Author Ryan wins Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award

Date Published: 
December 23, 2016

Local author and Coastal Point columnist Thomas J. Ryan was recently named the winner of the annual Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Book Award for his book “Spies, Scouts & Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign,” published by Savas Beatie of California.

Ryan, a native of Philadelphia, served three years in the U.S. Army, following which he earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and a master’s degree at American University. Following a career of 35 years in the United States Department of Defense, he lives with his wife in Bethany Beach.

Ryan, in his own words, is “an inveterate reader about the Civil War.” He has turned that interest into the writing of reviews of Civil War materials, most especially as a member of the book review staff of the Civil War News. His reviews have appeared in the Washington Post and Washington Times newspapers, Civil War Monitor magazine, North & South magazine and Middle West Review. He wrote for Gettysburg magazine from 2002 through 2014.

Since 2011, his “Civil War Profiles” column has been appearing in the Costal Point.

Ryan is a former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table, as well as a longtime member of the Gettysburg Foundation, the Civil War Trust and the Fort Delaware Society.

Ryan was to be honored at the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable Holiday Banquet at the Dobbin House on Dec. 1. On March 23, 2017, Ryan will speak at the monthly meeting of the Gettysburg Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. in the GAR Hall at 53 East Middle Street in Gettysburg. He will be signing his book at that meeting.