I’m beginning the new year right, by enlisting in your ranks here at Civil War Talk. I have two major historical interests. The first is Imperial Rome, particularly as it corresponds to the first centuries of Christianity. My second historical focus is on the war between the states. I host two regimental websites, one for the Fifth Iowa Cavalry, the other for the Fifth Iowa Infantry. My ggf served in the former, and my wife’s gggf served in the latter. This coincidence is even more interesting in light of the fact that when the Infantry regiment completed their three years of service, the men who chose to reenlist (alas, not including her ancestor) were actually “consolidated” with the Fifth Iowa Cavalry. I look forward to participating in your conversations during the years ahead.