Welcome to my web site featuring my writing, research, and teaching!
Here’s what’s new…
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.
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.
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.
Speaking Request – I would be delighted to speak to your organization.
Please check out the topics.
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.
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.
Sketch Pad – My random thoughts and philosophical musings