A native of East Tennessee, Tim Talbott’s fascination with the Civil War era began as an eleven-year-old visitor to Perryville Battlefield State Park in Kentucky with his family. After graduating from Milligan College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, and working for a decade in the business field, Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in History from East Tennessee State University He continued his education with a master’s degree in Public History at Appalachian State University.
Tim began his public history career at Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War in Petersburg, Virginia. After moving on to the Kentucky Historical Society, where he worked as Teacher Professional Development Coordinator for six years, he returned to Pamplin as the Director of Education, Interpretation, Visitor Services, and Collections. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in Fredericksburg.
In addition, Tim is the founding member and President of the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial and Education Association, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to erect a commemorative monument to and create awareness about the United States Colored Troops who fought in that September 29, 1864, battle. He also maintains the “Random Thoughts on History” blog. Tim’s published works include: “‘Principles Opposed to the Public Peace’: Kentuckians’ Reactions to John Brown’s Raid,” in A Press Divided: Newspaper Coverage of the Civil War; and “Telling Testimony: Slavery Advertisements in Kentucky’s Civil War Newspapers,” in Ohio Valley History, (Fall 2016). His research interests include the antebellum South, United States Colored Troops, experiences of common soldiers, and the Petersburg Campaign.