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Civil War scholar, world traveler, news editor, teacher

You may review my curriculum vitae here.

I’m currently fascinated with how the U.S. Civil War — arguments over causation, strategy, politics, symbolism and ultimate consequences — resonated throughout Latin America. Check out my working bibliography and initial thoughts here.

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  1. Hmmm, All achieved? Secret, please! But this is a wonderful blog. I am very pleased to make your online acquaintance, Senor Ortiz. Regards, Ms. Valdes

  2. Wow, this is a comprehensive and varied blog! I can tell I am going to learn a lot of new things from you. I can’t wait.

  3. I look forward to investigating yours–such a variety of interesting subjects!

  4. I will take my time to explore yours and give it the focus it deserves! Amazing, diverse and enlightening so far.

  5. A comprehensive list of blog subjects to go with your comprehensive personal bio – impressive!

  6. “Stillness of the heart”–a phrase that I just might have to steal and use one day.

  7. I am really enjoying your blog; it is so rich in breadth and depth that I know I will spend many happy hours reading your past posts and keeping up with your new ones! Best,

  8. I’m a beginner at this and am very impressed by the scope of your pages. And I thought mine was too broad! The world is a big place. I look forward to investigating this treasure trove.

  9. Pamela Hodgdon permalink

    Hey Fernando – I love your blog – It’s a feast!

  10. I’ll be back to check out those recommendation lists. *clicks follow* Good stuff.

  11. vinibuoni permalink

    At first glance it looks like there is a lot of information on your blog. Once I have more time I will take a deeper look 🙂

  12. I look forward to getting involved with your posts. Interesting concept. 🙂

  13. Very interesting blog ..and here I thought mine was busy 🙂

  14. Your blog here looks really interesting and informative, I look forward to reading more. 🙂

  15. Tammy J Rizzo permalink

    You seem to have a varied selection of quite interesting things to offer on this blog. I think I’m going to enjoy it! Following!

  16. You have such a great variety of interests, so I made sure to follow you.

  17. naturaleuphoria permalink

    You have a really good blog. Keep up the good work.

  18. Yours looks quite interesting. Being from Maryland, I have a keen interest in the Civil War.

  19. Love the title of your blog. Are you a Lenny Kravitz fan by any chance? I look forward to reading more of yours.

  20. I am also a Civil War buff, but have let my interest wane until I got the chance to visit the battlefields at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville last week. Very inspiring and provided a wealth of story ideas. Good luck with your writing career

  21. You sound like a very experienced man ! I am glad to have found you 🙂
    Cheers !!

  22. My kind a guy.

  23. Lots of love from United Arab Emirates! Where are based by the way?.. Going thru your blog now 🙂

  24. You have a great blog here and i look forward to seeing more from you.

  25. If that is all achieved, I can only tip my invisible hat to you! I’m off to have a look around 🙂

  26. Hi! I haven’t got the chance to read your blog. I will try to read it during the holidays. I think I’m going to like it seeing as though you have over 1000 followers and your categories are very interesting. 😀

  27. Just a quick scan of yours (all I have time for on Christmas Eve) lets me know that I want to come back and read more. So I have followed you and can’t wait to read more in the New Year.

  28. Impressive, sir. I find myself in awe of your creative mind and achievements…many of which are similar to my own aspirations 🙂

    Cheers and all the best in travel, writing, and intellectual pursuits present and impending!

  29. Black ' n Write Reviewer permalink

    Just a quick stop on my blogging travels. If you’re ever interesting in reviewing your latest read, let me know 🙂
    Happy new year’s!

  30. I find it very interesting and will be coming back frequently to read.

  31. night owl permalink

    Stillness of heart,

    I am curious how an educated and well read gentleman such as yourself found his way to a sexual submissive’s blog about her journey through the world of Dominance and submission.

    I do enjoy reading the Civil War journal entries. I wasn’t aware that the southerners chose to burn their own cotton. It does seem rather like cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face, but people will have their own way. Her vehement assertion that the residents of Vicksburg would rather see their city burn than in the hands of Yankees confirms this.

    Do you comment ever on the things you post or do you simply share them?

    Curious night owl

  32. Right off the bat, your link to the article on Louis C.K’s Symphony of Comedy has caught my eye. I look forward to reading more of your entries.

  33. “Do you comment ever on the things you post or do you simply share them?”

    Aside from short introductions in certain posts, I tend to let the content speak for itself and stay out of the readers’ way.

  34. Delighted to discover your blog, Fernando. Look forward to learning from you and your adventures.

  35. Good day sir,

    As a new blogger, I’m both ignorant and extremely fascinated by the realm of words. You sir, are a noble to man to follow… by all means. To the art of words and to your canvas, unlike any I’ve heard…I tip my hat!

    S E

  36. I’m a lapsed Civil War buff, but I’m thinking of writing a story about either young boys in the War, or women posing as men in the War. I may contact you in the future for some of your expertise and/or guidance.


