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.