Conrad Smith was my Great Great Grandfather. I have been interested in him since I was a child because later in life he wrote an autobiography at the request of his daughters Louise and Alice. It covers his early life and the two and a half years that he was in the 139th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. It was a small book and he did not provide a lot of detail. I always wanted to know more about where he was and what he did. Then came the internet! I finally had a convenient way to do research. I decided that I wanted to write a book on the history of his regiment so I started gathering information. I have been “writing” this book for about ten years now. I have almost 2000 pages of notes saved in Microsoft OneNote. Because I am pretty obsessive about research and making sure I find every possible source there is out there, I figured I would never know when I was done researching so I could start writing. After following several very good history blogs, I thought “I can do that!” And this way I can start writing small portions at a time and hopefully get some feedback from others on how I am doing. I also know there must be other descendants of the 139th who have valuable information about the regiment that I might never find otherwise. Ultimately I do want to publish an actual book, but for now I am going to continue to research and write a little at time. Thank you for sharing this adventure with me.