Currently Bill Speer is Historian, Project Manager and Technical Editor for Ariston Consulting.  Previously, he was the Historian, Project Manager, and Design Team Lead for The Angelo Group Inc. Bill produced five historical documentaries for the Army Military Intelligence Corps and numerous other short films. Bill has also produced short films on COL Oscar Koch, GEN George Patton’s intelligence officer, Vietnam War helicopter operation, and a film concerning the Masonic VA Hospital Volunteer Program. Previously, he was a Senior Training Simulation Developer for JANUS Research Group, Inc. designing simulations for the U.S. Army. Bill was the Global War on Terror military historian for JANUS supporting the United States Army, Signal Corps historian.  Bill also conducted hundreds of video and audio interviews of soldiers, contractors, and civilians about their role in signal operations in the Global War on Terror.  Bill is a prodigious speaker, speaking to numerous schools, civic organizations, alumni groups, and institutions each year. 

Bill is also an adjunct professor at the American Military University and Georgia Military College having also previously taught at numerous public schools.  He is also currently working on groundbreaking research of a border state military academy at the time of the Civil War that has attracted the attention of distinguished military historians around the county. 

He formerly served as Historian for the Defenders of American Naval Museum and as the Online Educational Coordinator for the United States Civil War Center at LSU.  Mr. Speer was a member of the Advisory Board for the Texas State Historical Society and on the Educational Advisory Board for the Fort Bend County, TX Museum.  He also served as a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall. 

Mr. Speer has worked with the National History Day foundation for over two decades, teaching essential historical literacy motivating students in order to secure the future of democracy. He has served as district coordinator and state judge in both Texas and Georgia. Bill has an intensive background in Holocaust studies and participated in the Holocaust Survivors Study Program in Poland and Israel.  He has over forty years of military simulation development and implementation.  Bill was President and CEO of The EDGE Group, Inc. (a curriculum provider for homeschool/gifted programs).  In conjunction with the Defenders of American Naval Museum, he worked on the restoration of PT 309, which now resides at the Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas as well as PT 305 that now is under restoration at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  He also developed websites and programs for the Institute of Texas Cultures in San Antonio, Texas.



From Broomsticks to Battlefields

Henry Clay Robinett, a graduate of Delaware Military College, distinguished himself with valor during two Civil War battles – the defense of “Battery Robinett” during the Battle of Corinth (October 3-4, 1862), where he was wounded with a musket ball that creased his scalp, and later during the siege of Vicksburg. While honorable, and, given his two brevets, even somewhat distinguished, Robinett’s service seems little different from that of any other young man, North or South, who went off to war in 1861. At a glance, Robinett, who emerged from the war as a Major, would hardly seem a likely subject for a biography.

In From Broomsticks to Battlefields, Bill Speer has done something interesting. He has used Robinett’s life to throw some light upon several aspects of the American experience and society in the mid-nineteenth century that have not yet been fully explored.

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Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-24-9 | 282 pages
HISTORY / Military / United States / Civil War