Scottsdale, Arizona

Program Schedule and Speakers

September 16th
Richard W. Hatcher - The Life, Deaths and Life Again of The H. L. Hunley
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Rick’s interest in the Civil War began during the 1961-1965 Centennial. This grew into a general interest in U.S. History, but his primary interest remained centered on “the War.” In 1973, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in U.S. History. Rick has worked for the National Park Service since 1970, starting at Richmond National Battlefield as a Volunteer and Seasonal Employee. In 1976, he became a permanent employee at Colonial National Historical Park at Yorktown, Virginia, followed by King’s Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina, and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Missouri. Since 1992, Rick has served as the Historian at Fort Sumter National Monument. This job also includes serving as the Historian for the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and Fort Moultrie. At Fort Sumter, Rick has provided dozens of specialized tours to U.S. military personnel, historical groups, and dignitaries. This includes tours with Ed Bearss, Jim McPherson, and Gary Gallagher. He has worked with various local, state, regional, national, and international media outlets; including National Geographic Magazine, “Good Morning America”, “Jeopardy”, the History Channel’s “History’s Mysteries” (H. L. Hunley program), BBC-Scotland, and Conde Nast Magazine-UK. Rick served on the H. L. Hunley Funeral Committee, is on the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust Board, and is the Fort Sumter National Monument liaison officer with the Charleston Civil War Round Table. His publications include the entries on the battle of Wilson’s Creek for the books The Civil War Battlefield Guide and the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy. He is co-author of Wilson’s Creek: The Second Major Battle of the Civil War and the Men Who Fought It (University of North Carolina Press, 2000). In 2000 it was a History Book Club alternate selection, and in 2001 it earned the Missouri State Historical Society’s History Book of the Year Award. Rick has provided the entries on Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, General States Right Gist, and H. L. Hunley for The South Carolina Encyclopedia (University of South Carolina Press, 2006). He is also co-author of This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields, Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove (University of Nebraska Press, 2006).

Richard Hatcher

Fort Sumter National Monument

H. L. Hunley in conservation

October 21st
Spencer & Jackson Traveling Theatrical Troupe - An Evening of Civil War Music and Musings
The Spencer & Jackson Traveling Theatrical Troupe is a group of actors, musicians and dancers who recreate a traveling show from the Civil War and antebellum period. The Troupe’s performances transport audiences back to a time when entertainment arrived packed in the back of a horse-drawn wagon. Such shows not only entertained, but also provided a connection between communities where gossip, trends and news was exchanged. The Spencer & Jackson players have conducted extensive research to ensure that the content and format of the show is true to the original. The group performs in period attire and uses vintage or reproduction musical instruments. Music includes minstrel songs as well as patriotic songs from the Union & Confederacy. The show is designed to demonstrate what might have been seen in a theatre in the 1850s & 1860s.

Scenes from a Performance of the Spencer & Jackson Traveling Theatrical Troupe

November 18th
Gregory A. Mertz - I’ll Be Damned If I Will Cooperate: Gouverneur K. Warren at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania
Born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri, Greg’s interest in the Civil War Began and grew out of annual hiking and camping trips the scout troop made to the Shiloh, Tennessee, battlefield every spring. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, and a master’s degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He began his National Park Service career at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site as Park Ranger, and transferred to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 1984. Currently he serves as the Supervisory Historian at Fredericksburg. Among the articles he has written, his most recent was on the fighting at Laurel Hill during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House for the Summer 2004 issue of Blue and Gray Magazine. He is also the 2002 recipient of the Jefferson Davis medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Gregory Mertz

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial

Gouverneur K. Warren

January 13th - Note that the date has been changed from what was originally announced.
Edwin C. Bearss - Six Civil War Military Figures Who Made A Real Difference
One of the country’s foremost Civil War Historians and described as a “walking encyclopedia of the Civil War,” Ed Bearss was with the U.S. National Park Service for 40 years. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he is known for his work on the American Civil War and 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 Ken Burns documentary The Civil War and in the A&E series Civil War Journal. He has received many awards (including the Bruce Catton Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of the Interior). The Civil War Preservation Trust has also created The Ed Bearss Award for Achievements In Historic Preservation, and made him the first recipient in 2001.

