Rob Orrison

RobOrrison-ShilohRob 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 Site Operations Supervisor, overseeing day-to-day operations, programs, and events of all Prince William County-owned historic sites.

Outside of work, Rob serves as the Treasurer of the Historic House Museum Consortium of Washington, D.C.; Board Member of Civil War Trails; Board of Mosby Heritage Area Association and Vice President of the Virginia Association of Museums. His published works include “A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign” (Savas Beatie, 2015), ‘Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign” (Savas Beatie, 2016) and “War on the Potomac, 1861-1862” (Blue and Gray Magazine, 2016). He is currently working on a book about the battles of Lexington and Concord with Philip Greenwalt as part of the new series, “Emerging Revolutionary War.”

2 Responses to Rob Orrison

  1. ben odell says:

    have you visited the lone jack civil war battlefield museum in lone jack missouri yet?

  2. William Baltz says:

    Rob –
    Thank you for your presentation, A Want of Vigilance, last night. A well-paced, informative discussion of an understudied segment of the war. A little heavy on the tactical aspects and light on strategic/political, but it did achieve what it was advertised to do in capturing the interest of the group.

    One question I had forgotten to ask,did the sending of Longstreet’s Corps-plus and the Federals II and III Corps to the West offset each other tactically or was the absence of Longstreet’s leadership lamented by Lee the reason for turning tactical advantage into a strategic draw?

    Again, thank you, for an evening well spent. Safe trip home.

    Bill Baltz

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