Mike was born in Baltimore,MD on January 13 1952 and lived there till his early twenties when he moved to the little town of Sharpsburg, MD, just minutes from the famous Sharpsburg battlefield. His interest in the war for southern Independence began at an early age when his father would take the family on day trips to such places as Gettysburg, Sharpsburg and Harper's Ferry. Wanting to learn more about the war and the struggle for southern independence, Mike began to read and do research that would lead him to find his southern ancestors, one of which was a Capt. Nicholas Owings of Owings Mills, MD, Quartermaster for the second MD cavalry, C.S.A. To honor his ancestor, Mike joined the MD division Sons of Confederate Veterans. To also honor the memory of his ancestor, he joined a reenactment group that portrayed the second MD cavalry. Wanting to teach more and to talk to people about the "Late Unpleasantness", Mike saw an opportunity to portray General Early, who his ancestor with the second MD cavalry rode with in the General's 1864 valley campaign. Mike's main goal is to keep alive the memory of the southern soldier and make known the truth about the war as General Early did in his first book, "A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence in the Confederate States of America". Mike has moved to Hanover, PA and owns a business just a few miles from Gettysburg,PA.
American by birth, Southern by the grace of GOD !