2019 Presenters and Guides
Robert E. L. Krick
Robert E. L. Krick is a historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park. In the 1980's, Krick worked at Custer Battlefield, (now Little Bighorn Battlefield) in Montana, and at Manassas National Battlefield. He is the author of Staff Officers in Gray and A Regimental History on the 40th Virginia Infantry. Krick is an acknowledged expert on the Seven Days Campaign and the historical importance of the Battle of Malvern Hill. He is in high demand as a speaker and is well known for his efforts in preserving Civil War battlefield land, particularly land associated with the Seven Days Battles. Bobby Krick wrote, “Winston Churchill visited the Richmond battlefields in 1929. Always a perceptive student of military history, the future Prime Minister appreciated the opportunity to examine all of the Seven Days battlefields in person.” Of the Chickahominy River, he wrote, “What a surprise! It is little more than a woodland stream; and White Oak Swamp! a thicket with some puddles.” He said little of the individual battles of the Seven Days, but his touring experiences outside Richmond reinforced in his mind the advantages of personally inspecting battlefields. “No one can understand what happened merely through reading books and studying maps,” he mused, “You must see the ground; you must cover the distances in person; you must measure the rivers, and see what the swamps were really like.”
Jeffry D. Wert
Jeffry D. Wert is the author of ten highly regarded Civil War books. They include, A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee’s Triumph, 1862-1863, Cavalryman of the Lost Cause, A Biography of J.E.B. Stuart, The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac, and the recently published, Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation. A prolific writer of many books on the Civil War, his book, Gettysburg: Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Jeff Wert’s interest in history first began after an eighth-grade field trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield. After high school, he graduated cum laude with a B.A. and M.A. in History from Lock Haven University and The Pennsylvania State University, respectively. He worked for many years as a history teacher at Penns Valley Area High School in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Jeff has appeared on C-SPAN, as well as the History Channel.
Frank A. O’Reilly
Frank A. O’Reilly received both his B.A. and M.A. in American History with a concentration in Early American Military History and Civil War Studies. After graduating from Washington & Lee University in 1987, he joined the National Park Service at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Frank O’Reilly later worked with the Park Service at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, before returning to Fredericksburg in 1990 as the park’s permanent historian. He has also served as a historical consultant for the City of Fredericksburg. O’Reilly, who has lectured extensively on military history to audiences around the world, has written numerous articles on the Civil War and Mexican War, and he has also appeared on C-SPAN and in several video documentaries. He is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock which garnered a number of awards including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters.