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Duncan Anderson

Head of the War Studies Department at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Australian Ph.D. supervises an international staff of some of the world’s best and brightest historical minds. Here they teach the major block of military history to the officer candidates for the British Army and Commonwealth countries. Frequently featured on historical programming, Anderson and his staff are all specialists in portions of world history. Anderson’s scholarship is on the Pacific theater and in particular the fall of the Philippines and its redemption.


Keith Bohannon

Professor of history at the University of West Georgia specializing in U.S. Civil War history. He has led numerous tours of Eastern and Western Theater battlefields and worked a number of years as a historian with the U.S. National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. He is the author of numerous essays published by both university and non-academic presses, including several that examine aspects of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.


Rick Britton

Charlottesville, Virginia-based author, historian, and cartographer. With over 200 published articles and essays under his belt—the vast majority on the history of Virginia—he is the author of the award-winning Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler, and 2015’s Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History. He also teaches classes on the history of central Virginia, conducts battlefield tours, lectures frequently on a wide range of Virginia history topics, and illustrates maps for history books and websites. (To see a sampling of Rick’s maps, go to the Mount Vernon website—www.mountvernon.org and select “Revolutionary War.”)


Tom Clemens

Tom is a retired college history professor, a certified Antietam Battlefield Guide, and president of Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in history at Salisbury University and his Doctorate at George Mason University. His mentor and dissertation director was Dr. Joseph Harsh, a long-time Maryland Campaign scholar. Tom also edited the 1,800-page narrative written by the Gen. Ezra Carman, the battlefield’s first official historian. This work resulted in the three-volume study titled The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. In addition, Tom has written a monograph biography of General Joseph K.F. Mansfield, published in Corps Commanders in Blue, as well as numerous magazine articles


Norman Dasinger

A resident of Rainbow City, Alabama, has led many tours of Civil War sites in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. His interest in the war began when he and his father began researching their family history in the early 1980s. Finding several Confederate and Union ancestors, they set out to see the battlefields they had fought upon, a journey that led to multiple states. They, along with Norman’s brother, joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans and became active in the organization for many years. Their travels for the SCV brought them to many other battlefields and historical sites. When he moved to Paulding County, Georgia, in 1989, Norman began to learn, in detail, about the three local battlefields: Dallas, Picketts Mill, and New Hope Church. He became active in organizations, charged with promoting and interpreting them. He moved to Alabama in 2005 and began to study the history of the most prominent Civil War event in the area: the Forrest Streight Raid. He enjoys showing people the deep and rich history of locations in his state and other surrounding areas.


Robert Dunkerly

Robert M. Dunkerly

A historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research. He holds a degree in History from St. Vincent College and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. He has worked at nine historic sites, and written seven books and over twenty articles. His research includes archaeology, colonial life, military history, and historic commemoration. Dunkerly is currently a Park Ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He has visited over 400 battlefields and over 700 historic sites worldwide. When not reading or writing, he enjoys hiking, camping, and photography.


Gary Ecelbarger

Gary Ecelbarger

One of the country’s foremost authorities of the 1862 Valley Campaign as well as the most prolific scholar of modern campaign literature. He has written four books about the campaign, two additional monographs, as well as at least a dozen articles and feature-length contributions in the nation’s top Civil War magazines. His most acclaimed works are We Are In For It!: The First Battle of Kernstown and Three Days in the Shenandoah: Stonewall Jackson at Front Royal and Winchester. We cannot overlook his knowledge of the Revolutionary War and the Atlanta Campaign, since we are doing tours with him in those areas.


George Fickett

Has been a student of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign for 42 years. A former Chesterfield County employee he, with his colleague, Scott Williams, has mapped and documented the campaign for many years, and it is in no small measure directly due to his devotion that these sites are now available to visit and understand. George was presented the National Park Service’s “Take Pride in America” Award in 1987, and he received the Virginia Volunteer of the Year Award in 2004. He received a lifetime achievement award from Chesterfield County as a volunteer in 2012. Nobody knows this campaign or the grounds any better. George is now a key player in the newly founded Friends Group for the Petersburg Campaign.


Winston Groom

Winston took the publishing world by storm when his 1986 novel Forrest Gump flew to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 21 weeks. Born in 1943, Groom grew up in Mobile, Alabama, where he attended University Military School prep. In 1965 he graduated from the University of Alabama with an AB in English and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He served in Vietnam, mostly with the 1st Brigade of the Fourth Infantry Division from July 1966 to September 1967, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He then spent the next eight years working as a reporter and columnist for the Washington Star before making a name for himself as a talented novelist and renowned author of history. He has published 16 books, including the prize-winning Shrouds of Glory, the critically acclaimed A Storm in Flanders, a World War I history, The Year That Tried Men’s Souls, Patriotic Fire, Vicksburg, 1863, Shiloh, 1862, The Aviators, and The Generals.


