• Scott Patchan is widely regarded as the leading authority and tour guide of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He is the author of Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign; Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn RidgeThe Battle of Piedmont and Hunter’s Campaign for Staunton; The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont; and most recently, The Last Battle of Winchester: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 - September 19, 1864.

  • Kevin Pawlak is a Civil War historian who works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National Battlefield and an Education Specialist for the Mosby Heritage Area Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association and previously worked and completed internships at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and the Missouri Civil War Museum.

  • DALE K. PHILLIPS is Superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site (NPS) in Springfield, Illinois. Previously he served as Superintendent at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NPS) in Vincennes, Indiana. He is a veteran tour leader and speaker on Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 themes.

  • Mike Priest, a retired Washington County, Maryland high school history teacher, is an Antietam Battlefield Licensed Guide. He has written and/or edited 13 books and numerous articles on the American Civil War including: Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle; Before Antietam: The Battle for South Mountain; and Into the Fight: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. His latest book is Stand to It and Give Them Hell: Gettysburg as the Soldiers Experienced it from Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top, July 2, 1863.

  • Thomas Reinhart is an architectural historian and archaeologist with more than 20 years of experience studying and preserving the colonial Chesapeake.  He directed the State of Maryland’s architectural research program for over a decade, working with resources dating from the 17th through the 20th centuries.  He is now Director of Architecture at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, leading the study and preservation of the first president’s home.

  • Steve Ritchie is a veteran tour lead of Civil War tours in the Shenandoah Valley and is widely regarded as the leading authority on Turner Ashby. He is the co-director and co-founder of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Institute of the CWEA, and the vice-president and co-founder of the Robert E Lee Fellowship. Previously he served as the historian of the McCormick Civil War Institute of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. On June 8, 2013, Steve was honored by the CWEA as the 11th recipient of the William Woods Hassler Award - for especially meritorious contributions to the field of Civil War education.

  • Bud Robertson recently retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of many books including Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend; General A. P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior; and Robert E. Lee: Virginian Soldier, American Citizen.


  • Charles Roland is widely regarded as the "Dean of American Civil War Historians." He is the author of many books including Albert Sidney Johnston: Soldier of Three Republics; An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War; My Odyssey through History: Memoirs of War and Academe and, most recently, History Teaches Us to Hope: Reflections on the Civil War and Southern History.

  • Jim Schmick is the founding and current president of Camp Curtin Historical Society/Civil War Roundtable and a member of the Adams, Cumberland and Dauphin County Historical Societies, the Harrisburg and Hershey Civil War Roundtables, the General Meade Society, the Gettysburg/Pennsylvania Monuments Project Committee and the Cumberland County/150 Civil War Anniversary Committee.

    Jim is the co-author of "Civil War Harrisburg" and has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Senate and House for preservation efforts. He received a historic recognition award from the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, and recently was named Historian of the Year by the Cumberland County Historical Society.

  • Tim Smith is widely regarded as the leading tour guide of the battle of Shiloh and of the siege and battle of Corinth. He is the author of a number of books including Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front; The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and Battlefield; Rethinking Shiloh: Myth and Memory; Shiloh: Conquer or Perish; The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation: The Decade of the 1890s and the Establishment of America’s First Five Military Parks; and Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation.