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Learn about the history of Savannah, Georgia, from some of the nation’s elite historians

Speakers & Historians

Garry Adelman

A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 50 Civil War articles. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 25 years. He has conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at ten battlefields, has given thousands of battlefield tours at more than 60 sites and has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network, American Heroes Channel, and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011) and Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (2015).  He works full time as Chief Historian at the American Battlefield Trust.

Daniel Davis

Dan Davis is a native of Fredericksburg, VA where his love for the Civil War began on childhood trips to local battlefields. He is a graduate of Longwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Public History. Dan has worked as a Ranger/Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Site and the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on the Civil War and is a regular contributor to Emerging Civil War. He currently resides in Fredericksburg and works in the education department at the American Battlefield Trust.

A. Wilson “Will” Greene

Recently retired as executive director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier following a 17-year tenure, Will Greene is also the former president & CEO of one of the Trust’s predecessor organizations, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. He served 16 years with the National Park Service at a variety of historic sites and holds degrees in history from Florida State University and Louisiana State University. Greene is a frequent lecturer and study leader for the Smithsonian Institution and the Blue and Gray Education Society, and he has spoken to more than 100 Civil War roundtables and provided more than 50 tours to special-interest groups. He has completed more than 30 Civil War and Southern historical publications and is currently under contract with the University of North Carolina Press to write a three-volume history of the Petersburg Campaign, the first volume of which was released in June of 2018.

Ricardo A. Herrera., PhD

Rick Herrera is Professor of Military History at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), US Army Command and General Staff College. A specialist in eighteenth and nineteenth-century US military history, Herrera is the author of For Liberty and the Republic: The American Citizen as Soldier, 1775-1861 (New York: New York University Press, 2015), and of numerous articles and chapters on US military history. He was awarded a Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History and a Distinguished Writing Award from the Army Historical Foundation for his articles.

Herrera has also won research fellowships from the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, the Society of the Cincinnati, the David Library of the American Revolution, and the Society for the History of the Early American Republic/Mellon Faculty Research Fund. He has also served as a trustee of the Society for Military History and the US Commission on Military History.

Before joining SAMS, Herrera was Chief, Staff Ride Team, US Army Combat Studies Institute, and was Director of Honors at Mount Union College and Department Chair at Texas Lutheran University. He is now completing two book projects, tentatively titled Feeding Valley Forge: The Fatal Crisis of 1778 and An American Soldier in Mexico: The Life and Letters of Edward Ashley Bowen Phelps and the Course of American Empire. A graduate of Marquette University (PhD, 1998) and the University of California, Los Angeles (BA, 1984), Herrera also served as an Armor and Cavalry officer in the US Army.

Don Teuton

Don Teuton has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the number one tour company in Savannah for the past 18 months. His parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are buried in the hallowed grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery and he will be as well. Don is also the Vice Chairman of the Bonaventure Historical Society and an active volunteer for the same. For Don, Bonaventure Cemetery is a family tradition.

Kristopher "Kris" D. White

Kris is the education manager at the American Battlefield Trust. White is a graduate of Norwich University with an M.A. in Military History, as well as a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History. For nearly five years he served as a staff military historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. White is the co-founder of Emerging Civil War and is also the co-creator of the Engaging the Civil War Series, which is a partnership between Southern Illinois University Press and Emerging Civil War. An award-winning speaker and editor, White has authored, co-authored, or edited nearly two-dozen books; and is the author and co-author of numerous history-related articles.