2023 Summer Conference Faculty

Matt Atkinson is a park ranger/historian at Gettysburg National Military Park. A native of Houston, Mississippi, He received a B.B.A in General Business and a B.A. in History from the University of Mississippi and holds an M.A. in History from University of Louisiana-Monroe. Prior to arriving at Gettysburg, Matt worked at Petersburg National Battlefield, Natchez National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield, and Vicksburg National Military Park.

Garry Adelman is Chief Historian for the American Battlefield Trust. He earned his B.A. in business from Michigan State University and his M.A. in history at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of Gettysburg in 3-D (2013) Antietam in 3-D (2012), Manassas Battlefields Then & Now (2011), The Civil War 150 (2011) Antietam: Then & Now (2005), The Myth of Little Round Top (2003), The Early Gettysburg Battlefield (2001), Little Round Top: A Detailed Tour Guide (2000), and Devil's Den: A History and Guide (1997) as well as nine Civil War image booklets. He has published articles in Civil War Times, Civil War Monitor, Gettysburg Magazine, Civil War News, Hallowed Ground, and others. He has conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at eleven battlefields, has given thousands of battlefield tours at more than 70 American Revolution and Civil War sites and has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network, American Heroes Channel, and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011), Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (2015), and Grant (2020).  He is a founder and longtime vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg since 1995.

Chris Barr is the Chief of Interpretation at Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Prior to joining the staff at Reconstruction Era in 2019, Chris worked as an interpretive park ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and at Andersonville National Historic Site. These sites formed the foundation of his interest in the Reconstruction era. At Andersonville, his research and programming explored the post-Civil War Freedmen’s community that lived and worked around the national cemetery, and much of his programming at Chickamauga and Chattanooga focused on the African American Experience during and after the Civil War in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the recently established Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, Chris works with a wide variety of community partners in the South Carolina Lowcountry to get the park's public programing and exhibits established, and to tell the story of Reconstruction throughout the United States. 

Sarah Kay Bierle graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BA in History, serves as managing editor at Emerging Civil War, and works in the Education Department at American Battlefield Trust. She has spent years exploring ways to share quality historical research in ways that will inform and inspire modern audiences, including school presentations, writing, and speaking engagements. Sarah has published three historical fiction books and her first nonfiction book, Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market, is part of the Emerging Civil War series. She is currently working on a short biography of John Pelham for the Emerging Civil War series and continues to pursue research on military and civilian interactions in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

Drew Bledsoe is Associate Professor of History at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.  He received his PhD from Rice University in 2012, and he is the author of Citizen-Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Officer Corps in the American Civil War (LSU, 2015), and Decisions at Franklin: The Nineteen Decisions that Defined the Battle (Univ. of Tenn., 2023). He is also the co-editor of Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America's Civil War (LSU, 2019). Drew’s research focuses on Civil War military leadership, command culture, and American citizen-soldier traditions.

 Keith Bohannon is a professor of History at the University of West Georgia where he teaches courses in U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, Georgia History, the Old South, and Jacksonian America.  He is the author of numerous essays and articles, including most recently, “The Fatal Halts: Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek in John B. Gordon’s Reminiscences" in Steve Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher, eds., Civil War Writing, 1866-1989: New Perspectives on Primary Texts (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2019).  He is currently editing the memoir of a Princeton University-educated Confederate infantry officer who was also a Klan leader during Reconstruction.

James J. Broomall is an associate professor of history at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, and the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, which promotes a dialogue among popular and academic audiences by integrating scholarship, education, and engagement. He is a cultural historian of the Civil War era and has published articles or essays in Common Place: The Journal of Early American Life, Civil War Times, Civil War History, and The Journal of the Civil War Era and co-edited with William A. Link, Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The University of North Carolina Press published his book, Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, as part of the Civil War America series in 2019. Dr. Broomall has completed two major historic resource studies for National Park Service sites in cooperation with the Organization of American Historians. He is currently working on a book project titled Battle Pieces: The Art and Artifacts of the American Civil War Era, which explores how historical imagery and military artifacts were used to create representations of violence, war, and death.

