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Award-winning journalist Lance J. Herdegen is the former director of the Institute of Civil War Studies at Carroll University. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for the United Press International (UPI) news service covering national politics and civil rights. He presently is historical consultant for the Civil War Museum of the Upper Middle West.

Herdegen is the author of many articles on 1861-65 topics and is regarded as an authority on the Iron Brigade and Civil War small arms. Included among his several book credits are Four Years With the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William R. Ray, Seventh Wisconsin Volunteers; The Men Stood Like Iron: How the Iron Brigade Won its Name; and In the Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg.

Herdegen recently presented a paper at Sydney Sussex College at Cambridge University in England. He has also appeared on the History Channel's "Civil War Journal" and various network and local television and radio shows. He lives in Walworth County, Wisconsin.