I was trying to enjoy a long weekend vacation in San Diego, CA despite being under the weather, but one hobby-related thought entered my mind while cruising along and taking in San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, etc....
He was the man behind Command Perspectives which published Sharpsburg and Road to Washington, part of the "War of the Rebellion" series. The games made quite a splash given its detailed treatment of the American Civil War. I recall that the untimely passing of this fledgling publisher was brought about by the accidental death of James Murphy...the story is he lived in San Diego and was, tragically, hit head-on by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on a freeway exit/off-ramp.
Not sure why again thoughts of James and his games crossed my mind. Maybe the nostalgia I experience in thinking about older games and the personalities behind them. I never met James, but having both these games (albeit never having played them), I admire the attention for detail he delivered in his designs.