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I started out in the 1970s as a National Park Service Ranger/Historian in Gettysburg, PA. I knew that I wanted to be a writer, so after five years with the NPS, I got the crazy idea that I should start my own research and writing company. Thus began Interpretive Enterprises. I spent several years as a freelance writer and wondering if I had lost my mind.
My first book was a children's book: The Little Drummer Boy. It won an award and boosted my confidence. I had been collecting ghost stories of the Gettysburg area since I first arrived, so I decided to approach a local publisher to see if they'd be interested in a book about the Ghosts of Gettysburg. The first ghost book came out in 1991. Since then, I have written fifteen books, covering topics of historical interest, as well as the paranormal. My stories have been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, The Biography Channel, and numerous regional television shows and heard on Coast to Coast AM, and regional radio.
In 1994, I founded "The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®," a tour based on the stories in my book series. The tour company started out on a card table in the town square. The next year I rented office space at the corner of Baltimore St. and Steinwehr Ave. Finally, in 1997, I purchased the current headquarters building at 271 Baltimore St.
on July 30, 2013 :
"If the South Won Gettysburg" is a fascinating tale in three parts. It begins as a meticulous retelling of the beginning of the battle then turns into a highly plausible description of how events might have developed had Lee listened to Longstreet’s suggestion of a flanking maneuver. The resulting invented troop movements and skirmishes read like truth. The outcome as told by Mark Nesbitt appears to be precisely how things would have been if one decision by Lee were taken differently.
The third part of the story is a rapid narration of subsequent worldwide reaction to a Confederate victory. All speculation feels reasonable and logical. This is the type of cerebral exercise that history enthusiasts will find intriguing and amusing. Plus, there is a message that twenty-first century readers would be remiss to ignore.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)