J. Gregory Acken is an independent scholar who has studied the Civil War in the East, with an emphasis on the Army of the Potomac, for over thirty years. He served on the Board of Governors of the Civil War Library and Museum of Philadelphia for twelve years. Acken’s publications, as editor, include: Inside the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Letters of Captain Francis Adams Donaldson (Stackpole Books, 1998), which was an Alternate Selection of the History Book Club; Service With the Signal Corps: The Civil War Memoir of Captain Louis R. Fortescue (University of Tennessee Press, 2015); Blue-Blooded Cavalryman: Captain William Brooke Rawle in the Army of the Potomac, May 1863-August 1865 (Kent State University Press, 2019); and a forthcoming re-issue of Through Blood and Fire: The Civil War Letters of Major Charles J. Mills, 1862-1865. In 2020, The Civil War Monitor included Inside the Army of the Potomac on its list of the five best books written on the subject of Civil War combat. Acken has also written for Civil War Times magazine and has authored book reviews for Pennsylvania History. He currently resides in New Jersey.
Chris Army is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. Chris has led tours around the Gettysburg Battlefield for groups of all demographics, from private car tours to West Point Cadets. Chris is the author of an article for Blue & Gray Magazine about the North Carolinian Brigade of Alfred M. Scales and is currently working on several Gettysburg-related projects. In addition, Chris has co-authored three resource guides on Civil War actions in Culpeper, Virginia. He served as a co-moderator of Military History Online and is a Past Board President of the Adams County Historical Society. Chris currently is also a product instructor for Johnson Controls.
Gene Barr is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business Industry, the largest broad-based business advocacy group in Pennsylvania. Barr joined the Chamber in 2003 as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and became president in 2011. He has more than 40 years of experience in politics, government affairs, and business operations including work with BP America, Associated Petroleum Industries of PA, and the law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick. He is a member of the boards of both the US Chamber and Council of State Chambers, the board of the United Way of the Capital Region, and a board member and past chair of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, as well as numerous other groups. He also co-chairs the Keystone Workforce Command Center at the request of Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf. Barr has previously been named "The Most Effective Association Lobbyist" in the Commonwealth in a poll conducted by Pennsylvania Legislative Services and was also included in the Pennlive/Patriot News list of the 17 most influential people in Pennsylvania politics in 2017. He was recently named as a member of the PA Power 100, the top people in Pennsylvania politics, by the publication City and State PA. Barr is also the author of a non-fiction work on the American Civil War, "A Civil War Captain and His Lady: Love, Courtship, and Combat from Fort Donelson through the Vicksburg Campaign" and has worked as an extra in four movies about the Civil War period.
Amanda Bellows is an historian of the United States in comparative and transnational perspective. Her research focuses on slavery, emancipation, the Civil War era, and historical memory in popular culture. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bellows is currently a Lecturer at The New School in New York City. Her first book, American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Global Slavery, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications.
Brandon Bies is the Superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park, where he manages 5,000 acres of hallowed grounds fought over not once, but twice. He also recently served a ten-month stint as the National Park Service Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to taking the helm at Manassas in March of 2017, he served as the legislative coordinator for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. Bies has also served as the Site Manager of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, where he oversaw planning for a $12.35M rehabilitation made possible by philanthropist David Rubenstein. Bies began his work in national parks as an archeologist at Monocacy National Battlefield, and has also served as Cultural Resources Specialist for the George Washington Memorial Parkway and as Site Manager of Great Falls Park.
William Blair is the Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor Emeritus of American History and Emeritus Director of the Richards Civil War Era Center at the Pennsylvania State University. He was the founding editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era, published in collaboration with the University of North Carolina Press, and former editor of The Brose Lecture Series with UNC Press. His books include The Record of Murders and Outrages: Racial violence and the Fight over Truth at the Dawn of Reconstruction, With Malice Toward Some: Treason in the Civil War Era (2014), which was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize; Virginia’s Private War: Feeding Body and Soul in the Confederacy, 1861-1865 (1998), and Cities of the Dead: Contesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914 (2004).