Chuck Burkell is a former, multi-year Civil War Institute faculty member. He is a Licensed Battlefield Guide (Emeritus) at the Gettysburg National Military Park, specializing in organizational and leadership development programs and staff-rides for mid to senior level executives. His professional career included a 30+ year tenure as the executive education programs Chair for the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Fire Academy. He served in key assignments at several federally declared disasters including Hurricane Hugo, the World Trade Center Attacks (September 11, 2001), Hurricane Katrina, and other incidents. He currently is a consultant and faculty member to FCCS of Denver Colorado in support of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience which uses the Battle of Gettysburg as a historical case for leadership development. He has supported many programs for Fortune 100 and 500 corporations, federal/military agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. He currently Is assisting FCCS in the design and offering at Petersburg Va. of a leadership development initiative to a Virginia pharmaceutical company using the history of the siege of Petersburg. Mr. Burkell has presented seminars, workshops, and keynote presentations nationally in nearly every State and Canada. He served as Associate Professor at Mt. St. Mary's University within their Graduate Program of Business (MBA) and as a visiting faculty member at the Kennedy School/Harvard University. Mr. Burkell has offered numerous specialized Gettysburg related programs including Fire Zouave Regiments, General O. O. Howard & the 11th Corps, Lincoln’s 25 hours at Gettysburg, and the history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. The death of Reynolds remains his primary area of interest.

Peter S. Carmichael is the Director of the Civil War Institute and the Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College. He currently teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American South, and public history. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, essays, and three books: Lee’s Young Artillerist: William R.J. Pegram (University of Virginia Press, 1998), The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), and most recently, The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies (UNC Press, 2018).  His newest book on the battle of Gettysburg is forthcoming from Basic Books. 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. Dr. Carmichael has also assisted with the development of student internship programs at numerous NPS sites. 

Catherine Clinton is the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is the author or editor of over 30 books, including Tara Revisited: Women, War and the Plantation Legend (1995) , Civil War Stories  (1999) Public Women and the Confederacy (1999) and she has published three acclaimed biographies: Fanny Kemble’s Civil Wars (2000), Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom (2004), and  Mrs. Lincoln: A Life (200).  As co-editor of the University of Georgia Series, HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES, she edited the first volume, when it launched in 2019: Confederate Statues and Memorialization. She is an award-winning author for books for young readers, including I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry (1998) [Banks Street Poetry Prize], The Black Soldier (2000), and  the story of Wiliam Carney, the first African American to earn the Medal of Honor, in Hold the Flag High (2005).  Dr. Clinton served as a consultant for Bennett Singer’s Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (2002), Maria Agui Carter’s Rebel! (2013)  & Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012). She is on the editorial boards of Civil War History and Civil War Times.  She has also served as a study leader for Smithsonian Journeys (2003-2006). Dr. Clinton was elected President of the Southern Historical Association in 2016, the same year that she won a Guggenheim Fellowship and  Louisiana State University Press  published her Fleming Lectures: Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War. She is currently on scholarly advisory boards at the Museum of the Troubles and Peace (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Ford’s Theatre (Washington, D.C.), The Lincoln Forum (Gettysburg Pa.), and The Alamo (San Antonio, Texas). More information is available at her website: www.catherineclinton.com.

Angela Esco Elder is an Associate Professor of History at Converse University, by way of a PhD from the University of Georgia and a Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Tech.  In her research, Elder explores gender, emotion, and 19th-century America.  Her publications include a co-edited collection, Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln (UGA Press, 2017).  In 2022, her new book was released, titled Love and Duty: Confederate Widows and the Emotional Politics of Loss (UNC Press).

Lorien Foote is the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History at Texas A&M University. She is the author of four books, editor of three volumes, and writer of numerous articles and essays on the cultural, intellectual, and military history of the American Civil War. Her most recent book, Rites of Retaliation: Civilization, Soldiers, and Campaigns in the American Civil War (2021), was awarded the OAH Civil War and Reconstruction Book Prize for the best and most original book on the Civil War Era. The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy (2016), was a 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (2010), was a finalist and Honorable Mention for the 2011 Lincoln Prize.  She is the co-editor, with Earl J. Hess, of The Oxford Handbook of the American Civil War. She is the creator and principal investigator of a digital humanities project that is mapping the escape and movement of 3000 Federal prisoners of war.  The project includes contributions from undergraduate researchers at four universities.

Dennis E. Frye recently retired after serving for 20 years as Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Upon retirement, Dennis earned the Department of Interior's Distinguished Service Award - the highest honor bestowed by this federal agency - for his progressive leadership in preservation and National Park education, interpretation and management of historic resources. Dennis is the author of 11 books and 108 articles. His most recent books are: Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny (2019) and Antietam Shadows: Mystery, Myth and Machination (2018). 

