The Last Road North, a tour book in the Emerging Civil War Series, follows routes of the Army of Northern Virginia and Army of the Potomac to Gettysburg and the subsequent Confederate retreat. While the route is connected using Civil War Trails network interpretive signs the book provides additional context for the campaign which represented the last foray of any Confederate army north of the Mason-Dixon line.
Dan Welch, co-author, is currently an educator in a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, Welch was education programs coordinator for Gettysburg Foundation, non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Welch received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University and is currently working on an MA in Military History with a concentration on the Civil War Era at American Military University. Rob Orrison, the speaker and co-author, has been working in the history field for more than 20 years. He has a wide range of interests and has worked in museums and historic sites covering eras from Colonial times to the early 20th Century. Born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia, Orrison received his Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation at Longwood College and received his Master’s Degree in Public History from George Mason University. He has worked at Petersburg National Battlefield, Sully Plantation and, since 2006, with the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division as a historic site manager. His published works include A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign and War on the Potomac, 1861-1862. He is currently working on a book about the battles of Lexington and Concord with Philip Greenwalt as part of the new series, Emerging Revolutionary War.