About the Authors

Brian C. Pohanka was a military historian who focused on the American Civil War and the Battle of Little Big Horn. His film and television work included serving as an historical advisor and military coordinator for "Glory," "Gettysburg," "Gods and Generals," and "Cold Mountain," and Series Consultant for A&E/History Channel’s "Civil War Journal." Pohanka was a senior researcher, writer and advisor on all of the Time-Life Books Civil War projects, the author of "Distant Thunder: A Photographic Essay on the Civil War"; "The Civil War: An Aerial Portrait";  "Landscapes of the Civil War: Don Troiani’s Civil War Art"; and co-author of "Mapping the Civil War"; "Myles Keogh: An Irish Dragoon in the 7th Cavalry"; "The Place Where Custer Fell"; and editor of "A Summer on the Plains With Custer’s 7th Cavalry." His articles appeared in numerous history publications. He was active in the cause of Civil War Battlefield preservation, and Civil War living history as Captain of Company A, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, Duryee’s Zouaves. Pohanka passed away in 2005.

Patrick Schroeder, Civil War author and historian, is the editor and publisher of Brian Pohanka's book, "Vortex of Hell." Patrick worked as a seasonal living history interpreter at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park while earning a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College. In 1993, he wrote "Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender," which is currently in its twelfth printing. His thesis for his M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech formed his fourth book, "We Came To Fight: The History of the 5th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Duryee’s Zouaves (1863-1865)." Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War titles. Patrick resides in Lynchburg, VA, has served as the Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park since 2002. In an effort to protect sites relevant to the Appomattox Campaign, Patrick has set up the “Appomattox Fund” with the Civil War Trust, to save land important to the climatic events of April 1865.

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