Born on the 4th of July

Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia was a most depressing place to be in March of 1865. The doctors and staff were in dire straits,...

Lt. General Chesty Puller, Jackson & Lee

Yesterday was Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller's birthday. Puller was a USMC Lt. General and considered one of the best and bravest marines...

The Enduring Legacy of Johnny Reb

I finally finished my essay on Johnny Reb which will be published at the Essential Civil War Curriculum website soon. I've been putting...

Knives, Relics & Rites of Passage

I bought this Buck knife for a grandson who's turning 13 next week. His father owns a hunting lodge in Canada. My grandson can skin a...

The Burning of VMI: 155 Years Ago Today

He buried history to save it . . . On the 12th of June, 1864, Union General David Hunter ordered the burning of Virginia Military...

Recommended Podcast

I believe I've recommended before, but if you have grown weary of activism posing as history, I'd invite you to check out our friend,...

The Mighty Minié

The latest issue of American Digger Magazine will be mailed out soon. This issue includes a piece I wrote about the history of the Minié...

Jackson's Resolve

In a recent Youtube video produced by the American Battlefield Trust, Emerging Civil War's Chris Mackowski does a superb job of...

Thom Jackson Before Stonewall

Yesterday, January 21st, was Stonewall Jackson's 195th birthday. When Jackson was seventeen years old, he and his friend Thaddeus Moore...

Lee ~ An Exemplary Career

Today marks Robert E. Lee's 212th birthday. This was posted last year in the Civil War Trust's (now American Battlefield Trust) Facebook...

The Mighty Minié

I have a piece coming out in American Digger Magazine later this year which explores the evolution of the Minié ball and its use and...

Dissin' Shelby Foote

Legendary Southern historian Shelby Foote's critics recoil at what they consider to be a "Lost Cause" romance story. Foote is so passé,...