CONFEDERATION OF UNION GENERALS
SPEAKERS BUREAU

The following members of the Confederation of Union Generals (COUG) are available to speak to community groups, Civil War roundtables, libraries, schools, and other organizations/events on the topics listed. Please contact the individual for availability and to make arrangements for an appearance.

As always, COUG is also available to present its signature “Meet the Generals’ event featuring many of its members for your special event. Please see information about booking this elsewhere on this website.

NOTE: In general, our speakers use a 100-125 miles radius from their residence as a measure of their ability to attend and return home in a single day. This is ultimately determined by the program length, day of the week, and timing (such as evening or day). While every effort is made to honor all requests, distance and timing may require additional reimbursement from the group requesting the program.


MARK GRIM (Cashtown, PA)
(Maj. Gen. John F. Hartranft)
Note: Available within 150 miles; beyond that is by exception on a case-by-case basis.

Topics:

  1. Brevet Major General John F. Hartranft, USV:  Soldier and Pennsylvania Statesman
  2. Imprisonment, Trial and Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators

Email:  John.Hartranft@uniongenerals.org


JOHN M. HART JR. (Scranton, PA)
(Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott)

Topics:

  1. Old Fuss & Feathers: Advising Lincoln & The Anaconda Plan  
  2. Winfield Scott: From the War of 1812 to the War of the Rebellion 

Email: Winfield.Scott@uniongenerals.org


MAUREEN HART (Scranton, PA)
(Mrs. Maria DeHart Scott)

Topic:  Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About a Hoop Skirt 

Email: maria.scott@uniongenerals.org


TIM HODGE (Harrisburg, PA)
(Major Martin Delaney)

Topic:  Major Martin Delaney: From the Son of a Slave to Newspaper Owner, Doctor, Judge, and Highest Ranking Colored Office of the Civil War (commissioned by President Lincoln himself)

Email: Martin.Delaney@uniongenerals.org
Cell: (717) 836-6176


THOMAS JORDAN (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
(Gen.Wesley Merritt & Bartley Dean, Mississippi Gambler)
Note: Available within 100 mile radius of Wilkes-Barre, PA, with exceptions.

Topics:

  1. Two Continents and Three Wars: An Evening with General Wesley Merritt
  2. Shutting down the Invasion Route: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864
  3. The Sporting Life: An Evening of Stories and Demonstrations of the 19th Century Gambling Circuit
  4. Swindles and Confidence Games of the 19th Century

Email: wesley.merritt@uniongenerals.org


RANDALL KRAKAUER (Princeton, NJ)
(Maj. Jonathan Letterman)
Available to speak in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Connecticut

Topic: Civil War Medicine and the Contributions of Jonathan Letterman

Email: jonathan.letterman@uniongenerals.org


JACK LIEBERMAN  (Philadelphia, PA)
(Capt. Percival Drayton)

Topic: Damn the Torpedoes– Meet Captain Percival Drayton, US Navy 

Presented by Jack P. Lieberman Captain, USN (Retired)

Email:   percival.drayton@uniongenerals.org


LAUREL LIPSHUTZ (Philadelphia, PA)
(Dr. Mary Walker)
Note: Available within 100 miles of Philadelphia. Weekends only if travel is required. Evenings possible close to Philadelphia.

Topics:

  1. The Life and History of Dr. Mary Walker and Being Awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor 
  2. The Unique Views of Dr. Mary Walker Concerning the Roles of Women, Family and Health in the 19th Century 

Emailmary.walker@uniongenerals.org


JOHN MILLS (Levittown, PA)
(Gen. Henry Jackson Hunt)
Note: Available with a 100 mile radius of Levittown, PA., with some exceptions such as Gettysburg. Limited to the Philadelphia area during the work week.

Topics:

  1. Massed Artillery: The Union Guns at Gettysburg
  2. An Evening With General Henry Hunt, Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac

Email: henry.hunt@uniongenerals.org


THOMAS MORAN (Scranton, PA)
(Gen. Benjamin Butler)
Note: Available within 100-mile radius of Scranton, PA., with exceptions.

Topics:

  1. General Benjamin Butler
  2. General Lew Wallace
  3. Political Generals of the Civil War Era
  4. War Governors
  5. Presidential Elections During the Civil War Period
  6. Radical Republicans
  7. Politics in the Civil War Era

Email: benjamin.butler@uniongenerals.org


RICH NORRIS
(Gen. E.A. Carr)

Topic:  General E. A. Carr: Commanding Army of Eastern Missouri

Email: eugene.carr@uniongenerals.org


JENNIFER OCHMAN (Scranton, PA)
(Louisa May Alcott)

Topics:

  1. Before Little Women — Hospital Sketches From the Civil War  
  2. Women’s Fashion of the Civil War period 
  3. Victorian Etiquette 

Email: louisa.alcott@uniongenerals.org


JOHN VORIS
(John Nicolay)

Topic: John Nicolay—Serving As Lincoln’s Secretary: An Up-Close Look at The President 

Email: john.nicolay@uniongenerals.org


WILLIAM S. VOSSELER (Concordville, PA)
(Major-General George H. Thomas, USA)
Note: Available within a 100 mile radius of Concordville, PA.

Topics:

  1. Maj-Gen’l Geo. H. Thomas, USA – In the First Person 
  2. The Life of George H. Thomas – The No Apologizes Tour (PowerPoint) 
  3. Let’s Talk about the Civil War – Your Questions – My Opinions  

Email: oldpapthomas@yahoo.com


SCOTT AND PEGGY WHITNEY
(Ulysses and Julia Dent Grant)

Topics:

  1. From Hardscrabble to the Whitehouse, the General and Mrs. Grant”
  2. The Civil War Years (A Series):
    1. From Fort Donelson to Vicksburg
    2. Chattanooga to Petersburg
    3. It Ended at Appomattox
  1. Tea with Julia Dent Grant: Life with General Grant

Email ulyssesandjuliagrant@t6broadband.com
Website ulyssesandjuliagrant.com


VARIOUS WOMEN OF COUG:

Topic: The Victorian View: The Changing Roles of Women During the Civil War (presented as a panel discussion with Dr. Mary Walker as moderator)

Email:   mary.walker@uniongenerals.org

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