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Aaron Astor is associate professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He is the author of Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872 and The Civil War Along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. He has written eleven articles for the award winning New York Times Disunion series, and is currently researching the 1860 Presidential election. Since 2013 Astor has served as President of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance and as a board member of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association.

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Mark L. Bradley is a historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington D.C. His publications include Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville, This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place, and Bluecoats and Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina. He is a recipient of the R.D. W. Connor Award and the North Caroliniana Award, and was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize.

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Jim Broomall is the Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War and an assistant professor of history at Shepherd University. Along with William A. Link - his Ph.D. mentor - Broomall most recently co-edited and published Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom. He has articles in numerous publications and is currently completing a book entitled Personal Confederacies: Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, 1840-1880.

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Charley Cooke is a retired physician who lives in Richmond. A long-time attendee and speaker at the seminar, Cooke has lectured on many aspects of the medical history of the Civil War.

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William C. "Jack" Davis is the author or editor of more than 50 books in Civil War and Southern history. He retired in 2013 as Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. His most recent book is Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee–The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged. Among his recent awards are a record fourth Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy and the Richard Nelson Current Award from the Lincoln Forum.

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Betsy Estilow is a professor emeritus of biology at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where she also served as a lecturer in Civil War history. She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland, and is a co-founder of the Society for Women and the Civil War. Estilow has given numerous presentations at conferences and at Civil War Roundtables on topics such as Compassion Afloat: Life aboard the Hospital Ships, Field Hospitals at South Mountain, and women such as Mary Bickerdyke and Ella Newsom.

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Dennis Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Writer, lecturer, guide, and preservationist, Dennis is a prominent Civil War historian. Dennis has numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E as a guest historian, and he helped produce Emmy award-winning television features on the Battle of Antietam, abolitionist John Brown, and Maryland during the Civil War. He is a leading Civil War battlefield preservationist and an award-winning author, with 95 articles and nine books.

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Amelia Grabowski is the Outreach and Education Coordinator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. She has a Master's Degree in Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage from Brown University, where she received the Master's Award for Engaged Citizenship and Community Service. Grabowski has worked for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, humanities councils, and community organizations: all endeavoring to connect the past to the present in engaging and creative ways.

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Scott Hartwig retired in 2014 as the supervisory park historian at Gettysburg National Military Park after a 34-year career in the National Park Service. He has authored numerous articles, essays and books on Civil War subjects, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Pennsylvania Cable Network. He is the author of To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign from September 3 to September 16, and is currently working on the second volume, tentatively titled, I Dread The Thought of the Place: The Battle of Antietam, which covers the battle and end of the Maryland Campaign.

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Kurt Luther is assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, where he investigates how social technologies can engage the public in historical research, education, and preservation. He also writes a regular column on researching Civil War photos for Military Images magazine.

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Jennifer Murray is an associate professor of History at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. She is the author of 'On A Great Battlefield': The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013, winner of the Bachelder-Coddington Award. Murray is currently working on a biography of General George Gordon Meade, titled "Meade at War," to be published by the Louisiana State University Press. She worked for the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park as an interpretive seasonal ranger for nine summers.

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Harold W. (Hal) Nelson , Brigadier General, U. S. Army (Retired) is a veteran of thirty-two years of active service. He was the Army’s Chief of Military History from 1989 to 1994 and taught history and strategy at the US Military Academy, the US Army Staff College, and the US Army War College. Educated at the University of Michigan, his books include a study of Leon Trotsky and (co-authored) U.S. Army War College battlefield guides to Gettysburg, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the campaign for Atlanta. General Nelson has facilitated military history-based leadership programs on various U.S. Army battlefield for a broad range of government agencies, business leaders, and academic audiences.

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Jared Peatman graduated from Gettysburg College and went on to earn a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from Texas A&M. He is the founder and president of Four Score Consulting, LLC, as well as a faculty member at the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. Peatman’s first book was the award-winning The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. He is also the author, with Steven B. Wiley, of A Transformational Journey: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg.

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Paul Quigley is James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. A native of Manchester, England, he is the author of Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848 –1865, winner of the British Association for American Studies Book Prize, the Museum of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Award, and the Albert Sturm Award.

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Richard J. Sommers is the Senior Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, U.S. Army War College, where he worked for over 43 years. A graduate of Carleton College and Rice University, his publications include Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg, recipient of the Bell I. Wiley Prize from the National Historical Society. A special sesquicentennial edition of Richmond Redeemed was released in 2014.





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