Scottsdale, Arizona

Program Schedule and Speakers

September 21, 2010
Wilson Greene - The Misunderstood Campaign for Petersburg
Currently the Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier located near Petersburg, Virginia, A. Wilson Greene has served as a historian and manager with the National Park Service (Fredericksburg National Military Park and Petersburg National Battlefield) and has the distinction of becoming the first president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. The author of more than twenty published works on the Civil War, including Civil War Petersburg: In the Crucible Confederate City of War (2006) and The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion (2008), he continues to be a moving force in Civil War education – such as by serving on the Presidentially-appointed board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which oversees the best practices and grants of museums and libraries throughout the country. Mr. Greene lives on the Breakthrough Battlefield in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

A. Wilson Greene

A. Wilson Greene (Smithsonian Journeys)
Pamplin Historical Park & the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

October 19, 2010
Jack Thomson - Fort Sumter Captured...By the Camera
Local historian, author, re-enactor and tour guide Jack Thomson – in an earlier time in his life – was assigned to Germany as a motion picture photographer. This enabled him to develop his keen eye for battlefield photography. He has scoured the country searching the archives for Civil War photographs. (Most commercial photography of the time was oriented toward portraits.) A Charleston, South Carolina, historical consultant, his expertise has benefitted many restoration projects.

Jack Thomson

Civil War Walking Tour of Charleston

November 16, 2010
Dale Phillips - The Battles of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson
Obtaining his B.A. degree in American History from York College of Pennsylvania in 1978, Dale Phillips began his career with the National Park Service as an interpreter at Gettysburg National Military Park in 1976. He has served as a ranger at Fort Sumter National Monument, the supervisory ranger/historian at Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park, and unit manager of the Chalmette Unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Currently the superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana, Dale leads battlefield tours for the Civil War Educational Association, the Blue and Gray Educational Association, and the Delta Steamboat Company.

Dale Phillips

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

January 18, 2011
Ed Bearss - Well Known Myths and Little Known Facts about the Civil War
The “Civil War Walking Encyclopedia” is back! Dr. Edwin C. Bearss, U.S. Park Historian Emeritus, is one of the foremost Civil War historians on the planet, and a celebrated tour guide, lecturer, author and authority on all aspects of our Civil War. Smithsonian Magazine featured him in 2006 as “an American who made a difference.” He has also been called “The Homer of the American Civil War.” Ed was a featured commentator for Ken Burns’ PBS series, The Civil War (1990), which is still the most popular program broadcast by that network to date. The Civil War Preservation Trust created the Ed Bearss Award for achievements in historic preservation, and made him the first recipient in 2001. This U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II is a speaker much in demand, and has a busy schedule leading tours of historic battlefields. We are fortunate to have him speaking to our group once again.

Edwin C. Bearss

Ed Bearss (Wikipedia)

February 15, 2011
Bradley Greenberg - Mary Chestnut: A Personal View of the Recent Unpleasantness
Brad Greenberg was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. At an early age he developed both a love of literature and a fascination with the Civil War. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and obtained his Master’s degree from Kansas State University. His Master’s Thesis, “Jimmying the Lock of Domesticity: Women and Slavery in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Frederick Douglass’s Narrative, and Mary Chestnut’s Journals,” discussed how slavery affected the roles of women in the antebellum South. After moving to Phoenix, Arizona, Brad discovered the Scottsdale Civil War Round Table, and has been an active member ever since. He will be discussing Mary Chestnut’s view on the Civil War, and its effect on her society.

Bradley Greenberg

Mary Chestnut

March 15, 2011
Lesley Gordon - So Much Suffering: The 16th Connecticut Volunteers in War & Memory
Dr. Lesley J. Gordon is Professor of History at the University of Akron, where she teaches courses in the Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. Military History and the Early Republic. She is also the author and co-author of several books, including General George E. Pickett in Life and Legend and Intimate Strategies of the Civil War: Military Commanders and Their Wives. Dr. Gordon will also be the next editor of Civil War History, beginning with volume fifty-seven (2011). Issued quarterly by Kent State University Press, this is the foremost scholarly journal of the American Civil War, now in its sixth decade of publication.

Lesley J. Gordon

Lesley Jill Gordon (University of Akron)

April 19, 2011
Frank O’Reilly - The Liberty Hall Volunteers: Stonewall Jackson’s College Boys
Graduating from Washington and Lee University, Frank A. O’Reilly first worked for the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Va. Joining the National Park Service in 1987 as a temporary historian at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, he later took a position at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, returning to Fredericksburg in 1990 as historian at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. Mr. O’Reilly has also served as historical consultant for the City of Fredericksburg and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Planning Commission. He is the author of several articles on the war in Virginia, and of the book, The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock, which won the Capital District Book Award in 2002. He continues to conduct extensive battlefield studies and tours throughout Virginia, many for the National Park Service. One week after his visit here, Mr. O’Reilly will be the speaker at the Civil War Round Table of the United Kingdom, in Cambridge, England.

Frank A. O’Reilly

Stonewall Jackson Shrine (Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP)
Civil War Tours
History of the Original Liberty Hall Volunteers (4th Virginia Infantry, Co. I - The Liberty Hall Volunteers)

May 17, 2011
Brian Wills - My Dancing Days Are Over: William Dorsey Pender & the Civil War
Dr. Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia (after a long tenure at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise). He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including a biography of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest currently in reprint. A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest (reprinted as The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest) was chosen as both a History Book Club and a Book of the Month Club selection. He also authored The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia (2001) and No Ordinary College: A History of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (2004). His most recent work is Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema (2006). In 2000, Dr. Wills received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State of Virginia, one of eleven recipients from all faculty members at public and private institutions across the state. He was named Kenneth Asbury Professor of History, and won both the Teaching award and the Research and Publication award, from UVA-Wise.

Brian S. Wills

William Dorsey Pender