This Australian Ph.D. heads the War Studies Department at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he 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, Duncan and his staff are all specialists in portions of world history. Duncan’s scholarship is on the Pacific theater and in particular the fall of the Philippines and its redemption.
A professor of history at the University of West Georgia, Keith specializes 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.
A Charlottesville, Virginia-based author, historian, and cartographer, Rick has published over 200 articles and essays–the vast majority on the history of Virginia. He is 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.”)
Mike has spent the entirety of his career as a public historian engaged in researching, writing about, and interpreting the rich history of the Gulf South region. A former interpreter at Fort Morgan State Historic Site, he currently serves as the director of Historic Blakeley State Park near Mobile, Alabama. He is a frequent speaker of historical topics throughout Alabama and beyond, an instructor of Civil War history with local continuing education programs, and guides tours associated with the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Campaign for Mobile. Among several books he has authored are Civil War Eufaula, and co-author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812.
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 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 Gen. Joseph K.F. Mansfield, published in Corps Commanders in Blue, as well as numerous magazine articles
TOURS: The 1862 Maryland Campaign Part 2: An Impossible Situation: Defending Harpers Ferry (November 29-December 1, 2018)
A resident of Rainbow City, Alabama, Norman 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 the Confederate Veterans and became active in the organization for years. While living in Paulding County, Georgia, then Alabama, Norman studied local battlefields and became active in interpreting them for various organizations. He continues to enjoy showing people the deep and rich history of locations in his state and surrounding areas.
Robert M. Dunkerly
A historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research, Robert 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 20 articles. His research includes archaeology, colonial life, military history, and historic commemoration. Robert is currently a Park Ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He has visited over 400 battlefields and over 700 historic sites worldwide.
TOURS: Revolution in the Smokies: The Over-the-Mountain Men (August 22-25, 2018)
One of the country’s foremost authorities of the 1862 Valley Campaign, as well as the most prolific scholar of modern campaign literature, Gary 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. He also possesses deep knowledge in the Revolutionary War and the Atlanta Campaign.
George L. Fickett, Jr.
A mapper, preservationist, and Civil War historian, George has been instrumental in helping to preserve 11 Civil War sites to date. A lifelong resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland, his interest in the war began when he was nine years old, in 1959, while watching an episode of “Playhouse 90” about the Battle of the Crater. Fast-forward to 1972, when he became interested in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign in Chesterfield County, at a time when development was threatening Civil War sites at an alarming rate. Today he is recognized as the best local historian on the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and its preservation and was featured in the December 2014 issue of Blue & Gray Magazine. But his biggest award was being recognized as a Civil War Historian by none other than Ed Bearss in July 2015. He serves as the President of Petersburg Battlefields Foundation, an Adviser for the Petersburg Area Regional Tourism Board, and a life member of the Petersburg Civil War Round Table.
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, he 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: Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte in the Battle of New Orleans; Vicksburg, 1863; Shiloh, 1862; The Aviators; and The Generals.
Bryan is a veteran campaigner with the BGES group and works as a guide and host for the Wounded Warriors Program. He also serves as a guide at Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison near Orange, Virginia. He has intensely studied the lives, careers, and times of the Madisons with a special emphasis on James’ role in the development of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and War of 1812. Bryan lives with his wife, Jenny, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he works as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and also participates in local historic events as a reenactor. He and his son, Ben (also a BGES campaigner) are proud sponsors of a cannon at the Raymond, Mississippi, Battlefield.
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.
A retired brigadier general, Mississippi Army National Guard, who also served almost 32 years as a Regular Army and National Guard officer, Parker is an expert on Mississippi battlefields. He has conducted the Military Staff Ride program for years for the state of Mississippi, 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. He is the author of the BGES monograph, “A Study in Warfighting, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads,” 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.
TOURS: Grant Disposes of Johnston: Part 4 of our Signature Vicksburg Campaign Studies (September 18-22, 2018)
The moving force behind the reclamation of the Franklin battlefield, Eric has served as the CEO of the Battle of Franklin Trust since 2014. He has cleared battlefield land, removed structures, and restored landscape while enhancing the interpretative experience of both the battlefield grounds and the historic Carnton Plantation. His books, including For Cause & For Country, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and Baptism of Fire, are the standard works on the battle and an excellent read.
