A life-long Civil War buff, Tom Schobert has been involved in historical reenacting for over twenty years – portraying first an infantryman to honor his ancestor Pvt. Frank Krug of the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry and later a military medical officer portraying Surgeon Farand Wylie of the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry. Doing genealogical research in later years, he uncovered evidence that his great-great grand uncle was Pvt. Jasper Shaw of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, better known as Morgan's Raiders.
In addition to participating in countless reenactments and “living history” events, Tom has given numerous presentations at schools and community organizations such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, Boys Scouts and other civic organizations. He was the principal consultant to Carolina Video Productions for their documentary series on Civil War Medicine, and appeared in the motion picture Gettysburg as a Confederate soldier.
Tom is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo NY where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in History, and a Master of Science degree in Education. He served in the United States Army Medical Service Corps for over 25 years retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
As an admirer of Robert E. Lee – the Man, the Soldier, the American – for many years, Tom became interested in developing this portrayal when friends and colleagues began to comment on his uncanny resemblance to the General. He has endeavored to present this impression to educate the public and to bring honor to a man many historians credit as one of the greatest American military leaders in our nation’s history.