Mike Block

A veteran, published author, and a past board member of both the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield and the Brandy Station Foundations.

Meet Mike Block

Mike is a life-long student of the American Civil War, moved to southern Fauquier County in 2004, and developed a deep appreciation and love of Culpeper County and what transpired on that historic ground during the Civil War.

As a public historian, he has led battlefield tours and lectured for over two decades, focusing on the stirring events in Culpeper, Orange, and Fauquier Counties. He also developed and led Civil War Staff Rides at Gettysburg for a government agency, with a focus on the intelligence and geospatial information available to the participants

To truly understand an action or event, you must walk the ground and read accounts from those who were there. This places you in the moment of the event, and you begin to visualize what the soldier or participant experienced, seeing what they saw. The clarity raises your appreciation of the moment.” – Mike Block

Mike will personalize your tours, so you can get the most out of your experience. 


Published Civil War Author

In January 2022, his first book, “The Carnage Was Fearful: The Battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862” was part of the Emerging Civil War Series published by Savas Beatie. Additionally, Mike has had articles appear in Blue & Gray Magazine, Hallowed Ground Magazine, and North and South Magazine.

Mike presents at Civil War Roundtables, museums, historic groups, and civic organizations on topics that include Cedar Mountain, Rappahannock Station, Brandy Station, and Civil War Photography.

Mike is a past board member of both the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield and the Brandy Station Foundation and served on the Culpeper and Fauquier Counties Civil War Sesquicentennial Committees during the 150th-anniversary celebrations. Mike continues to volunteer for the Friends of Cedar Mountain and has been a tour guide for Battlefield Tours of Virginia since 2021.

Mike, a retired military veteran, also retired from government contracting positions after completing nearly 40 years of service, now devoting his time to Civil War Studies. He has been married for 41 years to best-selling Romance Novelist Caryn Moya Block. They have two married sons and three granddaughters and currently reside in Orange, Virginia.

Learn more from Mike

Take a private Virginia battlefield tour with Mike Block
Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain Battlefield Tour

This is Stonewall Jackson’s last independent command. Hear about President Lincoln’s plan for a second front against Richmond while Union General Pope initiates total war on Virginia soil.
Brandy Station

Battle of Brandy Station Guided Battlefield Tour

Hear about the opening battle of the Gettysburg Campaign which will result in the largest cavalry battle in North America.
Rappahannock Station & Kelly’s Ford

Battles of Rappahannock Station & Kelly’s Ford Guided Tour

Follow the Army of the Potomac as they try to get at Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia behind the Rappahannock River in Culpeper County.

Published Articles

The Carnage Was Fearful
Emerging Civil War
December 2021

Friends of Culpeper Battlefields Formed
Emerging Civil War
July 2020

The Battle of Cedar Mountain
Blue & Gray Magazine
February 2016

The Pontoon Bridge at Rappahannock Station
Emerging Civil War
November 2015

Berdan’s Sharpshooters at Kelly’s Ford
Emerging Civil War
November 2015

Robert E. Lee and Certain Young Ladies
Emerging Civil War
October 2015

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Over 100 5 Star Reviews

Took a full day tour of Jacksons Valley Campaign a few weeks ago and it was outstanding. The tour guide was well prepared and provided an in-depth overview of the multiple battles that make up this campaign.


We are big Civil War buffs, and even after reading about the battles and previously visiting some of the battlefields, we STILL learned so much. Highly recommend this tour for anyone, it’s well worth it.


We would highly recommend taking as much of the tour as you can. I learned so much and appreciate how he explained each battle. My husband has always been very interested in the civil war and now I am too. Can’t wait to go on more tours.


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