Born in Connecticut in 1949, Blaikie Hines is a well-known fine arts conservator who specializes in 19th century paintings and frames. He is also a Civil War collector, historian, and author. Blaikie grew up in a family steeped in the history of the Civil War. Along with two great-great- grandfathers who served from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, his great uncle was a Lutheran Minister who graduated from Gettysburg Seminary in 1909, and shared the first-hand stories of that great battle from the eye-witnesses he met there. Blaikie Hines’ great-great- grandfather from Massachusetts fought in the Battle of Manassas or The First Battle of Bull Run in Manassas. A summary of the First Battle of Bull Run an Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide is his latest publication. Blaikie makes his home in Thomaston, Maine with his wife, Judith
American Patriot Press was established by him in 2002 with the publication of his book Civil War Volunteer Sons of Connecticut. The company was formed to guarantee that his book and all future publications would be of the highest quality in writing, illustration, design, and printing. Every aspect of publication is overseen by him and great care is taken to assure that there are no short cuts that may undermine his endeavor, a labor of love.
His two books have broken new ground in the American Civil War field that literally has tens of thousands books. What his books offer is a new way to look at the war in text and graphics. His latest book on the Battle of First Bull has many never before seen images that alter historic conceptions and perhaps even modern interpretations at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The use of satellite images break new ground in the field of Civil War cartography