous articles, essays, and books. A thirty-four year veteran of the National Park Service, Mr. Hartwig served as the Supervisory Historian at Gettysburg National Military Park for twenty-nine years, and won the 1993 Freeman Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation. He has also appeared numerous times on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Pennsylvania Cable Network. Mr. Hartwig is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). He is currently working on a sequel to that book which will cover the battle of Antietam, its aftermath, and the end of the Maryland Campaign.

John J. Hennessy is the Chief Historian and Chief of Interpretation at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. An active researcher and writer, he is the author of multiple books, articles, and essays, including Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas (University of Oklahoma Press, 1990) and most recently, a revised edition of his 1989 book, The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence, July 18-21, 1861 (Stackpole Books, 2015). Mr. Hennessy began his National Park Service career in the early 1980s at Manassas National Battlefield and has since worked for the NPS for more than 25 years, with an intervening stint at the New York State Historic Preservation Office. He is a highly sought-after tour guide and speaker who has delivered talks and presentations on all aspects of the Civil War at numerous venues across the country.

Earl Hess is the Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History at Lincoln Memorial University, where he teaches courses on the American Civil War, American military history, and the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.  He is the author of more than 20 books, over 30 articles, and more than 100 book reviews for academic history journals.  His works include Pickett’s Charge: The Last Attack at Gettysburg (UNC Press, 2001, winner of the 2002 James I. Robertson Literary Prize for Confederate History and nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize); Lee’s Tar Heels: The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade (UNC Press, 2002, winner of the 2003 Douglas Southall Freeman History Award); Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864 (UNC Press, 2005, a finalist for the 2006 Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy); Trench Warfare Under Grant and Lee: Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign (UNC Press, 2007); The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat: Reality and Myth (University Press of Kansas, 2008); In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat (UNC Press, 2009, winner of the 2010 Richard Barksdale Harwell Book Award); Civil War Infantry Tactics: Training, Combat, and Small-Unit Effectiveness (LSU Press, 2015, winner of the 2016 Tom Watson Brown Book Award from the Society of Civil War Historians and a finalist for the 2016 Lincoln Prize); and most recently, Braxton Bragg: The Most Hated Man of the Confederacy (UNC Press, 2016).

James Hessler is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park.  He is the author of several books and articles, including Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg (Savas Beatie, 2009, winner of the R.E. Lee Civil War Round Table’s Bachelder Coddington Award and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table’s Distinguished Book Award for the most outstanding work on the Gettysburg Campaign), as well as Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History (a volume co-authored with Wayne Motts and Steven Stanley, Savas Beatie, 2015).  Mr. Hessler has appeared as a guest speaker on NPR, the Travel Channel, PCN-TV, Breitbart News, and Civil War Radio, and is a highly sought-after speaker at Civil War Round Tables.  He has also taught several courses for the Gettysburg Foundation and Harrisburg Area Community College.

Harold Holzer is one of the nation’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era.  A prolific writer and lecturer, and a highly sought-after guest on television, Holzer served for six years as the Chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and for ten years as the co-chair of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  In 2008, he was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal.  He currently serves as the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Holzer has authored, co-authored, or edited 52 books and 560 articles and reviews for both popular magazines and scholarly journals.  His most recent major work, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War For Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster, 2014), won numerous prestigious awards, including the Lincoln Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Martin Johnson is an Associate Professor of History at Miami University, where he teaches courses on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War, and modern Europe.  He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Paradise of Association: Political Culture and Popular Organizations in the Paris Commune of 1871 (University of Michigan Press, 1996); The Dreyfus Affair: Honour and Politics in the Belle Epoque (Macmillan, 1999); and most recently, Writing the Gettysburg Address (University Press of Kansas, 2013), which won the 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

Christian Keller is the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security and Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA,  where he teaches courses on the theory of war and strategy, national security policy and strategy, and Civil War history. Along with many other publications on the Civil War era, he is author of Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory (Fordham University Press, 2008), co-author of Damn Dutch: Pennsylvania Germans at Gettysburg (Rowman-Littlefield/Stackpole, 2004), and co-author of Pennsylvania: A Military History (Westholme, 2017). He is currently writing a book about Confederate strategy in 1862-63, entitled The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Confederate Strategy in the East (UNC Press, forthcoming).

