The San Joaquin Valley Civil War Round Table presents the 2009 West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference The Campaign for Chattanooga, October 23-25 2009 in Clovis, California.


Steven Woodworth, Keynote Speaker
Steven Woodworth is professor of American History at Texas Christian University. A native Ohioan, Professor Woodworth was educated at the University of Hamburg and completed his Ph.D. at Rice University where he studied under Frank Vandiver. He has edited and authored twenty-two books on the Civil War, including Six Armies in Tennessee, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns and Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865. He is currently working on an extensive study of the Civil War’s Western Theater. Dr. Woodworth has twice received the Fletcher Pratt Award from the Civil War Roundtable of New York. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wiley Sword
Wiley Sword is the author of eight books including Mountains Touched with Fire, Chattanooga Besieged, 1863. Mr. Sword continues to write frequently for Blue & Gray Magazine and is the 1992 recipient of the Fletcher Pratt Award. His book General Washington’s Indian War was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize and Western Heritage Prize. He was educated at the University of Michigan and lives in Suwanee, Georgia.

William Glenn Robertson
William Glenn Robertson serves as director of the U.S. Army’s Combat Studies Institute at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Dr. Robertson completed his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond and Ph.D. in American History at the University of Virginia. His books include The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys. Dr. Robertson has also authored five feature Blue & Gray Magazine articles on the battle of Chickamauga, which have been received as one of the most complete and comprehensive studies of the campaign to date. He is currently writing a book-length study entitled, River of Death: The Campaign of Chickamauga, forthcoming from the UNC Chapel Hill Press.

James Ogden III
James Ogden III, a native of tidewater Maryland is a graduate of Frostburg State University. He has worked as an interpreter at Point Lookout State Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Federal Law Enforcement Ranger at Russell Cave National Monument. In 1986 he transferred to the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park where he trained as a Park Service historian under Robert K. Krick. Since 1988 he has served as the Chief Historian at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. He has appeared on episodes of the History Channel’s “Civil War Journal” and “Civil War Combat.” He is currently writing a history of the 48th Tennessee Infantry Regiment.

Jim Stanbery
Jim Stanbery, widely considered one of the most popular Civil War lecturers on the West Coast, is professor of Political Science at Los Angeles Harbor College. He was educated at UC Berkeley and Cal State Long Beach. In 1976 he published a groundbreaking essay in the Journal of International Affairs, which predicted the end of the Cold War and the forthcoming North-South realignment in the United Nations. Professor Stanbery is the 2006 recipient of the West Coast Civil War Round Tables Jerry Russell Civil War Preservation Award. He lives in San Pedro, California.

Evan Jones
Evan Jones, a native Californian, was educated at the University of Virginia, where, after graduating, he worked as a research associate in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Before leaving the National Park Service, Evan worked at the Vicksburg National Military Park, the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. He has published articles and essays in history magazines and medical journals and is presently writing a book detailing life in the American South immediately after the Civil War. In 2001, Evan was one of four members of the Western Preservation Alliance, which raised several thousand dollars for the Save the Franklin Battlefield, Inc.

Lee White
Lee White works as an historian and park ranger at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. He was educated at Berry College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His publications include the forthcoming “Great Things Are Expected Of Us: The Letters of C. Irvine Walker.” He has appeared on the History Channel’s “Civil War Combat” and is currently writing a book on John Bell Hood’s 1864 North Georgia Campaign. He lives near Somerville, Georgia.

Christopher Young
Christopher Young teaches high school near Jacksonville, Alabama. He holds a BA and MS from Jacksonville State University. He is a former Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park ranger and has worked as an historian for an archeological expedition at the Tallussahatchee Creek War battlefield in Alabama. His research interests include antebellum politics and Alabama units in the Army of Tennessee. He lives in Piedmont, Alabama.