• Karen Abbott is the author of two New York Times best-selling books:  Sin in the Second City and American Rose. Her new book is Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (Harper Collins, September, 2014), which tells the true story of four daring (and not entirely scrupulous) Civil War spies who risked everything for their cause.

    She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine's history blog, Past Imperfect, and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War. A native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two African Grey parrots, Poe and Dexter. She's at work on her next book, a (semi) true tale of a Gilded Age con artist.

  • Harold Baumgarten is the author of D-Day Survivor: an Autobiography. A riflemen in Company B, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, he was wounded five times on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion. His story inspired Steven Spielberg's opening scene in the film "Saving Private Ryan." Of the 30 men of  the 29th Infantry Division aboard Baumgarten's landing craft on D-Day, only two survived.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Ron Bushaw is a retired business executive and the owner of an extraordinary collection of WWII uniforms and other memorabilia. His purpose in collecting is to preserve these special items for posterity. A representative portion of his collection is on display each January at our Sarasota World War II conferences.

  • Chip Cather, of Winchester, Virginia, is a railroad historian who focuses primarily on the Baltimore & Ohio (B & O) Railroad.

  • 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.

  • Norman Dasinger, Jr. is a veteran tour leader of Civil War battles and campaigns in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.