Historians

  • DARRYL SMITH is the founder and director of Walking With History LLC which sponsors tours of Perryville, Cynthiana and other battlefields and history sites in the Kentucky/Ohio areas. He is the organizer of the Miami Rivers Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association, serves as the Activities Chair for the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table, and the Communication Coordinator for the Military Heritage Chapter of the League of World War One Aviation Historians

  • Timothy H. Smith is a longtime Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and the author of several Gettysburg books and articles. He teaches classes on the battle and local history at the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College and has appeared regularly on the popular Pennsylvania Cable Network Gettysburg Battle Walk series. He is a research historian with the Adams County Historical Society.

  • Howard Strouse, a special agent and manager in the industrial security program, recently retired from Federal Government service after 35 years. His knowledge of 19th Century American history, especially defense, has made him a popular speaker at colleges and Civil War Round Tables across the country.

  • Craig Symonds is professor emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy where he taught naval and Civil War history for 30 years. He serves on the board of Directors of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and is the author of many books including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History; Lincoln and His Admirals;The Battle of Midway; and Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings.

  • Jeff Wert is the author of many books including Brotherhood of Valor: The Common Soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, CSA and the Iron Brigade, USA; Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart; The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac; and the soon to be released A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863.

  • Jay Wertz is the author of six books including two award-winning volumes in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand series, D-Day: The Campaign Across France; and The Pacific: Volume One – Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, as well as the recently released The Pacific: Volume Two – The Solomons to Saipan. He is also the author of The Civil War Experience 1861-1865; and with Edwin C. Bearss, the co-author of the Smithsonian’s series, Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War. And he is the author/editor of The Native American Experience.

  • Frank Williams recently retired as Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He is the chairman of the Lincoln Forum, and the president of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books including Judging Lincoln, a collection of his essays, and The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views (with Harold Holzer and Edna Greene Medford.)

  • Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War including The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow; A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest; The War in Southeastern Virginia and George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel.

  • Cooper Wingert has authored and self-published three books on the Pennsylvania Campaign. The Battle of Sporting Hill: A History and Guide; A Virginian in the Vanguard: The Diary of Lt. Hermann Schuricht, 14th Virginia Cavalry Regiment; and Almost Harrisburg: The Confederate Attempt on Pennsylvania's Capital, a broader work about the Civil War in the Harrisburg area. His latest work, The Confederate Approach On Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign's Northernmost Reaches was published by The History Press in November 2012. Our youngest historian, Cooper is a high school student in the Harrisburg area.

  • Terry Winschel recently retired as historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. He is regarded, along with Ed Bearss, as the leading authority on the Vicksburg Campaign. His books include: Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign; Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar; and Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River.