I know it seems early to be announcing the next Rocky Mountain Civil War symposium but its another great panel and I don't think I can keep it to myself for another month.
Our theme in 2010 will be US Grant, the working title is "Grant Moves South", borrowing a title from Bruce Catton.
Legendary Grant scholar Brooks Simpson will provide our overview of General Grant. One of my earliest Grant books was Simpson's fabulous "Let Us Have Peace: Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction." Simpson has also done a wonderful Grant biography.
Wiley Sword will do a presentation on Grant at Shiloh. I don't agree with everything Sword wrote in "Shiloh: Bloody April" but there is no mistaking that it is a wonderful book. Sword has also written quite extensively on the Western theater.
The other western battle we choose to explore in Grant's rise to prominence is Vicksburg, which I think is a bit overlooked. John Marszalek will do this presentation. Marszalek is probably better known as a Sherman historian than a Grant one but he is also the head of the Papers of Grant project so he knows a thing or two about Grant.
Peter Cozzens will do a bit to bridge our understanding of Grant in the two theaters with a look at the relationship between Grant and Rawlins. Cozzens has done mostly Western theater stuff but his newest book is on Stonewall's Valley campaign and is very good.
Rounding out the panel and taking Grant to the Eastern theater is Gordon Rhea. Rhea's series of books on the 1864 Overland Campaign are all fantastic. I knew after the first book that I didn't need to read reviews of the next volume, I'd just buy it when it came out.
So mark your calendars now for October 1 & 2, 2010. Its going to be another wonderful time. Better yet, buy a ticket for the October 2 & 3, 2009 symposium and you'll be sure to get plenty of reminders about 2010 from us during the coming year.