Bryan Hagan

Bryan Hagen

Bryan lives with his wife, Jenny, in Charlottesville, Virginia, having relocated from Minnesota eight years ago. He is a veteran campaigner with the BGES group and works as a guide and host for the Wounded Warriors Program. He and his son, Ben (also a BGES campaigner) are proud sponsors of a cannon at the Raymond, Mississippi Battlefield. Bryan is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and also works as a guide at Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison, which is located near Orange, Virginia. In his role as an interpreter at Montpelier, he has intensely studied the lives, careers, and times of the Madisons with a special emphasis on Madison’s role in the development of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the War of 1812. He is also a participant in local Charlottesville historic events as a reenactor.


Scott Hartwig

Scott retired in 2014 after a 34-year career in the National Park Service. He was fundamental in the growth of Gettysburg’s on-site interpretation and living history programming and the design of all aspects of the new Gettysburg museum/visitor center. He was co-writer for the Telly Award-winning park educational broadcasts Gettysburg: The Soldiers’ Battle and Gettysburg: The Face of Battle. He has authored numerous articles, essays, and books on Civil War subjects, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Pennsylvania Cable Network. He is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, and is currently working on the second volume, tentatively titled, I Dread The Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam, which covers the battle and end of the Maryland Campaign.


Parker Hills

A retired brigadier general, Mississippi Army National Guard, who also served almost 32 years as a Regular Army and National Guard officer. For years Hills conducted the Military Staff Ride program for the state of Mississippi and is an expert on Mississippi battlefields. Hills conducts tours for Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostel) and is a corporate leadership trainer who founded Battle Focus. He is active in the preservation of Civil War battlefields, and has served as president of Friends of Raymond and of Friends of the Vicksburg Campaign and Historic Trail. He was chair of the Mississippi Civil War Battlefield Commission and a member of the Mississippi Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Hills is a graduate of the US Army War College and holds a Master of Education degree in Psychology. He is the author of the BGES monograph, A Study in Warfighting, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, the co-author of the Driving Tour Guide to the Vicksburg Campaign, and co-author of the prize-winning book Receding Tide, Vicksburg and Gettysburg, The Campaigns that Changed the Civil War. He has contributed a chapter entitled “Roads to Raymond” for Vicksburg: Mississippi Blitzkrieg, edited by Steve Woodworth, and his latest work, Vicksburg: Art of Commemoration, is an invaluable analysis of the art and architecture of the monuments at Vicksburg National Military Park.


Eric Jacobson

The moving force behind the reclamation of the Franklin battlefield. As the CEO of the Battle of Franklin Trust, he has cleared battlefield land, removed structures, and restored landscape while enhancing the interpretative experience. His books are the standard works on the battle and an excellent read.


Robert Jenkins, Sr.

A Dalton, Georgia, lawyer whose passion for the Civil War has erupted with the knowledge he had ancestors who fought in the war. He is a passionate preservationist and a moving force in the region for the newly interpreted sites in northern Georgia. His research and two published books are part of a larger Atlanta Campaign series he hopes to do. Both books are excellent reads and highly informative. A veritable fountain of knowledge, he is being increasing sought out for tours and educational programs.


Neil Mangum

One of the nation’s foremost Indian Wars authorities and is a life-long student of George Armstrong Custer. Neil served his career in the National Park Service where his postings included a tour as the Superintendent of the Little Big Horn National Battlefield. He was a key player in significant changes that made the site more inclusive and healing. His engaging manner has opened many doors to heritage tourists and made him one of the most respected historians in the country. He has also led tours of the Great Sioux Indian War, The Apache Wars, The Central Plains Indian War, the Buffalo Red River War and many other western themes. Recently he has turned to Americana tours, including the Pony Express, Route 66, and the Santa Fe Trail. He is the author of the definitive work, The Battle of the Rosebud: Prelude to the Little Big Horn. Neil retired from the NPS in 2003 and now lives in Payson, Arizona.


Jim Ogden

One of the country’s finest military historians. A preservationist of the first order, he is often called upon to lead tours for distinguished visitors to the National Park Service—having taking Vice President Cheney and his family around Chickamauga and the region several times.


Len Riedel

The Executive Director of the BGES. A retired Air Force officer, Riedel has a Master of Arts degree in History. He is the architect of the BGES’ diverse programming and of considerable preservation accomplishments in the nonprofit community. Len blogs on this site: BGES Blog.


Scott Patchan

Scott Patchan

A leading scholar and battlefield guide on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. He has written four books on the region and dozens of articles in publications such as Blue and Gray, North and South and Civil War Times. He also serves as a member of the Kernstown Battlefield Board of Directors and on the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s Resource Protection committee. His most recent publications include The Last Battle of Winchester: Sheridan, Early and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 to September 19, 1864; Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and The Struggle for Chinn Ridge; The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter’s Raid on Staunton and Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign. His blog is Shenandoah 1864.


Gordon Rhea

A practicing attorney from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He has completed six books related to the Overland Campaign that pitted U.S. Grant against R.E. Lee. The award-winning series, published by LSU Press, has now been completed with the recent release of On to Petersburg, Grant and Lee June 4-15, 1864. Gordon brings the same analytic skills so essential for good trial work to the analysis of military campaigns—exhaustive research, the lessons of precedent, and the logical outcomes from well-thought-out plans and the unexpected curveballs that are known in the military as friction. Personalities count in law and in leadership. Gordon recognizes both, bringing a delightful summary that both clients and juries appreciate and respect.


