Civil War Talks on the Life of Jacob Cox, the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Franklin, and the War in West Virginia

Welcome- a new venture

After writing my book on Jacob Cox, several people told me I should create a web-site for the book, especially since I began in 2014 to speak to Civil War groups around the country.  Technically inept and presuming I couldn’t do it, I resisted.  However, starting a new year, 2018, I thought I would give it a try.

I should especially thank Alex Rossino, author of “Six Days in September,” a fictionalized account of the Battle of Antietam, for encouraging this step.

I am now in the process of creating the site, using highly-advanced trial and error methodology (that is a joke, in case you didn’t understand that my technical aptitude remains intact).  As in  many aspects of life, I have found that making mistakes is a critical part of learning, especially if you only make the mistake once and learn from it.  That is what I’m doing now, and, actually, enjoying it somewhat.  So, over the next few days I hope the reader will see progress and enjoy the creation of this site.  Welcome.

My Civil War Blog

This is the post excerpt.

A picture says a thousands words — here is an example. This is the official portrait of Jacob Cox as Governor of Ohio. He was elected in 1865 while still in the Volunteer Army. He chose to be pictured as what I call the consummate “citizen-general.” A self-trained military man, Cox the private citizen had an outstanding military career in the Civil War, but then chose to return to civilian life. In the painting he wears his dress uniform as a two-star Major General, but in his hand is his commission as Governor. On the table behind him is his commission as a general, his sword and scabbard, and his binoculars. The latter are symbols of what he has left behind, but also reminders that they are available if the nation calls again. This is among the reasons why I put this picture on the cover of my biography of Cox, “Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.” The book is available via amazon. com. See also my web-site,

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