Bridges cowboy croppedDavid P. Bridges, theologian, historian, biographer, novelist, outdoorsman and agrarian, began writing about the Civil War period after two and a half decades of serving as an ordained Presbyterian minister. David's undergraduate B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics was received from The University of Kentucky. He furthered his academic experience and studied theology and history at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master's of Divinity, and The University of Chicago, Divinity School, post-graduate studies.  He studied the craft of fiction at Hollins and John Hopkins Universities, respectively, for a year in each program. David taught as an adjunct professor of writing at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

David's area of expertise is 1825-1950 American History. His first non-fictional book was about the Best family, coal industrialists and philanthropists, whose entrepreneurial endeavors historically affected Chicago's growth and history. His second book chronicles the Bridges family who settled in Western Maryland. It shows how industry, politics and conservation worked together to preserve the Woodmont Rod & Gun Club, of Hancock, Maryland. Bridges' next book was a biography that chronicled the life, Civil War trials and tribulations of Major Breathed, of the Stuart Horse Artillery, C.S.A., titled Fighting With JEB Stuart: Major James Breathed and the Confederate Horse Artillery. Then David recast his skills toward the completion of his first novel, The Broken Circle, a tragic story which depicted life and death, love and war, romance and espionage, based upon Major Breathed's biography.

Another three novels in the works will be forthcoming: Eden's Clan, Robert Bridges Editor-in-Chief at Charles Scribner’s & Sons Magazine, 1880-1930s and Evan Shelby, Jr.: Settler, Soldier and Fur Trader. David resides on his farm, Woodmont of Virginia, in Callaway, Virginia, with his faithful birddogs: Angel, Bella, Rosey, Biggen and Shelby and his Black Angus herd of cattle.


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Anne Tidmore, Director of the White House of the Confederacy:

“The event tonight went very, very well. We had fun with David and we had a good crowd. He sold a good number books. He is adorable and made a huge hit and we all loved him. It was awesome. Lots of wine drunk.“