Meet our speakers for Gazette665’s American Civil War History Conference – 1863: Battling For Freedom. We are excited and honored to introduce these outstanding presenters of American History and hope you will join us for our event on June 2, 2018.
Joining us from Fredericksburg, Virginia, Daniel T. Davis is an author, speaker, and co-managing editor for Emerging Civil War – one of the largest Civil War sites on the world wide web. Daniel graduated from Longwood University with a B.A. in Public History in 2005 and worked for five years as a historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Appomattox Court House National Historic Site.
Daniel has co-authored six books in the Emerging Civil War Series published by Savas Beatie; the book subjects include the Battles of Brandy Station, Gettysburg, Bentonville, and the Autumn 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He has also authored or co-authored articles in Blue and Gray Magazine, Hallowed Ground and Civil War Times.
His current research focus is on cavalry operations in the Eastern Theater, and he is currently working on a study of George Custer’s operations in the Gettysburg Campaign. Follow Daniel on Emerging Civil War Blog. www.emergingcivilwar.com
David T. Dixon earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines. While much of his writing focuses on black history and on Union sympathizers in the South, David’s current research project is uncovering facts about German immigrants and their roles in the Civil War and American History.
David’s first non-fiction history book is titled: The Lost Gettysburg Address: The Civil War Odyssey of Charles Anderson. He is currently working on his second history book, a biography on the life of Union General August Willich.
David Dixon hosts “B-List History,” a website celebrating lesser-known historical characters and their amazing stories. www.davidtdixon.com.
Bruce Smith lives in “Horsetown, USA” (Norco, California) and has been interested in the American Civil War and cavalry since elementary school years. He is retired after serving 33 years as a police officer for the Arcadia Police Department and supervising their equestrian unit. Bruce and his wife own and operate Cornerstone Equestrian Center; he volunteers at Lincoln Memorial Shrine (Redlands, CA) and owns On-Site Living History which brings history and horses to classrooms throughout Southern California.
Bruce has toured Civil War battlefields, fought re-enactment cavalry conflicts across the country, and is an avid researcher.
When asked about his inspiration and passion for sharing history, Bruce explained, “For me, it’s about horses and history. There’s something about the glory of being a soldier on horseback. Since I work with horses, I want to understand their role in American history – when cavalry changed the war, and when it didn’t.” Visit Bruce’s website: onsitelivinghistory.com
Nick Smith became interested in the Civil War during the Centennial, reading Bruce Catton and playing a Civil War game that got him interested in both the historic conflict and the stories of the people involved. He has worked as game designer, magazine editor, bookseller, and staff of the Pasadena Public Library. His detailed research on the Civil War led him to speak to Round Tables and community groups about 1860’s history, and he has written articles for the Civil War volume of the Armchair Reader series.
Nick has served as president of the Pasadena Civil War Round Table and Commander of the Rosecrans Camp, Sons of Union Veterans. A longtime researcher on the postwar lives of Civil War veterans, he has identified several hundred veteran graves in southern California. In 2015, he co-curated “When Johnny Came Marching West,” a special exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History.
He has spent several years researching in-depth the history of USCT regiments and their roles during the Civil War and looks forward to sharing his studies on the 55th Massachusetts Regiment at the conference.
Interested in history for as long as she can remember, Heather St. Clair was inspired to research and teach by one of her high school teachers. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies Elementary Education with an emphasis on Sociology/Anthropology and taught elementary school grades for three years.
Since 2009, Heather has been a founding member of Academy of Living History Performing Arts, participating in living history events, developing historical programs for public and private schools, and supporting the educational mission of the Armory Band. Heather has traveled to Civil War sites across the country, including Gettysburg and Fort Point (San Francisco, CA) and plans to make more research trips in the future.
Heather has been studying the life of Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Civil War medicine, and the U.S. Sanitary Commission for six years. When asked about her unfailing interest in the history of the 1860’s, she said, “The more I study and learn about the American Civil War, the more I realize that there is to learn about this time and the incredible accomplishments made during this time.”
Sarah Kay Bierle (conference coordinator) graduated from Thomas Edison State University in 2013 with a BA in History and has spent the last few years exploring ways to share quality historical research in way that will inform and inspire modern audiences.
Sarah’s interest in history began at a young age, and, through the years, she has helped to prepare teaching activities and planning historical events for private school students. She serves as Co-Managing Editor for Emerging Civil War, writing frequently for their website and coordinating the blog’s content. Sarah has been involved in Civil War re-enacting for five years, and enjoys giving historical presentations for history groups and roundtables. She has published three well-researched historical fiction books and is preparing her first non-fiction Civil War manuscript.
Currently, Sarah is working on several Civil War research projects involving civilians and the campaigns in the Virginian Shenandoah Valley. She maintains her own history blog and website at www.Gazette665.com