  37. The Civil War got me hooked on history.

  38. I love your focus on reading,writing, and history. Terrific.

  39. My younger son is 4th generation military…will be very much interested in reading your posts on the military, letters from wars past…and other topics as well.

  40. notebooksandteacups permalink

    Wow. You write on a broad range of subject matter, and I look forward to delving into each genre over time. Great body of work here. 🙂

  41. Such a wonderful choice of things to choose from! I love it. Cheers mate!!! 😀

  42. You cover a wide range of topics – I like the diversity of your interests! (Your short and to-the-point ‘about me’ was intriguing, too. :))

  43. I too like your ‘about me’ post! Very interesting

  44. Summit10 permalink

    nice blog site a whole lot of things going! all the best!

  45. You’re a traveler indeed and your interest is impressively diverse too!

  46. I don´t have to go to Wikipidia now, I only have to surf through your blog. Very nice idea you have here, it´s sure going to give me material for short stories real fiction.(if I later post them… who knows).

  47. You have an interesting one here!

  48. Interesting bio! Unpretentious intellect – not a word combination found often 🙂

  49. You have an intriguing blog and looking forward to read all your posts.!

  50. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  51. Hi Fernando–Your blog is amazing!

  52. Lovely blog! I’m married to a Civil War historian;) Makes for interesting conversation:)

  53. I can’t wait to start reading the Civil War stories.

  54. Wow your blog seems so diverse! Those are the types of blogs I love the most!
    I’m looking forward to exploring your extremely interesting blog! 😀
    Aaran (:

  55. Looking forward to reading more of your blog- it seems very diverse and interesting. Keep up the good work. All the best! 🙂

  56. Hi Fernando,
    Your blog looks so diverse and interesting I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  57. electricbohemian permalink

    Cool blog!!!

  58. I wanted to visit your blog and am quite pleased to find out that you are a civil war buff and you have a love of history. My Uncle is a civil war novelist and makes short files about Custer’s land stand. I love your blog and plan to read and take in all the site pages! Starting with the civil war! Have a lovely day! 😀

  59. mdog32 permalink

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. I love it that you have so many topics to read about! Gina

  60. captquirk permalink

    Good deeds yield positive results. I’m eager to get to know you, since your “About” page is sufficiently well-done and interesting to cause me to want to get to know what you think.

    In the words of the former Gov of CA, though not during his time in office, “I’ll be back.” Or at least I’ll be watching from afar.

  61. I now know where to come for Civil War history. 🙂

  62. Scholar, historian, writer? I am truly humbled. I look forward to reading more articles…there really is so much! Oliana

  63. “Handsome gentleman scholar, Civil War historian, unpretentious intellectual, world traveler, successful writer.”

    Well, except for the ‘gentleman’ part, I think you are who I wanted to be. Great place here.

  64. hisnamebpraised permalink

    Amazing piece with the diary. Last weekend I had the privilage to visit the Antitem battlefield where, like the others I’ve visited, I come away with a profound sense of awe at the human endeavor that took place and a sense of melancholy concerning all those who were lost on those fields. I wish you continued success and blessings in your treks and explorations. Take care and I’d look forward to reading more on your civil war insights. At some point I would find it a wonderful thing to discuss your thoughts on that titanic struggle. Take care, Doug

  65. What ‘a house of treasures’ you have here.

  66. Wow, You have a lot of areas covered, from Archeology to Mad Men…
    Looking forward to reading your blog.

  67. I shall enjoy following along with you on your blog. As a “scholar” of history and the other social sciences, (using the term scholar very loosely :-)), I look forward to reading your take on past events.

  68. This has got to be the shortest “About” Page I have ever come across! lol. Okay, do you want us to take your word for it, or are you going to post a pic so that we may all behold the handsome scholar? 🙂

  69. I was nominated for an Awesome Blog Content Award, and in turn have nominated yours for the section on Kate Stone’s Civil War. You can find the details at : Hope you had a great Christmas.

  70. Love this handsome scholar!

  71. Shery Alexander Heinis permalink

    You do sound like the “international man of mystery.” The topics you treat are very wide-ranging, which is perfect for someone with eclectic interests like myself. I look forward to your posts!

  72. serend1p1ty permalink

    Your blog is filled with so much and I can’t wait to expand my knowledge! Have a wonderful new year!

  73. Hi there! Wow, I could spend days in yours and not scratch the surface. I look forward to diving into a bunch of your posts 🙂

  74. I look forward to reading more of your work. Have a great 2014!

  75. One word…Wow! Wow!! (ok that’s 2 words). How on earth do you keep up with your blog? Its absolutely fantastic.

  76. lovella13 permalink

    Your blog is awesome.

  77. So nice to meet you, Fernando. Your blog is fascinating! Making my way through now….

  78. Your biography is very interesting ^^
    A very confident personality. Gotta discover more!

  79. I have just been exploring your posts and find I will have so much enjoyable reading to do. I am looking forward to it!

