Thomas J. Ryan
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Thomas J. Ryan

Thomas J. Ryan attended Roman Catholic High School and LaSalle College in Philadelphia before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Arts degree from the American University School of International Service. He also graduated from the Foreign Language Center of the Defense Language Institute after a full year of study of the Vietnamese Language. He is certified by the Department of Defense as a professional in Education and Language-related specialties. His latest book, published in August 2019 by Savas Beatie LLC, is titled "'Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken,' Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863." It won the Edwin C. Bearss Scholarly Research Award given by the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, and the Hugh G. Earnhart Civil War Scholarship Award presented by the Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table. His earlier 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," also published by Savas Beatie, LLC, received the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award from the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey, and the Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Distinguished Book Award. He also self-published a book titled "Essays on Delaware during the Civil War: A Political, Military, and Social Perspective." All three of these books are available on Amazon, and the first two from Savas Beatie, LLC. Signed copies of these books are available by contacting the author directly by email at pennmardel@mchsi.com or by phone (302) 539-1086. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Gettysburg Magazine to which he has contributed numerous articles over the past 17 years. Since 2011, his column "Civil War Profiles" has appeared weekly in the Coastal Point, a Delaware newspaper, in which he discusses a variety of Civil War-related subjects, with a special emphasis on Delaware's role during the Civil War. He currently reviews books for Civil War News and Civil War Monitor Magazine, and his book reviews have also appeared in the Washington Times, Washington Post, North and South Magazine, and Middle West Review. From the years 1997 until 2009, he was a Special Contributor to the Civil War Page of the Washington Times. He is the former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table, and a member of the Gettysburg Foundation, American Battlefield Trust, Delaware Historical Society, and Fort Delaware Society. He served three years in the U.S. Army, and 35 years in the U.S. Department of Defense in analytic, managerial, and executive positions related to intelligence operations. Now retired, he and his wife live in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

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