Sunday, August 18, 2019


 Mark L. Bradley is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington D.C. He    received his B.A. in History from North Carolina State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His publications include The Battle of Bentonville: Last    Stand in the Carolinas, This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place, and Bluecoats and Tar Heels:  Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina.  He currently lives in Northern Virginia. 

 Dr. John F. Marszalek  is the William L Giles Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Mississippi  State University and serves as the Executive Director and Managing Editor of the Ulysses S. Grant  Association at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. He is the author or editor of fifteen books and over  three hundred articles and book reviews. Sherman, A Soldier's Passion for Order was a finalist for the 1993  Lincoln Prize and won non-fiction awards from the Mississippi Library Association and the Ohioiana  Library Association. His latest books are The Best Writings of Ulysses S. Grant (2015) which won a writing  award from the U.S. Army Foundation, Lincoln and the Military (2014) and A Black Congressman in the  Age of Jim Crow, South Carolina's George Washington Murray (2006). He continues to lecture widely  throughout the nation and has appeared on the major television networks. He serves on the board of  advisors of the Lincoln Forum and the Lincoln Prize. Dr. Marszalek and his wife Jeanne live in the      Starkville area. 



 Maj. (Ret.) Mark A. Smith is a U. S. Army veteran with 21 years of service. He holds a BS from Slippery  Rock University and a MA of Military Studies – Civil War from American Military University. An avid Civil  War historian, Smith has co-authored with Wade Sokolosky, No Such Army since the Days of Julius  Caesar: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro and "To Prepare for Sherman's  Coming" The Battle of Wise's Forks, March 1865. Smith has conducted several battlefield tours at  Averasboro and has been a guest speaker at several CWRTs.

 Col. (Ret.) Wade Sokolosky
 a native of Beaufort, North Carolina, is a graduate of East Carolina
 University and a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He is one of North Carolina's leading experts of the 1865  Carolinas Campaign. He is the co-author (with Mark A. Smith) of "No Such Army Since the Days of Julius  Caesar": Sherman's Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro, and "To Prepare for Sherman's  Coming": The Battle of Wise's Forks, March 1865, and the author of “Final Roll Call” Confederate Losses  during the Carolinas Campaign.” He is the recipient of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table’s 2017 T. Harry  Gatton Award for his important efforts to study, preserve and share the Civil War heritage of his native  North Carolina. 


 Dr. Craig L. Symonds 
is the Ernest J. King Distinguished Professor of Maritime History at the U.S.  Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  He is also Professor of History Emeritus at the United States  Naval Academy where he taught for thirty years and served as History Department Chair.  He is the author  or editor of more than twenty books, including Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography (1992), which  was a finalist for the 1993 Lincoln Prize, and Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy,  and the Civil War (2008) which won the Lincoln Prize as well as the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the  Lyman Prize, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award. His most recent books are on the Second  World War, notably The Battle of Midway (2011) and NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D- Day Landings (2014), which won the Barry Prize and the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize.  His newest book is World War II at Sea: A Global History (2018).


 Attorney Eric J. Wittenberg 
is the award winning author of The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the  Civil War's Final Campaign, and We Ride a Whirlwind: Sherman and Johnston At Bennett Place, and at  least 18 other books about the Civil War. Eric’s focus is cavalry operations, with an emphasis on the Army of  the Potomac’s Cavalry Corps. Eric maintains the popular blog “Rantings of a Civil War Historian,” and is  often asked to speak and give battlefield tours to groups across the country. Eric and his wife Susan live in  Columbus, Ohio.

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