About Me

My name is Richard McCormick and I started My Civil War Obsession in 2009 in order to explore why the American Civil War fascinates me so much.

No one single aspect of the war will be the focus of this blog. I'm no expert in any such areas, as other bloggers are, nor do I have only one small part that I find more interesting than others. Hopefully researching and writing this blog will help me find new parts of the war to enjoy and study. In fact, it already has. The Civil War blogosphere is a large and fascinating world that this blog has helped me discover.

I also particularly enjoy finding and exploring local connections to the war - Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are mostly what I consider local, but anything about Kentucky or even southwestern Ohio may also be subjects I find interesting. Perryville may be a frequent topic as it is the closest major battlefield to me, and I find it to be a beautiful and wonderful state park. 

My experiences as a board member of the James A Ramage Civil War Museum and the Campbell County Historical and Genealogical Society will also give me new perspectives, but I will also review the books I read and will occasionally find other topics in other blogs, in news stories or elsewhere. Hopefully I can find some of my own original thoughts and questions to describe and explore as well.

Starting in 2016, I'm also involved with a new group, the Cynthiana Battlefields Foundation, (CBF), which will only add another possibility for future topics. 

My blogger profile, with much of this same basic information, but a couple different tidbits is right here.

Please note any opinions I express here are solely my personal thoughts and I do not blog on behalf of the museum, historical society, CBF or their boards of directors



  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/