About the Author
Richard W. Hatcher, III, is a native of Richmond, Va., and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his career with the National Park Service as a volunteer in 1970, becoming a permanent employee in 1976. Prior to becoming historian at Fort Sumter National Monument in 1992, he served at Colonial National Historical Park, Kings Mountain National Military Park and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Hatcher is the author of numerous Civil War-related books and articles. His latest work, a co-authored book titled The First Shot, is scheduled for publication in April 2011 by Arcadia Press.