Saturday, July 11, 2009

My First Magazine Article

I've been working on a lot of projects lately, and many exciting things have been going on. In the most recent issue of America's Civil War magazine, my very first article was published. The story, entitled "Standing By Their Man," focuses on the Loyal War Governors' Conference of 1862. At this meeting, northern governors led by Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin had to debate how to best serve President Lincoln -but they couldn't all agree how to do it. This event took place in my hometown of Altoona, PA and has long been overlooked by historians. Hopefully, my article will shed some light on this forgotten saga of Civil War History. You can find this magazine at newsstands everywhere. Hope you enjoy.

Furthermore, I have been speaking with some folks involved with the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails. It might be possible to create new wayside markers commemorating this event and have it be part of this new state trails system. More details to come as this venture progresses.

It is in my long term hopes (as well as others) that a new Civil War museum be established in Altoona to interpret the role of Central Pennsylvania in the Civil War, from State College to Gettysburg. The War Governors' Conference would be only one of the compelling stories told there. I'm always looking for people willing to share their ideas regarding this, so feel free to leave a comment or email me. Thanks!


  1. Congratulations - sounds like an interesting article. I will look for a copy of the magazine!

  2. It's amazing what being around salt pork can do for you.

  3. Not just salt pork...yellowing, molding salt pork. Captain John... ;)