“The Broken Circle” is a dramatic historical novel about James Breathed, a young Maryland physician who chose to fight with the Confederate Army to preserve Southern culture and its principles of self-government, community, hard work, family values and faith in God. In 1013 he was posthumously awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor.
Dr. Breathed is the great-great uncle of Bridges, who is a historian and professor at the University of Richmond.
Jacksonville’s hero, Major John Pelham, who is in the Alabama Hall of Fame, was Dr. Breathed’s commander and best friend. Hear about what Pelham and Breathed shared to make them blood brothers. Find out why these two great men were both heroes of the Civil War.
In addition to “The Broken Circle, Bridges has also written “The Bridges of Washington County,” Fighting With Jeb Stuart,” and “The Best Coal Company in All Chicago and Hot it Got That Way.”
He is currently working on a new book, “The Thomas Brothers of Burkes Garden Virginia.”
According to his Web site, Bridges is a theologian, historian, biographer, outdoorsman and horseman. He began writing about the Civil War period after nearly two decades of serving as an ordained Presbyterian minister. Bridges undergraduate B.S. degree in economics was received from The University of Kentucky. He furthered his academic experience and studied theology and history at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and The University of Chicago, Divinity School. In order to further enhance his writing he learned to fire cannon and fight as dismounted cavalry so that he could participate in Civil War reenactments with the 2nd Virginia Cavalry & Stuart Horse Artillery, based in Roanoke, Virginia.
Bridges’ area of expertise is 1850-1950 American history. His first non-fictional historical book is about the Best family, coal industrialists and philanthropists who historically impacted Chicago’s history. His second book chronicles the Bridges family in Western Maryland. It shows how industry, politics and conservation worked together to preserve the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club, Hancock, Maryland. He resides in Richmond with his faithful birddogs Angel, Bella and Rosey.