About Me





I am a Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where I teach American Literature and Creative Writing.  My interest in the poetry of Walt Whitman led me to the Civil War, because Whitman served for two years as a volunteer nurse, mainly  in the hospitals around Washington.

I became fascinated with Civil War medicine, and have read extensively in that area.  In fact, if it were 1861, I could be a physician.  (But since there were no national or state medical boards, and no real educational requirements, pretty much anyone could be a physician.)

I live in Hershey with my wife, son, and daughter, and two longhaired black and tan dachshunds.