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Christy Coleman is CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, having previously worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. She has lectured extensively and consulted with some of the country’s leading museums, written a number of articles for scholarly and public history publications as well as being an award winning screenwriter for educational television.

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John M. Coski is Historian at The Museum of the Confederacy (now part of The American Civil War Museum), where he has worked in various capacities since 1988. He is the author of several books, most notably The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem. He is researching what he hopes to be a book-length history of Belle Isle, tentatively entitled “Belle Isle: Life and Death, Past and Present on America’s Founding River.”

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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 latest book is Inventing Loreta Velasquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity, and Con Artist. Among his recent awards are a record fourth Jefferson Davis Award from the American Civil War Museum and the Richard Nelson Current Award from the Lincoln Forum.

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Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Dennis has written nine books and 98 articles, with his latest book entitled September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril. He is an original founder and past president of two nationally renowned preservation organizations: the Civil War Trust and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. He and his wife Sylvia have restored General Burnside's post-Antietam headquarters as their residence.

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D. 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 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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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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James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr. is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Virginia Tech. The founding director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and a nationally acclaimed lecturer, he is the author or editor of more than 20 books. His recent publications include After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians who Changed America, and a two-volume edition of J. B. Jones' A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary.

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Anne Sarah Rubin is professor of history and Associate Director of the Imaging Research Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the author of Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March in American Memory and A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, winner of the Avery O. Craven Award. Rubin was president of the Society of Civil War Historians from 2012-2014.






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