Christopher Gwinn is the Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park, where he manages and oversees all aspects of the visitor experience and regularly leads interpretive talks and battlefield tours for the public.  A ten-year veteran of the National Park Service, he is a 2006 graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a Masters Degree in Public History. He has worked as an interpretive Park Ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, Boston National Historical Park, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks, where he created some of the first public programming conducted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. He is the author of numerous articles and journal entries on the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War era.

Christian B. Keller is Professor of History and Director of the Military History Program at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, where he teaches courses to senior leaders on the theory of war and strategy, national security policy, and the American Civil War.  Along with many scholarly articles focusing on strategic, operational, and ethnic topics in the war, he is author, coauthor, or editor of six books, including The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy (Pegasus, 2019), which won the 2020 Douglas Southall Freeman Award and was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History, and Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed (University Press of Kansas, 2021).  He is currently writing a new narrative of the Army of Northern Virginia based on dozens of previously unpublished wartime letters of generals and staff officers and is chief contributor to The Civil War Strategy Podcast, episodes of which can be accessed at www.christianbkeller.com

 Jeffrey J. Harding currently works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, a freelance historian, a leadership consultant and a motivational speaker. Over the past decade, Jeff has joined with numerous others in a number of sleuthing efforts to resolve mysteries of historical significance. Jeff’s accounts of these endeavors and his analysis of additional historical subject matter have graced the pages of noted publications such as Civil War Times, Naval History Magazine, Gettysburg Magazine, the Washington Times and The Gettysburg Experience. Jeff has conducted numerous interviews for podcasts and major media, and he delivered a keynote speech about FADM Nimitz during a special event held on the Battleship Missouri Memorial commemorating the sixty-eighth anniversary of the end of World War II. He is the author of the recently released and highly acclaimed Gettysburg’s Lost Love Story: The Ill-Fated Romance of General John Reynolds and Kate Hewitt (The History Press, 2022).

James Hessler has worked as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park for two decades. Jim has authored or co-authored three full-length books on the Gettysburg campaign: Sickles at Gettysburg (Savas Beatie, 2009), Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (Savas Beatie, 2015), and Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (Savas Beatie, 2019). His books received several distinguished book awards. Jim currently co-hosts the popular Battle of Gettysburg Podcast. His other media appearances include Travel Channel, C-SPAN, NPR, PCN-TV, Breitbart News, and other outlets. He also authored articles in Gettysburg Magazine, America’s Civil War, and Hallowed Ground Magazine. He was one of the primary content designers for the American Battlefield Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application. Jim is a frequent speaker for Civil War Round Tables and other historical groups nationwide. In addition to Gettysburg, he leads tours at several other battlefields and historic sites across the country. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Little Bighorn Associates and the Executive Council for the Association of Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides.

 Harold Holzer is the Jonathan Fanton Director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (He served as a Met Trustee from 2015 to 2021.) Holzer served for six years (2010-16) as Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and for the previous 10 as co-chair of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 55 books on Lincoln, the Civil War, and the history of the American media. His Lincoln and the Power of the Press won the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize from Harvard’s Kennedy School. His latest book is The Presidents vs. the Press: From the Founding Fathers to Fake News (2020). Holzer, who lectures throughout the country, has appeared in performance with such actors as Sam Waterston, Richard Dreyfuss, and Liam Neeson at venues like the White House, Ford’s Theatre, and the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton Presidential Libraries. Holzer also served as the lead historical consultant for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

 Caroline E. Janney is the John L. Nau III Professor of the American Civil War and Director of the John L. Nau Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she worked as a historian for the National Park Service and taught at Purdue University before returning to Virginia in 2018.  An active public lecturer, she has given presentations at locations across the globe. She is a speaker with the Organization of American Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship program and has appeared numerous television programs including the History Channel’s Grant and Lincoln. She serves as a co-editor of the University of North Carolina Press’s Civil War America Series and is the past president of the Society of Civil War Historians. She has published seven books, including Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation (2013) and Ends of War: The Fight of Lee’s Army after Appomattox, winner of the 2022 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

Kevin M. Levin is a historian and educator based in Boston. He is the author and editor of three books, including Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth (UNC Press, 2019) and is currently writing a biography of Robert Gould Shaw. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post, among other places. Over the past few years he has worked extensively with teachers and students to better understand the controversy surrounding the removal of Civil War monuments. You can find his online writing at his Substack, Civil War Memory [https://kevinmlevin.substack.com/].

