About Me


I was born and raised in Philadelphia and developed an interest in the Civil War when I was about 11 or 12 years old.  I went off to college and left behind my interest in history and it was not reignited until I returned to Philadelphia about 25 years later.  In between, I continued my education and earned a Ph.D. in Zoology and became a full-time faculty member, then a department head, then a dean, then a chief academic officer, and finally a college president.  I’ve been doing the latter for about for about fourteen years.

I also write about the Civil War.  Much of my early writings were about the Gettysburg Campaign.  I also wrote two brigade-level histories to honor the units/men who hailed from my new homes.  Finally, I developed an interest in telling the history of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War in maps.  Four books have been published (First Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, and Bristoe Station/Mine Run).  My Maps of the Wilderness Campaign is ready for the publisher and I hope that it will be out the end of 2014.  I am now working on the Fredericksburg Campaign.

I am married to the love of my life, Linda, and have two of my own children and have inherited two of hers.  We also have five grandchildren among us.

I am blessed.

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