Scottsdale, Arizona

Program Schedule and Speakers

September 15th
Thomas W. Cutrer - "All of the Lion and None of the Fox": The Gallant Hood of Texas from West Point to Chickamauga.
Thomas Cutrer’s ancestors have been buried at Spring Creek, Louisiana, since 1804, whence they fled at the end of the War of the American Revolution. (They were Tories.) Two grandfathers (several greats ago) as well as three great-great uncles served in Company B, Sixteen Louisiana Infantry, CSA. Earning a B.A. in history at LSU in 1969, and serving for three years in the US Air Force (including a tour as a combat intelligence officer in Viet Nam), Professor Cutrer earned an M.A. in American literature at LSU in 1972, and a Ph.D. in American Civilization at the University of Texas in 1980. Presently a professor of American Studies at Arizona State University (at the West campus), Cutrer’s main fields of interest are the cultural history of the American South and nineteenth-century U.S. military history, especially the American Civil War. His books include Parnassus on the Mississippi: The Southern Review and the Baton Rouge Literary Community, 1935-1942 (LSU Press, 1984), which won the General L. Kemper Williams Prize of the Louisiana Historical Society and the Louisiana Literary Award of the Louisiana Library Association; Ben McCulloch and the Frontier Military Tradition (University of North Carolina Press, 1992), which won the Summerfield G. Roberts Award of the Sons of the Republic of Texas; Longstreet’s Aide: The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J. Goree (University Press of Virginia, 1994); Brothers in Gray: The Civil War Letters of the Pierson Family (with T. Michael Parrish) (LSU Press, 1997); Oh, What a Lonesome Time I Had: The Civil War Letters of Major William Moxley and Emily Moxley (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000); Our Trust Is In The God Of Battles: The Civil War Letters of Robert F. Bunting, Chaplain, Eighth Texas Cavalry (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006); and Stepping Stone to Still Greater Distinction: The Mexican War Papers of George B. McClellan (forthcoming from the Louisiana State University Press). Cutrer is presently at work on a biography of Winfield Scott, general-in-chief of the United State Army from 1846 through 1862; and on a history of the Civil War in the trans-Mississippi West.

Thomas Cutrer

Thomas Cutrer (ASU)

John Bell Hood

October 20th
Terrence J. Winschel - The Absence of Will: Joseph E. Johnston and the Fall of Vicksburg
Terry Winschel is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He also holds Master of Social Science and Education Specialist degrees from Mississippi College. Mr. Winschel is a thirty-two year veteran of the National Park Service. He has served at Gettysburg National Military Park, Fredericksburg National Military Park, and Valley Forge National Historical Park, and is currently Historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. Winschel has written 50 articles on the Civil War and more than 100 book reviews. He is author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol. II (Savas Beatie, 2006); Vicksburg Is The Key: The Struggle For The Mississippi River (University of Nebraska Press, 2003); The Civil War Diary Of A Common Soldier (LSU Press, 2001); Vicksburg: Fall of The Confederate Gibraltar (McWhiney Research Foundation Press, 1999); and Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign (Savas Publishing, 1998). Winschel is the 2004 recipient of the Nevins-Freeman Award, presented by The Civil War Round Table of Chicago; and of the 2006 Charles L. Dufour Award, presented by The Civil War Round Table of New Orleans. He was named National Park Service Preservationist of the Year in 2007 by the Civil War Preservation Trust.

Terry Winschel

Joseph E. Johnston

November 17th
Brooks D. Simpson - The "Unpronounceable Man": The Ulysses S. Grant You Don't Know
Brooks Donohue Simpson is ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He was born in Freeport, New York. Educated at the Phillips Exeter Academy, he graduated in 1975; four years later he graduated from the University of Virginia. Receiving his M.A. in history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1982, he earned his Ph.D. in 1989. After working three years as an assistant editor for The Papers of Andrew Johnson, based at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, Simpson joined the faculty at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1987. Three years later, in 1990, he migrated west to Arizona State University, where he presently teaches. Simpson is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of several books. He is perhaps best known for his work on Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1885, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2000, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for that year. Simpson’s other books are: Advice After Appomattox: Letters to Andrew Johnson, 1865-1866 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1987, with LeRoy P. Graf and John Muldowny); Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991); The Political Education of Henry Adams (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996); America’s Civil War (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 1996); Union and Emancipation: Essays on Race and Politics in the Civil War Era (Kent: Kent State University Press, 1997, with David W. Blight); Think Anew, Act Anew: Abraham Lincoln on Slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 1998); The Reconstruction Presidents (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1998); Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999, with Jean V. Berlin); Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999, with Mark Grimsley); and Collapse of the Confederacy (Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2001, with Mark Grimsley). Soon to be published is Civil War In The East, 1861-1865 (Santa Barbara: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009). He has appeared several times on C-SPAN, as well as on PBS’s American Experience. In 2009 the U. S. State Department asked him to travel to Turkey for two weeks to lecture on Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama in historical context. Currently he is one of the contributors to the prize-winning “Civil Warriors” blog.

