February Meeting Notice and Newsletter

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital.  This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public.  Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.


OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC:
 “The Raiding Winter: Confederate Cavalry Operations – December 1862 to January 1863”

 

From December 12,1862 through January 3,1863, Confederate cavalry raids led by Generals Nathan Bedford Forrest, John Hunt Morgan, Earl Van Dorn, and Joseph Wheeler exploded in Tennessee and Kentucky.  These raids delayed the Union advances on Chattanooga and Vicksburg by five months while capturing supplies needed by the Confederates.  The loss of these supplies hurt the Union war effort as each of the armies involved lost valuable time trying to replace these losses.  Additionally, more time was lost to the Federals due to having to repair broken railroad lines and bridges over which these supplies flowed.  With the Confederates outnumbered and a major Union offensive pending in Tennessee, these raids helped offset that balance of numbers allowing the Confederates to place forces to stop the Union incursion.  These raids showed what cavalry could do under bold leadership.

 

Michael R. Bradley is an established Civil War expert and author of many books on the Civil War and Tennessee, including They Rode with Forrest and Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Escort and Staff, both published by Pelican. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, his bachelor of divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and both his master’s degree and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Bradley taught US history at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee for thirty-six years before retiring in 2006. In 1994, he was awarded the Jefferson Davis Medal in Southern History. He is a member of the Southern Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, and the Society for Military History. In 2010, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed Bradley to serve on the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

 

This presentation, based on his new book and presented by an expert on the Tullahoma Campaign and the exploits of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, promises to be informative and enjoyable.  Mark your calendar and don’t miss this one – the program packed the house at the December 2013 Nashville CWRT meeting!  Dr. Bradley will have books for sale at the meeting.

 

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

 

Ron Sydnor, site manager of the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, KY and member of the Clarksville CWRT, gave us a wonderful program on Jefferson Davis, the man.  Focusing on the man and his accomplishments in life before he became the president of the Confederate States of America, Ron gave us some wonderful views into what made the man.  He was quite accomplished in life before his February 1861 selection as the Confederate president.  Among these were Secretary of War, a noted attorney, United States Senator from Mississippi and much more.  This was a most informative program, and we thank Ron for its presentation.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

March 2014 – Kent Wright, historian/author – Tennessee Valley CWRT – Conflicted Friendships: John Bull, Uncle Sam and King Cotton; The British Influence Upon Union and Confederate Naval Strategies”

April 2014 – Rob Cross, historian, Belle Meade Plantation – “The Affair At Spring Hill, TN” (tentative)

May 2014 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield  – “Lincoln and McClellan”

June 2014 – Robert Girardi, historian/author, Chicago Police Detective – “The Murder of Union General William “Bull” Nelson”

July 2014 – Conrad Laplante, Ottawa, Canada CWRT – “Canada and the American Civil War”

August 2014 – Eric Wittenberg, historian, author – topic TBA

September 2014 – William C. Davis, noted author and historian – Topic TBA

October 2014 – David Mowery, historian/author – Cincinnati CWRT – “John Hunt Morgan’s Great Indiana and Ohio Raid”

November 2014 – Shirley Farris, author/historian – “Fort Donelson: One Soldier’s Story” (CS Surgeon, 41st Tennessee)

March 2015 – Mark Hoffman, historian/author – The 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics in Middle Tennessee” (from his book)


MEMBERS AND DUES
: - DUES ARE DUE AT THE JULY 2013 MEETING.  WHEN YOU ARE CURRENT YOU WILL GET A NEW CWRT MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.  Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow.  We would love to have you join us!  If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along.  July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due.  If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so.  Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation.  Annual dues are as follows:
Ö         Student – $10

Ö         Single membership – $20

Ö         Family – $30

Ö         Military – Active duty and veterans – $15

Ö         Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25


CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Commemorates a Significant Anniversary – February 13th-27th, 2014

 

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm, Fort Donelson National battlefield will start paying tribute to soldiers and sailors who took part in the epic battle. The 13th will be a tribute to Confederate soldiers and U. S. Navy gunboat crews.

The 14th will be a commemoration of the naval-shore batteries battle that took place on February 14th, 1862 – the Day of Iron Valentines..

