Doug Hocking (Courtesy: Doug Hocking)

Doug Hocking, historical re-enactor

Thursday, September 19, 2019,

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building


Doug Hocking, an independent scholar and trained living historian, will present a personification of Colonel William Emory. During the 1846/47 conquest of New Mexico, Arizona, and California, Emory, a topographical engineer, rode with General Stephan Watts Kearny, whose nickname was “the father of the United States Cavalry.”  Bold Emory, as he was known at West Point, fought beside the general at the Battle of San Pascual, near present-day San Diego. Throughout his trek from Missouri to California, Emory recorded the terrain, its people, ruins, flora and fauna, minerals, agricultural resources, and trails. 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 1854 Gadsden Purchase. He told the American people about what was in the Southwest, why they should come, and how to get there. After the war with Mexico, he returned to survey our southern boundary and was among the first to command a cavalry regiment in the new territory. His personification will be told as if Colonel Emory were the speaker.

Doug Hocking grew up on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in Rio Arriba County in northern New Mexico and attended reservation schools. He enlisted in Army Intelligence and has worked in Taiwan, Thailand, and at the Pentagon. He earned a master’s degree in American history and completed field work in historical archaeology. Since retiring, he has taught at Cochise College. He has written for   Buckskin Bulletin, Roundup Magazine, and the Journal of Arizona History, among others. His photographs have appeared in the Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Star, and The Sacramento Bee. His serialized novel, Devil on the Loose, was published in the Tombstone Times. Doug is on the board of the Arizona Historical Society, Cochise County Historical Society, the Oregon-California Trails Association, and Westerners International. He and his wife currently live in southern Arizona near Tombstone.

Written by Carol and Donald Gilzinger, Academy Village Volunteers

Sept. 19: “Colonel William Emory and the Heroic Opening of the American Southwest”