I have been studying the Civil War and especially Gettysburg for over 35 years. I did my stint in Civil War Reenacting with the "Thomas Mudsills" in the late 70’s and early 80’s, an experience that taught me much about the life of a Civil War soldier. I earned my Gettysburg Battlefield Guide License in 2004. I was touring during the summer months until I retired in April 2018 and now reside in the Gettysburg area guiding full time.
My first trip to Gettysburg was in 1966. My family took an "Eastern Vacation" where we visited many Civil War battlefields. I owe my father for my love of history. As a WW2 veteran, he flew 35 combat missions in a B-24 Bomber. On mission number 33, his plane was hit by flak and dad was forced to "hit the silk", landing in then occupied Yugoslavia. After five days behind German lines and the help of the partisans he was repatriated with his base in Italy.
I would later discover my Great-Great Grandfather Nathaniel Lightner was living in Gettysburg at the time of the battle and provided a wonderful eyewitness account of the fighting. His home still stands along the Baltimore Pike.
One of my main interests at Gettysburg is the monuments. With over 1300 monuments and markers dotting the field, these bronze and granite symbols tell us a story. The designs, workmanship and construction of these monuments is of great interest to me as my background was in product design and manufacturing engineering.
I hope you enjoy this site and I look forward to seeing you on the Battlefield! If you wish, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments or questions.