James Hessler has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 2003.
His book “Sickles at Gettysburg” (Savas Beatie, 2009) was awarded the prestigious Bachelder Coddington Award and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table’s Distinguished Book Award as the most outstanding work on the Gettysburg Campaign.
He co-authored with Licensed Battlefield Guide Wayne Motts, and maps by Civil War Trust cartographer Steve Stanley, “Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg” (Savas Beatie, 2015), the first battlefield guide to the legendary final attack at Gettysburg.
Jim has written a number of articles for publication, including “Gettysburg Magazine” and “America’s Civil War.” He was one of the primary content designers for, and appeared in, the Civil War Trust’s mobile Gettysburg application.
He is a popular speaker at Civil War Round Tables and has appeared on NPR, Travel Channel (Monumental Mysteries, 2015), PCN-TV, Breitbart News (Pickett’s Charge 150th Anniversary), and Civil War Radio. He was featured in the July 2013 issue of “Civil War Monitor” magazine and the book, “Searching for George Gordon Meade” (2013).
Jim is an adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College (Gettysburg campus). In addition to being a member of Gettysburg’s Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides he is also a member of Little Bighorn Associates and Custer Battlefield Memorial Association.
He lives in Gettysburg with his wife and children.