Ashley Whitehead Luskey is an independent historian and consultant. She also works as an independent contractor with the Civil War Institute.  A graduate of William & Mary, she earned her M.A. in History, with a concentration in Public History, in 2010, and her Ph.D. in History in 2014 from West Virginia University. Her dissertation, “A Debt Of Honor: Elite Women’s Rituals of Cultural Authority in the Confederate Capital,” examines slaveholding women’s use of cultural rituals, social performance, and appropriations of public space as means to try to institute social order and retain political authority in Richmond, VA during the Civil War. Dr. Luskey has extensive experience in public history, including more than 8 years of work with the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger, historian, and co-planner of Sesquicentennial events at Richmond National Battlefield Park.  She has delivered numerous talks and tours pertaining to the Civil War and a variety of public history issues at both academic and public history conferences, special events, educational institutions, and professional organizations across the country.  She has published several articles, book reviews, and exhibit reviews in both scholarly and popular forums such as Civil War Times, the Civil War Monitor, The Public Historian, Desperta Ferro Magazine, and the blogs History@Work and Civil Discourse.  Dr. Luskey is the co-author of “From Women’s History to Gender History: Revamping Interpretation at Richmond National Battlefield Park,” an article published in the June, 2016 special issue of the scholarly journal Civil War History.  She is currently revising her dissertation manuscript for publication as a full-length book.

Brian Luskey is an Associate Professor of History at West Virginia University, where he teaches classes on 19th-century America, the Civil War, cultural history, and the history of American capitalism.  His publications include On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU Press, 2010); Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America (a volume co-edited with Wendy Woloson, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015); and numerous articles for scholarly journals such as the Journal of the Early Republic, Early American Studies, and the Journal of the Civil War Era.  He also recently co-edited, with Jason Phillips, a forthcoming special issue of the journal Civil War History about the material culture of the Civil War era.  The recipient of several research fellowships, Dr. Luskey has also served as a guest lecturer for the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Teacher Seminars at Gettysburg College and was a contributor to the New York Times blog, Disunion.  He is currently working toward the completion of a new book project entitled Soldiers and Servants of Fortune: Free Labor’s Frauds in Civil War America, (under contract with UNC Press).

John Marszalek is the Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University, where he has taught courses in the Civil War, Jacksonian America, and race relations.  He also serves as the Director and Mentor of Distinguished Scholars at Mississippi State and as the Executive Director and Managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association.  He is the author or editor of 13 books and over 250 articles and book reviews, including Sherman: A Soldier’s Passion for Order (Southern Illinois University Press, 1993, a finalist for the Lincoln Prize); Court Martial: A Black Man in America (Scribner, 1972), which was made into a Showtime motion picture and reissued as a paperback under the new title, Assault at West Point: The Court Martial of Johnson Whittaker (Touchstone, 1994); Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies: A Life of General Henry W. Halleck (Belknap Press, 2004); and A Black Congressman in the Age of Jim Crow: South Carolina’s George Washington Murray (University Press of Florida, 2006).   He is the co-editor, with Charles D. Lowery, of The Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights (Greenwood Press, 1992), which the Library Journal named one of the best reference books of 1992.  He continues to lecture widely throughout the nation and has appeared on several major television networks. He serves on the board of advisors of the Lincoln Forum, the Lincoln Prize, the national Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and the Monitor Museum in Newport News, Virginia. In addition to being named a distinguished alumnus by Canisius College, Dr. Marszalek received the Richard Wright Literary Award for lifetime achievement by a Mississippi author and the B.L.C. Wailes Award for national distinction in history from Mississippi Historical Society—the society’s highest award. Since January 2004, he has served in the part-time position of Director and Mentor of Distinguished Scholars--the holders of Mississippi State's most prestigious undergraduate scholarships. He is presently researching a book on the development of the mythology surrounding Robert E. Lee and William T. Sherman.

Matthew Mason is an Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University, where he teaches courses on the history of slavery, early America, and Britain.  In addition to publishing articles in a variety of academic journals of both national and international reach, he is the author of Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic (UNC Press, 2008), and the co-editor of The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson (Broadview Press, 2008); Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation (The University of Virginia Press, 2011); and Massachusetts and the Civil War: The Commonwealth and National Disunion (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015) .  His most recent book, Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett, was published by UNC Press in 2016.  He is currently working on a new edition of John Quincy Adams’s diary that focuses on slavery and politics.

