While researching and writing the books of the Civil War Road Trip series, Michael has had the unique opportunity to visit hundreds of Civil War sites, both famous and obscure. Although the lessons learned during his travels certainly include history, his experiences during the journey are just as valuable and informative – not to mention entertaining and completely unpredictable.
Michael’s presentation, “Finding Hallowed Ground: America’s Civil War Sites Today”, is part history lesson, part storytelling, and part motivation. During this interactive lecture, he not only describes his own experiences, but helps the audience understand that traveling across the country and visiting these sites is not only easier than one might think, but is also more rewarding than any history book could ever be. Michael also discusses the wide range of opinions regarding the Civil War, his conversations with locals in small towns across the country, tracing ancestors who may have fought in the war, the importance of historic travel, and how visiting these sites aids both the economy and preservation efforts.
Michael also frequently participates in book signings and other events, such as Civil War collector’s shows, symposiums, and author events. The picture on the right is from the annual Chicago Tribune Printer’s Row Lit Fest, the Midwest’s largest book fair, supporting the Chicago Writers Association.