TOURS: Hood’s 1864 Tennessee Campaign Part 2: Sherman Heads to the Sea and Hood Moves North (November 13-16, 2018), with Lee White and Len Riedel
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, Robert 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. A veritable fountain of knowledge, he is being increasing sought out for tours and educational programs.
One of the nation’s foremost Indian Wars authorities and 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 country’s most respected historians. 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.
TOURS: Virginia 400: Virginia on the Half Shell (November 1-11, 2018), with Len Riedel
Chief historian of Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park, Jim is one of the country’s finest military historians and a preservationist of the first order. He has taught history courses and authored several articles about the Civil War. 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.
TOURS: Engagement at Doctor’s Creek: The Battle for Perryville, A Walking Tactical Study (October 10-13, 2018)
A leading scholar and battlefield guide on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War, Scott 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; and The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter’s Raid on Staunton and Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign. His blog is Shenandoah 1864.
TOURS: Second Battle of Manassas: A Campaign Study (September 5-9, 2018)
A practicing attorney from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Gordon 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.
The executive director of the BGES, Len is a retired Air Force officer with 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. He blogs on this site: BGES Blog.
TOURS: Stoneman’s 1865 North Carolina Raid (August 19-21, 2018); Virginia 400: Virginia on the Half Shell (November 1-11, 2018), with Neil Mangum; Hood’s 1864 Tennessee Campaign Part 2: Sherman Heads to the Sea and Hood Moves North (November 13-16, 2018), with Eric Jacobson and Lee White
Paul M. Severance
Colonel (Ret.) Paul M. Severance, Ph.D., recently retired as a member of the faculty at National Defense University. During his 25-year tenure, he served as a professor of strategy and subsequently as a professor of military science in the Department of Defense Strategy and Resources, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF)). In addition, he served as the course director for the Gettysburg Studies program at the Industrial College/Eisenhower School, director of the year-long War Studies program offered at the Industrial College, and chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Logistics from 2002 to 2004. Since 1991, Paul has conducted nearly 300 professional-level staff rides of Gettysburg for such diverse groups as War College seminars, Senior ROTC cadets, Partnership-for-Peace delegations, the Royal College of Defence Studies, members of the United States Joint Staff, Naval Special Warfare Groups, international delegations, and members of Congress. He is also an accomplished student of the Antietam Campaign and the Seven Days Battles Campaign around Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the First and second Battles of Manassas. He also conducts staff rides of Normandy, Operation Market-Garden (“A Bridge Too Far”) and the Battle of the Bulge as part of the Industrial College’s Industry Studies program in Europe.
Kyle S. Sinisi
Kyle graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1984 with a bachelor’s of art in history. Following four years of active duty service in the United States Army, he attended Kansas State University, where he earned both a master’s of art and a Ph.D. He came to The Citadel in 1994, where he teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses but concentrates 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. He is co-editor of the “Total War Series” line of books for the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, and Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century. 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. Kyle currently is at work on a biography of General Samuel R. Curtis and a study of Charleston during the Civil War.
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. One of North Carolina’s leading experts of the 1865 Carolinas Campaign, he 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 was born in Washington, D.C. to parents who were very interested in Civil War history. On Sundays, her father would pile the family into the car and off they would go to a battlefield. She 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 30 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. Residing in Frederick, Maryland, 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.”
William Lee White
Lee is a park ranger at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, where he gives tours and other programs at the Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain Battlefields. He is the author of Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga, and the forthcoming, Let Us Die Like Men: The Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864 (part of the Emerging Civil War Series published by Savas Beatie LLC). He has also authored several articles and essays on topics related to the Western Theater, notably the edited diary fragment of Major General Patrick R. Cleburne in The Tennessee Campaign of 1864, part of the “Campaigns of the Heartland” series edited by Dr. Stephen Woodworth. He is the editor of Great Things Are Expected of Us: The Letters of Colonel C. Irvine Walker, 10th South Carolina Infantry CSA. Over the years, he has spoken to many roundtables, historical societies, and other history-minded groups.
TOURS: Hood’s 1864 Tennessee Campaign Part 2: Sherman Heads to the Sea and Hood Moves North (November 13-16, 2018), with Eric Jacobson and Len Riedel
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 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 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 is the BGES point of contact for numerous joint projects. A planner for Chesterfield County, he 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.