Historians

  • Norman Dasinger, Jr., based in Gadsden, Alabama, is one of the leading experts on Civil War battles and campaigns in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama, with special emphasis on the lesser-known actions. He has developed and leads tours of the Atlanta Campaign, N. B. Forrest versus Abel Streight in Alabama, Chattanooga including Andrews’ Raiders and the Great Locomotive Chase, and Selma and Montgomery, Alabama Civil War and Civil Rights history.

  • JACK DAVIS retired in 2013 as Professor of History and Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech He served as the principal historical consultant to the A. & E. television series, Civil War Journal and has authored or edited many books including ‘A Government of Our Own’: The Making of the Confederacy; An Honorable Defeat: The Last Days of the Confederate Government and Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America. His most recent book, Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee: The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged has just been published.

  • Stephen Davis is the author of more than a hundred articles in such scholarly and popular publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and the Georgia Historical Quarterly, and writes a regular column, “Critic’s Corner,” on Civil War bibliography, for Civil War News. He is the author of several books including Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Heavy Yankee Battalions; What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and the Wrecking of Atlanta; A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee, May 5-July 18, 1864 and All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign: From Peach Tree Creek to the Surrender, July 18-September 2, 1864.

  • Stuart Dempsey is a veteran leader of American Revolution, Civil War and European World War II tours, where one of his areas of specialization is the 20th century history of Berlin. Stuart has served as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 2004. He is the author of many articles for various historical magazines, is completing a book-length manuscript on selected Federal units at Gettysburg, and has taught courses on military history for Harrisburg Area Community College.

  • Carlo D’Este, widely acclaimed as one of the world's leading authorities on World War II, is the author of many books including Decision in NormandyBitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily, 1943World War II in the MediterraneanFatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome; and three biographies: Patton: A Genius For WarEisenhower: A Soldier’s Life; and Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945.

  • Gary Ecelbarger is a leading authority of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. He has written or co-written eight books, including We Are In For It!: The First Battle of Kernstown; Three Days in the Shenandoah: Stonewall Jackson at Front Royal & Winchester; & The Day Dixie Died,  along with biographies of Civil War generals “Black Jack” Logan & Frederick W. Lander.

  • Charlie Fennell has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 1986. He is also a professor of history at Harrisburg Area Community College in Gettysburg and is the author of many articles in Civil War journals, Gettysburg National Military Park publications, and publications of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg. He has appeared on the History Channel’s  “Civil War Journal”.

  • ADAM FORTUNATE EAGLE, of Chippewa/Ojibwa Nation ancestry, is perhaps the most well-known living Native American activist, mostly for being the principal organizer of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz Island by "Indians of All Tribes." He is the author of Pipestone: A Boy’s Life in an Indian Boarding School and two other books, Alcatraz, Alcatraz and Heart of the Rock. He is the subject of the award winning documentary, Contrary Warrior: the Life and Times of Adam Fortunate Eagle.

  • RONNIE FRANCISCO is the assistant director at the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She is a member of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, and her knowledge of ancient Haudenosaunee religious/cultural practices gives her a unique ability to interpret information from both a modern and historical perspective. She is leading the museum’s plans to develop an Indian village on its nature trail.

  • Steve French, a middle school history teacher in Martinsburg, West Virginia, is the author of several Civil War books including Imboden's Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign, for which he received the 2008 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award and the 2009 Civil War Round Table of Gettysburg Book Award. His most recent book is Rebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts, and Train Robbers of the Potomac. French has written over 70 Civil War articles and numerous book reviews that have appeared in such publications as The Washington Times, Gettysburg Magazine and North & South Magazine.