Our Staff


Pat Small is a lifelong resident of Gettysburg, PA. A graduate of Gettysburg High School, she married her husband Chet and raised five children. She has been a vital part of The Horse Soldier from its beginning in 1971. Read More »


Maurice "Sam" Small began his study and acquisition of artifacts from the American Civil War at a young age. Raised in a small house across from the Sherfy Farm on the Gettysburg Battlefield, he and his siblings spent many summers walking the woods, streams and farms on the battlefield. Read More »


Being a native of Gettysburg, Wes is the youngest of five children born to Pat & Chet Small. He is a graduate of Gettysburg High School, Class of 1980, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from York College of Pennsylvania in 1984. Read More »


Dana was raised in Gettysburg and began working at The Horse Soldier during college in 1991. After graduating in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Commercial Tourism from Penn State University she worked full time for The Horse Soldier. Read More »


Lisa was born and grew up in Erie, PA (home of Colonel Strong Vincent, one of the heroes of Little Round Top). A lifelong, deep interest in Civil War history, and history in general, and a love of the Gettysburg area, prompted her to relocate to Adams County. Read More »


Andy was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. As a young boy growing up he had two passions, his faith and the Civil War. In September of 1979 Andy decided he wanted to be an infantryman like his Civil War heroes, so he joined the United States Marine Corps. Read More »


Jim was born in New Jersey but grew up in Adams County, Pennsylvania, just a short drive from Gettysburg. He was brought up against a backdrop of Devil’s Den visits, Civil War books, and relic shows, which combined with a general interest in history and artifact exhibition to lead him to join the staff of the Horse Soldier in August 2015. Read More »


Shelly’s varied interests steered her along a winding career path on her way to The Horse Soldier. Born and raised in Virginia, Shelly graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2005 with a B.A. in English. A passion for food writing then led her to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she studied baking and pastry arts and served as Editor-in-Chief of La Papillote student newspaper. Read More »


Stephanie was born and raised in Maryland. From a very early age, she had a love and passion for history. This passion was influenced and cultivated by her father, whose ancestors were some of the earliest settlers in the state of Maryland. She was taught patriotism and love for God and country. The family was immersed in history as there were historical prints on the walls, books to read, and many of the family vacations were battlefields, plantations, and museums. Read More »


John Peterson joined the Horse Soldier staff in 2000. In years prior he managed the Farnsworth House book shop, and was a sales associate with the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago and The Military Bookman in New York. Read More »


Rose was born at Mt. Savage in western Maryland. She graduated from Frostburg High School. Gettysburg has been Rose's home for about 40 years. She is married to her husband Stanley and has 8 children and 13 grandchildren. She has worked at The Horse Soldier for 18 years and before that she managed Das Gift Haus. Read More »

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