A book talk at the Irvington Public Library, for the library and the Irvington Historical Society

Today I did a talk about the officers of the 65th New York, and how they served as some of my best sources for No Flinching From Fire. It was fun, and I was very happy about the audience’s reaction. And I sold some books as well! 🙂

Link to an interview on WVOX about “No Flinching From Fire”

I was very lucky to be interviewed by Mr. Paul Feiner, the Greenburgh Town Supervisor, on his show on WVOX, on January 31, 2020. We talked about writing the book, the research process, and how lucky I am to teach the students I have, and to have the colleagues with whom I work, at IrvingtonContinue reading “Link to an interview on WVOX about “No Flinching From Fire””

Some recognition for “No Flinching From Fire”

No Flinching From Fire made it to the Best New American Civil War Books I’m happy to announce that my book, “No Flinching From Fire: The 65th New York Volunteer Infantry in the American Civil War”, made it to BookAuthority’s Best New American Civil War Books:https://bookauthority.org/books/new-american-civil-war-books?t=fp7kdb&s=award&book=1794636617BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, andContinue reading “Some recognition for “No Flinching From Fire””

A Walk to Antietam Following the Route of the 65th NY Volunteers in 1862

In the summer of 2014, I  walked forty miles with two friends in re-tracing the steps of my great-great grandfather and his Civil War regiment, the 65th NY volunteer infantry, on the road to Gettysburg.   After such a venture, it might be safely assumed that I had learned my lesson. Blistered feet, sore muscles,Continue reading “A Walk to Antietam Following the Route of the 65th NY Volunteers in 1862”

A Visit to General John Joseph Abercrombie’s grave in Philadelphia

Today we visited the beautiful Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia. Though our search for 65th Major Edmund Kirby Russell came up short after a valorous family search (it is hard to not have the actual grave site location in such a big cemetery), we did find the grave of General John Joseph Abercrombie. Abercrombie commanded theContinue reading “A Visit to General John Joseph Abercrombie’s grave in Philadelphia”

Another visit to a new graveyard

When folks ask me why I insist on visiting the grave sites of people associated with the 1st U.S. Chasseurs (or 65th NY Volunteers), I’m not sure that I am always able to explain it well. Certainly visiting a quiet graveyard often otherwise empty of visitors is not quite the same as visiting the beautifulContinue reading “Another visit to a new graveyard”

A New Discovery from Ohio’s 65th NY soldiers

Just found at least nine letters or articles from Seneca County, Ohio newspapers about the 65th NY, 2 companies of which came from Northwestern Ohio. I had a bunch of letters from these newspapers and correspondents, but these are new for me. The best find is an Oct. 3, 1864 letter from Capt. Thomas Higginbotham,Continue reading “A New Discovery from Ohio’s 65th NY soldiers”

A trip to Litchfield, Connecticut to visit Gen. Henry Wessells’ gravesite

An outcome of my interest in the 65th NY Volunteers is a penchant in recent years of visiting the graves of the regimental, brigade, and even divisional and corps commanders of the Chasseurs, as the men of the 65th, or 1st U.S. Chasseurs, called themselves. As a completist, that means even generals like Henry Wessells,Continue reading “A trip to Litchfield, Connecticut to visit Gen. Henry Wessells’ gravesite”

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