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 served on the museum's Board of Directors from 2008 through 2020.

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.

In early 2020, I decided to write a book on Campbell County Civil War Veterans. It is a long-term project, but has been fun so far, though I keep finding more work to do. I have already gathered a lot of information and even in the worst-case scenario am confident that my findings have significantly increased the existing information about Civil War veterans who had some association with my home county. Maybe it will be a web page too, so I can keep making additions and corrections.

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/

  3. FYI - I tried to email you through the "Contact Me" link but the email does not seem to be an actual email

  4. I tried to email you via you "Contact" link but the email does not seem to be valid.


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