Sue Boardman has worked as a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2001. She is a two-time recipient of the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Guiding, and is a recognized expert of not only the Battle of Gettysburg, but also the National Park’s early history, including its many monuments and the National Cemetery. Beginning in 2004, Sue served as an historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation for the park’s new museum project, as well as for the massive project to conserve and restore the Gettysburg cyclorama. She also served on the advisory committee during the restoration of the Atlanta Cyclorama (2017-2019). She has authored a book on the history of the Cyclorama titled, The Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide (2008) and co-authored The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas (2013). Sue is also the author of Elizabeth Thorn: Wartime Caretaker of Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery (2015) and has published articles in a number of Civil War periodicals. Sue is also Director Emeritus of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Leadership Program. Her program, “In the Footsteps of Leaders” has been well-received by corporate, government, non-profit and educational groups. A former ER nurse of 23 years, Sue also has worked as an adjunct instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College and Susquehanna University and has served as President of the historic Evergreen Cemetery Association, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
Keith Bohannon is a professor of History at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. where he teaches courses in the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, Southern U.S. History, and Georgia History. He is the author of numerous essays on the Civil War, 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).
James J. Broomall holds the Ray and Madeline Johnston Endowed Chair in American History at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, and is 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 in 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 Imagery and Artifacts of the American Civil War, which explores how historical imagery and military artifacts were used to create representations of violence, war, and death.
Michael Burlingame holds the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He is the author/editor of several books about the Sixteenth President, including Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins University Press), released in 2008. Last year he had two works published: An American Marriage: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd (Pegasus Books) and "The Black Man's President": Abraham Lincoln, African Americans, and the Quest for Racial Equality (Pegasus Books).
David Bush is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology from Heidelberg University and Chairman of the Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison. He has directed the archaeological and historical investigations at Johnson’s Island since 1988. Dr. Bush has authored numerous articles and chapters of books on various aspects of the POW experience at Johnson’s Island as well as one book: I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison (University Press of Florida, 2011). He conducted experiential learning programs at the prison site for middle school and high school students; teacher workshops on historic archaeology; and archaeological field schools for college and graduate students. Through the creation of the Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison, he led the effort to preserve 17 acres of the prison site and one fortification. Dr. Bush has been an invited speaker at the Georgia Southern University Civil War Symposium, the Living History Weekend at Andersonville National Historic Site, the National Museum of the Great Lakes Spring Lecture Series and the Association of Great Lakes Maritime History Annual Conference-Keynote Address.
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). 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.
Bert Dunkerly is an historian from Richmond, Virginia whose main interest is historical memory and commemoration. He has authored a dozen books on the Revolution and Civil War, including No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign, To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennet Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy, and Embattled Capital: A Guide to Richmond During the Civil War. He is currently a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Jim Downs is the Gilder Lehrman-National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Civil War Studies and History at Gettysburg College. His books include Sick From Freedom: African American Sickness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford UP, 2012) and Maladies of Empire: How Slavery, Colonialism and War Transformed Medicine (Harvard UP, 2021). Jim is aslo the Editor of Civil War History. He has edited six anthologies and has published articles and essays in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Slate, Vice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The L.A. Review of Books, among others. In 2015-16, Downs was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship that allowed him to return to graduate school where he gained postgraduate training in medical anthropology at Harvard University.
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).
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor of History emeritus at the University of Virginia. He has published widely about the Civil War and its memory, including, most recently, The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (revised ed., 2019, co-authored with Joan Waugh), Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians (co-edited with J. Matthew Gallman, 2019), The Enduring Civil War: Reflections on the Great American Crisis (2020), and an edition of Bruce Catton's Army of the Potomac trilogy that will be part of The Library of America (forthcoming 2022). Long involved with Civil War preservation, he was a founding member and first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and twice a member of the Civil War Trust's board.
