A U.S. Army veteran whose mission is to get people on the battlefield with a knowledgeable guide.
John is the founder and operator of Battlefield Tours of Virginia. He is driven by a passion to get visitors mobile with a local battlefield guide and create the best private battlefield tour experience. While trying to satisfy a great need for private Civil War battlefield tours in Virginia, John has assembled an incredible list of knowledgeable battlefield guides, many are notable authors and historians.
He is a U.S. Army veteran and spent significant time in Afghanistan during the War on Terror. John has worked for the government for over 25 years.
For a time he was the education and events director for the Ft. MacArthur Museum in San Pedro, California. While there, he created a successful WWII interpretive program. At Ft. Mac Arthur John also produced big band swing events and was a site coordinator for television and films from R. Lee Ermey’s “Mail Call” to “America’s Next Top Model”.
Over the years John worked on collaborative projects with the National Park Service. He was part of a team who researched and created a permanent NPS exhibit on Civil War medicine at Chancellorsville. He also orchestrated the NPS 100th Anniversary event for the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP.
John is a member of various Civil War organizations such as the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield. He presents at Civil War Roundtables, museums, historic groups, and civic organizations on topics such as the Battle of Fredericksburg, Mine Run, or Civil War medicine.
Today he resides in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife, son, and a house full of retrievers. His home sits on the Fredericksburg portion of the battlefield known as Bloody Plain, where countless waves of Union soldiers charged the Confederate-held positions on Marye’s Heights.