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 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.

Testimonials

2017-03-14, 16:28
Dear Mr. Bridges,

Thank you for speaking at our February 8 meeting. It is so important to remember the sacrifices and achievements of heroes like Major Breathed. We had a good crowd and an enthusiastic audience. Thank you also for the helpful research handout, which we added to our website.

My husband Jay just finished reading The Broken Circle and said it was a great book. He thinks that Breathed's superior effectiveness on the battlefield may have kept him from getting more promotions that would have removed him from some of the actual fighting. Next we will lend the book to a friend. I will read it after that, and would like to read your other books.

Let us know if we can assist you in your history or genealogy endeavors.

Best wishes,

Elsa Schmieder, Clayton Library Friends