About Douglas Batson, the portrayer of General D.H. Hill

Native Richmonder Douglas Batson assisted his father, Charles, to establish Essential Press in the 1970s, which then boasted the largest collection of Civil War book titles in Virginia. His great great grandfather, Jesse William Batson, fought with Company A 3rd North Carolina Cavalry; via that relation he is a member of the R.E. Lee Camp #726, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Doug earned undergraduate degrees in history and geography 100% by examination while himself serving as a Cavalry Scout in Cold War Germany. Mobilized for Operation DESERT STORM, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq. 

Retired from the Army Reserve and Dept. of Defense, Doug holds the Deutsches Sprachdiplom des Goethe-Instituts, and Master and Doctor of Education degrees from Boston University and Columbia Evangelical Seminary, respectively. He was honored by the Association of American Geographers as the 2014 recipient of the M.F. Burrill Award for geographic research and policy.

Doug is also the author of Registering the Human Terrain: a Valuation of Cadastre and
Ground Truth in Building Human Security which discuss land tenure and governance in Afghanistan and peace operations in Africa, as does “Napoleonic Know-how for Stability Operations,” chapter 20 in Modern Military Geography (Routledge 2010).  He co-authored Citizen-Soldier-Expatriates in Operation Desert Storm, a unit chronicle accepted into the U.S. Army Reserve Historical Research Collection.









Website Builder