About Our Speakers


April 5-April 7, 2019



JOHN C. FAZIO has a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western University in Cleveland.  He now lives in Fairlawn (an Akron suburb) with his wife, Mary, who is reitred after a career in public relations.  Between them, they have seven children, all of whom have left the nest.  John joined Mary in retirement in 2015, after practicing law for fifty years.  He is a student of history, with an emphasis on European and American history - and with an even greater emphasis on the most defining event in American history, the Civil War.  He is a member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and has been its president.  He is also a member of the Lincoln Forum, the Surratt Society, the Cleveland Grays and the Western Reserve Historical Society.  He teaches Civil War history at Chautauqua Institution and frequently speaks on the war and other subjects before Roundtables and other groups and has written and published numerous articles on the war and other subjects.  In addition, he has written Decapitating the Union: Jefferson Davis, Judah Benjamin and the Plot to Assassinate Lincoln, after five years of research and writing.  The book was released in January, 2016

DAVID GOETZ owns Mosby's Confederacy Tours and leads tours in "Mosby's Confederacy," including the Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudon, Warren, and Clarke.  He has published his second non-fiction book. Ever the Gray Ghost: Colonel John Singleton Mosby and the Lincoln Conspiracies, which considers the clandestine side of the the Lincoln conspiracies and Mosby's role in them.  His first non-fiction work, "Hell is Being a Republican in Vigirina": The Postwar Relationship Between John Singleton Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant, examines the pursuit of peace and reconciliation between the North and South by Col. Mosby and President Grant during and after Reconstruction.  Mr. Goetz is descended from the family of Chaplain Father James M. Graves, a Jesuit priest who served with Genrals Joe Johnston and Stonewall Jackson in the Army of Virginia in 1861-1862.
He is a past commander of the Black Horse Camp #780, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Fauquier County, Virginia, currently serves as vice-president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and is a member of the Fauquier County Historical Society board of directors. His professional background is in public relations, sales and marketing, primarily with non-profit organizations. He holds an undergarduate degree in English from Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, and a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of Louisville.  He is a U.S. Army veteran and lives in Culpeper County, Virginia.

THE HONORABLE SANDY PRINDLE served as an elected judge in Texas for 24 years (1983-2006) and is a past president of his judicial association.  He also served as a teacher in landlord-tenant law in the Justice Court Training Center from 2001-2006.  A longtime student of the Civil War and the Lincoln assassination, he has researched and lectured on the subjects since 1985.  Judge Prindle has authored three novels since retiring, but his latest project is a non-fiction book, Booth's Confederate Connections, which will be released this coming spring by Pelican Publishing.  Sandy now resides in Palmetto Florida, with his wife Linda.

BARRY SHEEHY is an accomplished speaker, business consultant and author whose works have appeared alongside those of Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, and business leaders such as Lou Gerstner, Jack Welch, Michael Dell, Edwards Deming, Stephen R. Covey, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Gary Hamel, Peter Senge, and Tom Peters.  His speaking tours have taken him to Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, and across the U.S.  He is the author of six books dealing with both business and history.  His most recent works, Savannah: Immortal City and Brokers, Bankers and Bay Lane: Inside the Slave Trade, were broadly acclaimed.  Immortal City was featured at the prestigious Savannah Book Fair and Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Historical Research using original archival sources.  His new book, Montreal: Ciy of Secrets, examines Confederate Secret Service activities in Canada during the  Civil War.  Barry and his wife, Christine, have residences in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and Savannah, Georgia.

EDWARD STEERS, JR. (University of Pennsylvania AB, PhD) is a leading authority on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  He has authored nine books on Lincoln's death, including Blood on the Moon, The Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, His Name is Still Mudd, and The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia.  He served as an advisor to the President's Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and as a member of the West Virginia Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Ed has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including PBS's "Morning Edition" with Bob Edwards, the Canadian Broadcasting System, Public Broadcasting's "American Experience," CSPAN's "Book Notes" with Brian Lamb, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, Fox Network's "Crossfire with Robert Novak, and was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the "NBC Today Show." Among the honors he has received are the "Person of the Year" award from the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, the Lincoln Group of New York's "Achievement Award," and the "Lifetime Award of Achievement for Enduring Scholarship in the Field of Lincoln Research" by the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.  In 2015, Dr. Steers received the prestigious "Richard Nelson Current Award".

RICHARD WILLING is a headquarters officer with a U.S. Intelligence Community joint center that specializes in media exploitation.  He previously worked as a newspaper and radio correspondent in Washington, D.C. and has written for USA TODAY, The Detroit News, the New York Times, the Washington Post's Style, Sports, and Outlook sections, the Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies and the Surratt Courier.  He is the author of a classified history of the CIA's relations with the American press and has co-authored a history of the FBI's press relationships for the Freedom Forum's Newseum.  Richard is a Life Member of the Surratt Society and has been mortally interested in the Lincoln assassination since his childhood (which roughly coincided with the time period in question...). He holds an honors degree in history from Yale College and also from The Ohio State University in journalism. He is a student in the MA program in American history at George Mason University. 


Everyone enjoys some choice, romantic gossip, and our banquet speaker, E. LAWRENCE ABEL ("ERNIE") will clarify the gossip with facts that he gathered while researching his current book, John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him.  Ernie is a distinguished emeritus professor at Wayne State University's School of Medicine and former Director of the University's Mott Center for Human Growth and Development.  His long time interest in the American Civil War was solidified when he received a perfect score on his history exam in his senior year of high school.  Since then, while pursuing an academic career as a scientist (researching the effects of marijuana and alcohol) by day, he has spent his nights writing articles and books on the Civil War and related topics such as "Singing the New Nation," about the role of music and Southern nationalism during the conflict, and his book, A Finger in Lincoln's Brain, about the medical treatment Lincoln received after he was shot.  Ernie's latest book, John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him, is about the love life of Lincoln's assassin and the tragic stories of the many women who fell under his charismatic spell.

Participants in our Authors' Hour  to be announced.