ECW Welcomes Rob Orrison

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome Rob Orrison to the ranks of our full-time authors. Rob is the historic operations supervisor for all of Prince William County’s historic sites—including the Bristoe Station Battlefield—overseeing all day-to-day operations, programs, and events.

Last week, you might’ve seen the first part of Rob’s two-part look at Meade’s leadership woes in the winter of ’63-’64; part two is coming up later this week. If you missed it, Rob also had a great post last December about Lee’s supply problems in the winter of ’63.

For a full bio, read on….


Rob Orrison has been working in the history field for more than 20 years. He has a wide range of interests and has worked in museums and historic sites that range from the Colonial era to the Civil War era and the early 20th Century. Born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, Rob’s interest in history and the field of public history stem from his childhood living in Mosby’s Confederacy.

Rob received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Longwood College (now University) and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. Rob has worked at Petersburg National Battlefield, Sully Plantation and, since 2006, with the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division as historic site manager of Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, Ben Lomond Historic Site, and Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Now he serves as the historic operations supervisor, overseeing day-to-day operations, programs, and events of all Prince William County-owned historic sites.

Outside of work, Rob is involved in Preservation Virginia as the Northern Virginia branch director; treasurer of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Washington, D.C.; vice president of the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable; regional director of Virginia Civil War Trails; and serves on the Council of the Virginia Association of Museums.

2 Responses to ECW Welcomes Rob Orrison

  1. Rob is also a terrific tour guide who several members of our round table and I highly recommend to anyone wishing to see the off-the-beaten-path sites of the Shenandoah Valley.

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