NICWRT Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau
Looking for a good presentation on the Civil War for your library, school, historical society, or civic group? Northern Illinois has put together a Speakers Bureau to help you find one. Best of all, the presentations are FREE! Our list of speakers, with subjects and contact information, is below:

Bruce Allardice, Professor at South Suburban College and Past President, NICWRT. Author or co-author of five books on the Civil War, including More Generals in Gray, a selection of the History Book Club. Presentations include: Lincoln as War Leader; Civil War Genealogy; The Election of 1864; The Siege of Vicksburg; Baseball and the Civil War Baseball; The Draft; Confederate Colonels; The Ten Worst Civil War Generals; Chicagoland and the Civil War. Visit Bruce’s website at or email him direct at for more details and contact information.

Jerry Allen, Past President, NICWRT. Independent scholar. Presentations include: Norwegians in the Civil War; The 78th Illinois (living history portrayal); The Dakota Uprising of 1862; General George H. Thomas (living history portrayal). Email Jerry at

Rick Andresen, President, McHenry County CWRT. Independent scholar. Presentations include: The Committee on the Conduct of the War; Civil War Firsts; Reconstruction; Copperheads. Email Rick at

Charlie Banks, President, Lake County CWRT. Independent scholar. Presentations include: Military Railroads and the War; The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the War; the Lincoln Funeral Train; Jed Hotchkiss. Contact Charlie at

Greg Biggs, President, Clarksville TN CWRT. Independent scholar. Author or co-author of many books and published articles. Presentations include: Atlanta Campaign in Two Parts; The Fall of Nashville and the Rise of the Sirens; Nashville – Siren’s Song of the Western Confederacy; Debacle on the Rivers: The Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign; From Secession to War – the Confederate Flags of 1861. Contact Greg at

Tom DeFranco, Past President, NICWRT. Independent scholar. Presentations include: Ewell at Gettysburg; Sickles in the Peach Orchard; The 36th Illinois; Controversies of Gettysburg. Contact Tom at

Robert I. Girardi, Past President, CWRT of Chicago. Author or co-author of many books. Presentations include: Living History; Civil War Generals; The Evolution of Union Victory; Civil War Engineers; Abraham Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog; Railroad Defense in the Atlanta Campaign; General Carlin; The Real War Will Never Get in the Books; and others. Visit for details and contact information.

Dave Powell, Past President, NICWRT. Independent scholar. Author of “Confederate Cavalry in the Chickamauga Campaign.” Presentations include: Battle of Chickamauga; Stuart at Gettysburg; Confederate Cavalry in the Western Theater; Battle of Shiloh; Army of the Cumberland; Army of Tennessee. Email Dave at

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