Gregory Mertz is the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he has worked since 1984.  Prior to his arrival at FRSP, he worked at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.  In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Administration from the University of Missouri, Mr. Mertz holds a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.  He is the author of four feature articles for Blue and Gray magazine on the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House.

Eric Mink is the Cultural Resources Manager and an historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.  In addition to his extensive experience at FRSP, he has also worked at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park.  A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, Mr. Mink holds a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation.

Wayne Motts is the CEO of The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park.  Prior to his arrival at the National Civil War Museum, Mr. Motts served for 8 years as the Executive Director of the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg.  A noted Civil War historian, he is the author of Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, CSA (Farnsworth House Military Impressions, 1994); the co-author, with James Hessler and Steven Stanley, of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History (Savas Beatie, 2015); and the author of a 2013 Gettysburg field guide and audio tour.

Jennifer Murray is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia-Wise, where she teaches American history, public history, oral history, and courses on the Gilded Age and the Vietnam War.  Her research explores the interplay between warfare and the creation and perpetuation of historical memory, as well as the preservation and interpretation of Civil War battlefields.  Dr. Murray also has written about traditional military issues, including the practice and evolution of frontal assaults during the Civil War.  Her first book, On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2009, (University of Tennessee Press, 2014), received the 2014 Bachelder-Coddington Award.  She is also the author of The Civil War Begins (in the U.S. Army’s Campaign Series, Civil War Commemorative series, Center for Military History Publications, 2012), and “Civil War Tactics,” (in Aaron Sheehan-Dean’s edited volume, A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2014).  She is currently at work on a new monograph on George Gordon Meade (under contract with LSU Press).

Barton Myers is an Associate Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses on the American Civil War, war and society, the U.S. South, and public history.  His research focuses on irregular warfare, soldiers and atrocity, and political dissent.  He is the author of several books and articles, including Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865 (LSU Press, 2009, winner of the 2009 Jules and Frances Landry Award for the best book on a southern studies topic) and Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina’s Unionists (Cambridge University Press, 2014).  The recent recipient of the Filson Historical Society’s 2016 Ballard Breaux Visiting Research Fellowship, Dr. Myers is the co-editor, with Brian McKnight and Daniel Sutherland, of the forthcoming volume, The Guerilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts During the Civil War (LSU Press, 2017).

Michael Neiberg is the newly appointed, inaugural Chair of War Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  An internationally recognized historian of World Wars I and II, Dr. Neiberg formerly served as the Henry L. Stinson Chair of History in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College.  His scholarship focuses on the American and French experiences in the two world wars and seeks to make the history of warfare and international relations relevant to policy makers and practitioners.  He is the author of numerous monographs, including Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I (Harvard University Press, 2011, named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top five best books ever written about the war); The Blood of Free Men, The Liberation of Paris,1994 (Basic Books, 2012); and Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe (Basic Books, 2015).  His most recent work, The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Kenneth Noe is the Draughon Professor of Southern History at Auburn University, where he teaches classes on the American Civil War and Appalachian history.  He is the author or editor of seven books, including Southwest Virginia's Railroad: Modernization and the Sectional Crisis (University of Illinois Press, 1994); A Southern Boy in Blue: The Memoir of Marcus Woodcock, 9th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.A.) (University of Tennessee Press, 1996); The Civil War in Appalachia: Collected Essays, (co-edited with Shannon H. Wilson, University of Tennessee Press, 1997); Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle (University Press of Kentucky, 2002); Politics and Culture of the Civil War Era: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Johannsen, (co-edited with Daniel J. McDonough, Susquehanna University Press, 2006); Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army After 1861 (UNC Press, 2010); and, most recently, The Yellowhammer War: Alabama in the Civil War and Reconstruction (University of Alabama Press, 2014). He also has written many articles and essays for publications in scholarly journals such as Civil War History and The Journal of Military History.  Dr. Noe was a Pulitzer Prize entrant and the winner of the 2003 Kentucky Governor's Award, the 2002 Peter Seaborg Book Award for Civil War Non-fiction, and the 1997 Tennessee History Book Award.  He currently is writing a book on Civil War weather.  Dr. Noe is a frequent speaker on the Civil War Round Table circuit, a participant in the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, and served as the 2008-2009 president of the Alabama Historical Association. He currently serves on the Board of Editors of Civil War History, and was a consultant for the NBC series Who Do You Think You Are.

