Welcome to my blog! I am a Ph.D. student in history at the University of Tennessee but I originally hail from Chicago Illinois. My interest in American history goes back to at least the fifth grade, when I was first introduced to the subject by dressing up in nineteenth century costume for a history fair. In high school I began participating in Civil War reenactments and various “living history” events, where I portrayed a private in both the Union and Confederate armies. I earned my B.A. in history from the University of Florida in 2003. After graduating I took a job with the South Dakota State Park service working at Custer State Park in the Black Hills. Most of my responsibilities consisted of educating the public about natural and cultural history. I performed gold panning demonstrations, gave a talk on the difference between horns and antlers, and delivered multi-media lectures about the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in South Dakota. A year later I found myself in Savannah Georgia working as a ranger for the National Park Service at Fort Pulaski National Monument. Situated near Tybee Island on the Savannah River, Fort Pulaski protected the entrance into Savannah Georgia. After a few years in the public history field I decided to earn my M.A. in history from Clemson University. My research was primarily in southern history, with an emphasis on Confederate polictics during the Civil War. You can view my masters thesis here: Radical Politics in Revolutionary Times: The South Carolina Secession Convention and Executive Council of 1862 After graduating Clemson University in 2008, I taught both sections of the United States history survey course at Colorado Mountain College, near Vail Colorado. I was fortunate enough to work as an orientation interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia during the summer and fall of 2010. In the spring of 2011 I was offered a fellowship at the University of Tennessee, where I am currently studying the Civil War under the direction of Stephen V. Ash. You can view my most recent (Dec. 2011) research paper written under the direction of Dr. Ash by clicking here: “Submitting Cheerfully to Every Sacrifice”: The South Carolina General Assembly of 1862-1863. You can also view a video of me lecturing on the Fort Sumter Crisis to Clemson University students back in 2008, when I was working as a teaching assistant. This link will take you directly to the video: http://www.facebook.com/v/48696943884. When I am not doing school work I try to spend most of my time in the great outdoors, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, and hiking to remote waterfalls. I also enjoy visiting historic sites of all stripes and exploring as much of the world as possible.