Welcome From Sean

Welcome From Sean

Well, here we all are, meeting in the blogosphere to discuss – – – what?

Common wisdom is that authors need to have a website as a platform where readers and prospective readers can learn about an author and his writings. So, I will be using this blog as a means to comment on sources of historical information about civil war topics, especially topics which might end up in one of my stories.

I first became interested in the history of the American Civil War (ACW) during the centennial celebrations of the early 1960s when I was in junior high school. At the time, it seemed so strange to me that where there now exists a unified country, there had once been a time when the people within the separate states had waged war against each other. Of course the events of the subsequent civil rights movement and the anti-war movement showed that the United Sates was not as unified a country as I had imagined in my early teens. It became too easy to image how modern political divisions could be extrapolated to actual war, given the demographic and economic conditions of the 1850s.

During my service in the Navy, I read all of the Horatio Hornblower novels by C.S. Forrester and the seed was planted that someone ought to do a series of novels about a fictional character and his adventures set in the ACW. But after my time in the Service, the demands of family and career left little time to chase the vision. Still, in my free time, I read and collected a significant number of historical works covering eighteenth and nineteenth century America. Much of this was done in conjunction with my other creative hobby: historical miniatures wargaming.

After I retired from a career in Federal civil service, I read my first book in the Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell during a business trip and became hooked on his work. But where Cornwell’s various series focus mostly in British history, I thought I might try to mimic his success by writing in American history.  And what better place to start than in the history of the ACW?

I am eager to discuss with readers the fascinating parallels in the political divisions, which split the country in the 1850s and 60s, and the political divisions we see in America in modern times. Furthermore, I expect to pass on interesting tidbits of information about American history or about where to find primary source material as they make themselves apparent. And I will probably be asking the readership for assistance when I am not able to find certain source material.

I plan to post perhaps once a week, unless a really interesting topic arises. I am looking forward to hearing back from each of you. My guess is that the website will evolve as I learn more about your interests.

I welcome your thoughts. You can choose to make a comment to a blog post, or go to the Questions page and fill in the questions form.