It has been my great privilege to become acquainted with Mr. Robert Grandchamp over the past several years. Robert is a prolific writer who has had several books published through McFarland and Heritage Books, and is the go-to-guy for anything you need to know regarding Rhode Island's Civil War history.
Robert and I share a love of the Federal 9th Corps, but his special focus is the 7th Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry. Organized and first led by a fellow with one of coolest-sounding names in the Civil War, Zenas R. Bliss (pictured on right), the 7th was attached to General James Nagle's 9th Corps' brigade in the Fall of 1862 and served gallantly--alongside the 48th Pennsylvania--in its baptism by fire at Fredericksburg where, incidentally, Bliss's actions would be recognized with a Medal of Honor.
Robert sent me an email late last night saying that he has now, at long last, entered the Civil War blogosphere. His blog, focused on and dedicated to the Rhode Island Seventh, has been added to my links and can be found here.