Historians

  • Robert J. Laplander is the leading authority on the ‘Lost Battalion’ of the 77th Division and the author of Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legend of America’s Famous WW1 Epic. He is featured in the television event The Great War; a 6-hour, 3-part record of America’s contributions in WW1 presented as part of the American Experience series for PBS in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the war. Laplander has provided professional development lectures for the US Army to both the old 77th Regional Readiness Command and the 78th (Training) Division and is a partner in the US WW1 Centennial Commission, managing both Doughboy MIA, a site which tracks all missing US service personnel from the war, and The Lost Battalion portions of the Commission’s web presence. He is also the author of The True Story of the Wooden Horse, an account of the POW escape from Stalag Luft III during World War II.

  • John R. Maass is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor of history at Norwich University. He is the author of North Carolina and the French and Indian War: the Spreading Flames of War; Defending a New Nation, 1783-1811 (U.S. Army Center of Military History);  The Road to Yorktown; and most recently, George Washington's Virginia.

     

  • Dana MacBean is a leading authority on the 1864 Valley Campaign and is the co-author of A Shenandoah Sketchbook: James E. Taylor Draws the Valley. He recently retired as the exhibit coordinator of the Marine Corps Museum at Parris Island, South Carolina.

     

  • Robert N. Macomber is a maritime historian, lecturer and award-winning author and TV commentator best known for his novels in the Honor series of naval fiction. The series chronicles the life and times of a fictional American naval officer, Peter Wake, beginning during Civil War, and illustrates the U. S. Navy’s critical role in the expansion of America from the mid-19th century to a global power in the 20th century.

  • Erin Mahan is Chief Historian of the Department of Defense, and previously served as an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University, and also as a historian at the Department of State, where she edited several volumes of Foreign Relations of the United States. Her publications include Kennedy, de Gaulle, and Western Europe and articles on NATO, the Berlin Crisis, and U.S. and French foreign economic policies during the 1960s. 

  • John Marszalek is the Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association's Grant Presidential Library at Missisippi State University & Managing Editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Papers project. He is the author of several books including Sherman, A Soldier’s Passion for Order; Commander of All Lincoln’s Armies, A Life of General Henry W. Halleck; Lincoln and the Military; and The Best Writings of Ulysses S. Grant.

  • JANICE McKAY is President of the Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, registrar for the Coral Gables chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and past-president and registrar of Colonial Dames XVII.

  • Tom McMillan is the author of Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11. He serves on the board of trustees of Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center, the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93, the marketing committee of the Gettysburg Foundation and as a tour guide at the Civil War room at Carnegie Library in Carnegie, PA. He has spent a lifetime in communications as a newspaper sports writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among others, as a radio talk show host, and, for the past 21 years as VP of Communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins. His most recent book is Gettysburg Rebels:” Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers..

  • Richard McMurry is the author of many books including John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence, Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History, The Road Past Kennesaw: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 and Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War, In Bello Praesidium.

     

  • ROBERT McPHERSON, a leading authority on the Navajo Indians, is Professor of History at Utah State University. He has written extensively on the Navajo and other western Indian tribes, and his books  include Navajo land, Navajo Culture: The Utah Experience in the Twentieth Century; Sacred Land, Sacred View: Navajo Perceptions of the Four Corners Region; and Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code-Talker.