Scottsdale, Arizona


September 19
Gail Stephens - Jubal’s in the Valley
Gail Stephens has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from George Washington University and has done graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. Retiring from the Department of Defense after twenty-six years, Mrs. Stephens began to pursue a lifelong interest in the Civil War. She has lectured, taught at area colleges, given battlefield tours and written several articles on Monocacy and Lew Wallace. In 2002, she won the National Park Service’s E. W. Peterkin award for her contributions to public understanding of Civil War History. This will be a great topic and one that is often overlooked.

October 17
Professor Jim Stanbery - The Movies and the Civil War
Active in several Civil War Round Tables, a former associate editor of the journal Civil War Regiments, Professor Stanbery has published articles on western theater Civil War strategy and has spoken widely on Civil War topics in and outside California. Professor of Political Science at L.A. Harbor College and was faculty President 1977-80 and 2000-01. Of all “period” American films, more are set in the Civil War than any other era. This should be a most interesting program.

November 21
Greg Mertz - Chancellorsville: Jackson’s Last and Best Battle”
Earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Mertz began his National Park Service career at Gettysburg National Military Park as Park Ranger then transferring to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 1984. Greg currently serves as the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg. Among the articles he has written, his most recent was on the fighting of Laurel Hill during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House for the Summer 2004 issue of Blue and Gray Magazine. Mr. Mertz was the 2002 recipient of the Jefferson Davis Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. meeting

January 16
Ed Bearss - Pivotal Battles of the Civil War
One of the country’s foremost Civil War Historians, Ed Bearss is a celebrated tour guide, lecturer and authority on all aspects of our Civil War. U.S. Park Historian, Emeritus, he is the author of 15 books about the Civil War and the American West and was a featured historian in the documentary by filmmaker, Ken Burns, The Civil War.

February 20
Terry Winchel - Crucial to the Outcome: Vicksburg and the Trans-Mississippi Supply Line
Come listen to an “expert” on Vicksburg, a twenty-eight year veteran of the National Park Service, Mr. Winschel has served at several Military Parks and is currently Historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. Terry has written fifty articles on the Civil War and more than 90 book reviews. He is author of Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle For The Mississippi River (2003).

March 20
Dr. Richard McMurry - A Georgian Looks at Sherman
Born in Georgia, Dr. McMurry became a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. degree in history, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. at Emory University. Speaking to Civil War groups, high school, college and university students; historical, literary and library societies in twenty-five states, he is also a member of numerous historical societies and is active in such organizations as the Civil War Preservation Trust and the Blue and Gray Education Society. Having taught history at Valdosta State College (Georgia) and North Carolina State University he is now a freelance writer and speaker. He has authored more than one hundred articles of that great conflict and two of his books, John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence and Two Great Rebel Armies, were listed among the one hundred best modern Civil War books as selected by the eminent historian Gary W. Gallagher for the magazine Civil War.

April 17
Dean Becraft - Lyin’, Thievin’ Yankees: Growing Up in Missouri’s Little Dixie in a Family of Unreconstructed Rebels
Born in 1936 in a town in Missouri’s “Little Dixie” into a family that was three-quarters Confederate Southerners, Dean grew up listening to elders talk about the Civil War. His Great Grandmother (alive during the War) told many stories about her experiences. The more Dean studied his family, the more interested he became in their value system and their mindset which has lead him to his interest in the Civil War today.

May 15
Eric Mink - A Consummation Worthy, A Hero’s Sacrifice: The Death, Retrieval and Remembrance of Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth in the Battle of the Wilderness
Growing up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mink’s love of history took him to Fredericksburg, Virginia where he graduated from Mary Washington College with a degree in Historic Preservation and American Studies. For the past fifteen years, he has worked for the National Park Service at many of the Civil War battlefields in Virginia including Gettysburg, Manassas and Richmond. Eric is currently the cultural resources manager at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.