John W. "Jack" Mountcastle was born and raised in Richmond, VA. Graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1965, he began serving as an Army officer in 1966. During his Army career, he commanded tank units at all levels from platoon through armored brigade. He served twice in Vietnam and spent a total of ten years in Germany during the Cold War. During the 1970s, Jack earned an MA and PhD from Duke University and taught Military History at West Point. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1994, he assumed the duties of the Army Chief of Military History in Washington, D.C. Jack returned to Richmond upon retiring from the Army in 1998 and joined the staff of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. He served there as the Director of Heritage Tourism for Virginia. Currently, he teaches Civil War history courses at the University of Richmond and lectures at the Virginia Historical Society. He is past President of the Richmond Civil War Round Table and is proud to be a member of the Civil War Trust and several regional battlefield preservation organizations. General Mountcastle maintains his interest in leadership studies and leads professional development programs for military and corporate groups at selected battle areas in the United States and in Europe. He and his wife Susan live in Glen Allen, Virgina.
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