ED BEARSS is – without question – the most informative, entertaining and prolific battlefield tour guide. Spending a day with Ed Bearss insures that you’ll learn a great deal about the Blue & the Gray, and it will be a lasting memory for you. For many years, Ed Bearss was the historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park. He subsequently became the Chief Historian of the National Park Service until his retirement. He has authored countless articles dealing with a variety of Civil War topics. His three volume history of the siege of Vicksburg is a model campaign study. His most recent book, Fields of Honor, is a Bearss-eye-view of the Civil War.

TOM CLEMENS, a retired history professor and a foremost historian of the Maryland Campaign, has studied Antietam and the Civil War for more than 30 years. He co-founded the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and serves as a licensed Battlefield Guide and a National Park Service volunteer interpreter. A regular contributor to several military and history magazines, Tom has spent more than two decades editing and richly annotating Civil War veteran Ezra A. Carman's definitive study of the Maryland Campaign. The result is The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, in 3 Volumes. Replete with firsthand accounts, personal anecdotes, maps, and photos, this long-awaited, work will be appreciated by anyone interested in the events of the Civil War's Eastern Theater during September 1862.


FRANK O'REILLY, lead historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, is scheduled to lead this tour. Frank has served as park historian for the Fredericksburg battlefields for over 28 years.  His first book, Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg, was published in 1993. Frank's book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, received a 2003 nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters. He is currently researching a book on the 1862 Battle of Malvern and the Seven Days' Battles around Richmond. Frank has appeared in documentaries and has lectured extensively on military history to audiences around the world, including numerous conferences at Oxford, U.K.

JIM OGDEN, Chief Historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park, began his career with the Park Service in 1982. In 1988, he became the historian at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.  He knows the ground better than anyone.  In addition to leading countless tours of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields, Jim periodically takes groups to Stones River, Nashville, Franklin, and sites of the Atlanta Campaign.  Jim has led over 400 staff rides for the U.S. Army officers and he has spoken to numerous organizations around the country.  He has published a number of short articles in several local publications and has appeared on Greystone Communications/Arts and Entertainment Network's "Civil War Journal," the History Channel's "Civil War Combat," PBS's "History detectives" and C-SPAN.

TIM SMITH is the preeminent expert on the Battle of Shiloh. Tim is a veteran of the National Park Service and currently teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In addition to numerous articles and essays, he is the author, editor, or co-editor of sixteen books, including Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg  (2004) and Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation (2012), which won the Fletcher Pratt Award and the McLemore Prize. His most recent book is Shiloh: Conquer or Perish (2014), which won the Richard B. Harwell Award, the Tennessee History Book Award, and the Douglas Southall Freeman Award. His history of the Battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, Grant Invades Tennessee, was published in November 2016. He is currently under contract to write a book on the May 19 and 22 Vicksburg assaults.

JEFF WERT is a name familiar to anyone who has studied the Civil War. He is a noted Civil War historian and the author of nine books. He has written a critically acclaimed biography of Gen. James Longstreet, General James Longstreet : The Confederacy's Most Controversial Soldier-A Biography and compared and contrasted the Civil War service of the Stonewall and Iron Brigades: A Brotherhood of Valor : The Common Soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A. His most recent book examines in detail the third and final day of the Battle of Gettysburg: Gettysburg, Day Three – which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.



TERRY WINSCHEL is a retired historian with the National Park Service. For most of his career, he was the historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park where he succeeded Edwin C. Bearss. Terry has written 75 articles on the Civil War and is author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vols. I and IIVicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River, The Civil War Diary of a Common Soldier, and Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar.Terry was named National Park Service Preservationist of the Year in 2007 and is the 2013 recipient of the Carrington Williams Preservationist of the Year Award presented by the Civil War Preservation Trust.