Writer and historian Bob Zeller is one of the country's leading authorities on Civil War photography. He is the author of "The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography" (Praeger, 2005), the first narrative history about the war's photographers, what they did and why they did it. Zeller pioneered the modern presentation of 3-D Civil War photography with "The Civil War in Depth" (Chronicle Books, 1997), the first 3-D photo history of the war. His latest book, in collaboration with John J. Richter, is "Lincoln in 3-D" (Chronicle Books, 2010). Bob spent 25 years in newspaper journalism, specializing in investigative reporting and later working as a motorsports beat writer covering NASCAR. Bob, 60, a native of Washington, D.C., has published 10 books and has been presenting lectures with 3-D slide shows of original Civil War photographs since 1997. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Ann, who is the city manager of Troutman.
When 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin boarded the Continental sloop-of-war Reprisal in Philadelphia on October 26, 1776, for a month-long voyage to France, Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army was losing the American Revolutionary War.