Rob Orrison

Rob Orrison has been working in the history field for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, 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. Currently Rob serves as the Historic Site Operations Supervisor for Prince William County. 

Outside of work Rob serves on the Board of Directors of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, Board of Directors of Virginia Civil War Trails; and serves as the Vice President of the Virginia Association of Museums. His published works include: A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign; The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign 1863 and A Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775. He currently lives in Dumfries with his wife, Jamie, and sons Carter and Grayson.

4 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

    • Stefani Diana says:

      Rob Orrison I’m so happy for you and your peers in this ECW series . I cAnt tell you how much we love the books but the shear amount of information in the newsletters proves how dedicated to the historic knowledge and the attention to detail in every newsletter . Tons of work goes into them I do t doubt. But if we didn’t ha s this series in today’s world where would we learn iit in a style that’s understandable and the content is t made into an encyclopedia size book . Breaking it down line that gives you a cha ve to really learn the different personalities not just the battles . Thanks for all your years of service to preserving hallowed ground a d historic sites . Most of all the role model you are for my son . NY Stef

  3. Kenneth Brown says:

    Mr. Orrison. I’m reading A Want of Vigilance right now. You wouldn’t happen to have any more information on J. E. B. Stuarts crossing of the Rappahannock on October 12, 1863. A member of my family fought there with the 8th Pennsylvania cavalry and I was hoping to narrow my search to visit the sight of the skirmish. It was where he and company F were taken prisoner or killed. If you get this note and can respond that would be awesome, thank you in advance…Kenneth Brown.

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