About the Author

Sharon B. Smith, born in Montana, spent the early part of her career as a broadcast journalist in Texas, New York, and Connecticut. She moved to ESPN shortly after the new sports network began, anchoring Sportscenter, reporting on various sports and, finally, specializing in horse racing. Her show "Down the Stretch" won the first Eclipse Award received by ESPN. She also worked as an anchor or color commentator on dozens of horse racing broadcasts. Sharon also worked on NBC's broadcasts of the Breeders' Cup and the Arlington Million. After leaving ESPN, Sharon began writing books, most on horses and horse racing but also on the American Civil War, a topic of long-time interest for her. Check her website at www.sharonbsmith.com or the websites of her books THE BEST THERE EVER WAS: DAN PATCH AND THE DAWN OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY at www.danpatchbook.com, and CONNECTICUT'S CIVIL WAR at www.ctcivilwar.com.

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