Our Tour Historians

Dr. Bruce Venter – Dr. Bruce M. Venter is CEO of America’s History, LLC , an experienced tour leader and has written for Blue & Gray, Civil War and the Washington Times. He has previously led tours entitled Rogers Rangers and the French and Indian War and Defending the Highlands: The Revolutionary War in the Hudson River Valley. His article, “Behind Enemy Lines: Americans Attack Burgoyne’s Supply Line” will appear in the May/June issue of Patriots of the American Revolution magazine.

Bill Welsch – William M. Welsch is a frequent speaker on and experienced tour leader of New Jersey Revolutionary War sites. He is a founding member and president of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond, VA. His article “Washington’s Indispensable, Yet Unknown Lieutenants” appeared last year in American Revolution magazine.

Dr. John V. Quarstein – Dr. John V. Quarstein, an award-winning author and preservationist, is currently historian for the City of Hampton. He is an experienced tour leader and a much sought after speaker on all periods of American history. He is the author of nine books including A History of Ironclads: the Power of Iron Over Wood. He is a consultant to the Mariners’ Museum and serves of the boards of the Virginia Civil War Trails, Fort Monroe Area Authority and the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission Advisory Board. His most recent project is as screen writer for a four hour PBS special entitled “Pyrates of the Chesapeake” to be aired this spring.

Frank O’Reilly – Frank O’Reilly is the author of numerous Civil War books and articles including the highly acclaimed The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock and Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg: The Battle of Prospect Hill. He is a historian at the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park and is a much sought after speaker and battlefield guide.

Dr. Wayne Franklin – Dr. Wayne Franklin, a native of Albany, NY, is professor and head of the English department and former director of the of American Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of the award-winning biography, James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years and The New World of James Fenimore Cooper. He has written or edited 34 books and dozens of articles. He is a frequent lecturer on Cooper and is on the board of directors of the James Fenimore Cooper Society

John Nagy – John Nagy is the author of Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution. His newest book entitled Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution will be published in April. He has appeared on the History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and is a consultant to the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. He is a founding member and president of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia and a scholar in residence at St. Francis University, Loretto, PA.

Doug CubbisonDouglas R. Cubbison, a native of western Pennsylvania is author of three books, including The British Defeat of the French in Pennsylvania in 1758, A Military History of the Forbes Campaign against Fort Duquesne. He is a U.S. Army veteran of Afghanistan, and former historian with the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York and U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His study is the first book-length work ever prepared for the 1758 Forbes Campaign, and presents an exhaustive, in-depth military analysis of this campaign. He is a popular speaker at Fort Ticonderoga’s War College and an experienced leader of staff rides.

Walter Powell Dr. Walter L. Powell is the president of the Braddock Road Preservation Association, and has studied the French and Indian War in Pennsylvania for over twenty years. He is author of a book on Fort Ligonier: entitled: Ghosts and Legends of Fort Ligonier.

Dr. A. Wilson Greene – Dr. A. Wilson Greene is executive director of the Pamplin Historical Park and a very popular leader of Civil War tours. He has been a historian with the National Park Service and was the first president of the APCWS. He is the author of more than 20 published works on the Civil War including the Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion.

J. Michael Miller – J. Michael Miller is director of the Archives and Special Collections at the Library of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA. He is the author of several books and articles on the Civil War and United States Marine Corps, including a 2009 article on the two battles at Bristoe Station for Blue & Gray magazine. He is an experienced tour leader and leads staff rides for the Marine Corps.

Horace Mewborn – Horace Mewborn is an experienced tour leader, lecturer and co-authored the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry Mosby’s Command (1993), edited From Mosby’s Command: Newspaper Letters & Articles by and about John S. Mosby and his Rangers (2005), and has written several feature issues for Blue & Gray magazine including “Stuart’s Ride around McClellan.” He is currently writing a history of the North Carolina cavalry brigade and a regimental history of White’s 35th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry.

Josh HowardJoshua Howard is a military historian and co-author of two books on the Revolutionary War with Larry Babits. The first was Fortitude and Forbearance: The North Carolina Continental Line in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. The most recent is, Long, Obstinate, and Bloody: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781. It was recently awarded the 2010 United States Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. The North Carolina Historical Review has called it:”… one of the best [books] ever written on the American Revolution.” He is a research historian for the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. He is currently completing research on another book on Greene’s 1781 South Carolina campaign and the Battle of Eutaw Springs.

Davie Reuwer David Reuwer is president and founder of the American Revolution Association and publisher of American Revolution magazine. He frequently leads battlefield tours for Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, an organization dedicated to promoting research, scholarly debate and the preservation of Revolutionary War sites.

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