I grew up in Kinderhook, New York, the home of Martin Van Buren. I first became interested in the Civil War as a freshman in high school, after reading The Killer Angels. That summer, my parents took me to Gettysburg for my birthday, and I was hooked. Since that time, my quest to understand the Civil War era has never ended. I maintain a broad interest in eighteenth and nineteenth-century American history, including aspects of political, economic, social and military history. And yet, I frequently find myself more narrowly focused on the military history of the war, especially the Army of the Potomac. I also find it fascinating to study the history of battlefield landscapes, and their evolution as commemorative landscapes.
My blog brings me a great deal of enjoyment. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts as well.