Laura Lawfer Orr is the Deputy Education Direction at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, where she has worked since 2010 as both an Educator and as Special Events Coordinator conducting a wide variety of educational programs on the history of the U.S. Navy for students of all ages, the U.S. military, and the general public.  She previously served as the Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Fort Monroe’s Casemate Museum, the Director of Interpretation and Education at Stratford Hall (the Robert E. Lee birthplace), and a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.  Ms. Orr holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in History and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the author of “ ‘Do Not Place us Between Two Fires’: Connecticut Soldiers, Connecticut Newspapers, and the Gubernatorial Election of 1863,” (in David Sachman’s edited work, A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War, Transaction Publishers, 2014), and the co-author, with the late Paul Reber, of “Stratford Hall: A Memorial to Robert E. Lee?” (in Seth Bruggeman’s edited volume, Born in the U.S.A.: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory, University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). Her most recent work, a book co-written with N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss and Timothy Orr entitled Never Call Me A Hero: A Legendary American Dive Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway, was published by Harper Collins in May, 2017. 

Timothy Orr is an Associate Professor of History at Old Dominion University, where he teaches classes in 19th-century America and Civil War history.  A graduate of Gettysburg College, he received his Ph.D. from Penn State University.  Prior to his arrival at ODU, Dr. Orr worked for 8 years as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park.  His first book, "Last to Leave the Field": The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, Company D, 28th, was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2010.  He is also the author of several book chapters on the Battle of Gettysburg, as well as ‘ “A Viler Enemy in Our Rear’: Pennsylvania Soldiers Confront the North’s Antiwar Movement” (in The View From the Ground: The Experiences of Civil War Soldiers, University Press of Kentucky, 2006).  His most recent work, a book co-written with N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss and Laura Lawfer Orr entitled Never Call Me A Hero: A Legendary American Dive Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway, was published by Harper Collins in May, 2017. 

John Quist is a Professor of History at Shippensburg University, where he teaches classes in 19th-century U.S. history, the Civil war era, and the U.S. South.  He is the author of Restless Visionaries: The Social Roots of Antebellum Reform in Alabama and Michigan (LSU Press, 1998), the co-editor, with Richard Abbott, of For Free Press and Equal Rights: Republican Newspapers in the Reconstruction South (UGA Press, 2004), and the co-editor, with Michael Birkner, of James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War (University Press of Florida, 2013).

Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor of American History at Penn State University, where she teaches classes in 19th-century U.S. and American Military History.  Her research interests focus primarily on the Civil War and Vietnam eras.   Her most recent publications include Soldiers and Scholars: The U.S. Army and the Uses of Military History, 1865-1920 (University of Kansas Press, 1990); Pickett's Charge in History and Memory (UNC Press, 1997); “William T. Sherman in Postwar Georgia’s Collective Memory, 1864-1914” (in Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher’s edited volume, Wars within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War, UNC Press, 2009); Launch the Intruders: A Naval Attack Squadron in the Vietnam War, 1972 (University of Kansas Press, 2005); With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other: The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North (UNC Press, 2012); and several field guides for the Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields.  She is currently working on a new project about the military history of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater for UNC’s Littlefield Series.  In addition to traditional classroom teaching, Dr. Reardon is heavily involved in professional military education activities for all of the armed forces.  She specializes in the conduct of Staff Rides to Civil War battlefields--open-air classrooms that allow military personnel of all the various armed forces to discuss in historical context essential elements of the art of war, such as leadership, logistics, and decision-making.