Kyle Sinisi

Kyle S. Sinisi

Kyle S. Sinisi graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1984 with a BA in History. Following four years of active duty service in the United States Army, he attended Kansas State University, where he earned both the MA and Ph.D. Professor Sinisi came to The Citadel in 1994.
Professor Sinisi teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at The Citadel, but he concentrates his offerings on the Civil War, World War II, U.S. military history, and the history of weaponry. He is a two-time recipient of the James A. Grimsley Award, The Citadel’s annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Professor Sinisi is co-editor (with Professor Michael B. Barrett) of the “Total War Series” line of books for the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. He is the author of The Last Hurrah: Sterling Price’s Missouri Expedition of 1864 (A.M. Pate Award for best book of 2015 on the Trans-Mississippi Civil War) and Sacred Debts: State Civil War Claims and American Federalism. He is also a co-editor of Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century. Professor Sinisi is currently at work on a biography of General Samuel R. Curtis and a study of Charleston during the Civil War.


Wade Sokolosky

A native of Beaufort, North Carolina, Colonel Wade Sokolosky, U.S. Army (Retired), is a graduate of East Carolina University and a 25-year veteran. He is one of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Wade has lectured throughout the Carolinas, speaking to roundtables, various societies and organizations, and at historical sites. He is the co-author (with Mark A. Smith) of To Prepare for Sherman’s Coming: The Battle of Wise’s Forks, March 1865 and No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Caesar: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro, and the author of Final Roll Call: Confederate Losses during the Carolinas Campaign. His next project, Kiss Him for His Mother, North Carolina’s Confederate Hospitals during the Civil War’s Final Months, is due out in 2018. Long-term, Wade is working on a book-length study of the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War’s final months in the Carolinas. He is the recipient of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s 2017 T. Harry Gatton Award for his important efforts to study, preserve, and share the Civil War heritage of his native North Carolina. Additionally, Wade serves as the vice president of the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield Association.


Gloria Swift

Was born in Washington, D.C., to parents who were very interested in Civil War history – especially her father. On Sundays, he would pile the family into the car and off they would go to a battlefield. Gloria remembers telling her father, “Oh Daddy, this is boring,” but something must have rubbed off because she graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in American History.

Specializing in military history and the Civil War, Gloria pursued an exciting career for over thirty years with the National Park Service as an interpretive park ranger conducting tours and as a museum curator, working on two museum renovations. She has worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site in addition to others. She took the opportunity for an early retirement from the National Park Service in December 2014 when stationed at Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Georgia.

Back home in Frederick, Maryland, Gloria is having fun in retirement but has not given up history. In addition to hiking local battlefields with her dog Fred, she currently works part-time for Blue and Gray Education Society (BGES) as the membership coordinator and travel associate on the history tours. She is also the creator and editor of the BGES membership quarterly newsletter, Along the Monocacy.


Lee White

A staff historian at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga NMP. He was introduced to BGES members at the 2017 part 1 program and is a recognized expert on the Army of Tennessee operations.


Stephen Wise

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Stephen received his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. He received his doctorate at the University of South Carolina. He is the director of the Parris Island Museum and the Cultural Resource Manager for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot located at Parris Island, South Carolina. In 1996 he was awarded the Department of the Navy’s Cultural Resources Management Award for individual excellence and his cultural resources programs have won three Department of the Navy and one Department of Defense awards for excellence. He also serves as an adjunct history professor at the University South Carolina Beaufort and has three times received the USCB adjunct faculty member of the year award.

A well-known lecturer, Stephen also has been the featured speaker on Cunard passenger liners and Windspirit cruises. He has appeared on the Arts and Entertainment Channel, the History Channel, and the Discovery Channel, as well as in various British Broadcasting Company and South Carolina Education Television and Radio productions. He has written and edited a number of works, including Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863, which was named by the South Carolina Historical Society as the best book written in 1994 on South Carolina History. He wrote the screen narrative for the Gilded Age Productions film American Iliad: The Siege of Charleston, a docufilm on the Civil War in the Charleston area. His most recent works written in conjunction with Dr. Lawrence Rowland are Rebellion, Reconstruction, and Redemption: The History of Beaufort County 1861-1893; and Bridging the Sea Island’s Past and Present, 1893-2006: The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume 3. Stephen is an advisor to the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, a past president of the Beaufort County Historical Society, and he serves on the editorial board for the South Carolina Historical Magazine. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.


Scott Williams

Scott is the BGES point of contact for numerous joint projects. A planner for Chesterfield County, Scott has designed and superintended the development of existing interpretative materials and literature for the county. He has drafted the 43 interpretative signs that BGES installed in support of the campaign and he is active with the Chesterfield County Historical Society. He is the contributing author, researcher, and cartographer for the official Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Guide –- a 58-page magazine chocked full of factual and interesting information about this tour.