Glenn W. LaFantasie, who received his Ph.D. from Brown University, is the Richard Frockt Family Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Western Kentucky University.  He taught at Providence College, Gettysburg College, and the University of Maine at Farmington, before joining the WKU faculty in 2006.  Professor LaFantasie is a former Deputy Historian at the U. S. Department of State, where he received commendations from the National Security Council and President Bill Clinton.  Among other works, he is the author of Twilight at Little Round Top (2005), which was a History Book Club bestseller; Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates (2006), a finalist for the Jefferson Davis Book Award and the Peter Seaborg Award; Gettysburg Heroes: Perfect Soldiers, Hallowed Ground (2008), and the editor of The Union Forever: Lincoln, Grant, and the Civil War, by John Y. Simon (2012).  From 2010 to 2014, he was a contributing writer for Salon, the online news magazine.  His other writings have appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including the New York Times Book Review, the Wilson Quarterly, the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Civil War Monitor, North & South, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Canadian Review of American Studies, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Rhode Island History, and the Providence Journal.

Andrew F. Lang is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University. His most recent book, A Contest of Civilizations: Exposing the Crisis of American Exceptionalism in the Civil War Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2021), was a finalist for the 2022 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. The Society of Civil War Historians presented his first book, In the Wake of War: Military Occupation, Emancipation, and Civil War America (Louisiana State University 2017), with the 2018 Tom Watson Brown Book Award. Prof. Lang serves on the Executive Council of the Society of Civil War Historians and on advisory boards of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia and the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2020, he has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the Civil War Era. Prof. Lang is at present writing on Abraham Lincoln’s concept of Union and philosophy of history, demonstrating how Lincoln authored a narrative of American nationalism amid a contentious contemporary dialogue on the nature of national life.

Ashley Whitehead Luskey is the Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, where she works with Gettysburg College students on a variety of original research-based Civil War and public history projects, coordinates the annual CWI summer conference, and gives tours of the battlefield to visitors. She also sits on the Board of the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Ashley received her B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, and holds both an M.A. in History, with a concentration in Public History, and a Ph.D in nineteenth-century American history from West Virginia University. Her academic interests focus on the long Civil War era, Southern history, cultural history, public history, and the intersection of history & memory. Prior to her arrival at CWI, Dr. Luskey worked for ten years with the National Park Service, including eight years as a park ranger and historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park. She has delivered numerous interpretive tours, lectures, and scholarly papers at educational institutions and public venues across the country, and has written articles on a variety of Civil War and public history-related topics for various magazines, journals, and blogs. Her most recent piece, a co-edited article entitled “From Women’s History to Gender History: Revamping Interpretation at Richmond National Battlefield Park,” was published in the June 2016 issue of Civil War History. She is currently revising a manuscript tentatively entitled The Last Confederate Christmas: Leading Ladies, Social Politics, and Power in the Confederate Capital for publication.

Joe Mieczkowski is a retired Federal Executive and a Licensed Battlefield Guide for the Gettysburg National Military Park. He is a past President of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Joe is on the faculty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute, conducting training for corporate and government managers. As a leadership training consultant, Joe works with numerous educational, governmental, and corporate organizations. Joe has four books to his credit including, After Gettysburg: Lee retreats and Meade pursues. He lives in Fairfield, PA.

Jennifer M. Murray is a military historian, with a specialization in the American Civil War, in the Department of History at Oklahoma State University.  Murray’s most recent publication is On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013, published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2014, with an updated version that includes a new preface released in June 2023.  Murray is also the author of The Civil War Begins, published by the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History in 2012.  She is currently working on a full-length biography of George Gordon Meade, tentatively titled Meade at War.  This is a comprehensive treatment of Meade’s life, with a focus on his military career in the Army of the Potomac.  She is the co-editor of the forthcoming, “They Are Dead, And Yet They Live”: Civil War Memories in a Polarized America, published with the University of Nebraska Press.  In addition to delivering hundreds of Civil War battlefield tours, Murray has led World War I and World War II study-abroad trips to Europe.  Murray is a veteran faculty member at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute and a coveted speaker at Civil War symposiums and roundtables across the nation.  In addition, Murray worked as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for nine summers (2002-2010).

Steven E. Nash is a Professor of History at East Tennessee State University. He earned his Master’s degree in history from Western Carolina University in 2001 and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. He is the author of Reconstruction's Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Mountain South (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), which received the Weatherford Award for Nonfiction from Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association. He co-edited Southern Communities: Identity, Conflict, and Memory in the American South (University of Georgia Press, 2019) with Bruce Stewart. He also serves as President of the Mountain History and Culture Group, the non-profit support board for the Zebulon B. Vance State Historic Site in Weaverville, North Carolina.

