Speaker & Historian Biographies

American Battlefield Trust Event
February 24 - 26, 2023

Atlantic Beach, FL

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.

Sarah Kay Bierle 

Sarah Kay Bierle graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BA in History, works in the Education Department at American Battlefield Trust, and volunteers as managing editor at Emerging Civil War. She has spent years exploring ways to share quality historical research in ways that will inform and inspire modern audiences, including school presentations, writing, and speaking engagements. Sarah has published three historical fiction books and her first nonfiction book, Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market, is part of the Emerging Civil War series.

Phillip S. Greenwalt

Phill Greenwalt is co-founder of Emerging Revolutionary War and is also a full-time contributor to Emerging Civil War. He is the co-author of Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, and Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville (all three with Daniel Davis). Phill graduated from George Mason University with a M.A. in American History and also has a B.A. in history from Wheeling Jesuit University. He is currently a Supervisory Park Ranger at Catoctin Mountain National Park. Prior to his current position, Phill spent seven years as a historian with the National Park Service at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, and as a supervisory ranger at Everglades National Park. He started with the National Park Service as a historical interpreter intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Stephan Newhouse

Stephan Newhouse has served on the Board of the American Battlefield Trust for over a decade, serving on many committees during his tenure. Steve has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the former President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and former Chairman of Morgan Stanley International Inc. Steve served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1972. Worked in the investment banking division of First Boston Corporation from 1975 to 1979.

Robert Redd

Robert Redd is a native Floridian with a long-time interest in history. He is a graduate of Stetson University with a B.A. in American Studies and in 2022 completed his M.A. in Public History at American Public University. Robert served as Executive Director at the New Smyrna Museum of History for four years. He is currently employed by the County of Volusia where he serves as the county Cultural Coordinator. He is the author of five books published by Arcadia Publishing, two of which deal with the Civil War, two deal with New Smyrna Beach, and the fifth is a history of auto racing in Daytona Beach. His sixth book is a co-authored venture with Dr. Nick Wynne and Dr. Joe Knetsch. The book is about Florida’s maritime history and is scheduled for an early 2023 release. His seventh book is under contract to Arcadia and will tell lesser-known Florida human rights stories.

Jason Salestrom

Josh Salestrom is a Lead Park Ranger at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. He has worked for the National Park Service for the past nine years after serving eight years in the U.S. Army. He holds a Masters Degree in History from the University of North Florida, and is passionate about public history and helping people make connections with the past. When he is not playing drums in a Grateful Dead cover band, Josh enjoys spending time with his family while exploring the many natural and cultural wonders of Florida and Georgia.