This is my good friend Princess Blondie. She is my next door neighbor and thinks of me as her ‘boy toy’ or at least her ‘tennis ball tossing buddy.’
I graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, more years ago than I care to remember. I majored in Business Management and minored in American History. In 2003 I started collecting the ‘voices’ of farmers, housewives, privates, chaplains, nurses, clerks, nuns & riverboatmen to tell the story of 1864-1865 in the Confederacy. I wanted to provide a look from the bottom up and intentionally did not use the ‘voices’ of politicians, generals, and civilians at the top of the food chain. My books do not study battles and tactics but instead feature the intimate thoughts shared between family and friends. The concept took off and books 2 and 3 followed in 2006 and 2009 as I found remarkable unpublished letters, diaries, and journals with stories to share. I call them ‘voices’ and I am confident they will speak to you as they have to me.
Swem Library – College of William & Mary
Since 2011 I have been a volunteer in the archives transcribing WBTS diaries, letters and other documents. These items are then available on-line for researchers to utilize. My primary project for the entire time has been the Powell Family Papers. The letters of 8 members of a Winchester family during the conflict. The two sons both die, the parents and all 4 daughters are refugees . . . all employed as teachers . . in various locations throughout Virginia.
After a summer book signed at the National Park Service Bookstore Jan and I enjoyed the beautiful evening with a drive on the battlefield. We took the opportunity to take this picture near Little Round Top late in the evening. I used this photo on the back cover of I Got Nuthin Strange to Rite.