Dan Welch

Dan Welch is currently a primary and secondary educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, he was the Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park. Dan continues to serve as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University and a MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University.

Dan has also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo as part of the Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College. He has been a contributing member at Emerging Civil War for over six years and is the co-author of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863. He resides with his wife, Sarah, and three Labrador retrievers in Boardman, Ohio.


  • The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign. Savas Beatie, 2016. (Co-authored with Robert Orrison)

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7 Responses to Dan Welch

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  2. Donald C. Moody says:

    Enjoyed your program on William Child and the Smoketown Hospital last night in Columbus. I was not aware of the topic, but found it fascinating.Thank you for being so thorough. Hope to get you to Zanesville RT some time soon. Don Moody, coordinator Zanesville CWRT

  3. Mark Smith says:

    Hi Dan,

    I’m not sure if you remember me Mark Smith but sat next to you a few Novembers ago signing our books at the Gettysburg NPS Bookstore. I co-authored the books “To prepare for Sherman’s coming” and “No Such Army”. I have been reading about the Spangler Farm and the latest book out “Too much for Human Endurance.” Love it and the story of the hospital. The XI Corps is near and dear to my heart as the later become part of the XX Corps on Sherman’s March and fought at Averasboro and Bentonville.

    My question – Will you be work at Gettysburg over Labor Day weekend 2020 (COVID permitting)? I ask as we have a large group of families (mostly Military and several RNs) and we camp every year at the camp ground by Blackhorse Tavern. We take day to do a little tour of the battlefield. We have never done a hospital! Would love to get a tour with you. Please let me know what we need to do and any cost associated with it.

    Right now we are in the planning stages. Let me know if you are interested or know another ranger. Please email me at smithm1@juno.com.

  4. David Young says:

    I just watched your C-span presentation of General Green and Gettysburg. October 10, 2020. So clear, so interesting, deep research. I love this era of our history. It is ironic, isn’t it that so much of the political situation then was not too different from now? Thank you for a very interesting and informative sharing of a vitally important military movement that does not get the attention it should.

  5. Mary T. Grady says:

    Mr. Welch, I just watched your video discussing the Battle of Secessionville. Your enthusiasm was laudable, but for me, your pronunciation of local names and places was severely lacking, creating a sort of “fingernail on a blackboard” effect for me. I certainly understand that some of our names can be difficult, but the next time you visit Charleston (or any other location you have plans to write about), please, ask a local how to pronounce the words. It seems petty, I’m sure, but in
    Charleston, I can promise, you will lose some credibility butchering “Hagood”, “Edisto Island”, “Moultrie”, “Sol Legare” and “Gaillard”. It implies a lack of research with the locals. While I am geocentric enough to believe that Charleston is unique, I fully believe that every area has such eccentricities and a visitor who wishes to make a living from that area should spend enough time to learn these eccentricities.

  6. Robert Steele Davis says:

    I’ve just watched a Pennsylvania Cable Network recording from 2019 of Ranger Dan Welch’s 2.5-hour presentation of the Confederate Archer’s Brigade on Day 1 at Gettysburg. The best such ranger talk I’ve heard — authoritative, exhaustive, entertaining.

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