Bradley M. Gottfried is a Licensed Gettysburg Town Guide and a Certified Antietam Battlefield Guide. He retired after a 40-year career in higher education. After receiving his doctorate in Zoology, he was a full-time faculty member at two colleges, followed by stints as Department Head, Campus Dean, Chief Academic Officer, and President at two colleges. He retired in 2017 after serving 17 years as college president. Although a scientist by training, he has used his critical thinking skills in his research and writing about Civil War topics. He is the author of sixteen books on the Civil War, including six on Gettysburg (The Battle of Gettysburg: A Guided Tour, Roads to Gettysburg, Brigades of Gettysburg, Maps of Gettysburg, Artillery of Gettysburg, and Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign), two brigade-level histories (Stopping Pickett and Kearny’s Own), and a number of map studies of campaigns in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War (First Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station/Mine Run, and the Wilderness). His most recent books are: Lincoln Comes to Gettysburg: The Creation of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and its Dedication (2021), The Brigades of Antietam (2021), and Lee Invades the North: A Comparison of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Campaigns (to be published in 2021 or 2022).
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.
Scott Hartwig retired in 2014 as the Supervisory Park Historian at Gettysburg National Military Park after a 34-year career in the National Park Service, nearly all of it spent at Gettysburg. He won the regional Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation in 1993, and was a key player for the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center. He is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, published in September 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press, and is currently working on the second volume, tentatively titled, I Dread The Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam, which covers the battle and end of the Maryland Campaign.
James Hessler is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park where he has worked for nearly two decades. He is the author or co-author of three books on the Gettysburg Campaign: Sickles at Gettysburg (2009), Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (2015), and Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (2019). Jim’s published work has received several distinguished book awards. He currently co-hosts the popular Battle of Gettysburg Podcast, which has an audience in more than 80 countries. He also was one of the primary content designers for the American Battlefield Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application. Jim is a frequent speaker at Civil War Round Tables and has appeared in national media.
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 UVA in 2018. An active public lecturer, she has given presentations at locations across the globe. She is the past president of the Society of Civil War Historians and 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 (available summer 2021).
Robert E. L. Krick grew up on the Chancellorsville battlefield and is a longtime historian on the staff at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He also worked long ago as a seasonal summer employee at both Custer Battlefield in Montana and Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia. He is the author of Staff Officers in Gray: A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia (UNC Press, 2003) and essays in seven volumes of the Military Campaigns of the Civil War series from UNC Press. He specializes in the Army of Northern Virginia and its battles.
Michelle A. Krowl is the Civil War and Reconstruction specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Holding a PhD in History, she is the author of several articles relating to the Civil War, as well as Women of the Civil War in the “Women Who Dare” series by the Library of Congress, The World War II Memorial: Honoring the Price of Freedom, and Quantico: Semper Progredi, Always Forward (co-author). These days Michelle’s areas of research are guided primarily by patron reference questions and projects related to the manuscript collections in her portfolio, but she remains interested in the Civil War, presidential history, and American death and burial practices (explaining her love of historic cemeteries). Michelle previously worked as a library assistant at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., an assistant professor at Northern Virginia Community College, and as a research assistant for historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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 holds a PhD in nineteenth-century American history, with academic interests in the Civil War and Reconstruction, 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.
Brian P. Luskey is Professor of History at West Virginia University. He is the author of Men Is Cheap: Exposing the Frauds of Free Labor in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2020) and On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU Press, 2010). He teaches courses on the Civil War Era, Abraham Lincoln, and nineteenth-century American cultural history
James Marten is Professor of History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The author, editor, or co-editor of over twenty books, he specializes in the history of the Civil War homefront, Civil War veterans, and American children's history. Among his books are: Buying and Selling Civil War Memory in Gilded Age America, Co-editor, with Caroline E. Janney (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2021); America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014, cloth and paper); Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011; paper, 2014); and The Children's Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998; paper, 2000), which was named an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine. He is a past president of the Society of Civil War Historians. His current book project is tentatively called A Social History of the Long Civil War: The Sixth Wisconsin in War and Peace.
Kelly D. Mezurek is a Professor of History at Walsh University, in North Canton, Ohio whose work focuses on the lives and experiences of black men who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and Union navy, both during the American Civil War and in the late nineteenth century. Her book, For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops (Kent State University Press, 2016) was a 2017 Ohioan Book Award finalist in the category of Non-Fiction. She has also published essays on the USCTs who served as prison guards and on black veterans who resided in midwestern soldiers’ homes. Mezurek is a member of the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau and previously served on the Ohio Civil War 150th Advisory Committee.
