A life-long interest in the Civil War eventually led Michael Bell to focus on the history of the 11th Corps of the Army of the Potomac, including its ancestry in the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1862 and as the 1st Corps of Pope’s Army of Virginia. Bell is a collateral descendant of five Union soldiers (none of whom served in the 11th Corps), while numerous cousins served as officers and soldiers in blue and gray, sometimes fighting on opposite sides in the same battle. He is a member of the American Historical Association; in addition, he is licensed to teach social studies in Virginia secondary schools. Bell resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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