Hello, I am Daniel Sauerwein and I am the creator and head contributor for this blog. I am a graduate student working on my Ph.D. in History at the University of North Dakota and plan to focus studies on North American History, World History, Public History and Geography. My areas of interest are in early American history, specifically military, which includes the Civil War and other early American wars.
I currently hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota in History, with a major concentration in American history and a minor in Geography. My thesis explored camps of instruction in Illinois and focused on the transition from civilian to soldier as soldiers took their basic training in the camps. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Illinois College, with a major in History and double minors in Economics and Geography.
I originally hail from Jerseyville, IL, but have lived in Missouri, Germany, Kansas, and Texas while my dad was in the Army. I have also visited 20 other states, Washington, DC, and five other countries in my life. Outside of my academic pursuits, I am involved with the Civil Air Patrol, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sons of the American Legion. I also enjoy reading, writing, playing guitar, and firearms.
My areas of interest in the Civil War are camps of instruction, which are where soldiers took basic training, the Western theater of the war, and U. S. Grant. I like to focus on the soldiers from the “Old Northwest” (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc.) as they are quite interesting and in many ways were better than their eastern counterparts.