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Posted on May 16, 2008 in Boardgames

Historicon Military Seminar Speakers 2008

By Armchair General

James W. McIntyre James W. McIntyre: Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University, studying under the late Russell F. Weigley. Jim then went on to take his MA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary research interest is the American War of Independence. He has presented numerous research papers on different aspects of the conflict, and is currently working on a book-length study of the role of the riflemen in it. Mr. McIntyre will be presenting a seminar on The Role of the Riflemen in the American War of Independence – A Reassessment (Sat. 5:30 PM).



Peter F. Panzeri, Jr. Peter F. Panzeri Jr. US Army, Combat Infantry Veteran: Pete is best known for his award-winning book Little Big Horn 1876: Custer’s Last Stand (in its 9th printing since 1996). His military career includes earning the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Bronze Star in Iraq, and several teaching assignments as Chief of Military History at the US Army Infantry School, Tactics Chief at the Military Intelligence School, and at the US Military Academy, West Point Prep. Pete has also published Santa Anna Rules! Warfare in Mexico 1820-1870 and Plains War Campaigns ( Pete’s other roles include founding, President of Historical Miniatures Gaming Society East (, three years as Academy Chair for Origins Awards, Academy of Adventure Games Art and Design, (, faculty for the Origins War College and the Origins StrategiCorps program; see: Presenting two seminars – Heroes and Losers from 30-Years-a-Soldier (Fri. 9:30 PM), and will be part of a panel on The Largest Tank Battle in History? (Sun. 9 AM); plus hosting two games: Texas Petey’s Alamo Adventure (Thurs. Noon); Retreat from Krasnovin: SYW Eastern-Front (Sat. 8 PM).


RIck Parrish Rick Parrish: Rick has History degrees from Augusta College, Georgia Southern University, and Florida State University. He teaches European History at Brevard Community College (full time) and the University of Central Florida (adjunct). Currently, he is trying to finish up a biography on Jacques Etienne Macdonald, Marshal of France. Mr. Parrish will be presenting a seminar on General Macdonald’s Crossing of the Alps in 1800 (Fri. 12:30 PM).


Dr. Walter Powell Dr. Walter Powell: Executive Director of the Conococheague Institute in Welsh Run, Franklin County, Pennsylvania – a small rural museum and library with a focus on the colonial period in the lower Cumberland Valley and the "Valley of the Conococheague." Prior to joining the Conococheague Institute, Dr. Powell served as Director of Planning and Historic Preservation for the Borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for 17 years, where he directed the restoration of the historic Gettysburg Railroad Station (built 1858) and was the Borough’s representative to the National Park Service project team that is restoring the David Wills House (where President Abraham Lincoln completed the Gettysburg Address).

Dr. Powell holds an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Kent State University, and has written and lectured widely on a number of colonial American history topics. He has a longstanding interest in the French and Indian War, serving as President of the Braddock Road Preservation Association at Jumonville since 1990. The BRPA’s popular annual French and Indian War seminar at Jumonville, held the first weekend of November, is the oldest such event in the country – now in its 20th year – an event which Dr. Powell founded and directs. Dr. Powell resides in Gettysburg with his wife Susan and children Nathaniel and Sarah Ellen.

Dr. Powell will be presenting two theme seminars: "Where the Leaf Falls, Let it Rot" – Captain Robert Cholmely and the Braddock Campaign of 1755 (Fri. 11 AM); The Road to Empire: The Building of the Forbes Road and the Forbes Campaign of 1758 (Fri. 7 PM).


Richard Sullivan Richard Sullivan: Marketing Director from Osprey Publishing returns to HISTORICON to keep you up-to-date on new developments at Osprey. He’ll be hosting a seminar – Osprey Insights: From Development to the Latest Publications (Fri. 12:30 PM) – to talk about the company in more detail and to give you some sneak previews of new titles. Topics will include how Osprey makes their publishing decisions, what is the best way to submit a synopsis if you are interested in becoming an author, a chance for you to suggest new title ideas, what their bestsellers are, who to contact with about new title ideas and news on the latest online developments. Plus there will be information on the new army lists coming out in the Field of Glory wargaming rules series! Osprey (and friends) will also run demos of the new Ancients and Medieval rules – Field of Glory – from Slitherine, and a Tournament; see Events (PEL) link at left after May 15th under Games and Tournaments for full details.

Attendees should also plan to stop by the Osprey Publishing info booth located on the balcony in the Expo Hall to enter daily giveaway contests for HISTORICON – a great way to get free Osprey books!


Gerald D. Swick Gerald D. Swick: Senior online editor for and, has written for print encyclopedias and Web pages, and edited books on a variety of topics. His articles about history have appeared in Blue Ridge Country, Lincoln Lore, and numerous gaming magazines, and his weekly history column has been entertaining newspaper readers for 10 years. He’s here to share his experience and answer your questions – and maybe give you an assignment to write for! Mr. Swick will be presenting a seminar on "How to Write History (without putting people to sleep!)" (Thurs. 3 PM).



Martin WestMartin West: Martin is the director of Fort Ligonier, a museum and restored/reconstructed British fort, 1758-1766, in southwestern Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct lecturer of history at the University of Pittsburgh, serves on the Advisory Council of George Washington Scholars, Mount Vernon, Virginia, and edited/annotated Washington’s autobiography memoir in George Washington Remembers: Reflections on the French and Indian War. Mr. West will be presenting two theme seminars: The World Ablaze: An Introduction to the Seven Years’ War (Fri. 4:30 PM); Fort Ligonier: Outpost of the British Empire (Sat. 2:30 PM). 


Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga: Steve is the author of over a 100 books on military history and military technology, and is a frequent contributor to the Osprey Publishing series including New Vanguard, Campaigns and Fortress. He has also written over 50 TV documentaries on military technology. He is a senior analyst with the Teal Group Corp., and covers missile and UAV technology as well as the international arms trade for clients in the defense industry and government. Presenting a seminar on German Defenses at Omaha Beach (Fri. 2 PM), using new research, including newly discovered German maps.


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