Writing & Research

Published Books

Born of Clay

book-imageThis book charts the remarkable story of the Claiborne · Claybourn · Clayborn families in the United States beginning with Joshua Clyburn in the late 1790s. The history gets progressively more detailed as the generations progress toward modernity. This family history clocks in at over 500 pages with detailed biographical information on thousands of individuals.

A Memorandum of the 80th Illinois Infantry

80th-Illinois-Memorandum-PaperbackThis work is a regimental log by Pvt. Armstrong McGee of the 80th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. These Civil War notes document the group’s activities in the American Civil War from 27 October 1863 to 17 June 1865. There is no evidence that this memorandum has ever been published before, nor is there evidence that previous Civil War historians knew of its existence.

The Life and Ancestry of Betty Jean Morrow

bett-morrowThis book charts the life and ancestry of my grandmother, Betty Jean Morrow (1931-2016). As a member of America’s “Greatest Generation,” she lived through portions of the Great Depression, World War II, and into the Twenty-First Century before passing away in 2016. She left a legacy of three children, eight grandchildren, and numerous other descendants. This is her story.

Legal Publications, Presentations, and Research

  • “The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Local Human Rights Ordinances.” July 2016. The Network. Winner of the Donald R. Lundberg Writing Award presented annually by the Indiana State Bar Association.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Evansville, 2013. Taught Business Organizations (LS 350), a course on the legal organization of business entities, emphasizing the role of lawyers in forming various business organizations.
  • Research assistant to Prof. Gerard Magliocca (Indiana University McKinney School of Law). Assisted in the research and composition of Constitutional False Positives and the Populist Movement, 81 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 821 (2006). My research for this article also contributed to a subsequent book: Andrew Jackson and the Constitution: The Rise and Fall of Generational Regimes (Lawrence: U of Kansas Press, 2007).
  • Executive Articles Editor, Indiana Health Law Review, Vol. 3. Solicited and edited articles for volume 3. Ultimately responsible for accepting or rejecting articles submitted for publication. Volume 3 comprised two issues featuring ten articles, four student notes, and a symposium.

Historical Publications, Presentations, and Research

  • Civil War Research: This page features my passion and academic research in the American Civil War. I maintain memberships and leadership positions with a number of Civil War organizations and am also in the process of researching and writing a new regimental history.
  • Claybourn Genealogical Society: I began the Claybourn Genealogical Society (CGS) to provide leadership in assembling and recording data and information on ancestors and descendants of the Claybourn families and to cultivate the ties of friendship among their descendants. CGS also works to preserve and safeguard manuscripts, books, cemeteries, and memorabilia relating to Claybourns.
  • Civil War helped shape modern America, Evansville Courier & Press, 9 April 2015.
  • “Lincoln’s Almanac Trial,” a presentation before the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable, March 2015, Evansville, Indiana.
  • “Post-Civil War Fraternities,” a presentation before the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable, May 2014, Evansville, Indiana.

Popular Publications

This list reflects a portion of some pieces that are still available online. I have also been featured in National Review Online, The Federalist, Reason, World Magazine, The Washington Times, The Indianapolis Star, CNN, Fox News, RealClearPolitics, and more.

Personal Reflections

Travel Diaries