I am from the town of Jerseyville, Illinois, which is about an hour and a half north of St. Louis (Go Cardinals!). I come from a military family with my parents both serving in the Army (my mom got out before I came along and my dad retired in 1994), which has given me many great memories and opportunities to travel. I have been to seven countries and twenty-five states over the years, as well as Washington, DC.
I am a 2006 graduate of Illinois College, where I received a BA magna cum laude in History with minors in Economics and Geography. I completed my Master of Arts in History in August the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, with my thesis focusing on Civil War camps of instruction in Illinois and the transition from civilian to soldier. I am still attending UND, where I am working towards my Ph.D. in History. My historical interests lie in both military history and US history up through the Civil War, which is one of my favorite periods to research since there are so many primary source documents available.
I am involved in many organizations, including the Society for Military History, Army Historical Foundation, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the American Legion (I serve as Squadron Commander for Squadron 157 out of E. Grand Forks), and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. I am also a Pre-Law member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. I am also active in the Grand Forks Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), where I serve as Deputy Commander for Cadets and Moral Leadership Officer with the rank of First Lieutenant.
I am also a member of the following academic honor societies: Phi Alpha Theta (History), Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography), and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics). I also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges in 2005 and 2006.
My non-academic experience consists of two internships. During the summer of 2005, I was an intern at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site near Hartford, Illinois. This experience was quite rewarding as I was able to learn the ins and outs of museum operations, which will serve me well in the future. My other experience is of a more journalistic nature. From January to August of 2006, I worked as an unpaid intern for the History News Network, which has allowed me to publish articles and aid the online magazine in many ways. I encourage you to go to the website and contact editor Rick Shenkman if you are interested.
I also maintain several other history related sites, my blogs Military History Blog, Civil War History, Conservative Historians, and my history forum The Herodotus Files, which I hope you will check out and, in the case of the forum, join.