Symposium Spotlight: James Hessler

Welcome back to a new installment of our 2023 Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight as we continue announcing the speaker list! This week we feature public historian and author, James Hessler.

James Hessler has worked as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park for two decades. Jim has authored or co-authored three full-length books on the Gettysburg campaign: Sickles at Gettysburg (2009), Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (2015), and Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (2019). His books received several distinguished book awards.

Jim currently co-hosts the popular Battle of Gettysburg Podcast. His other media appearances include Travel Channel, C-SPAN, NPR, PCN-TV, and other outlets. He also authored articles in Gettysburg Magazine, America’s Civil War, and Hallowed Ground Magazine. He was one of the primary content designers for the American Battlefield Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application.

Jim is a frequent speaker for Civil War Round Tables and other historical groups nationwide. In addition to Gettysburg, he leads tours at several other battlefields and historic sites across the country. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Little Bighorn Associates and formerly on the Executive Council for the Association of Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides.

Follow Jim’s Facebook page at James Hessler’s Gettysburg History to receive updates on Jim’s current and future projects.

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4 Responses to Symposium Spotlight: James Hessler

  1. Wow, is James Hessler’s book titled: “Sickles at Gettysburg” still in print? If so, where can I find it? What an amazing, interesting character. Talk about an incredible life.

  2. Know him well. He has appeared at our round table,Phil Kearny, many times. Looking forward to seeing him. Should be a great talk!

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