Dr. Eugene DeFriest Bétit served twenty years in the US Army as a military intelligence analyst and German and Russian linguist. After selection for the Soviet Foreign Area Officer’s program, he studied Russian in California, Garmisch, Germany, and Georgetown University. where he received a MA and Ph. D. He recently published War’s Cost: The Hites’ Civil War and Manhattan’s Walloon Settlers: Jesse DeForest’s Legacy, both available through Amazon.
Bétit and his wife Sheila live on Lake Holiday near Winchester, Virginia after living in Arlington 35 years. He is a docent at Belle Grove, a volunteer with the National Park Service at Cedar Creek and is the librarian for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation all in Middletown, Virginia. He is also active in his home owners’ association.