March 2, 2016

Scottsdale Civil War round Table presents Dr. Craig Symonds March 15

“Cutting The Gordian Knot: Abraham Lincoln And The Problem Of Slavery In American History” will be presented by Dr. Craig Symonds on March 15 at 6:40 pm at Scottsdale Civic Center Library (Auditorium).

Dr. Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy.  During a thirty-year teaching career at the Academy, including a four year term as Department Chair, Symonds was the first person to win both the Academy’s “Excellence in Teaching” award (1988) and its “Excellence in Research” award (1998).  He also received the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service medal on three occasions. He was Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England.  After retirement in 2005, Symonds returned to the Naval Academy for one year in 2011-12 to serve as “The Class of 1957 Distinguished Professor of American Naval History.”  

Symonds is the author or editor of twenty-eight books, including prize-winning biographies of Civil War figures Joseph E. Johnston (1992), Patrick Cleburne (1997), and Franklin Buchanan (1999).  His 2005 book, Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History, and 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 won the Nevins-Freeman Prize in 2009.  His book on The Battle of Midway was published in 2011, and his most recent book is Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings, which won the John Barry Prize from the New York Counsel of the Navy League. 

Scottsdale Civil War Round Table meets the third Tuesday of every month (except June, July, & August), at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library (Auditorium), 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale.  Speakers are comprised of well known Civil War experts from around the country. Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.  For more information: or 480-699-5844.