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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.

James McPherson earned the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark book Battle Cry of Freedom.  He has written extensively on the Civil War and is considered one of the foremost historians who have studies and written about the war of the rebellion.  Along with his considerable shelf of publications, Jim has also been a great champion concerning the ongoing preservation of Civil War battlefields.  He recently retired from the History Department at Princeton University.

Robert K. Krick
is an expert on the history of the Army of Northern Virginia. He has led tour groups of Civil War battlefields and operations from Gettysburg to Petersburg. He has also written extensively on Confederate Military History. He is recently retired from the National Park Service where he served for many years as the historian at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. His recent books include: Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain; Conquering the Valley and the Smoothbore Volley which Doomed the Confederacy.

Ted Alexander is a highly sought after speaker and tour guide. He has written extensively on the Gettysburg campaign. His books include Southern Revenge & Maryland Civilians in the Antietam campaign. He has also authored several General's Tours for Blue & Gray Magazine. He is an expert on cavalry operations conducted during the Gettysburg campaign. He is the historian at the Antietam National Battlefield

Jeff Wert is a name familiar to anyone who has studied the Civil War over the past two decades. He is a noted Civil War historian and the author of five 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.

Dr. Mark Snell is the director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. He is a retired Army officer and a former assistant professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. As professor of history at Shepherd University--located only a few miles from Antietam Battlefield--Mark teaches several courses on different aspects of the Civil War, US history and military history. He has written or edited several books on the Civil War, including From First to Last, The Life of Major General William B. Franklin (Fordham Univ. Press, 2002) and Mountaineers Are Always Free: West Virginians and Their Civil War (The History Press, 2011). During the fall semester of 2008, Mark served as Visiting Senior Lecturer of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst) in the United Kingdom. In February 2009 he was given the "Honorary West Virginian Award" by Governor Joe Manchin, the highest award the governor can bestow on someone who is not a West Virginia citizen.



Dennis Frye been leading Civil War battlefield tours for over twenty-five years.  He has published articles in virtually all of the popular Civil War journals and authored several fine books, including a volume in the Virginia regimental series. He has been a historian with the National Park Service, chiefly based at Harpers Ferry, for most of his professional career.  He also served as the executive director of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (APCWS) and as a historical consultant for the feature film Gods and Generals.  

EMail: dward@civilwartours.org