Rachel Shelden is an Assistant Professor of American History at the University of Oklahoma, where she specializes in the long nineteenth century. Her research and teaching interests include slavery and abolition, the Civil War, the U.S. South, and political and constitutional history. She is the author of Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, & the Coming of the Civil War (UNC Press, 2013), which received honorable mention for the Wiley-Silver Prize for the best first book on the American Civil War. Dr. Shelden is also co-editor, with Gary Gallagher, of A Political Nation: New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political History (University of Virginia Press, 2012). Her current project explores how judicial ethics influenced Supreme Court decisions and federal governance in the nineteenth century, particularly in cases of race, gender, and class.

Brooks Simpson is the ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1989.  Dr. Simpson specializes in U.S. political and military history and the history of the Civil War era and Reconstruction.  His numerous publications include Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 (UNC Press, 1991); Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000); The Reconstruction Presidents (University Press of Kansas, 2009); Union and Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era (a volume co-edited with David Blight, Kent State University Press, 2009); The Civil War in the East, 1861-1865 (Potomac Books, 2013); and The Civil War: The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It (an edited volume published in 2013 by the Library of America).  He also maintains the blog Crossroads.

T.J. Stiles is a multiple-award-winning, full-time writer based out of Berkeley, California.  A graduate of Carleton College, he holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in History from Columbia University.  In addition to publishing a five-volume series of historical anthologies, Mr. Stiles is the author of numerous biographies, including Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002, winner of the Ambassador Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, a finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and named one of best books of year by The New Yorker, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and Washington Post); and most recently, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, the winner of multiple distinguished awards, including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History, and named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography).  Prior to beginning his independent writing career, Mr. Stiles worked as a copy writer for Oxford University Press.  He has also written numerous book reviews for the New York Times Book Reviews,, the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post, as well as other articles for the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, and The Atlantic online.  In addition to teaching nonfiction creative writing at Columbia University, Mr. Stiles served as an advisor and interview subject for “Jesse James” and “Grand Central,” two films in the PBS documentary series American Experience. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, awards, and honors, including the first Gilder Lehrman Fellowship in American History for 2004-2005 at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.  He was elected to the Society of American Historians in 2012, and in 2014 served on the faculty of the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Switzerland and China.

Thomas Vossler is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, where he leads over 100 battlefield tours and leadership seminars each year.  A combat veteran and retired U.S. Army colonel, he is the former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute.  He is the co-author, with Carol Reardon, of A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield Through Its History, Places, and People (UNC Press, 2013, winner of the 2013 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award), and A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield Through Its History, Places, and People (UNC Press, 2016).

Jonathan White is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Senior Fellow at the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University.  His research interests focus on the U.S. Constitution, the American Civil War, and treason in American history.  He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous books and articles for both scholarly journals and popular magazines.    His most recent works include A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher (Fordham University Press, 2007); Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (LSU Press, 2011); Civic Education and the Future of American Citizenship (co-edited with Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, Lexington Books, 2012); Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (LSU Press, 2014, winner of the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Book Prize, and finalist for both the 2014 Jefferson Davis Prize and the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize); Lincoln on Law, Leadership, and Life (Sourcebooks, 2015); “Our Little Monitor”: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway, forthcoming from Kent State University Press, 2017); and Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep and Dreams during the Civil War (forthcoming from UNC Press, 2017).  His most recent work, Emphatically the Black Man’ s President: African American Correspondence with Abraham Lincoln, is currently under review with Southern Illinois University Press.  Dr. White has also edited a special issue of Ohio Valley History on race and slavery in the Civil War era (forthcoming, Winter, 2017).  He is currently at work on a new book project entitled Abraham Lincoln and the Slave Trade.

Catherine Wright is the Curator at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia.  Prior to 2014, she served as a Contributing Editor for the Encyclopedia of Virginia, the Curator at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia and the Curator at the Museum of the Confederacy, where she worked since 2008. She is the author of Lee’s Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, 2nd Virginia Cavalry (University of Tennessee Press, 2008); The White House of the Confederacy: A Pictorial Tour (2nd. Ed., 2012); “Colors of the Confederacy: Consecration and Controversy” (in Raven: A Journal of Vexillology); “ ‘Cherish the Battle-Worn Rag’: Conserving the Confederate Flags of the Lanza Children of Charlottesville” (in the Magazine of Albemarle County History, 2014); and “The Things They Carried,” in Civil War Times (April, 2015).  Ms. Wright holds a Master of Arts in History and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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