Tom at the Irish Brigade monument
on the Gettysburg battlefield.
Tom Ryan is a Philadelphian by birth, and attended Roman Catholic High School and LaSalle College. After serving three years in the U.S. Army, he earned a B.A. from University of Maryland, and an M.A. from the American University School of International Service.

His book "Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee's Invasion of the North, June-July 1863" (published by Savas Beatie LLC) was the recipient of the prestigious Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award,and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Distinguished Book Award. In addition, it received Honorable Mention for the Delmarva Book Club Award in non-fiction for 2015.He also self-published "Essays on Delaware during the Civil War: A Political, Military, and Social Perspective."

His latest book, scheduled to be released by Savas Beatie LLC in May 2019, is titled “‘Lee is Trapped, and Must be Taken,’ Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863.” This book received the Edwin C. Bearss Award, a grant for scholarly researchgiven annually by the Chambersburg Civil War Seminar and Tours.

Tom’s weekly column "Civil War Profiles" has appeared in the Coastal Point, an Ocean View, Delaware newspaper,since 2011.It covers interesting events, personalities, and publications from that mid-19th century time period. Over the past 20 years, he has written book reviews for the Washington Times, Washington Post, Civil War News, Civil War Monitor Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Middle West Review.From 1997 until 2009, he was a special contributor to the Civil War Page of the Washington Times, and, since 2002,has written many articles for Gettysburg Magazine, published by the University of Nebraska Press —which is considered the definitive word on the Gettysburg Campaign during the Civil War.

He is a member and former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table, and is a member of the Gettysburg Foundation, American Battlefield Trust, Delaware Historical Society, and Fort Delaware Society.He is retired after 35 years with the U.S. Department of Defense, and lives with his wife in Bethany Beach, Delaware.