• Craig Symonds is professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught naval and Civil War history for 30 years. He serves on the board of Directors of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and is the author of many books including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History; Lincoln and His Admirals;The Battle of Midway; and Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings.

  • Jeff Wert is the author of many books including Brotherhood of Valor: The Common Soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, CSA and the Iron Brigade, USA; Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart; The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac; and the soon to be released A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863.

  • Jay Wertz is the author of six books including two award-winning volumes in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand series, D-Day: The Campaign Across France; and The Pacific: Volume One – Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, as well as the recently released The Pacific: Volume Two – The Solomons to Saipan. He is also the author of The Civil War Experience 1861-1865; and with Edwin C. Bearss, the co-author of the Smithsonian’s series, Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War. And he is the author/editor of The Native American Experience.

  • Frank Williams recently retired as Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He is the chairman of the Lincoln Forum, and the president of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books including Judging Lincoln, a collection of his essays, and The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (with Harold Holzer and Edna Greene Medford.)

  • Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War including The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow; A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest; The War in Southeastern Virginia and George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel.

  • Cooper Wingert has authored and self-published three books on the Pennsylvania Campaign. The Battle of Sporting Hill: A History and Guide; A Virginian in the Vanguard: The Diary of Lt. Hermann Schuricht, 14th Virginia Cavalry Regiment; and Almost Harrisburg: The Confederate Attempt on Pennsylvania's Capital, a broader work about the Civil War in the Harrisburg area. His latest work, The Confederate Approach On Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign's Northernmost Reaches was published by The History Press in November 2012. Our youngest historian, Cooper is a high school student in the Harrisburg area.

  • Terry Winschel recently retired as historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. He is regarded, along with Ed Bearss, as the leading authority on the Vicksburg Campaign. His books include: Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign; Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar; and Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River.

  • Eric Wittenberg is the author of 18 books on the Civil War, and his specialty is Federal cavalry operations. He is considered the leading authority on the Battle of Trevilian Station, and his book on that subject is Glory Enough for All: Sheridan’s Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station.

  • Mitch Yockelson is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where he  heads the Archival Recovery Team (ART). Additionally, he teaches military history at Norwich University. He is the author of Borrowed Soldiers, Americans under British Command, 1918; MacArthur: America’s General; and Grant: Savior of the Union. A fourth book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the Germans in Autumn, 1918, will soon be published.