Edwin C. Bearss

Ed Bearss (Wikipedia)
The Remarkable Edwin C. Bearss (Civil War Studies)

February 17th
Craig L. Symonds - Lincoln and the Navy
Dr. Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, from which he retired in 2005. The first person ever to win both the Naval Academy’s “Excellence in Teaching” award (1988) and its “Excellence in Research” award (1998), he also served as History Department chair from 1988 to 1992, and received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service medal on three occasions. He served as Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island (1971-1974), and at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England (1994-1995). Symonds is the author of eleven books, including prize-winning biographies of Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999), as well as The American Heritage History of the Battle of Gettysburg (2001). His Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2005) won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History. His most recent book is Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, which will be published by Oxford University Press this fall. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Craig Symonds

March 17th
David C. Hinze - Artillery Hell: A Study of Artillery at the Battle of Antietam
Dave Hinze is a nationally recognized tour leader and freelance writer. He is a former teacher with 32 years’ experience as an instructor of American History at Rolla High School in Rolla, Missouri. He now works for several tour companies, and co-owns Stars & Stripes Tours with his wife Mary. He is the author of The Battle of Carthage: Border War in Southwest Missouri, and of several magazine articles on early American history. When he is not touring, speaking or writing, he and his wife operate Brandywine Farms, a pick-your-own blueberry farm outside of Rolla.

David Hinze

Hinze History & Learning Tours
Hinze’s Civil War Site

April 21st
Gail Stephens - The Shadow of Shiloh: General Lew Wallace and the Civil War
Gail Stephens has a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has done graduate work at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities. She worked for the Department of Defense for 26 years, retiring in 1994 as a member of the Department’s Senior Executive Service. Upon retirement, she began to study the American Civil War. She volunteers at Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Maryland; lectures regularly on various Civil War topics, including Monocacy, Major General Lew Wallace, and the 1864 Maryland campaign; teaches courses at area colleges; and gives battlefield tours. In 2002 she won the National Park Service’s E. W. Peterkin Award for her contributions to public understanding of Civil War history. She has written articles on Lew Wallace and the 1864 Valley campaign for several publications, including North and South Magazine, and is currently writing a book about Lew Wallace’s Civil War career, to be published by the Indiana Historical Society Press.

Gail Stephens

Monocacy National Battlefield

Lew Wallace

May 19th
Richard M. McMurry - The General In the Jar: Joseph E. Johnston In Defense of Atlanta
Richard McMurry is a native of Atlanta. He attended the public schools in that city and in Decatur, Georgia. In 1961 he received the B.A. degree in history from the Virginia Military Institute. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Army, most of the time as the Personnel Management Officer at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (1961-1963). Entering graduate school at Emory University in September 1963, he received the M.A. degree in June 1964 and the Ph. D. in June 1967. From 1967 until 1981, McMurry taught history at Valdosta (Georgia) State College. He taught as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University from 1981 to 1988. Since 1988, he has been a freelance writer and speaker and his served as a guide/historian for many tour and cruise groups. McMurry’s field of specialization is the American Civil War. He has authored more than one hundred articles on various facets of that great conflict. In 1994, two of his books, John Bell Hood and the War for Southern Independence and Two Great Rebel Armies: An Essay in Confederate Military History. 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. The former work received both the Mrs. Simon Baruch University Award, presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Fletcher Pratt Award, presented by the New York Civil War Round Table. In 1999, McMurry published Virginia Military Institute Alumni in the Civil War: In Bello Praesidium. His history of the 1864 military operations in North Georgia, Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2000 as a volume in the Great Campaigns of the Civil War Series. The Austin (Texas) Civil War Round Table selected that book for the 2001 Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Prize, awarded for distinguished scholarship and writing on the military or political history of the Civil War. McMurry’s latest book, The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm, was published in 2003 by Kent State University Press. McMurry has also edited several works, notably Footprints of a Regiment by William H. Andres, and (with Gordon B. McKinney) the microfilm edition of The Papers of Zebulon B. Vance. Richard McMurry has spoken to Civil War groups; high school, college and university students; historical, literary, and library societies; and civic clubs in 25 states and the District of Columbia. He is 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. He presently lives and writes in Roanoke, Virginia.

Richard McMurry

Joseph E. Johnston