Peter Miele is Executive Director of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center in Gettysburg, where he has worked since 2013 in numerous roles in education and operations. Prior to his arrival at the museum, he received a Masters degree in History and Secondary Education and taught American History, World History, and American Studies. His interests include 10th-century and mid-Atlantic social and cultural history, environmental and medical history, historical memory and monumentation, and public heritage and museum studies. A frequent lecturer, Miele has presented at national conferences of the Society of Civil War Historians, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Association of State and Local History, and the American Battlefield. He is currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies at Penn State, Harrisburg.
Eric Mink is an historian for the National Park Service with thirty years of experience on the battlefields of the American Civil War. He has worked at Richmond National Battlefield Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Gettysburg National Military Park and currently serves as the cultural resource specialist at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Julie Mujic is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Commerce at Denison University, where she also serves as Coordinator for Faculty Partnerships with the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration. Her scholarship focuses on the Midwestern home front during the American Civil War and has been featured in several essay collections from Southern Illinois University Press and Fordham University Press. Dr. Mujic is currently finishing a book for Fordham University Press about how Midwestern university students justified staying in school rather than enlisting during the war. At Denison, she teaches about the relationship between commerce, society, and war, which brings together her history and business backgrounds.
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. 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. 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. In addition, Murray worked as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park for nine summers (2002-2010).
Laura Lawfer Orr is the Director of Education at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, where she has worked since 2010. Previously, Laura worked as the Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Fort Monroe’s Casemate Museum; Education and Interpretation Director at Stratford Hall; and a seasonal interpretation ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. She received her BA in American Studies from Penn State University and her MA in History and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her research focus is on the Navy’s role in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War. In 2017, Harper Collins published Never Call Me a Hero, which Laura co-authored and is about a World War II dive bomber pilot and his participation in the Battle of Midway. She has also had an essay about Connecticut soldiers and the gubernatorial election of 1863 published inA Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War; and an essay about Stratford Hall, the home of the Lees of Virginia, published in Born in the USA: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory.
Therese Orr is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, where she has worked since September of 2016. A 30-year veteran of the United States Navy and Navy Reserve, she retired from the Armed Forces as a Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist in 2007. Prior to earning her Guide license, she served as Lead Assistant at the Rupp House History Center in Gettysburg, interpreting the story of the civilian experience during the three-day battle. Therese enjoys researching and providing specialty tours for guests of the battlefield, especially when the guest is a descendant of a Civil War soldier. Therese’s husband, children and grandchildren are the descendants of a Union soldier who died in the fighting at Gettysburg and is now buried in Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Timothy J. Orr is Associate Professor of History at Old Dominion University. Prior to receiving his Ph.D, he worked for eight years as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. His publications include Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward (University of Tennessee Press, 2011), Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway, a volume co-authored with N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss and Laura Lawfer Orr (William Morrow, 2017), as well as several scholarly essays about the Army of the Potomac.
Jared Peatman is the founder and president of Four Score Consulting, a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and the director of curriculum for the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. He provides training events that use history as a metaphor to examine current leadership and performance challenges. He has delivered over 500 leadership seminars in dozens of different sites including Gettysburg, Mount Vernon, Jamestown, Valley Forge, the Alamo, and Waterloo. You can read more about his programs at www.historyleadership.com. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he also holds a Ph.D in History. Jared is the author of The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For that project, Jared was named the Organization of American Historians and Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Doctoral Fellow, and in 2012 he received the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize for the best work on Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War. He is also the author, with Steven B. Wiley, of A Transformational Journey: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg. He is currently working on a book about Joshua Chamberlain, the 20th Maine, and the Battle of Gettysburg.
