Over the last eighteen years, CW Whitehair has portrayed both a civilian and military Civil War re-enactor. He attended Shepherd University where he studied various Civil War campaigns and personalities that made a contribution to the war effort. He has served as a volunteer Historical Interpreter at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and is a member of the Harpers Ferry Historical Association.
CW is a contributing writer for the Civil War Courier and the Camp Chase Gazette. In 2006, he wrote the feature article for the Civil War Historian, entitled, Belle Boyd: The Rebel Spy. CW is the author of The Struggle for Harpers Ferry, which was an Amazon best selling short story. He has co-authored two novels with his wife Rhonda-Lee. They are entitled, Northern Fire, which appeared on the USA Book News Website under recommended reading in historical fiction and The Bloody Harvest. He has two historical books to his credit, Escape Across The Potomac and Gettysburg: The Field of Glory. The best selling Escape Across The Potomacappeared on the USA Book News Website under recommended reading in history. Gettysburg: The Field Of Glory is based on his great-great uncle’s experiences prior too and during the third day’s fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. His next project is the republication of the Valley News Echo.
CW has appeared in the historical documentaries, Hunter’s Raid, Cedar Creek, and several movies entitled, Avenel and The Great Sacrifice of Jefferson Davis. CW has lectured at the West Virginia Book Festival and the 400th Jamestown Anniversary. He is a guest speaker at Civil War Roundtables, historical associations, schools, Civil War re-enactments, civic organizations, book festivals, and libraries.
CW is a direct descendent of Israel Russell, one of the last nine hostages held by John Brown during the Harpers Ferry raid in October, 1859.
Rhonda-Lee has been a Civil War re-enactor for nine years. She has appeared in the historical documentaries, Hunter’s Raid, Cedar Creek, and the movies, Avenel and the Great Sacrifice of Jefferson Davis. Rhonda has assisted in editing various diaries and letters to be used in historical readings at Civil War re-enactments. She was a dialect instructor for members of the play Hopscotch, presented by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Rhonda-Lee has given presentations to civic organizations, historical associations, and schools on civilian life in Harpers Ferry. She is the co-author of the Civil War novels, Northern Fire and The Bloody Harvest.