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. 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,

  2. 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 πŸ™‚

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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. πŸ˜€

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  9. 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

  10. “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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.


  13. 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.

  14. 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. πŸ™‚

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

  16. 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! πŸ˜€
    Aaran (:

  17. 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! πŸ˜€

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

  19. 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.

  20. “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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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! 😊

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

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