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Steve T. Phan – Park Ranger & Historian

Steve T. Phan is a Park Ranger and Historian at the Civil War Defenses of Washington. He recently served as acting Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument. He has also worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Stones River National Battlefield, Rock Creek Park, and Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. A military history scholar of the Civil War era, Phan’s research focuses on military occupation, operational command, and fortifications during the Civil War. He is the author of articles about Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Civil War and the Defenses of Washington for numerous publications. He was nominated for the National Park Service Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation (2019). He holds a Master’s degree in American History from Middle Tennessee State University.

President’s Report

On Thursday, April 15, I spoke at the Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable. Held in Cincinnati, there was a great crowd and a wonderful buffet dinner. Everyone had a good time. It was that Roundtable’s first “in person” meeting since the pandemic began.

After our May 2021 meeting, the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable will have made it through a full year of meetings using Zoom. It is my sincere desire that “in person” meetings begin again in September.  Like all of you, I miss the dinners and the camaraderie. Fellowship is the driving force behind our success as a roundtable. Our speakers have all bemoaned the fact that they could not be with all of us. Rest assured, I will do everything I can to begin our dinner meetings again. I am lining up some wonderful speakers for next year.

Our May meeting will feature one of the most prominent young historians on the horizon, Steve Phan. He holds a Masters’ Degree in History, and is an honored member of the National Park Service staff at the Defenses of Washington, DC National Monument. This past year he has been a visiting interpretation specialist at the Camp Nelson National Monument, the newest addition to the Civil War sites managed by the National Park Service.  He will speak to us about his specialty, the Civil War Defenses of Washington, DC. I know you will enjoy him and his lecture.


The Kentucky Civil War Round Table is the largest in the nation in terms of membership. Membership is open to all. Membership fees entitle you to attend five dinner meetings per year in January, March, May, September, and November (each member must pay for his/her own dinner) and the KY Civil War Roundtable newsletters, as well as access to special events.