I’m not a historian, but I’ve been interested in history in general and the American Civil War in particular all my life. I hope to use this site to learn more about the Civil War era and WordPress. Eventually, I would also like to be able to recommend products that I think might be of interest to visitors. Maybe Blue Gray Review will appeal to people like me who aren’t Civil War experts, but would like to learn more.

I’ve lived in the Finger Lakes region of New York State for almost all my life.

Thank you for visiting,

Luke Martens

5 Responses to About

  1. Mr. Martens,

    We are in the same club exactly.
    Though I sometimes refer to myself as a historian, I am not an accredited one…
    Like yourself, I love history and have a particular passion for the CIvil War.
    I found you by accident, in my search for all things, Brady.
    Mathew Brady is my focus for a photographic project I am producing.
    I particularly enjoyed reading the articles you have gathered here and made available .
    If ever you visit NYC, perhaps you might like to stop by at my studio which is in the Union Square. We are on the historic Ladies’ Mile.

    Best regards,
    Cynthia Altoriso

    • admin says:

      Thank you for the comments, Cynthia. Your Brady project sounds very interesting – I wish you all the best with it. It must be nice to have your studio in such an historic area. I think I remember walking around Union Square while I was stranded in the aftermath of a blizzard in 1996.

  2. David Perry says:

    I am looking for an image of Jefferson Davis (that cartoon of him showing surprise, 1863) I need to find an image at 300dpi for publication in my new book. Thank you, D. Perry

  3. admin says:

    Hello David:

    I found the cartoon at Son of the South. I’m not familiar with any other sources.


  4. Ellen Lane says:

    My Great-uncle Walter Walsh was part of the St. Louis Blues and Grays. I had a gold pocket watch of his that was presented as a prize for winning a sharp shooting contest. Uncle Walter later served in the Confederate Army. He was brother to my paternal Grandmother, Margaret Walsh Featherstone. The family was from St. Louis. My Father and I were both born in St. Louis.

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