Faculty

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.

Chuck Burkell is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. A former Civil War Institute faculty member, he has provided numerous programs and presentations to Civil War related groups. He is active within the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides (ALBG), having served on their Executive Council and other committees, including the recent “COVID” Committee. He has designed, provided and/or supported scores of Civil War based Staff Rides and Leadership Development intervention services and experiences for thousands of executives and managers through the years on the fields of Gettysburg, facilitating their efforts to exercise leadership and use their authorized power more effectively. One of his primary areas of interest at Gettysburg is the death of Major General John Fulton Reynolds US.

In 2013, following thirty-three years of service, Chuck retired from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency/U.S. Fire Administration/National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland as the Chair of Executive Education Programs. He has also served as Associate Professor at Mt. St. Mary's University within their Graduate Program of Business (MBA), and adjunct faculty at a number of other universities and colleges. Chuck remains professionally active with his own consulting business, Burkell & Associates, which includes leadership and organizational development interventions for corporate and not-for-profit groups, military cadres, and federal/state/local government agencies.

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 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, November, 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, and has assisted with the development of the student internship program at numerous NPS sites.

Doug Douds is a Professor in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations at the U.S. Army War College, a retired Marine Colonel, and a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide.  He holds degrees in both History and Political Science, as well as a Masters degree in Strategic Studies. A fighter/attack pilot by trade and a graduate of Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), he also has served as a strategist and senior speech writer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Presently, he is completing his doctorate in military history, focusing on the commanding generals’ staffs and principal advisors during the Gettysburg Campaign.

D. 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 has authored numerous articles, essays and books on Civil War subjects, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Pennsylvania Cable Network. He is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, published in September 2021 by John 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.

Ashley Whitehead Luskey is the Assistant Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, where she works with students on a variety of research and writing projects involving Civil War history, digital history, and public history. She also is the coordinator of the CWI’s annual summer conference, where she regularly delivers talks, tours, and other scholarly programs for attendees. Prior to her arrival at the CWI, she spent nine years working for the National Park Service as an historian and park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. She is the co-author of “From Women’s History to Gender History: Revamping Interpretation at Richmond National Battlefield Park” (Civil War History, 2016). She is currently revising a manuscript on Richmond¹s leading ladies and their socio-political authority in the Confederate capital during the Civil War.

Jennifer M. Murray is a military historian, with a specialization in the American Civil War, at Oklahoma State University. 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’s most recent publication is On A Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 (University of Tennessee Press, 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. Murray spent nine summers working as a seasonal interpretive park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park (2002-2010), and is a veteran faculty member at Gettysburg College’s Civil War Institute and a coveted speaker at Civil War symposiums and roundtables.

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.

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.