Megan Kate Nelson is an historian and writer, with a BA from Harvard and a PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa. She is the author of four books: Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America (Scribner 2022); The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Scribner 2020; finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History); Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (Georgia, 2012); and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (Georgia, 2005). She writes about the Civil War, the U.S. West, and American culture for The New York TimesWashington PostThe Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, and TIME, and has appeared in TV documentary series on topics ranging from Abraham Lincoln's presidency and assassination to the life of Sitting Bull to the nature of the "real" Wild West. Before leaving academia to write full-time in 2014, she taught U.S. history and American Studies at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown.

Jon Nese is Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State. He also oversees the department's Weather Communications Group which is responsible for Weather World, Penn State's long-running weekday weather magazine show that is distributed statewide in Pennsylvania.  Previously, Dr. Nese was chief meteorologist at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia and an on-air storm analyst at The Weather Channel.  He has co-authored two books: The Philadelphia Area Weather Book, which was awarded the 2005 Louis J. Battan Author’s Award from the American Meteorological Society; and a college-level introductory textbook, A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology, now in its sixth edition.

 Kenneth W. Noe is the Draughon Professor of Southern History Emeritus at Auburn University.  He is most recently the author of The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020), which was a Pulitzer Prize entrant, a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, and co-winner of the Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award.  His current research involves the mythology and reality of Abraham Lincoln as commander-in-chief. 

Beth Parnicza is a public historian who has lived and studied Virginia's Civil War sites for over 10 years. A graduate of West Virginia University, she moved to the "other" Virginia to pursue her passion for Civil War History. Beth's research delves into cultural and military history, and she has written articles on the Battle of Fredericksburg about best practices for discussing emancipation with visitors, and about an immediate postwar incident in Fredericksburg that reveals the complexities of early Reconstruction. Her current research and writing project focuses on the Looting of Fredericksburg, Virginia before the December 1862 battle. She has held several positions with the National Park Service at a variety of historical and cultural sites in the mid-Atlantic area, and she currently serves as the Branch Manager of Interpretation and Education at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park.

Steve T. Phan serves as the Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument. He recently served as the historian at the Civil War Defenses of Washington. He has also worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Stones River National Battlefield, Rock Creek Park, and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. A military history scholar of the Civil War era, Phan’s research focuses on military occupation, operational command, African American soldiers and refugees, and fortifications during the Civil War. He is the author of articles about Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Civil War and the Defenses of Washington for numerous publications. He was nominated for the National Park Service Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation in 2019 and 2020. He holds a master’s degree in American History from Middle Tennessee State University.   

Matthew Pinsker holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He also serves as Co-Director of the House Divided Project at Dickinson, an innovative effort to build digital resources on the Civil War era. Matt graduated from Harvard College and received a D.Phil. degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is the author of two books:  Abraham Lincoln –a volume in the American Presidents Reference Series from Congressional Quarterly Press (2002) and Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home (Oxford University Press, 2003).  Pinsker currently serves the Organization of American Historians (OAH) as a “Distinguished Lecturer” and sits on the advisory boards of several historic organizations, including Ford’s Theatre Society, Gettysburg Foundation, National Civil War Museum, President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, and the Thaddeus Stevens-Lydia Hamilton Smith site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Gerald J. Prokopowicz is a professor of history at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His books include Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And Other FAQ about Abraham Lincoln and All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862. He served for nine years as the resident Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he helped create the award-winning exhibit, “Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment,” and edited Lincoln Lore. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Since 2004 he has hosted the podcast “Civil War Talk Radio” (www.impedimentsofwar.org).

Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor Emerita of American History at Penn State University. She is currently an adjunct professor of History at Gettysburg College. Dr. Reardon is the author of numerous books and articles, including Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory (UNC Press, 1997), With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the other: The Problem of Military Thought in the Civil War North (UNC Press, 20212), and both A Field Guide to Gettysburg and A Field Guide to Antietam (UNC Press, 2013 and 2016, respectively, with Tom Vossler). In addition to her stints as a visiting professor at West Point and the Army War College, she also served on the board of Marine Corps University and spent two terms as president of the Society for Military History, from 2006 through 2009.

