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doug hocking in characterDoug Hocking in characterI've done my portrayal of General William Emory twice now and it's been very well received both times. I'll be doing it again on October 20 for the Sierra Vista Historical Society and in November for the Prescott Corral of the Westerners. I'd like to do it for you through the AZ Humanities Speakers Program. Information about how that program works is available at http://azhumanities.org/programs/az-speaks-2017-2019/ (The warning about lack of money was for last year). AZ Humanities pays my travel expenses.

Doug Hocking is an independent scholar who has completed advanced studies in American history, ethnology, and historical archaeology. In 2015, he won the Philip A. Danielson Award for Best Presentation. Doug, who served in Military Intelligence and retired as an armored cavalry officer, grew up among the Jicarilla Apache and paisanos of the Rio Arriba. Doug writes both fiction and history. His work has appeared in True West, Wild West, Buckskin Bulletin, Roundup Magazine, and the Journal of Arizona History. Doug on the board of the Arizona Historical Society, Cochise County Historical Society, the Oregon-California Trails Association, and Westerners International.

Contact Info: dhocking@centurylink.net/ (520) 378-1833

Cochise and Bascom, How the Apache Wars Began

In 1861, Lieutenant George Bascom confronted Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise demanding the return of the abducted boy, Felix Ward (aka Mickey Free). The epic 14-day affair, 70 soldiers surrounded by 500 Apaches rescued by the timely intervention of the cavalry, ended in blood with hostages slain on both sides. Congress recognized Dr. Bernard Irwin, who rode with 12 men to relieve the beleaguered soldiers, with the first Medal of Honor. Historians have come to credit Bascom with starting a war. This talk explores the circumstances that led to the confrontation and how blame came to rest on the lieutenant.

  • Presentation Type – Road Scholar
  • Presentation Category – Culture, Gender & Identity Studies – Native American

William H. Emory, The Heroic Opening of the American Southwest

Lieutenant William H. Emory, topographical engineer, rode with General Kearny in the 1846/47 conquest of New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Bold Emory, as he was known at West Point, fought beside the general at the Battle of San Pascual. Throughout his trek from Missouri to California, he recorded the terrain, its people, ruins, flora and fauna. His map opened the Southern Emigrant Road to travel and his published work introduced the Southwest to the American people and established the need for the Gadsden Purchase. After the war, he returned to survey our southern boundary. He was among the first to command a cavalry regiment.

  • Presentation Type – Road Scholar
  • Presentation Category – History – Arizona/Southwest