Benjamin E. Myers—Author

Ben Myers was born and raised just outside of Harrisburg, PA, where an interest in local and family Civil War history found him at a young age. His research on the 46th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry has appeared in The Civil War Times and Military Images magazines, as well as online at He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from American University and works as a web designer and developer in Washington, D.C. American Citizen is his first book.

Upcoming Events

Tune in on November 3rd, 2021 at 7pm for a virtual talk on Captain Brooks' and his Company D of the 46th PA. Presented by the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park. Registration is required.
Sharing information about the life of the common Civil War soldier at the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Mountain

Featured Past Events

Untold Civil War Podcast: The Writings of a Civil War Casualty

Learn some of the lesser known stories of Captain Brooks' service, along with some behind the scenes info on what went into the making of the book. You can find Untold Civil War wherever you normally get your podcasts.

Tragedy Along the Canal

Private Amos Wenrich was 19 when he slipped into the C&O Canal on an icy January evening and drowned. He was the first man lost under Captain Brooks' command, and the event clearly left a mark on Brooks' life. In this video, learn about this tragic event: one instance of the many ways in which a soldier could lose his life off of the battlefield. Available via YouTube.

History Camp Online

Ben sits down with the folks behind History Camp to tell them the story of Captain Brooks' service. This video is available via YouTube.

Praise for American Citizen

One of the better books on the subject of Civil War soldiers and the lives they lived during one of the ugliest periods in our history.
— Amazon Reviewer
I've never read a book in which the main character was delved as fully as is that of Captain Brooks... I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the motivations and experiences of the common Civil War infantry line officer.
— Amazon Reviewer

Other Publications

Shattered Wall of Blue
At Cedar Mountain and beyond, a Pennsylvania officer fights his way through infamous Civil War battles
Autumn 2016
Old Pap
The neglected legacy of one of the Union’s most loyal brigadiers
Summer 2018
Model Company
An Uncommon Look at the Common Civil War Soldier
August 2016
Model Company (Online)
The full length, online version of Model Company which was picked up by the Civil War Times

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Benjamin E. Myers—Author