Reporting the Revolutionary War Contributor Spotlight IV

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in American Revolutionary War | 2 Comments

For the past several weeks, I have been sharing biographical details about the 37 contributors to Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, November 2012). With this post, we are officially wrapping up that series. See Spotlight I, II and III before this one. These experts provide important historical context, helping readers better understand and comprehend the Revolution-era newspaper accounts. Click the “Like” button on the book’s Facebook page for more exciting progress updates and exclusive details. Less than seven weeks to launch.

Charles B. Baxley
Charles B. Baxley earned a BA and JD from the University of South Carolina. He is a practicing attorney in Lugoff, South Carolina, and is the publisher and editor of the magazine Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. Charles has served as president of the Kershaw County Historical Society, as host of several American Revolution symposia, and a guide of Revolutionary War sites. He is the co-founder of the Southern Campaigns Roundtable, Corps of Discovery tour group, and the Archaeological Reconnaissance and Computerization of Hobkirk’s Hill battlefield (ARCHH, Inc.) project. Charles is chair of the Battle of Camden battlefield preservation project advisory council.

Diane K. Depew
Diane K. Depew holds a BS in park administration from Shepherd College and an MA in history from Texas A&M University. With over thirty years of National Park Service experience, she previously worked on the Natchez Trace Parkway, Eisenhower National Historic Site, and Gettysburg National Military Park. She started working for Colonial National Historical Park at Yorktown Battlefield in 1988. With a strong interest in military history and having ancestors who served on both sides of the American Revolutionary War, she continues to research and uncover archival material to better tell the Yorktown story.

Matthew P. Dziennik
Matthew P. Dziennik is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the New York Historical Society. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis on the Gaelic military diaspora in the age of the American Revolution. He has held numerous fellowships in Britain, the United States, and Canada and has articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of British Studies, Historical Research, and Past & Present. He is currently working on a social and cultural history of revolutionary political organizations in the middle colonies.

John W. Hall
John W. Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor of U.S. Military History at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He holds a BS in history from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He specializes in early American military history with particular emphasis on partisan and Native American warfare. He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard University Press, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare, including “Washington’s Irregulars” in A Companion to George Washington, edited by Edward Lengel (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

Benjamin H. Irvin
Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor of history at the University of Arizona, is a social and cultural historian of early America and the United States, working primarily in the Revolutionary period. His book, Clothed in Robes of Sovereignty: The Continental Congress and the People Out of Doors, published by Oxford University Press in April 2011, examines the material culture and ceremonies of state—including, for example, fast days, funeral processions, diplomatic protocols, and presentment swords—by which Congress promoted republicanism and revolution. Central to his study are the many ways that the American people challenged Congress and its vision of the United States.

Michelle A. Larson
Michelle A. Larson is a Pennsylvania high school English teacher and freelance writer who served as transcriptionist on Reporting the Revolutionary War. She has twelve years experience teaching British and American literature from a historical perspective. She holds a BSEd in English from Millersville University and an MEd in technology in the classroom from Wilkes University.

Bruce E. Mowday
Bruce E. Mowday is an award-winning journalist and author from Chester County, Pennsylvania. He has authored books on local history, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. He has also written books on the notorious Johnston gang and on baseball great Richie Ashburn of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was named a local Literacy Hero in 2008. For more than twenty years, he was a newspaper reporter and editor before founding his own media relations firm, the Mowday Group, Inc. For more information on Bruce, see Watch Mowday’s interview on CBS 3 Philadelphia about his book Richie Ashburn: Why The Hall Not?

James L. Nelson
James L. Nelson spent a number of years at sea working aboard traditional sailing ships until he decided it would be easier to write about them than work on them. He has since written sixteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Glory in the Name (Harper Perennial, 2004), which won the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award for best military fiction, and George Washington’s Secret Navy (Ragged Mountain Press, 2008), winner of the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award. He currently lives on the coast of Maine with his former shipmate, now wife, Lisa and their four children. Watch Nelson discuss Benedict Arnold’s role in the American Revolution at Fort Ticonderoga.

Ray Raphael
Ray Raphael, author of fifteen books, turned his attention to the Revolutionary Era in the mid-1990s. His several books in that field include A People’s History of the American Revolution; Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past (Harper Perennial, 2002); and a detailed study of the Massachusetts Revolution of 1774, The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord (New Press, 2002). A complete list of his books and articles, as well as some key historical documents not published elsewhere, can be found at

David Paul Reuwer
David Paul Reuwer is editor of American Revolution magazine. He earned a JD from Pepperdine University and a BA from Towson University and is currently a historian and practicing attorney, emphasizing historic preservation law. He was an adjunct professor of historic preservation at the College of Charleston. He was the lead investigator of the initial Eutaw Springs battlefield survey and is the plenipotentiary of the magazine Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. David is also a battlefield tour guide.


  1. Christian Belena
    December 24, 2012

    Dear Mr. Andrlik. Thank you for not only a great Web site, but also the “Reporting…” book! One article of great interest to me was the report of the Battle of Brooklyn (as we New-Yorkers call it) – it has also been called the Battle of Long Island (since BKLYN is on the western-most part of the island). As a former NYC tour guide and the continuing tour guide for The Green-Wood Cemetery National Historic Landmark, Mr. Schecter’s contribution to the acknowledgement of the battle is one of the best. His book (one of less than a handful which cover that battle) has been instrumental in my tour information. NYC is usually ignored when covering topics of Colonial America, particularly the War. Thank you both!

  2. RagLinen
    December 26, 2012

    Thanks for the compliments, Christian. I’ll share your kind words with Barnet Schecter, too. I’m sure he’ll appreciate them just as much.

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