About the Author

Steven Hancock

Wearing the Uniform of a Private, Company A, 49th North Carolina Infantry.

Steven has been fascinated in the history of the American Civil War for over seventeen years, and has participated in Civil War reenacting for the past seven years. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he works as a part-time Historical Interpreter at an historic site in North Carolina, while he pursues his Master’s Degree in United States History through the American Public University System. Outside of reenacting and work, his other hobbies include strategy games, writing and acting in community plays. The theatrical work has given him interest in being an amateur playwright, with two plays under his belt, with possibly another in the works. Among his favorite films are The Passion of the Christ, Gods and Generals, Gettysburg and The Patriot. Television favorites include “NCIS,” “Doctor Who” and the miniseries Band of Brothers, John Adams and North and South. He is also the creator and author for “Civil War Diary,” which covers different aspects concerning the history of the American Civil War. Please click here to visit the website. He can be contacted at: shancock27107@gmail.com.

Previous Writers:

Greg Caggiano (August 2011- May 2012)


6 Responses to About the Author

  1. Steve Basic says:


    πŸ™‚ You must be a Rangers fan. nyr1199…Messier and Gretzky. πŸ™‚ I belong to the Civil War Roundtable of NYC, and I extend you an invite to one of our meetings as my guest. Our RT is one of the oldest in the United States, and we just celebrated our 6oth anniversary this past May. Patrick Falci, who portrayed General A. P. Hill in the movie Gettysburg is a member, and I served as his VP of Programs for 2 years when he was President of the RT. J.D. and I go back a long way as well, and have spent many hours wandering the fields of Gettysburg over the years.

    Regards from the Garden State,

    Steve Basic

    • Yes, Steve, big Rangers fan [unfortunately :D]! That’s why I started writing, to cover hockey, and things changed which have led me to something like this. My schedule is pretty packed right now, but would love to attend a meeting. Where in NYC is it located?


      • Steve Basic says:


        The Round Table meets at the 3 West Club in midtown Manhattan. Same area where Rockefeller Center, and Saint Patrick’s Church are located. We have meetings from September to June. We have some excellent speakers this year, including Ed Bearss, Jeff Wert, and George Rable.

        Here is a link to the RT website.


        Nothing wrong with being a Rangers fan. Have been one for 40 years. πŸ™‚

        Take care.


      • Sounds good! I will hopefully be able to find some free time in early 2012. The fall is packed for me because of hockey coaching and classes, but will keep you in mind! Thanks for the invite!


  2. Tom Hercel ( from NJ.. home of the 1ST New Jersey Cavalry) says:

    Since History and NY Rangers are some of your interests I thought I’d barge in with some of both…I went to my first Ranger game in 1955 at THE GARDEN at 8th Ave and 50th ST..
    Gump Worsley and Terry Sawchuck were in Goal…1-1 tie.
    Also saw Jacque Plante in his first game as a NY Ranger..can’t remember against who but he did shut -out the other guys.
    And…saw Gordie Howe beat the stuffing out of Lou Fontinato ( spell that correctly?)

  3. Ken Hall says:

    Hello Greg.
    I found your email on the “To Appomattox” website and wanted to drop you a short note. I’m currently preparing a first person impression on George McClellan and have found that there’s a lot more to learn about the man than what you get by watching Ken Burns a couple of times. I read your scathing opinions of Little Mac, and feel you did more to criticize and degrade then to really convey the facts. I don’t doubt your expertise on the subject of the Civil War, but I would hardly think the term “laughable” appropriate as an adjective in describing the man who is more responsible, directly or indirectly, for the North’s winning the war than any other. By this, I mean his creation of the Army of the Potomac, his twice taking beaten, demoralized soldiers and turning them into an army, giving them pride in themselves, and undertaking the enormous task of creating, equipping and moving an army from one place to another, in large part, with subordinates who certainly were more politically motivated than militarily. Without a doubt he was flawed, and certainly left much to be desired as a fighting general. But like Steven Sears and Gary Gallagher, you seem to have an axe to grind with him for whatever reason, and that fact clouds your ability to give him his due. His mistakes caused the unnecessary deaths of thousands? Perhaps that jab would be better directed at Grant for the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor. Slow to act? Yes; but I believe Balls Bluff showed what can happen when public pressure, poor communication and ill preparedness get in the way a strong, well thought-out battle plan. He certainly learned from that. Perhaps a mention of the interference from the Radical Republicans, Stanton’s order to curtail all recruiting in the North just as the Peninsula Campaign was getting under way, and the holding back of McDowell’s Corps from him 3 times during the campaign, would help some to realize that his decisions in many cases were based on circumstance beyond his control. Love him or hate him, as historians, we need to convey the facts, not fill peoples’ heads with half truths. That’s all I ask. The old adage is quite true… when an untruth is repeated over and over, it somehow becomes truth.

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