James M. Scythes is an Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in History from Rowan University and an M.A. in History from Villanova University. His research interests focus on antebellum America and the American Civil War. In 2016, Lehigh University Press published his first book, This Will Make a Man of Me: The Life and Letters of a Teenage Officer in the Civil War. His second book, Letters to Lizzie: The Story of Sixteen Men in the Civil War and the One Woman Who Connected Them All, will be published by Kent State University Press in December 2022. In addition to his two books, he has written three chapters in other books and has presented a number of papers at academic conferences. Since the beginning of 2021, he has served as the president of the Gloucester County Historical Society in Woodbury, New Jersey, and has been a member of its Board of Trustees since 2002.

David Silkenat is a Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is the author of four books, most recently, Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War (UNC Press, 2019) and Scars on Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South (Oxford, 2022). He has served as Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of America and on the editorial boards of American Nineteenth Century History and Journal of the Civil War Era. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the Society of Civil War Historians. 

Tim Silver is Professor of History Emeritus at Appalachian State University (retired in 2021). He received his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.   He specializes in environmental history, with emphasis on the American South, southern Appalachia, and the history of state and national parks.  He is the author of A New Face on the Countryside: Indians, Colonists, and Slaves in South Atlantic Forests, 1500-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 1990), Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains: An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America (University of North Carolina Press, 2003), and co-author, with Judking Browning, of An Environmental History of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).  

Bruce Stewart is Professor of History at Appalachian State University. He is the author and editor of several books, including Redemption from Tyranny: Herman Husband’s American Revolution (University of Virginia Press, 2020) and Southern Communities: Identity, Conflict, and Memory in the American South, co-edited with Steven E. Nash (University of Georgia Press, 2019). He has also published articles in the Journal of Southern History, Environmental History, Appalachian Journal, North Carolina Historical Review, and Georgia Historical Quarterly. Stewart's areas of expertise are Appalachian and North Carolina history. He is currently co-authoring (with Steven E. Nash) a book on North Carolina during Reconstruction. 

Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus of History at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught for thirty years and served as Department Chair.  From 2017 to 2020 he was the Ernest J. King Professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He is the author of seventeen books, including Decision at Sea (2005), Lincoln and his Admirals (2008), The Battle of Midway (2011), Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings  (2014), and World War II at Sea (2018) all with Oxford University Press. His newest book is Nimitz at War, released in 2022. 

Tim Talbott is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was formerly the Director of Education, Interpretation, Visitor Services, and Collections, at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia. Before returning to Pamplin Park, Tim also worked with student and educator audiences while with the Kentucky Historical Society for six years. Talbott is the founding member and President of the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association. He earned Bachelor’s degrees from Milligan College (Communications) and East Tennessee State University (History), and an M.A. in Public History from Appalachian State University. Tim is a contributor to the Emerging Civil War, and has published articles in both book and scholarly journal formats. His is current project is researching soldiers captured during the Petersburg Campaign.

Jill Ogline Titus is Associate Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and co-coordinator of the college’s Public History minor. She holds a PhD in History and is the author of Gettysburg 1963: Civil Rights, Cold War Politics, and Historical Memory in America’s Most Famous Small Town (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming September 2021) and Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County (UNC Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Library of Virginia Literary Award. From 2007 to 2012, she was Associate Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Prior to joining the staff of the Starr Center, Titus worked seasonally for the National Park Service.

Daniel Vermilya is a park ranger and education coordinator at Eisenhower National Historic Site. He has previously worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Antietam National Battlefield. In addition to his work with the National Park Service, Vermilya has written three books, including That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam (Savas Beatie, 2017), For Ohio and the Union: James Garfield and the American Civil War (Savas Beatie, 2010), and The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (Savas Beatie, 2019). In 2012 he was awarded the Dr. Joseph L. Harsh Memorial Scholar Award from Save Historic Antietam Foundation. 

Jeffry D. Wert is a retired Pennsylvania high school history teacher and an award-winning Civil War historian.  He has written biographies of James Longstreet, Jeb Stuart, and George Custer and books on the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac.  The emphasis of his work has been on the Civil War's eastern theater.  His most recent book, The Heart of Hell: The Soldiers’ Struggle for Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle, was published by UNC Press in 2022.

Cecily Zander is a postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History, in Dallas, TX. She is currently working on her first book, tentatively titled Republicans and Regulars In the Civil War Era: How Anti-Army Politics Shaped Western Expansion, 1848-1872. She has published essays on the Grand Review and Elizabeth Bacon Custer, as well as writing for Civil War Times and the Civil War Monitor, and is a contributor at Emerging Civil War. Her next project will take a closer look at the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War and the Radical wing of the Republican Party. She received her BA at the University of Virginia in 2015 and her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University, in 2021.