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The one thing that has remained constant in my life is my love for my family, my love to travel, and my love for history, particularly the American Civil War. I can trace my obsession of the American Civil War back to the fifth grade. At the time I was consumed with the U.S. presidents, and Ulysses S. Grant became the focus of my fascination. Looking through Civil War photographs at the time, I asked myself: What did these Americans fight over? Why did one side wear blue and the other gray? Why did they wear funny looking hats? From the fifth grade on, I was hooked.
I studied history at John Carroll University (2010) and Cleveland State University (2014). As a graduate student at CSU, my studies focused on the U.S.-Mexican War, Ottoman Empire, and history of cemeteries in America. I was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award for 2013-14. I am currently pursuing a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate at Lakeland Community College.
I haven't stopped writing since graduating from CSU. I enjoy writing about personalities at war more than the actual battles and campaigns. As author Larry Tagg adequately put in The Generals of Gettysburg: The Leaders of America's Greatest Battle (2008), military historians "often stress strategy and tactics at the expense of the character of their subjects." I have contributed over fifty articles to blogs, journals, and magazines such as History of War, America's Civil War, Military History, and Soldiers of the Queen. I was awarded the Howard Browne Award from the Victorian Military Society for 2015.
I am the author of Valentine Baker’s Heroic Stand at Tashkessen 1877: A Tarnished British Soldier's Glorious Victory (2017). I am currently working on my second book with the same publisher dedicated to the life of Admiral Albert Hastings Markham.
When I am not writing, I travel with my wife, explore old cemeteries, play wargames, and hunt for antiques and collectibles.