Symposium Spotlight: John Hennessy

Welcome back to a new installment of our 2024 Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight as we continue announcing the speaker list! This week we feature John Hennessy.

John Hennessy retired in 2021 as the Chief Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he worked for the final 26 years of his NPS career. Before coming to Fredericksburg, he worked as an exhibit planner for NPS sites across the country, as a Preservation Specialist with the New York State Office of Historic Preservation, and, as an opening act, a front-line ranger-historian at Manassas National Battlefield Park, where he began his career.

He is the author of four books, most notably, Return to Bull Run: The Campaign and Battle of Second Manassas. His books, articles, and essays have appeared under the imprint of Simon & Schuster, Cambridge University Press, Stackpole Books, LSU Press, the University of North Carolina Press, and another dozen publications.

In the coming years he will be working on projects relating to the history of the Fredericksburg region during the war, the Army of the Potomac, slavery and freedom in the Rappahannock region, and a study of the care and relief of the wounded in the Army of the Potomac.

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3 Responses to Symposium Spotlight: John Hennessy

  1. I just finished rereading Return to Bull Run. One of the few books I’ve read more than once.

  2. I recall taking this book on my honeymoon. Let the jokes begin. Fortunately, I’m still married to the same lovely, understanding woman.

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