public speaker & tour guide

I’m being entirely truthful when I say that yours was the most enthralled audience I’ve ever witnessed here. I was sitting way in back, so I could literally see everyone, and no one squirmed, no watches were checked, not a single yawn! Instead, heads were nodding, people turned to each other to corroborate your remarks, they chuckled at your humor. You’re a good teacher!Gracelaw Simmons, Royall House & Slave Quarters

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as an educator and public historian is the opportunity to share my love of history with a wide range of audiences. Over the past fifteen years I have delivered talks at academic conferences, Civil War round tables, history education workshops, schools and a host of other settings throughout much of the country.

Beginning in mid-September I will be speaking in support of my new book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule an event.


  • April 24: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” Civil War Round Table of Central Massachusetts, Holden, MA.
  • June 14: “The Last Confederate Monuments: The Myths and Lies We Tell About Loyal Slaves and Black Confederates,” Auburn University, AL.
  • July 21-26, Teacher Workshop, Ford’s Theater on Reconstruction and Historical Memory, Washington, D.C.
  • August 7-9: Teacher Workshop on Reconstruction, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
  • September 25: Teacher Workshop at American Civil War Museum, Richmond, Virginia.
  • September 28: Tour of the Gettysburg battlefield with a focus on the experience of Confederate body servants (details to come), Gettysburg, PA.
  • September 30: Book talk and signing at University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD.
  • October 1: Book talk and signing at Virginia Museum of History & Culture, co-sponsored with American Civil War Museum, Book Talk and Signing, Richmond, Virginia.
  • October 3-4: Teacher workshop, book talk and signing at National Humanities Center, Raleigh, NC.
  • October 16: Book Talk and signing at Royall House & Slave Quarters, Medford, MA.
  • October 24: Book Talk and signing, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, Cambridge, MA.
  • October 28: Book Talk and Signing, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC.


  • January 15: “Searching for Black Confederate Soldiers,” Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Book Talk and Signing, Cranston, RI.
  • January 24, “Searching for Black Confederates,” Harrisburg Civil War Round Table, Book Talk and Signing, Harrisburg, PA.
  • June 12-17: Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, “Searching for Black Confederates.”

Excellent! I have been involved with studying U.S. History since the 4th grade, taught it for two decades, and was a History Department chair for nearly ten years. With all of that, I sat there enraptured and completely enveloped in your presentation. Thanks for giving all of us much to think about.”Ralph Van Inwagen, Assistant Head of School, Gann Academy

Working With Students at Ashley Hall School Discuss the Confederate Monument Controversy in Charleston

Kevin is a veteran member of the Civil War Institute summer conference faculty, and is one of the most versatile speakers in our bullpen. Over the past few years, he’s led breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics, participated in panel discussions on the main stage, and facilitated small-group investigations of primary source materials. He’s also worked closely with our high school student scholarship program, leading intensive discussions on historical memory and history and new media. Kevin’s programs are extremely popular with our attendees.Jill Titus, Assistant Director, Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

Tour Guide

Leading a tour at Petersburg National Battlefield

There is no better opportunity for students and the general public to connect with the the past than when on site with a guide who can share what took place and encourage thoughtful reflection. I have led students to some of the most important historical sites of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Montgomery, Jackson, and Memphis. I also regularly guide students and teachers to Civil War sites in Richmond, Washington, D.C. as well as popular battlefields in Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Sharpsburg.

Here in Boston I offer tours of the city’s Civil War monuments to the general public as well as history educators and students.

Have questions or want to check my availability? Contact me here.