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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.

Doug Crenshaw

Doug Crenshaw studied history at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond. A volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, he is a Board member of the Richmond Battlefields Association, a member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable, and is a speaker, presenter and tour leader.

His book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, was nominated in the nonfiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. Doug has also written The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee’s Lost Opportunity, and It Shall not be Given Up! a survey and tour of the Seven Days campaign, which was a finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished writing award. Doug is currently working with Drew Gruber on an Emerging Civil War Series book about the Peninsula Campaign and with Bert Dunkerly on a book about Richmond, and is the author of Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up: The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25-July 1, 1862.

Dan 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.

Dr. James "Jim" Green

Dr. James (Jim) Green is NASA’s Chief Scientist. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Iowa in 1979. He has worked for NASA for over 40 years managing and participating in a number of NASA planetary missions. Although his day job involves NASA activities, he has long had a passionate personal interest in the history of the Civil War and ballooning in particular. For more than 25 years Jim has conducted research into Civil War balloons and has spoken at a number of events including the 150th Anniversary of Lowe’s first tethered balloon ascension on the Washington DC Mall from which the first aerial telegram was sent. He served as an advisor on the Intrepid project, an initiative to construct and fly the world's first replica of a Civil War observation balloon at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, New York. He also has worked with the Civil War Trust by identifying locations of the balloon stations during the Peninsula Campaign for preservation.


Robert E. L. “Bobby” Krick 

Bobby Krick has lived or worked on Civil War battlefields almost continuously since 1972. He grew up on the Chancellorsville Battlefield near Fredericksburg and graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg with a degree in history. He has worked in various historical capacities at several battlefields, including Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Since 1991, he has been a historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park.  Krick is widely published on Civil War topics. His first book, The Fortieth Virginia Infantry, was a unit history, and in 2003, the University of North Carolina Press published Staff Officers in Gray, a biographical register of the Army of Northern Virginia’s staff officers.


Dr. Jon Kukla

Dr. Jon Kukla is the author of the definitive biography Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty (Simon & Schuster, 2017) , which won the Virginia Historical Society’s annual Slatten Award for Biography and was a finalist for the distinguished George Washington Prize and the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award. Kukla’s previous books include Mr. Jefferson's Women (Knopf, 2007) and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America (Knopf, 2003). All three were Book-of-the-Month and History Book Club selections. Born in Wisconsin, Kukla did his undergraduate work at Carthage College and took his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where he focused on American, British, and Canadian history. He directed research and publishing at the Library of Virginia in the 1970s and 80s, directed the Historic New Orleans Collection in the 1990s, and directed Red Hill–The Patrick Henry National Memorial in Charlotte County, Virginia, from 2000 to 2007. “Order and Chaos in Early America” (American Historical Review, 1985) is the most prominent of Kukla’s articles and reviews in the major historical journals. He has enjoyed research fellowships at the British Museum, the Virginia Historical Society, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello; was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians; and is an elected member of the prestigious American Antiquarian Society. Kukla lives Richmond, where he is currently writing Rehearsal for Revolution: The Stamp Act Rebellion, 1764-1766.


Dr. Chris Mackowski

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press. Chris is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines. Chris serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Gordon C. Rhea

Gordon C. Rhea is considered a foremost expert on the 1864 Overland Campaign. He is the author of numerous books and articles The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5–6, 1864, winner of the Civil War Regiments Book Award; The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7–12, 1864; and Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26–June 3, 1864, winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table’s Laney Prize; and On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864. Gordon is also a respected attorney in Charleston, S.C.


Patrick Schroeder

Patrick A. Schroeder was born in 1968, at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Patrick attended Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County, VA.  In the spring of 1990, he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.V. He has a M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech.  From the summer of 1986-1993, Patrick worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  In 1993, he wrote Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender, which is currently in its twelfth printing. From 1994-1999, he was employed at Red Hill, the Patrick Henry National Memorial.  From 1999-2002, Patrick was an independent researcher. Patrick is now the full-time Historian of Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.