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Jack Maples is an author, historian, and producer specializing in the Southern War for Independence. His studies of 19th century American history have continued for more than 40 years and he has developed particular expertise in Constitutional, economic, and social issues. During the past 7 years, he also has become exceptionally knowledgeable about Black Confederate soldiers.
Author of Reconstructed Yankee (This book is currently in preproduction for the feature length film.)
David C. Trimble is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (B.S. 1979, J.D. 1982) and is now an attorney practicing in Lexington, KY. A life-long student of the War Between the States, Trimble discovered collateral ancestor Gen. I.R. Trimble on a trip to Gettysburg as a child and over the years sought to gather more information on him. Stunned that out of the hundreds of biographies of WBTS figures none existed on Gen. Trimble, David started researching in earnest and in 2006 published his biography entitled Furious, Insatiable Fighter. David is also an avid Civil War living historian and reenactor who, when not appearing as Gen. I.R. Trimble with Lee’s Lieutenants, rides as a sergeant with the 4th Kentucky Cavalry. In addition to Furious, Insatiable Fighter, David is a weekly columnist in his local newspaper, an avid blogger, and author of a novel about the abduction and murder of an Episcopal Bishop, Lest Ye Be Judged.
Virginia author and historian Michael Aubrecht has dedicated his studies to Confederate history and the positive role that Christianity played during the War Between the States. He is the author of numerous books on the subject including: Onward Christian Soldier, Christian Cavalier, The Southern Cross, and Houses of the Holy. As a former baseball-writer, Michael authored over 400 separate studies on the history of America’s national pastime for Baseball-Almanac. Today, Michael writes cover stories and book reviews for The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star newspaper, as well as periodic features for Civil War Historian magazine. Michael is a popular speaker and radio guest, a member of Faith-Writers, founding member of the Jackson Society, an Associate Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an Honorary Member of the John Bell Hood Historical Society, and a proud supporter of the Gettysburg Foundation. Visit his website at http://www.pinstripepress.net.
Officer John Duke
John is a 10-year veteran of the Gaithersburg, MD Police Department, has been a professional artist and photographer for over 15 years. In the last 5 years, he has come to specialise in Civil War paintings and photographic coverage of Civil War Reenactment Events, especially those associated with Lee’s Lieutenants.
John comes by his love of Civil War history naturally: He is the great-great-grandnephew of Confederate General Basil W. Duke and the great-great-great-grandnephew of Senator John C.Calhoun of South Carolina.
Scott L. Mingus, Sr. is a scientist and executive in the paper and printing industry, and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and bar code labels. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive postage stamps for the U.S.
He has six Civil War books currently listed on amazon.com. He is currently writing Gettysburg’s Controversial Old Confederate General – Governor William “Extra Billy” Smith of Virginia, which is the third book in his series on Jubal Early’s Confederate division in the Gettysburg Campaign. Mingus has written several articles for The Gettysburg Magazine.
He maintains a popular blog on the Civil War history of York County, Pa., for the York Daily Record (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball), and he is a sanctioned Civil War tour guide for the York County Heritage Trust. He also has written five scenario books on wargaming. Scott and his wife Debi publish CHARGE!, the leading international magazine for Civil War miniature wargaming.
A native of southeastern Ohio, he graduated from Miami University after majoring in Paper Science & Engineering. Mingus spent 23 years as a scientist for office products company Avery Dennison in the Cleveland area before joining Glatfelter, a global manufacturer of specialty papers, in 2001. He and his family reside near York, Pennsylvania.