About Me

Welcome to My Civil War Obsession

I am Richard McCormick II and I started this blog to explore the Civil War and why it fascinates me so much.

I have a B.A. in History from the University of Kentucky. I have volunteered at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum in Fort Wright, Kentucky since 2006 and have been on the museum's Board of Directors since 2008.

I also serve on the boards for the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society (since 2011) and a newer group, the Cynthiana Battlefields Foundation, since 2016. In recent years, I also have helped on the committee for the annual Northern Kentucky Regional History Day, which has taken place every spring since 1994.

I enjoy reading and learning about the Civil War, local history and genealogy and try to use this platform to find new and interesting stories to share or to help develop my own opinions and beliefs. I will review books, post pictures, discuss stories I find and pretty much post anything I find interesting or noteworthy.

Please note that any opinion I share here is my own, and does not represent the thoughts of the groups for which I volunteer.


  1. You might enjoy the following book I wrote about an ancestor in the 82nd Ohio--true story.

    http://tinyurl.com/7pg7tfr Gettysburg
    http://tinyurl.com/6n495ql Andersonville Prison

  2. Hello,
    I found your blog today while researching a definition of “pickets” for a book I’m writing based on family history and linked back to your blog from mine. If you’re interested, I have just posted a Civil War story on “Plots and Crockpots” that involves the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, recruited from Oberlin College in 1861: http://plotsandcrockpots.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/shelter-from-the-storm-how-a-union-soldier-came-to-my-grandparents-house/


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