Trevor K. Plante is the Director of the Textual Records Division at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. A supervisory archivist, he specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century military records. Trevor is an active lecturer at the National Archives and has been a frequent contributor to NARA’s blog, Prologue, with pieces such as, “The Shady Side of the Family Tree: Civil War Union Court-Martial Case Files” (Winter 1998), “U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion” (Winter 1999), and “Researching African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1890: Buffalo Soldiers and Black Infantrymen.” (Spring 2001). He compiled Reference Information Paper 109, Military Service Records at the National Archives, is a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of American Military History, and is the co-author of “Lincoln’s Fleeting Hope for an Early End to the War,” which appeared in America’s Civil War magazine. Trevor has appeared in numerous documentaries, public broadcasts, television series, and other media specials including the Discovery Channel’s “Gettysburg: The Battle that Changed America,” several episodes of Brad Meltzer’s “Decoded” on the History Channel, the popular genealogy show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” and a piece run by D.C.’s Fox 5 News on the Lincoln Assassination. Trevor has also served as a speaker and guest lecturer at numerous national and state genealogical conferences, the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, the United States Naval Academy, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and several Civil War symposiums.
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.
Matthew Reeves is the Director of Archaeology at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia. He specializes in sites of the African Diaspora, including plantation and freedman period sites, and Civil War sites. For his dissertation, Reeves researched and excavated two early 19th-century Jamaican slave settlements and spent over two years living and working within the rural descendant community he was studying. Prior to his arrival at Montpelier, he led archaeological projects in upstate New York, southern Maryland, and for the National Park Service at Manassas Battlefield. In his 20 years at Montpelier, Reeves has developed a strong public archaeology program known for its citizen science approach to research. At the heart of this program is community-based research with a heavy focus on investing descendant communities in the research and interpretation process and governance of cultural institutions. He has also devised new ways to engage metal detector hobbyists and archaeological survey though his department’s work locating the living and work sites of the enslaved community across the 2700-acre Montpelier property. These new site discoveries hold the future for Montpelier continuing to tell the story of the enslaved community through locating sites of labor.
Brooks D. Simpson is the ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He is the author of several books on the Civil War and Reconstruction period, including several studies concerning Ulysses S. Grant: Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 (University of North Carolina Press, 1991), The Reconstruction Presidents (University Press of Kansas, 1998), and Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865 (Houghton Mifflin), 2000.
Dana B. Shoaf is the editor of Civil War Times magazine. He frequently gives Eastern Theater battlefield tours and speaks on a variety of Civil War topics. He can be seen C-SPAN and on his monthly “First Monday” Facebook broadcasts on the Civil War Times page. Shoaf has served as a Civil War consultant to the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, and the National Archives.
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.
Peter Vermilyea is the co-director of the Civil War Institute's scholarship student program. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he is the History Department chair at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT, and is on the faculty of the University of Connecticut and Western Connecticut State University. He is currently writing a book examining mobilization for the Civil War at the community level.
Joan Waugh is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She researches and writes about nineteenth-century America, specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age eras. Waugh has published numerous essays and books on Civil War topics, both single authored and edited, including The American War: A History of the Civil War Era, (Flip Learning, 2015; 2nd edition, 2019), co-written with Gary W. Gallagher, and her prize-winning U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Other works include Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Harvard University, 1998); Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1859 (Facts on File, 2003, 2010); The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), Wars Within A War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The recipient of fellowships from the Huntington Library, NEH and Gilder-Lehrman Center, she has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant and the History Channel’s production of “Lee and Grant.” Waugh has also published a number of op-eds on current controversies regarding Civil War issues for media outlets. Professor Waugh is an active public speaker, serves on numerous advisory boards and editorial boards, and is President of the Society of Civil War Historians. She has been honored with four teaching prizes, including UCLA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her dedication to teaching reaches far beyond the campus classroom and she has participated in local, state-wide and national teaching workshops for elementary, middle-school and high school teachers. Professor Waugh’s current research agenda includes a book on U.S. Grant’s surrender policy during the Civil War. Waugh was selected to be a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in 2021-2022.
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 forthcoming book is on the struggle for Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle.
Jake Wynn is the new Marketing and Communications Manager at Visit Frederick. He previously served as the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine after working for years with the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Tourism Council of Frederick County, and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Wynn is currently stationed at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington, D.C. He writes independently on the history and culture of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region on his blog, “Wynning History,” and is a founding contributor to the blog, “Pennsylvania in the Civil War.”