David Ward is a native of the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. He earned his undergraduate degree in history at Franklin & Marshall College (75 minutes from Gettysburg) where he studied under the distinguished Civil War professor Dr. Fred Klein. Subsequently he earned master’s degrees in history and library science at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.
From 1983-1987 he was a faculty member at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. In 1987 he joined the faculty at The Hotchkiss School retiring as the school’s library director in summer 2018. During his tenure at Hotchkiss he taught United States history and a very popular semester long course on the American Civil War.
Always passionate about history and especially the era of the Civil War he sought to bring people who shared his interests together in various forums. In 1989 he founded the Civil War Round Table of the Northwest Corner (Connecticut) which later became the Connecticut Civil War Round Table. He served as the round table’s program chairman from 1989 through 1994. Also, he hosted the highly successful New England Conference of Civil War Round Tables from 1990-1992. These programs attracted hundreds of participants and speakers such as Dr. Richard McMurry, William Marvel, William C. Davis, A. Wilson Greene, Dr. Richard Sommers, Robert Krick and William Matter.
In 2000 he embarked on an ambitious undertaking and started a battlefield and historical travel business known as Civil War Tours. For fifteen years he designed, developed and hosted over 100 tours which featured all of the principal battles and campaigns in the Eastern Theater. These tours were led by the finest historians and guides, nationally known and acclaimed for their work in the field of Civil War studies. Many tour participants regarded these programs as the “gold standard” regarding historical travel and battlefield tours.
In 2011 he was contacted by the acclaimed Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg and in early August conducted a tour of Gettysburg and Lincoln sites for Spielberg and the Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day Lewis.
Mr. Ward is also a Civil War scholar and has written articles for Civil War Regiments and the Gettysburg Magazine. In 2018 his book The 96 th Pennsylvania in the Civil War was published by McFarland in Jefferson, North Carolina.
Photo L-R Dr. James McPherson, Spielberg, me, Daniel Day Lewis.