Scottsdale, Arizona

Program Schedule and Speakers

September 20, 2011
Ed Bonekemper - The Myth Of The Lost Cause: A Fantasy View of The Civil War
Receiving his B.A. in American History from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., Ed Bonekemper also received an M.A. in history from Old Dominion University and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School. A retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, he was an adjunct lecturer in military history at his alma mater from 2003 to 2010, along with being a seven-time Civil War Lecturer at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His many books (Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian; McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse; A Victor, Not a Butcher: Ulysses S. Grant’s Overlooked Military Genius; How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War) led to several appearances on C-Span. Currently Book Review Editor of the Civil War News, Mr. Bonekemper continues his many speaking engagements at The Delta Queen; The Virginia Festival of the Book; Lincoln Group of Washington, D.C.; the John Locke Foundation; the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA; The CCNY Military Affairs Symposium; and numerous Civil War round tables.

Edward H. Bonekemper, III

Mosler’s “The Lost Cause”

October 18, 2011
Rick Hatcher - Fort Sumter 1829 - 1947
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. Working for the National Park Service since 1970, starting at Richmond National Battlefield as a volunteer, he went on to Colonial National Historical Park at Yorktown, Virginia, followed by Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Missouri. Since 1992, he has served as the Historian at Fort Sumter National Monument, where he is also 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. He has worked with National Geographic magazine, the TV shows Good Morning America and Jeopardy, and the History Channel. His publications include entries on the battle of Wilson’s Creek for 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. Rick’s latest publication is The First Shot, an overview of events from the election of Abraham Lincoln through the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The main feature of this booklet is the greatest collection of photos and illustrations of the people and events of November 1860 - April 1861, dealing with Fort Sumter. All The First Shot sales are donated to The Fort Sumter National Monument.

Richard W. Hatcher

Fort Sumter under attack
(April 12-13, 1861)

November 15, 2011
Harry Bulkeley - I Propose To Fight It Out
Harry Bulkeley lives a block and a half from where he was born in Galesburg, Ill. Galesburg was the site of the fifth Lincoln Douglas debate, and he suspects that may have sparked his life-long interest in the Civil War. He had to interrupt his studies of the war temporarily, while he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. After several years of private law practice and 24 years as a trial court judge in Illinois, he was able to return to his real interest. Visiting many battlefields led to his attending Gettysburg as a Confederate re-enactor. The beard that he grew for that revealed a similarity in appearance to General Grant, and this then led to his Grant portrayal at many re-enactments, including the 140th at Shiloh that was filmed for the PBS American Experience presentation “Ulysses Grant: Warrior President,” and the History Channel’s “Sherman’s March”. He recently completed a new film for the visitors center at the Shiloh National Military Park. This led Bulkeley to create a one man show in which Grant tells his own story. Bulkeley states: “I try to present a glimpse of the real man, not the myth that grew up after his death.”

Harry Bulkeley
(portraying U. S. Grant)

U. S. Grant
(the real U. S. Grant)

January 17, 2012
Ed Bearss - Raising The Cairo
Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, is one of the foremost Civil War historians on the planet. He is 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.” He 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 Trust created the Ed Bearss Award for achievements in historic preservation and made him the first recipient in 2001. Locating two forgotten forts at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, along with helping to develop other new parks at Pea Ridge and Wilson’s Creek, he did the research that led him to the long-lost Union gunboat U.S.S. Cairo. We are fortunate to have him speaking to our group once again, as this U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II is a speaker much in demand, who also maintains a busy schedule leading tours of historic battlefields.

Edwin C. Bearss

The U.S.S. Cairo in conservation

February 21, 2012
Howard Strouse - Winfield Scott: America’s Preeminent Soldier and Diplomat
Fascinated with history from boyhood, this native of Ohio has traveled in 22 countries and 48 states. His favorite period of U.S. history is the 19th century, especially the Civil War era. Howard’s undergraduate work was completed at Columbia College and the University of Missouri, with a major in criminal justice and a minor in history. He then obtained his first master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and the 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 35 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, and history seminars and events. He is a Civil War re-enactor, portraying General Alpheus Williams (and sometimes, when his weight is trimmed, General George G. 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 an active member in our SCWRT. He is 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

Winfield Scott

March 20, 2012
John C. Waugh - Lincoln and McClellan
Born in California, reared in Arizona, and now living in Texas, John Waugh is a product of the Tucson public schools and the University of Arizona (journalism major and history minor) - plus graduate work in history and political science at UCLA and St John’s College. His work as staff correspondent and bureau chief on The Christian Science Monitor for 17 years led to his position as Media Specialist on the staff of Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller, and then to the job of Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Since 1989, he has written books on the Civil War era. “Coving the past is not unlike covering the present, except all my sources are dead (I prefer it that way.) It also means I can return to my favorite century, the 19th, on a daily basis.” Waugh’s first book, The Class of 1846, published in 1994, won the New York Civil War Round Table’s Fletcher Pratt Literary Award for the best non-fiction book of that year. Eleven books later, he is still writing and contributing to periodicals, including Civil War History, American Heritage, The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Civil War Times Illustrated. Check out his website at

John C. Waugh

Lincoln and McClellan at Antietam

April 17, 2012
David Duncan - The Great American Battlefield Preservation Quiz: Where the Audience Learns At Least 9½ New Things about Battlefield Preservation
For the past 11 years, David has had the honor to serve under Jim Lighthizer as the Civil War Trust’s Director of Membership and Development. This means that he has bottom-line responsibility for all fund raising at the Trust, overseeing all major-donor stewardship and membership activities, new member acquisition and renewal, direct mail appeals, planned giving, foundation grants and members’ services. David joined the Trust in March 2000 after 14 years in the political fund raising industry. He has also served as a board member of the Conservation and Preservation Charities of America. During his eleven-year tenure heading up the Civil War Trust’s fund raising efforts, he and his team have now raised more than $95 million from private donors worldwide to leverage a nearly equal amount of public funds, to help save more than 30,000 acres of hallowed ground.

David Duncan

May 15, 2012
Craig Symonds - The River War
Dr. Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus of History at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The first person 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 three times. He was 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 or editor of 25 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). Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History in 2006. His 2008 book Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, The U.S. Navy, and The Civil War won the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the Lyman Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award. He also won the Nevins-Freeeman Prize in 2009. His latest work is The Battle of Midway, published by Oxford University Press (October 2011).

Craig L. Symonds