Sam Smith is the Education Manager for the Civil War Trust. A native of Nashville, Tennessee and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Sam’s educational background embraces American history, pedagogy, and experimental theater. After working in the Chapel Hill public schools, he is now focused on exploring new methods of learning history through active participation, decision making, role playing, and simulation. He oversees the manifold K-12 educational programs provided by the Civil War Trust. An award-winning board game designer, Sam has also written or co-written more than thirty articles on Civil War subjects and is a frequent lecturer at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. In addition, Sam is a frequent lecturer at Civil War Trust events.
A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 30 articles on the Civil War. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 19 years. He has appeared on numerous productions shown on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network and on HISTORY. He works full time as Director of History and Education at the Civil War Trust.
Babbits has an extensive background in military and maritime archaeology. He has worked on fort and battle sites ranging from the French and Indian War to the World War III POW camp featured in the Great Escape. Along the way he found time to serve as a rear rank private in Revolutionary and Civil War recreated units that put his own military service into an historical perspective. His books on the battles of Cowpens and Guilford Courthouse have been praised for their use of extensive documentation provided by sworn testimony in veteran pension applications.