Brooks Simpson

Brooks D. Simpson (Wikipedia)
Brooks Simpson (ASU)
Civil Warriors

U. S. Grant

January 19th
Thomas Y. Cartwright - He Shone Like a Meteor on a Cloudy Sky: Pat Cleburne
For the last twenty years, Thomas Cartwright has guided groups over the Western Theater battlefields. Lecturing over most of the United States for Civil War round tables, corporations, and preservation groups, he has also appeared on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, CNN, the Discovery Channel, and the Travel Channel. Cartwright served as Military Curator and Historian at the Carter House, 1989 - 1997, and then as Director there 1997 – 2008. He is now conducting Battlefield Tours and creative projects for Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee. In addition, Mr. Cartwright has authored several articles and essays, and is currently working on two books: Mascots In The Civil War and Battle Of Thompson’s Station.

Thomas Cartwright

Lotz House
Franklin: The Valley of Death

Patrick Cleburne

February 16th
Christopher L. Kolakowski - Perryville: Battle for Kentucky
Chris Kolakowski was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He received his B.A. in History and Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College and his M.A. in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany. He has spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, the State of New York, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, and the Civil War Preservation Trust. He is the author of several articles on the Civil War, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and both World Wars. His first book, The Civil War at Perryville: Battling for the Bluegrass State, was published in August 2009. From 2005 to 2008, Kolakowski was Executive Director of the Perryville Enhancement Project. During his tenure there he added 152 acres of critical battlefield land, and increased Perryville’s national profile. He was also Chief Curator of the National Museum of the Army Reserve in Fort McPherson, Georgia. He currently serves as Director of the General George S. Patton Museum of Leadership in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Chris Kolakowski

The Battle of Perryville

March 16th
Eric J. Mink - Our Beau-Ideal of an Educator, Gentleman and Drillmaster: Colonel William Gilham of the Virginia Military Institute
From 1846 through 1865, William Gilham served as Commandant of Cadets at VMI. On the eve of the Civil War, he was considered by many to be one of the most promising officers in Virginia. Mr. Mink will discuss the career of this all-but forgotten professor, whose behind-the-scenes efforts as an educator and drillmaster proved instrumental in training Virginia’s soldiers early in the war. Growing up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Eric Mink received his B.A. in Historic Preservation and American Studies from the University of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. A historian and cultural resources manager with the National Park Service in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he is the author of a number of articles and book reviews on Civil War subjects. Mr. Mink has spoken widely on Civil War subjects and has conducted numerous battlefield tours.

Eric Mink

April 20th
Howard Strouse - Amazing Grace: Champions of Abolition
A native of Ohio, born during World War II, Howard has been fascinated with history from boyhood. Throughout his travels in 22 countries and 48 states, he has always been interested in how things evolved and how our country grew and protected itself. His particular favorite is the U.S. in the 19th century, especially the Civil War period. Mr. Strouse’s undergraduate work was completed at Columbia College and the University of Missouri, where he majored in criminal justice, with a minor in history. He obtained his first Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and his second in History and Government - both conferred with honors - at Webster University. Serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, he went on to a career as a Federal Special Agent with the Department of Defense. His final assignment, in a career that spanned thirty-five years, was as Chief of Industrial Personnel Security Clearance Adjudication for all firms (contractors) that required Federal security clearances to do business with the Department of Defense. Howard has given presentations at universities, Civil War round tables, libraries, social and fraternal organizations, history seminars and other history events. He is a Civil War re-enactor, portraying General Alpheus Williams (and sometimes, when his weight is trimmed, General George Gordon Meade). A Member of the General Staff of the Blue and the Grey, he is also a member and past General-in-Chief of the Columbus, Ohio, Civil War Round Table, and is currently an active member in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also a participating member of the Lincoln Forum, and serves as historian/tour leader for the Civil War Education Association and the American History Forum.

Howard Strouse

May 18th
David M. Smith - He Always Stops to Quarrel with His Generals: The Mystery of Braxton Bragg
Dave Smith is a two-time past president of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table, and has served as program chairman and webmaster for the round table web site. He has spoken extensively throughout the Midwest on a wide range of Civil War topics, addressing various round tables from Illinois to Alabama to Virginia and back to Ohio. Smith spent nearly twenty years at Cincinnati Bell Telephone before leaving in 1998. He has spent the last ten years in proprietary education and in private consulting. His book, Compelled To Appear In Print: The Vicksburg Manuscript of General John C. Pemberton, was published by Ironclad Publishing in 1999.

Braxton Bragg