THOMAS J. RYAN BIO



Tom at the Irish Brigade monument
on the Gettysburg battlefield.
A Philadelphian by birth, and attended Roman Catholic High School and LaSalle College. Served three years in the U.S. Army Security Agency, including assignments at the Army Language School, Monterey, California; Fort Meade, Maryland; and Clark Air Force Base, Philippines.
Earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Arts from the American University School of International Service.
Publications include "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" (Savas Beatie LLC) which was the recipient of the prestigious Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award, and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Distinguished Book Award. Also, the Delmarva Book Club Award in non-fiction (Honorable Mention).
Another book scheduled for release in May 2019, is titled “'Lee is Trapped, and Must be Taken,’ Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863” (Savas Beatie LLC). Edwin C. Bearss wrote the prologue, and Ted Alexander contributed the foreword. This book received the Edwin C. Bearss Award, a grant for scholarly research given annually by the Chambersburg Civil War Seminar and Tours.
A self-published book through Create Space (Amazon) is titled "Essays on Delaware during the Civil War: A Political, Military, and Social Perspective."
Since May 2011, the Coastal Point newspaper in Ocean View, Delaware has published my weekly column titled "Civil War Profiles." It discusses events, personalities, publications, travel, etc. with a focus on the Civil War era of the mid-19th century, and often covers subject matter related to the State of Delaware.
Over the past 20 years, I have contributed book reviews to the Washington Times, Washington Post, Civil War News, Civil War Monitor Magazine, North and South Magazine, and Middle West Review.
From 1997 until 2009, I was a special contributor of articles for the Civil War Page of the Washington Times. Since 2002, I have contributed articles to Gettysburg Magazine, published by the University of Nebraska Press and considered the definitive word on the Gettysburg Campaign during the Civil War. Another article dealing with Irish immigration to the U.S. during the Civil War appeared in "The Irish Sword," The Journal of the Military History Society of Ireland, Summer 2002.
Memberships include: Editorial Board, Gettysburg Magazine; Central Delaware Civil War Round Table, including seven years on the board of directors (vice-president, president, and past president); Gettysburg Foundation; American Battlefield Trust; Delaware Historical Society; and Fort Delaware Society.
Retired after 35 years of service with the U.S. Department of Defense (including three assignments in Southeast Asia), and lives with his wife of 50 plus years, Felicetta, in Bethany Beach, Delaware.