This is something that I have been wanting to do for a while, but unfortunately, my wife Susan and I are both way too busy for our own good at times. Consequently, it’s taken longer than I might have hoped to get this blog started. However, I have quite a bit that I want to say, and I hope that those of you who decide to come along for the ride find it worthwhile.
For those who don’t know me, I am a Civil War cavalry historian. I’m also a practicing attorney in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve had ten books published to date, with another one in the works. I’ve also had more that two dozen articles published in national Civil War magazines. The vast majority of my work deals with Civil War cavalry operations, with a particular emphasis on the Army of the Potomac’s Cavalry Corps. Shortly, the rest of the normal content for this site will be back up, which includes a little of my work and some other items of interest.
I am not an academic historian. In fact, I have had no formal training in history or historiography. My last history class was in tenth grade. I am entirely self-taught. Consequently, I sometimes get testy when people challenge my credentials or my work. I hope that my body of work speaks for itself.
In this blog, I hope to share my thoughts and observations of my Civil War historical work. I will share some of my own experiences as a researcher and writer, I will provide some constructive criticism and book reviews of the work of others, and will address issues that are pertinent to my work that I hope others will find interesting. Every once in a while, I guest blog on Brett Schulte’s blog. When that happens, I will probably post the same material here. There are two of my entries already on Brett’s blog, and modified versions of them will be posted here in the next day or so. I will probably also invite a few of my friends to post here from time to time also. So, please don’t be surprised if a guest blogger shows up every now and again.
I have another site devoted to my work, Rush’s Lancers, a fine Philadelphia cavalry regiment which was also known as the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry. Please visit that site. Also, please check out our links section, and please visit the Civil War Discussion Group Online . We have some good discussions and some good debates there, and I hope you will join us. Membership is free.
In any event, I want to welcome you to my blog, and to my little corner of the Internet. I hope you enjoy your time here.