  80. You have an awesome blog! Looking forward to catching up on yours.

  81. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks for providing a very eclectic blog. 🙂

  82. Hi,
    Happy blogging!
    Mridubala 🙂

  83. Wish you all the best.

  84. World Traveler ? 🙂 Great ..
    Have you been to Pakistan ?

  85. Wow! Great blog! So much to read, so little time! I’ll definitely be following and reading a lot! Your breadth and dedication is impressive.

  86. great blog, fernando! i am following you.

  87. I found your blog really interesting, lots of useful facts. Surely would be reading heaps of awesome things from you.

  88. Very interesting and informative blog!

  89. Your work is very interesting 🙂 Would love to see more of your work.

  90. Thanks a lot. You have encouraged me to write more and move ahead. I hope one day i will be able to write as great as you. Looking forward to read more and more articles written by you. Love and regards

  91. Thank you for introducing me to your wide-ranging world views! I look forward to more!

  92. With a intro like that why not follow 🙂

  93. I look forward to exploring your blog.

  94. This is a life giving blog. Thanks for giving out the heart peace. I hope everyone in my Country will read thus and change their boring act!

  95. I look forward to exploring your blog! I am not near the civil war buff that you are, but I have an interest in it, so I will be checking that out!

  96. Reading your blog reminds me of sitting in class with a favorite professor – he had incredible passion and sincerity, and I love that your writing illustrates your own so well.

  97. what a wonderful blog. Really enjoying reading through it. Tina

  98. Hi, nice to meet you and peek into your world. And I thought that I had varied interests! blessings, Brad

  99. Tons of cool stuff to explore here!

  100. Many interesting topics and lots to explore! Wow!

  101. Hiya! I enjoyed the Sophia Loren article very much – made me laugh, actually. And what dignity she has. Love her…

  102. I got to read a few of your posts and I’m really looking forward to reading more. Congratulations to you and your wife on your new addition of men’s clothing in your boutique. That’s fantastic! 😊

  103. Hi, looking forward to working my way through your posts 🙂

  104. cheryllotriet permalink

    Just love your writing and your blog 🙂 You have a new follower!

  105. I saw you say you are a Civil War historian. Would not call myself an expert there at all – but I do love to read about the Civil War. Also love to read about our former presidents – USA history. Looking forward to reading some of your posts. Maybe learn more history!

  106. Your blog is pretty overwhelming!

  107. @St-Manuel permalink

    I will return to explore. The first thing that ‘popped’ out at first glance was The Civil War. Always an interest of mine…but I’m no historian…just a curious observer.

  108. Quite a blog! A pleasure to make your, or its, acquaintance.

  109. Your blog is impressive, my admiration for your writing style and for your generosity to offer so many interesting articles! I’m honored and I feel blessed and grateful to read yours!
    Best wishes and an amazing New Year!

  110. For what I can see here, you’re a man with many interests and a huge level of curiosity.

  111. Ngozi permalink

    Wow, what an amazing site. So much to read, learn and apply. 🙂

  112. Great pieces

  113. What a lot of followers you have accumulated! Congratulations! 🙂

  114. The Simple Beginner permalink

    Such a wide variety of interests you have! 🙂

  115. Trinh Manh Do permalink

    You are just so fabulous. Very nice to know you 😉

  116. Ashleigh Bugg permalink

    Fascinating and impressive blog! Keep up the good content. 🙂

  117. Your blog looks awesome. I’ll definitely be doing some reading here.

  118. nice intro, made me smile 😀

  119. Your blog looks awesome – don’t know how you keep up with it all!

  120. Wow, your blog is comprehensive. Do you ever sleep?

  121. You have an elaborate blog. I find it very interesting. I look forward to checking out some of your posts. 😀

  122. It appears as if you have broad interests as do I.

  123. Looking forward to reading some of your blog posts! 🙂

  124. Brilliant blog. My God you have been busy. A great place for a newbie like me to get inspiration. Thank you

  125. Your blog is overwhelmingly interesting. I am exploring it and have found it fantastic. 🙂

  126. I would have a problem keeping one or two of the subjects you have for your blog. Of course I only have two finger typing with an occasional thumb thrown in. –smile– Where does your passion burn the hottest? Do you have a short list or a traveled path you forged? Thanks in advance for your insight.

  127. Your blog is very interesting. 😉

  128. Nick Fox permalink

    Terrific site, Fernando. Wide range of topics, all well covered.

  129. I can’t wait to start exploring your blog — the titles of your categories alone are intriguing! Wishing you much success in 2016!

  130. Seems like a really fun blog:)

  131. Your blog is amazing and filled with variety.

  132. I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blog award! Thanks for the inspiration!

  133. Your blog is extremely impressive.

  134. Impressive. After reading this, I am compelled to explore your blog.

  135. Hello! I look forward to following your blog.

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