CivilWarAlbum.com contains numerous modern photos of Civil War sites, as well as many maps, official records and reports. The majority of the photos were taken by myself during spring break tours and summer family vacations. Many of the photos are courtesy of contributors and are displayed with credit given. A special Thank-you to those that are willing to share their experiences.
Steve Robinson and I started these tours in March, 1991, and continued until March, 1996, when Steve's health began to decline. Steve retired in 1997 as chief dispatcher with the Durant, Oklahoma Police Department. Steve passed away in September, 2001, after a long struggle with problems related to diabetes. My son, Aaron traveled with us in 1992-93. He is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK.
I traveled alone in 1997, and a year later my number two son, Micah made his first tour. He and I have been at it ever since. This year my number three son, Garrett will be joining us. My wife, Rhonda travels with us during summer family vacations. She is a 3rd grade teacher.
Reading about the Civil War and visiting the sites has been a hobby for as long as I can remember. I hope to continue the trips for as long as possible.
Back when the tours first started I had no knowledge of computers and never realized that someday the photos would be displayed on the Web for all to see. After a tour the photos were usually stuck in scrapbooks and stored for occasional viewing by family members or friends. Back in December of 1997, I finally learned how to operate a computer, and later became interested in Web page design. During the summer of 1999, after learning the basics of Microsoft FrontPage, Vicksburg Campaign Photo Album was first put on-line. USS Cairo, Forts Henry and Donelson, Fort Washita, Shiloh, Port Hudson, Civil War Louisiana and Misc. Sites followed shortly after. Antietam and Stone River are the most recent additions. Civil War Album is updated quite often, usually with photos from contributors. I really enjoy working on the Photo Albums knowing that some may never have the chance to visit a Civil War site or battlefield.
Our friend, Brian Risher of Hernando, MS, first traveled along with us in March 2001. Brian graduated from Ole Miss in 2003 with a masters degree in history. Brian and I recently completed the Battle of Champion Hill virtual tour. This new addition of civilwaralbum.com has many photos and panoramas taken during our trips to the battlefield. In recent years, Mr. Don Worth of UCLA and Mr. Loren Drummond have contributed their insights and valuable content in important additions to the site for which we are very grateful. Many of Don's photographs are displayed in the Gettysburg and Atlanta Campaign virtual tours. Don has also provided images for other sections of civilwaralbum.com.
I am a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper (ret. January 1, 2004) and a four year Navy vet (67-71). I served a year in Vietnam with the Mobile Riverine Force.
A special Thank-you to the staff of Blue and Gray Magazine. Your General's Tours have been used many times since 1991.
KE5J (Amateur Extra Class)