It may be cliche to say Gettysburg, but I have to. Gettysburg was my introduction to the Civil War. I was 13 and did all the tourist-y stuff -- rode the trolley, went into the Wax Museum, put my finger into the bullet hole on the door of the Jennie Wade House. But somehow, something stuck with me. It made me delve deeper, want to find out what really happened there and why. In turn, that led me to pick up my pen and write about it. I fell in love with all of the nooks and crannies in Gettysburg, all those "off the beaten path" places. I've gone back dozens of times, even moved to the area for a time. Although by now, I've visited many more Civil War sites, and even taught Civil War studies courses, become a published author and historian, and have two blogs of my own, Gettysburg always means home to me.