Tom at the Irish Brigade monument
on the Gettysburg battlefield.
Tom Ryan grew up in Philadelphia where he attended Roman Catholic High School and LaSalle College. After serving three years in the U.S. Army, he completed his B.A. at the University of Maryland, and an M.A. at American University.
His latest book, published by Savas Beatie, is the award-winning "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." It is the recipient of the prestigious Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award for 2015, and earned Honorable Mention for the Delmarva Book Club Award in non-fiction for 2015. He also is the author of "Essays on Delaware during the Civil War: A Political, Military, and Social Perspective."
Since 2011, his weekly "Civil War Profiles" column has been appearing in the Coastal Point, a Delaware newspaper.
An inveterate reader about the Civil War, he is on the book review staff of the Civil War News. His reviews have also appeared in the Washington Post, Washington Times, 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 published a number of articles in Gettysburg Magazine from 2002 thru 2014.
The former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table, he also is a longtime member of the Gettysburg Foundation, Civil War Trust, and Fort Delaware Society.
He served for 35 years in the U.S. Department of Defense. Now retired, he and his wife live in Bethany Beach, Delaware where he is active in the local community.