Historians

  • 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.

  • Mitch Yockelson is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where he  heads the Archival Recovery Team (ART). Additionally, he teaches military history at Norwich University. He is the author of Borrowed Soldiers, Americans under British Command, 1918; MacArthur: America’s General; and Grant: Savior of the Union. A fourth book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the Germans in Autumn, 1918, will soon be published.