dpb headshotDavid 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 currently serves as a chaplain at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center and 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 chronicle of the life, Civil War trials and tribulations of Major Breathed, of the Stuart Horse Artillery, C.S.A in the biography, 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 two novels in the works will be forthcoming: Eden's Clan and Evan Shelby, Jr.: Settler, Soldier and Fur Trader. David resides in Richmond, Virginia, with his faithful birddogs: Angel, Bella and Rosey.

Testimonials

Cliff Roberts
2017-03-14, 16:17
Cliff Roberts, Commander of the Hiram Parks Bell Camp #1624

“We thoroughly enjoyed having David at our joint SCV camp meeting. I think he enjoyed seeing the old Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville that General Longstreet once operated.

David is a good public speaker. He told a compelling story and held our attention. His ancestor, James Brethed, had quite the life. David made some bold statements which he backed up with solid facts.

I hope that his speaking tour continues to go well. We are looking forward to seeing him again at the SCV Reunion in Charleston this summer.”

Warmest regards,

Cliff Roberts, Commander of the Hiram Parks Bell Camp #1642