The historical fiction novel, Russian Snows: Coming of Age in Napoleon’s Army, is the inspiration for this blog. In the story, Scott has created a picture of what it would have been like for a boy in Napoleon’s army during the ill-fated Russian campaign. Drawing on a lifetime of American Revolutionary War re-enacting, travel through Europe, and extensive reading on a wide range of topics, especially history, he has the background and love of history to bring this story to life.
A history major in college, he first became interested in Napoleon’s invasion of Russia while taking a course on the French Revolution. Inspired by his teenage daughter, he successfully completed NaNoWriMo in 2010. His goal was to write a story that would appeal to boys and girls as well as one he could read to his daughter and son ages 15 and 10. The result was Russian Snows.
Scott is the publisher of a family activities and resource guide called Parents’ Source. He grew up doing living history activities with his family and even met his wife during the re-enactment of the siege of Savannah. They both later participated in a parade in Paris on the Champs Elysée as part of a re-created French regiment during a commemoration marking the end of the American Revolution.
This blog is dedicated to telling the story of what the soldiers experienced during the Russian campaign by using the words of the eyewitnesses.