Although New York born and bred, John Archer's fascination with the Civil War stems from a childhood discovery of Confederate ancestors in his family tree. He now lives in Gettysburg, where in addition to writing, he is employed at Gettysburg College and as a Licensed Guide for Gettysburg National Military Park. Several of his interpretive tours have been featured in PCN TV's Gettysburg Battlewalks Series.
John's written work includes three histories of the battle, "The Hour Was One of Horror: East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg" "Culp's Hill at Gettysburg," "Fury On The Bliss Farm," as well as articles in "Blue and Gray," "Gettysburg Magazine," and other periodicals. His first work of historical fiction, "After the Rain: A Novel of War and Coming Home," was released in 2011, and received Director's Mention for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction.
The author's latest work, "Discovering Somers Isles," is an interpretive tour about the shipwreck of the English ship, "Sea Venture" that led to the founding and settlement of Bermuda.