Welcome to the forum, very glad you found us. One of my original interests in American history was Civil War. After many years of fascination with that period, I found myself living in Philadelphia which led to the irresistible pursuit of learning in the American Revolution. Once one has the history bug it’s tough to get rid of it 🙂
It’s great you have New England family ties, would be exciting if any date back to colonial times. One topic I often think about is the similarities/differences between the American Revolution and the Civil War – scale, impacts, technology, personalities, opponents, outcomes – each had a profound impact on the shape of America today, yet through very different times.
I am always learning, myself, and eager to explore even more.