Historians

  • BRUCE ALLARDICE is professor of history at South Suburban College (Illinois), and the author or co-author of six books, including Two Years Before the Paddlewheel: Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River ConfederateMore Generals in Gray; Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register and Kentuckians in Gray.

  • DOUGLAS BATSON is a former military geographer and an expert in the geography of World War I. He portrays Dr. Isaiah Bowman, then-Director of the American Geographical Society (AGS). In January 1918, President Wilson tapped Bowman to lead "The Inquiry," a group of distinguished geographers who served as a precursor to today's National Intelligence Council. With its vast collection of maps and reports, The Inquiry propelled America onto the world stage at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference -- and together, they developed President Wilson's Famous "14 Points".

  • Ed Bearss, historian emeritus of the National Park Service, is the most well known battlefield guide in America and leads military history tours year-around of the Civil War, American Revolution, American West, and World War I and World War II in Europe. He is acclaimed as one of the stars of Ken Burns's award-winning PBS series, The Civil War. In 1956, he helped locate and raise the ironclad gunboat Cairo, one of the most significant artifacts of the Civil War. He is the author of several books including Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and the Salvage of the Cairo; and, with James McPherson, Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

  • Brandon H. Beck is retired Professor Emeritus of Shenandoah University & Director of its McCormick Civil War Institute. He is the author of 10 books on the Civil War including The Three Battles of Winchester: A History and Guided Tour; Third Alabama!: The Civil War Memoir of Brigadier General Cullen Andrews Battle, CSA; The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie; and Holly Springs, Van Dorn, the CSS Arkansas and the Raid That Saved Vicksburg

  • Sue Boardman is a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Guiding in 2005 and 2006. In 2002, Sue joined the Gettysburg Foundation’s Museum Design Team and since 2004 she has served as historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation. From 2005 to 2008, she served as research historian for the Gettysburg Cyclorama conservation project, and is the author of The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide. In 2007, she developed the Gettysburg Foundation’s leadership program In the Footsteps of Leaders. She currently serves as Leadership Program Director, and leads tours for corporate, nonprofit and educational groups.

     

  • Nora Brooks retired from Union County, North Carolina Public Schools in July, 2011 after 26 years teaching AP US History, Civil War History and Revolutionary War History. She has been presenting historical drama since 1996. Her historical characters include Mildred Childe Lee, the youngest daughter of General Robert. E. Lee, Anna Morrison Jackson, widow of Stonewall Jackson, and Julia Dent Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant.

  • KENT MASTERSON BROWN is an attorney based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of many books including Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander; The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State; Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign; One of Morgan’s Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry, and the soon to be released General George Gordon Meade and the Gettysburg Campaign.

  • Thomas Y. Cartwright, a leading authority on the Battle of Franklin, is the director of tours for the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee. He is well-known for his television appearances on A & E, Civil War Journal, and the Discovery Channel.

  • ROGER CIRILLO recently retired as the Director of the Book Program of the Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He is the author of numerous articles on World War II and other aspects of military history.

  • Rob Dalessandro is the Deputy Secretary for Headquarters Operations at the American Battle Monuments Commisson, and the Chair of the World War I Centennial Commission. He has served as the Chief of Military History at the United States Army Center of Military History at Fort McNair, Washington, DC, and Director of the Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is the co-author, with Gerald Torrence, of Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War; with Michael G. Knapp, co-author of The Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1923 and, with Rebecca Dalessandro, co-author of American Lions: the 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I.