Stuart R. Dempsey - Licensed Battlefield Guide
Stuart R. Dempsey – Licensed Battlefield Guide

About the Guide

Born in Ohio and raised in Connecticut, Stuart Dempsey has lived in the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area for over 30 years and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park since 2004. He has had a deep passion for military history since his childhood. Stuart is a summa cum laude graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University, where he majored in History and Modern Conflict and received the Barrett Prize for best original research project (a study of UN peacekeeping operations in Bosnia).

He has written articles for various historical magazines and is completing a book on selected Federal regiments at the Battle of Gettysburg. Much of his research focus is on the Army of the Potomac’s 11th Corps, and he regularly contributes a video column on that corps for the Gettysburg Daily website. In addition to his work as a battlefield guide, Stuart teaches military history courses at Harrisburg Area Community College. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and the Sons of Union Veterans.  He shares his home near Gettysburg with his wife of 31 years and their spoiled dogs.

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What our clients say…

  • “The tour was a truly valuable experience, educational and so interesting. We will certainly recommend you to others.” 

    Paul A., Ontario.

  • “I thought I understood the battle of New Market before; because of your tour, NOW I really do.”   Stephen L., Connecticut.

  • “We would like to thank you for the wonderful tour you provided us with. Ken is still talking about how ‘awesome’ it was and can not believe the information you knew. You really made our vacation complete. Thanks again

    Ken & Amy K., Michigan.

  • “I just need to thank someone … Stuart was just wonderful – Closing my eyes I could see the armies coming towards me!” 

    Maria & Ron S., California.

  • “Mr. Dempsey is an exceptional battlefield tour guide. His extensive knowledge enhanced our visit.” 

    Kevin W. (Lt. Col. USA, Ret.), Washington.

  • “I want to thank you for your most informative tour. The day was beautiful, the walk was so fine, and the information came alive.” 

    John R., Pennsylvania

  • “In the past several years, we have taken many military tours that were guided by Stuart Dempsey.  In over a dozen tours we have never been disappointed, in fact, we are always amazed at his in-depth knowledge of the many aspects of military history.

    In the most recent tour, Battlefield Berlin, we not only saw the many sites related to 1945 Berlin, but Stuart was able to intertwine the military with the historical for a better understanding of this terrible conflict.  Mr. Dempsey also included many cultural vignettes which completed the mosaic of human pathos.

    As a practical matter Stuart was able to handle the usual glitches which occur during tours with great aplomb and ease.  We can’t wait for our next adventure with Stuart Dempsey.”

    Jerry and Kathi Ortanna, PA

Your guide with his battlefield trekking companion
Your guide with his battlefield trekking companion