The Civil War is truly an American Iliad. It was a catastrophe, calamity and cataclysm unlike anything in our history. It began, officially, on April 12, 1865, with the Confederate bombardment of Ft. Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, and ended, officially, on April 9, 1865 – four years later almost to the day – with the surrender, at Appomattox, Virginia, of General Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia, to General Ulysses S. Grant, who commanded the Army of the Potomac.


When I was 16, a friend, a close friend, who is, believe it or not, still a close friend after almost 70 years, asked me if I would like to visit Gettysburg with him. It is about 125 miles from the city of our residence at that time. I thought it was a fine idea, so we went and so I was hooked, rather early in my life. I have since been back to that glorious place at least a half dozen times and have also toured dozens of other battle sites – though by no means all of them – around the country. So I have gotten to know the territory, and, of course, the history that goes with it, both of which became and still are a passion for me.

Reviews of Decapitating the Union:

I have written a second book, titled Who Really Killed Lincoln: Four Smoking Guns, but it is not yet published. Its purpose is to put the capstone on theories of ultimate responsibility for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. I believe it fulfills that purpose clearly and unequivocally.

Articles & Essays

Here is a list of articles and essays that I have written relative to the Civil War