As a military historian I've always been fascinated by the American Civil War, especially the understudied Trans-Mississippi Theater. The war west of the Mississippi started seven years before the attack on Fort Sumter and the hatred the war created lasted much longer there. Below are two books I've written on the Civil War and some articles too.
Beginning with the violent struggle known as "Bleeding Kansas," armed bands of irregular fighters began to wage war in every corner of the United States. Many of the names of their commanders have become legendary, including William Quantrill, "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and John S. Mosby, "The Grey Ghost."
To their own people they were heroes; to others they were the first of a new generation of wild west outlaw. Their tactics including robbing banks and trains, kidnapping soldiers and civilians, rustling cattle, and cutting telegraph lines. In fact, it is during the violence of the war that many of America's future outlaw legends would be born, most notably Cole Younger and Frank and Jesse James. In this book, I explore the varied and often daring tactics employed by these famous warriors.
Civil War articles
Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park. The Battle of Honey Springs, where the First Kansas Colored Volunteers distinguished themselves and Native Americans fought on both sides.
Civil War reenactor injured in groin by his horse
Vicksburg 1863: America's most important July 4th (besides 1776)
Confederate Submarine set upright for first time since Civil War.
The First Escaped Slave to take up Arms against the Confederacy. An almost forgotten anniversary.
The Civil War's First Land Battle Reenacted in West Virginia. The Battle of Phillipi.
The Civil War's First Important Battle. The Battle of Boonville, MO.
Four Forgotten Civil War Battlefields. All in the Trans-Miss!
Also check out my blog Civil War Horror, where I talk about my Civil War novels and the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.