Welcome to my web site featuring my writing, research, and teaching!

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Presentation on Teacher of Civil War Generals at Allen Library

Biography  We are catching our breath after a round of speaking engagements and book signings. So far we have been fortunate to escape the horrible flooding throughout the state. Heavy rain continues to be a daily occurrence.


Presenting class at Collin College

Classes  –  I hope to resume classes in the SAIL program at Collin College in 2017. I did two seminars on The Civil War in Your Backyard. I am thinking about a class on religion in the Civil War.







Teacher of Civil War Generals

Publications Teacher of Civil War Generals was released in late July. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions.

Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith was published in March.

I have presented several talks on the Teacher of Civil War Generals and a number of book signings at Barnes & Noble.

I have started work on the biography Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, Spy.  The librarian at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston supplied me with several items in connection with my research. Work is progressing well and I plan to conduct research at the University of Texas at Austin libraries.

I am also researching a book on the commandant of cadets at West Point and the impact they had on developing officers for the Civil War. The working title is Preparing for Disunion: The Role of the United States Military Academy Commandant of Cadets in Preparing Civil War Officers. 

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Doing some research at home

Resources – Please see some of the resources that I use in my writing and teaching.

During my book signings, I had the pleasure of meeting several young writers. I passed on some advice and encouraged them to start a blog to hone their skills.



At Gettysburg National Battlefield

Speaking Request – I would be delighted to speak to your organization.

Please check out the topics.







Bill Baxter and Allen at the Tilghman House in Paducah, KY

Travels – We had a nice story in The Dallas Morning News on May 29, 2105.  Please click on the link to read the article – Plano couple documents travels to 130 Civil War battlefields, sites.

We continue to find Civil War sites to visit.



Vestal Museum

Presenting Teacher of Civil War Generals to Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA

I presented copies of Teacher of Civil War Generals to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle, PA.







Allen in the laboratory at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center










Sketch Pad – My random thoughts and philosophical musings


Composing on the laptop








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