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I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.

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I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.




J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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2016-11-06 Ensign during King Philip's war:

Hello,    During King Phillip's War, an Ensign was the lowest ranked officer in an infantry company, just below a Lieutenant.  Ensigns received their commissions from the General Court (which was the colonial

2016-11-06 U.S 1302 1877:

Ok, Helen Hunt Jackson had quite a different view of the Indians.  She was a staunch advocate of Indians in the decades following the Civil War.  In her book, Jackson points out that the Government repeatedly

2016-11-05 U.S 1302 1877:

Hello,    Andrew Jackson was not big on obeying any laws, let alone treaties.  Throughout his life, Jackson regularly violated laws if he deemed it in the nation's self interest.  It's the same reason

2016-09-27 Substitutes during Revolutionary War:

I don't think slaves were used as substitutes.  I could be wrong on that point, but I've never heard of that situation.  Many men of substance paid others to take their place in militia units going off

2016-09-27 Substitutes during Revolutionary War:

Hello,    During the Revolution, there was no federal government to draft soldiers. The Continental Congress passed several laws asking the States to meet quotas for the Continental Army.  For the most


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