 

February 15th will mark the 152nd anniversary of the “Confederate Breakout” with a special caravan tour. (Reservations for this program are required, and may be made by calling (931)232-5706, ext. 108). At 2:00 pm, Sam Davis Elliott with discuss his book, Isham G. Harris of Tennessee: Confederate governor and United States Senator.  The 9th Kentucky Infantry (USA) living history group will be at the Fort Donelson National Cemetery where discussions of various subsequent engagements in the area will be discussed.

 

On Sunday, February 16, 2014, the Fort Donelson Book Club (Murray, KY group) will meet at 3:00 PM to discuss Emmy Werner’s Reluctant Witnesses: Children’s Voices from the Civil War. We will meet at the Calloway County Public Library, where a limited number of copies are available for participants.

 

On Thursday, February 27, the Fort Donelson Book Club (Dover, TN group) will meet at 6:00 PM to discuss Charles B. Flood’s “1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History.” A limited number of copies are available for participants at the park visitor center, where the discussion will be held.

 

All programs are free and open to the public. Schedule is subject to change in case of inclement weather or unsafe conditions. Updates will be made to the park’s website at www.nps.gov/fodo.  Fort Donelson National Battlefield is located in Dover, Tennessee on US Highway 79.  This is about 90 minutes from Nashville.

“RAISING THE HUNLEY” movie – Johnsonville State Historic Park, February 17th 2014

 

150th Anniversary of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the American Civil War as National Geographic goes in search of the truth about the ill-fated Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.  Discover the desperate ingenuity behind the creation of the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship in battle.  Witness researchers’ attempts to learn why the Hunley sank and what became of its crew.  Join the mission to raise the primitive “hand-powered” sub and be there as the Hunley is opened for the first time in more than a century.

 

The film is showing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Johnsonville State Park, Civil War Museum-Visitor Center. For more information call 931-535-2789.  The park visitors center is located on US Hwy 70 just before the Tennessee River.  You can also get there by I-40 west, then get off at Exit 143 and turn right.  Follow the signs to New Johnsonville.

11th Annual Kennesaw State University Civil War Symposium, “1864, The Western Theater”, March 21-22, 2014

 

An outstanding group of presenters will lecture on a variety of topics having to do with the war in the Western Theater during 1864. These include, William C. Davis who will speak on General John C. Breakinridge, “Trying to Remain a Gentleman in the last gentlemanly theater of the war;” Richard McMurry, “The General in the Jar, Joseph E. Johnston and the Atlanta Campaign.” Steve Woodworth; “A. J. Smith’s Guerrillas and the Battle of Nashville;” Jim Ogden, “Inflicting All the Damage You Can, ‘Sherman’s War Resources’ Target;” and Craig Symonds, “Cleburne’s Memorial, Confederate Emancipation and the Meaning of War.”  All are noted Civil War historians and authors.

The program begins on Friday, March 21, at 6 pm with a reception and entertainment by the 97th Regimental String Band. The festivities will be held at the Kennesaw State University Center.  The symposium will get under way at 9 am on Saturday, March 22.  This program will also be held at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr, NW, Kennesaw, Ga.  This is located at Exit 271 right off I-75 in Kennesaw, GA north of Atlanta – only about 4 ½ hours from Clarksville.  They put on a fine seminar so please be sure to support it if you can.

War In Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign: Ringgold Through Kennesaw – March 27th-30th, 2014

 

A 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign tour will take place on March 27th-30th, 2014.  The tour is a fund raiser for the Lotz House Museum in Franklin, TN.  The fees are:  Single person per room – $495 , Double per room – $390 each, Triple per room – $360 each

 

Only 22 seats remain for the tour as of this week.  The tour will cover all battlefields from Ringgold Gap through Kennesaw Mountain national Battlefield.  Included will be newly opened sites at Resaca, GA. There’s also some exciting new additions to the tour!

 

Tour payments – The Lotz House Museum of Franklin, TN is the new sponsor and proceeds will go to them so they can continue telling the story of the Lotz family and the Battle of Franklin in November 1864.  They will handle all payments for the tour, and a portion of your fee is tax deductible as they are a non-profit 501(c)3 agency.

