• 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

  • GAIL H. BELL, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been involved in the city’s business, civic and cultural community for many years. For 20 years she has served as an educational excursion leader, most recently with the Road Scholars organization. Her principal area of expertise is the history and heritage of Atlanta.

  • 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.

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

  • Bob Conte is the Resident Historian at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.  He has served on the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Archives and History Commission and serves on the board of the Monroe County Historical Society. He is the author of The History of the Greenbrier: America’s Resort, and is frequently interviewed on the resort’s history for documentaries such as The Secret Bunker, produced by The History Channel.