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I am currently a reenactor of the American Civil War. I have been involved with other reenactments from many periods including Roman, the Middle Ages/Renaissance, and World War II. I am quite well versed in all aspects of military history from the Ancient Period all the way up to World War II, especially regarding Military Engineering up to the period of the American Civil War. I was a history teacher at the high school and junior high school level.

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I have a degree in History. I have studied and traveled extensively both within the United States and overseas. I currently do presentations for local schools and teacher certification programs. As a reenactor I am Chief of Staff for the 1st Confederate Brigade in Illinois. I have been reenacting for almost two decades.


Confederate Corps of Engineers, unit commander First Confederate Brigade of Illinois, chief engineer, chief of staff MHEA, Military History Education Association


Reenactor Magazine, Various articles


Bachelors degree in History and Education from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

What do you like about this subject?

If people like to fish, they go fishing. If you love history, and want to experience it for yourself, then Reenacting is the hobby for you.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

My thirst for historical knowledge of all types is unquenchable. I want to learn everything I can.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Engineer troops during the American Civil War made up the smallest number of troops of any branch (besides the balloon corps). But their jobs were the most varied and usually the most mentally and physically challenging.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Reenactors are the most diverse group of individuals across the board hands down. Racially, economically, etc. A love of History brings them together.

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2014-01-30 comosite culture:

Wow, that's not one I was expecting.  I will admit that Indian religions are definitely not my area of expertise.  I will say that from what I understand of it, that the people who propagated the Bhakti

2012-07-06 World War Medals:

I apologize that I was not able to answer this question when you asked it.  I don't know why, but I just received the notification now.  When I checked the date, it looks as though you asked this question

2012-06-20 Civil War Enlistment Ages:

18 is the proper age.  It has (as far as I know) always been the age in America associated with Male adulthood.  I say that because Females and Males were treated differently.  21, as an age requirement

2011-12-13 WWI or WWII domestic history:

The generic response to this would have a lot to do with that persons status in society and whether or not they were common, gentry, noble, etc.  A woman who is of that age who is from one of the lower

2011-10-27 WWII U.S. Reenactor Groups:

I am sorry, I was indisposed for a period of time.  I hope your question was answered somewhere.  I do not have the info you are looking for.  If you are still in need of information, please e-mail me


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