The Young Gun

by Cam Wright on July 8, 2012 · 1 comment

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Cam Wright, one of a number of new amateur Civil War bloggers here at TOCWOC.  Cam and the rest of the group are here to bring some fresh new perspectives to TOCWOC, a blog I founded back in late 2006.  My goal is to bring you the reader fresh content from a variety of perspectives five days a week.  I look forward to what Cam and the others will bring to the table.

My earliest introduction to the Civil War was the movie Gettysburg. I was only 7 or 8 and I didn’t know which side was the North and which was the South, but it really caught my attention. Fast forward 5 years and I’m a preteen playing video games online. In this particular video game, my favorite, I ran into a group of people that identified themselves as a Civil War themed clan. It was here that my love of the Civil War was firmly planted.

Being surrounded by the names of generals and playing scenarios based on Bull Run and Gettysburg I wanted to learn more. I began doing research online. Then I started buying books. I’m always buying books and when I get bored I search for books on Amazon to add to my ever expanding wish lists. I can’t get enough information. My goal ever since has been to learn absolutely everything I can about what happened and who was involved.

Over the years my focus has been on biographies of generals, Confederate ones to be even more specific. It never fails to amaze me that these men left their families, careers, and even their country to join a fledgling republic and fight for the rights they believe in. The lesser known and more obscure the general the more I want to know. Everyone knows about Lee and Jackson, but how many people realize that there were hundreds of generals on both sides leading their men into battle?

Despite my age, 21, I hope to contribute to TOCWOC my insights and observations that I have formulated throughout my years studying the late war. Along with my passion for the Civil War is American History up to the depression as well as politics and economics. My goal is to use all these different points of interests in my writing. There is so much great information on the war out there and through my writings I want to add to that history and expand your knowledge.


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Dennis Norton July 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

I am impressed and wish you the very best of luck in your endeavors. It is quite interesting that you will attempt to fuse politics, economics, and states’ rights.

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