 

To pay by credit card or debit card – call the Lotz House at (615) 790-7190.  Just state that you are registering and paying for the “War In Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign,“ tour.  They will take your name, address, phone number, card info and email address.  Please be sure to inform them of how many are attending – single, double, triple.  You will receive an email confirmation.  If you do not have email, then give them your phone number in its place.

 

To mail in payment by check please send to – and be sure to put “Atlanta Tour” on the check and for how many people as well:

 

Lotz House Museum – 1111 Columbia Ave. – Franklin, TN   37064

 

WHAT DO YOU GET FOR OUR TOUR FEE?

 

  • Four days of tours with Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright.  Greg, president of the Clarksville TN Civil War Roundtable and an officer of the Nashville CWRT, grew up in Georgia and has led Atlanta tours since 1993.  He also leads tours of the Fort Donelson Campaign, the Tullahoma Campaign and Where the River Campaigns Began: Cairo to Columbus/Belmont.  Thomas is a well known tour guide and historian who is the expert on the Middle Tennessee Campaign of 1864 but also has experience in leading tours of Stones River, Shiloh, Parker’s Crossroads and other Civil War sites.  He has also appeared on Civil War television programs and various documentaries.                                                                          

 

  • Three nights of hotels – Hampton Inn (Ringgold, GA, one night and Marietta, GA, two nights).  These have free breakfasts each day.

 

  •  Cavalier Tours escort services who will handle almost everything you need for the tour including your luggage.  The tour will be on a bus company coach who works with Cavalier on a regular basis

 

  • Admission fees to the Tunnel Hill Civil War and Railroad Museum; the Southern Museum for Civil War and Locomotive History and the Pickett’s Mill State Battlefield Park (which is one of the most pristine battlefields in America).

 

  • A complete set of tour maps for each battlefield.

 

  • There will also be a Wednesday night program (March 26th) in Franklin with a tour and reception at the Lotz House Museum in Franklin.  There will also be an orientation on the tour.

 

  • Three excellent Civil War speakers for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the tour.  These are Richard McMurry, noted author and speaker; Brian Wills, another noted author and speaker and director of the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University; and Michael Shaffer, also an author and speaker and assistant director of the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University.  All three are included in the tour fee!

 

The tour will leave from and return to Franklin, TN.  Lotz House is working on a secure place to park your vehicles while the tour is away.  There is also a confirmed hotel in Franklin with a discounted rate for tour participants (not included in the tour price) for Wednesday night, March 26th.  All of these details will be sent to tour participants as they develop.

For any questions, etc. please email J.T. Thompson of the Lotz House at – jtt@lotzhouse.com.  You can also email Greg Biggs at Biggsg@charter.net or call his cell phone at – (931)217-4265.

 

Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, TN. Adds To Its House Tour

 

Readers of this newsletter will recall the numerous artifacts discovered in the basement of the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee.  Owner J.T. Thompson and historian John Marler, have been unearthing numerous items from the Civil War era buried in the basement of this historic home.  These items are now part of a DVD and book that have been produced for sale that tells the story of the Forgotten Treasures Of A Forgotten battle: The Lotz House Cellar and the Battle of Franklin.  Both items, along with other books, DVDs and more, can be purchased at the Lotz House.

 

The Lotz House is pleased to announce the new open cellar for private tours as part of this year’s Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Franklin.  If you have any questions about the new tour or would like to speak to J.T. Thompson, please call 615-790-7190.  The Lotz House is located on Columbia Pike right across from the Carter House in historic Franklin, TN.  Stay tuned for more information about the events they will be holding for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin coming in November 2014.

 

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Begins Series Of Programs On The Atlanta Campaign – 150th Anniversary

 

The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign officially begins in early May 2014 and continues into early September.  A load of events are being planned for this time frame from reenactments to tours to lectures and other programs.  Towns from Dalton, Georgia to Jonesboro, GA are all involved.  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is front and center of many of them including a series of lectures.

