Thomas A. Desjardin

Thomas A. Desjardin
Dr. Thomas Desjardin
Born June 10, 1964
Lewiston, Maine
Nationality United States
Alma mater Florida State University
University of Maine
Known for American Civil War historian

Thomas A. (Tom) Desjardin (born June 10, 1964) is an American historian who has written books on the American Civil War and American Revolutionary War.

Desjardin was born at St. Mary's Hospital, now Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center (Maine) in Lewiston, Maine.


Academic career

Desjardin earned a bachelor's degree in government and a master's degree in communication from Florida State University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine and has taught at his alma mater (FSU), at Bowdoin College, and the University of Maine. He is also a former fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City.


  • Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign (Oxford University Press) ISBN 0-19514-082-6
  • These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory (DaCapo Press) ISBN 0-30681-267-3
  • Through A Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold's March to Quebec, 1775 (St. Martins Press) ISBN 0-31233-904-6
  • Joshua L. Chamberlain: A Handbook (Greystone Communications) ISBN 1-892636-15-8

Television & Film

1993 - Feature Film Gettysburg (1993 film). Historical advisor to actor Jeff Daniels
1999 & 2006 C-SPAN's Book TV
1999 - History Channel - Unknown Civil War series - on air historical consultant
2000 - History Channel - Joshua L. Chamberlain
2000 - A&E Network - Biography

Seminole Trivia

While a student at FSU in 1984, Desjardin was the emcee at a pep rally and introduced the famous "Seminole War Chant" to FSU fans for the first time.


A former archivist/historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, much of his historical research has been devoted to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, on the mythology of the Gettysburg story, and Maine history. His work was twice nominated for the prestigious Lincoln Prize. Desjardin has appeared in nationally televised documentaries numerous times and was the historical consultant for actor Jeff Daniels in his role as Chamberlain in the 1993 movie Gettysburg. He now serves as the historian for Maine's Department of Conservation.


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