As a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, Brueske became fascinated with studying local Civil War history, in particular the 1865 campaign for Mobile. His first book, The Last Siege, is a result of many years of research on the Mobile Campaign. He founded the Mobile Civil War Round Table and regularly gives talks on Civil War topics. He is currently the Head Track & Field Coach at the University of South Alabama. Brueske is a member of the Friends of Historic Blakeley State Park, Mobile Historical Society, and the Mobile Optimist Club.
The Last Siege explores the events surrounding the Union Army’s capture of Mobile and offers a new perspective on its strategic importance, including access to vital rail lines and two major river systems. Included here are the most detailed accounts ever written on Union and Confederate camp life in the weeks prior to the invasion, cavalry operations of both sides during the expedition, the Federal feint movement at Cedar Point, the crippling effect of torpedoes on US naval operations in Mobile Bay, the treadway escape from Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile. Evidence is presented that contradicts the popular notion that Mobile welcomed the Federals as a pro-Union town.