My Writing

In addition to my work at the New Smyrna Museum of History I am also a published author. To date I have published three books through Arcadia Publishing.

I am currently at work on my forth title for Arcadia. My newest book will be titled Central Florida’s Korean War Veterans and will be in the Arcadia Images of America series. This book will take up where my friend and fellow author Bob Grenier has temporarily stopped in his series. It is with his blessing that I am working on this book. The goal is to honor the men and women who served during the “forgotten war” and in photos and brief text help bring their stories to the public. If you know of a Korean War veteran living in Central Florida, or is you have a relative that has passed but fought in the war, please feel free to get in touch. I would love to be able to include an image and tell a bit of their story. Please contact me for details about including your ancestor!

coverST. AUGUSTINE & THE CIVIL WAR (Civil War Series)

When Florida seceded from the Union in 1861, St. Augustine followed much of the South and widely supported the Confederacy. Many residents rushed to join the Confederate army. Union forces, however, quickly seized the lightly protected town and used it as a rest area for battle-weary troops. Seven Union regiments called the city home during the war. While no major engagement took place in St. Augustine, the city is filled with Civil War history, from supporting the Confederacy to accepting Union generals as respected residents.

Here are links to several reviews and articles.


Civil War Books & Authors

Civil War Medicine (and Writing)

Civil War News

Florida Times-Union

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Historic Sites and Landmarks of New Smyrna Beach
Historic Sites and Landmarks of New Smyrna Beach

Historic Sites and Landmarks of New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach is the third-oldest city in Florida behind only St. Augustine and Pensacola. Originally settled by Dr. Andrew Turnbull in 1768, the city accumulated significant, intriguing and stunning monuments to its past. An unusual-looking memorial to world war heroes–a cross, battle helmet and eagle–sits at Riverside Park. One of the oddest sites is a single-stone cemetery with a vault dedicated to the memory of Charles Dummett. Because of the insects that inhabit Ponce Inlet, a well-known landmark was originally named Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse. Local author and historian Robert Redd guides readers through the iconic historical landmarks of “Florida’s Secret Pearl.”

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New Smyrna Beach Postcard History
New Smyrna Beach Postcard History

New Smyrna Beach (Postcard History)

In 1768, Scottish physician Andrew Turnbull arrived in Florida with more than 1,200 indentured servants. He and his partners dreamed of establishing a plantation settlement that would make them wealthy. Despite some successes, New Smyrna was not the financial windfall they had hoped for, and after only nine years, the settlement failed. Disgruntled workers appealed to East Florida governor Patrick Tonyn, who granted them their freedom. Many of the now free settlers took residence in St. Augustine. In the succeeding years, New Smyrna has seen Civil War skirmishes, the addition of “Beach” to its name, a merger with Coronado Beach, the rise and fall of the rail industry, and a marked increase in local and out-of-state tourism. The “World’s Safest Bathing Beach” is no longer a local secret.

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Edge of Armageddon
Edge of Armageddon: Florida and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Edge of Armageddon: Florida and the Cuban Missile Crisis

For Floridians, who were on the frontline of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, tranquility in the face of the possible extermination of much of the world’s population was difficult to maintain. Endless convoys of troops and equipment, often tying up public transportation routes, signaled a crisis that approached that of World War II. Overhead, the flights of jet fighters and bombers reinforced the perception that war was imminent, while the hasty erection of defensive and offensive missile batteries along public thoroughfares and in remote sections of the Florida countryside was a clear indication that the Sunshine State would be the first target should war break out. Even the lukewarm efforts of state and local authorities to provide structures for civil defense added to the sense of impending violence.

I had the privilege of contributing the chapter about the northeast coast of Florida.

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