Speakers

Speakers will include:

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Kent Masterson Brown is a lawyer and historian in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the creator and first editor of the national magazine, “The Civil War,” and is author of six books, including Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics and the Pennsylvania Campaign. Brown has also written, hosted, and produced eight award-winning documentary films for public and cable television, including Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union and Unsung Hero: The Horse in the Civil War.

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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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Colonel (Ret) Patience Larkin, Virginia Tech class of 1987, has served as the alumni director for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets since 2012. Prior to that, she served 24+ years in the Air Force as an intelligence officer with deployments to Kuwait and Haiti, and held positions at all levels from fighter squadron intel support to the National Security Agency. After taking Dr. Robertson’s Civil War class as a freshman in 1983, she took every other class he taught. “Best professor ever.”

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Ron Maxwell is one of America’s most noted independent film writers and directors. His best known and revered productions mirror his life-long interest in American history. He was writer-director of Gettysburg; Gods & Generals, with Dr. Robertson as a consultant; and Copperhead – all now available in both theatrical and director’s cuts in instant streaming at Amazon prime video. Ron is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of New York University’s Institute of Film and Television and holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia College.

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Richard McMurry is a Civil War historian based in Dalton, Georgia. His books include John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence; Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War; Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy; and The Fourth Battle of Winchester. With James I. Robertson, Jr., he coedited a volume of essays entitled Rank and File: Civil War Essays in Honor of Bell Irvin Wiley.

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Kenneth W. Noe is the Draughon Professor of History at Auburn University. A native of Southwest Virginia, he is a graduate of Emory & Henry, Virginia Tech, and the University of Illinois. He is the author or editor of seven books on the Civil War as well as the forthcoming The Howling Storm: Climate and Weather in the American Civil War.

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Jonathan Noyalas (M.A. Virginia Tech, 2003) is director of Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute and a professor in Civil War Era Studies. His awards include the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award. Noyalas is the author or editor of twelve books and more than 100 articles, essays, and reviews, and his next book will be entitled "To Be Free Some Day": Race, Slavery, and Emancipation in the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era. .

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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 Phi Beta Kappa's Albert Sturm Award.

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Ellen Vance is a third generation Hokie, graduating with dual degrees in Sociology and Psychology in the Class of 1976. She is a recently retired Human Resources Executive who worked in healthcare, banking and non-profit organizations over the course of her career. She firmly believes that we must understand history and learn the lessons it offers because history informs the future. She resides in Richmond, Virginia.

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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. Dr. Wills is a member of the Georgia Civil War Commission and immediate past President of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. He is also the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War. His latest book, Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War, received the 2018 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award.






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