The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era

Civil War Center Advisory Board

Board Members

Honorary Board Members

In Memoriam

  • Wiley Sword



Active Board Member Bios

Fred Aiken
Fred served as a District Representative for Newt Gingrich in the U.S. Congress from 1992-99, and retired as the Assistant Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor in 2014. He is also a member of the Friends of Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, Civil War Round Table of Cobb County, Civil War Round Table of Atlanta and General William J. Hardee Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Doug Brady
Doug Brady was born a Yankee, but has lived, worked and been educated in the South. His fascination with the Civil War began with a grade school field trip to the Atlanta Cyclorama. From that point on, he was committed to learning more about this iconic, tragic and heroic American event. A 1981 graduate of Wake Forest University, with a degree in cultural anthropology, he joined the family business. As President of Frank Brady & Sons, he managed the territory of Florida and the Caribbean while living in Miami. After closing the business in 2000, Doug returned to Atlanta and began his professional career in finance. Today, as a Registered Investment Advisor, he runs his own boutique wealth management firm. Beyond the Civil War, Doug is deeply passionate about his family and wife Tracey, adventure travel, and all things fly fishing.
David Brannan
David is the founder and president of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County. The organization has grown to over 200 members, many of whom are area residents who attend the Center’s programs and tours. He served in the United States Navy and is a Vietnam veteran. As a former businessman in Cobb County, David has a vast network of contacts and experience in the community.
Salvatore G. Cilella, Jr.
Retiring in 2012 after 43 years in the museum field, Salvatore G. Cilella, Jr. has continued to serve as a consultant to several museums and has published articles and books on fund raising and the Civil War. In 2006 he was appointed President and CEO of the Atlanta Historical Society and is a member of the executive committee of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta. He is currently editing the papers of Civil War general Emory Upton. Sal holds a B.A. and M.A. in American History from Notre Dame and an M.A. in History Museum Administration through the Cooperstown Graduate Programs.
Stevan Crew
A member of KSU’s 2nd graduating class, Trustee Emeritus with the KSU Foundation, and businessman in Paulding County, Stevan was also selected by KSU President Dr. Papp to be an honorary co-chair with the team planning the University’s 50th anniversary. In addition to his deep interest in Civil War history, his familiarity with the internal workings of KSU has allowed him to offer innovative ideas for our Center, which complement the University’s strategic initiatives and assist in developing strategies for the long-term sustainability of the Center.
Vince Dooley
Serving as head football coach at the University of Georgia from 1963 – 1989 and as Director of Athletics from 1979 – 2004, Vince is the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. In addition to being the most successful coach in Georgia history, with over 200 wins, including one national championship, six SEC titles and 20 bowl games, Vince is also an avid Civil War enthusiast and the author of several books. He supports the Center by attending and participating in a variety of programs and tours.
Terry Hall Kingery
Terry Hall Kingery has been studying the Civil War his entire life. He grew up in Franklin, Virginia, and his relatives served in the Revolutionary War, the War Of 1812, the Civil War, and both world wars. His Great Grandfather Benjamin Hall and Hall's brother, fought in the Civil War with the 59th Va. commanded by General Henry Wise, and both surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox. Terry attended the University of Richmond and East Carolina University where he graduated with a degree in marketing. He has worked in the hotel and resort industry for the last 30 years with Omni Hotels, Hilton Hotels, and hotel management companies serving on various boards and positions in the industry and it's business associations. Terry was President of the Civil War Round Table Of Atlanta from 2001-2002 and a founding member of the Civil War Round Table Of Cobb County serving on one of their first boards. He is also a member of the Atlanta World War II Round Table, The Mighty 8th Air Force Society, The Churchill Society, and other local and national historical organizations. Terry is an avid historian, an antiquarian book collector, and a historical print and map collector. He has lived in the Atlanta area for the past 32 years and presently lives in Marietta.
Deborah G. Lindsay
An avid enthusiast of military history, Deborah travels to sites throughout the country and abroad. Research for her book on German concentration camps took her to all of the major Nazi facilities. She continues to write and speak on the subject, in addition to serving on numerous boards, including the Board of Trustees of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Mrs. Lindsay's involvement in the community is extensive and wide-ranging. A wife and mother of three grown children, Deborah is the proud grandmother of one grandson.
Nicholas Picerno
Nicholas Picerno is Chairman-Emeritus of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in New Market, Virginia. During his tenure on the Board he has chaired the committees on Interpretation & Education and Property Management. In 2006, Picerno spearheaded the effort to purchase, protect and interpret the Third Winchester battlefield, now the largest preserved battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lee-Jackson Education Foundation of Charlottesville, the Federal Advisory Commission of the Cedar Creek-Belle Grove National Park and is Vice-President of the Lincoln Society of Virginia. He is a former member of the board of trustees of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. For the past 35 years Picerno has been researching the history of the 1st-10th & 29th Maine Infantry regiments during the Civil War through reconstruction. A frequent lecturer he has contributed to scores of books including, Jeffry Wert’s “From Winchester to Cedar Creek” and “The Sword of Lincoln”, James McPherson’s “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam”, and “The Last Battle of Winchester” by Scott Patchan. A career police chief Picerno recently retired as chief of police at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia where he continues to direct the Bridgewater College Civil War Institute.
James I. "Bud" Robertson, Jr.
As one of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars of the American Civil War and Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, Dr. Robertson’s resume of publications and expertise on his subjects is unparalleled. Long-noted for his teaching and lecturing, and for his radio segments on Civil War topics, Bud’s storytelling-style has engaged and informed audiences across the nation.

Dr. Robertson was chosen as Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and worked with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson in marking the war’s 100th anniversary. Bud is the author of more than 20 books, including a massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson, which won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film.
James Yancey
A long-time archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, James also serves on the Georgia Civil War Commission and is a member of the Civil War Roundtable of Cobb County, the Georgia Battlefield Association, and the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta. He brings extensive work with the African-American community and knowledge of statewide events to our board.