 

The first lecture begins on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 with a program on The Atlanta Campaign presented by Michael Shaffer, Assistant Director of the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University.  Mr. Shaffer is a regular speaker on the war in Georgia and is part of the River Line board seeking to preserve the remains of the Confederate defenses along the Chattahoochee River.  The lecture begins at 2 PM.  As Kennesaw Mountain is now the most visited Civil War battlefield, parking can be problematic.  However, there is a special parking area for lecture participants that will be marked at the park visitors center.  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is located off I-75 at the Barrett Parkway exit.  Turn right and then follow the signs to the park.

 

Civil War Seminar At Georgia Tech University in Atlanta – Saturday, April 12, 2014 – in the Student Center

 

Technology as it was applied to the Civil War — in weapons, military operations, medicine, equipment, communications, and transport — will be the focus of the symposium. Technological changes remote from the battlefield also shaped the conduct of war. Photography and new signal devices improved communications, both military and civilian. It was a period of transition to the full-fledged industrialized warfare of World War I: horses still mattered more than steam engines in the nineteenth century and more soldiers still died from disease in the Civil War than from wounds sustained. This symposium will examine the technological innovation and impact on warfare.   Visit www.hts.gatech.edu/civilwar for information and registration or contact John Miller for information canoe4ever@gmail.com. There is no cost for this symposium, but please register.  Accessible parking is available at the Student Center.   The agenda tentatively includes:

 

Command, Control, and Communications during the American Civil War: Information Flows and Field Armies, Seymour Goodman (Georgia Tech)

Naval Technology, Kenneth Johnston (National Civil War Naval Museum, Port Columbus)

Emerging Photography and Its Impact, David Vaughan (Civil War Round Table of Atlanta)

Photographing Medicine: Clinical Photography, Photomicrography, and the Development of New Investigative Techniques during the American Civil War, Shauna Devine (Western University, Ontario)

A Sorrowful War: Veterinary Medicine during the War of the Rebellion, Mary-Elizabeth Ellard (Georgia Battlefields Association)

Panel Discussion: Artifacts of the Industrial Revolution, Curating Civil War Technology, featuring Gordon Jones (Atlanta History Center) and Kenneth Johnston (National Civil War Naval Museum) with display in the adjacent Student Center Piedmont Room

Walking Tour: The Georgia Tech Campus in 1864, Charlie Crawford (Georgia Battlefields Association)


The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in the Western Theater will have a great number of events in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi starting in April 2014.  Stay tuned here for details of the many events that will be taking place.  The two primary campaigns that are being covered are the Atlanta Campaign and the Tennessee Campaign of 1864 but there will be other events.  For the Eastern Theater, the Overland Campaign and the beginnings of the Petersburg Campaign will be the primary focus but also events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  There will be lots of things to see and do.  Please support these events if you can.

November Meeting Information and Newsletter

November 20th, 2013 – Our 116th meeting.
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital.  This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public.  Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.


OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC:
   “The Arkansas Post Campaign”

The confluence region of the Arkansas, White and Mississippi rivers was a wealth of historic importance and activity long before the American Civil War had begun to rumble across the southeastern Arkansas landscape.  Established in 1686, this “Poste de Arkansea,” the earliest European settlement of the lower Mississippi Valley, was key to the southern French and Spanish region militarily, politically, and economically.  The remote outpost and surrounding community was a participant in European and American expansion, the last engagement of the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the establishment of the Arkansas Territory, the rise of the era when “cotton was king,” and, lastly, an 1863 battle between Union and Confederate forces that fully destroyed any semblance of the community.  151 years later, this remains an engagement of questionable importance and purpose.

In late 1862 and early 1863 the impressively constructed Fort Hindman served as a base of leadership and supply for Confederate disruption of Union shipping on the lower Mississippi River.  Though largely as much because of ego and politics over military necessity, Union Major General John McClernand under took a campaign to mitigate the threat of further rebel disruption.  While in the end a Union victory, the intense two-day combined land and naval engagement came at a high cost in casualties for the invading army.  The intended capture of the southern fortress indeed mitigated the threat of future Confederate interference upon the Mighty Mississippi, questions and accusations quickly emerged from all directions.   Was the Battle of Arkansas Post/Fort Hindman a vital and strategic Union victory and Confederate loss that impacted the war on a wider spectrum; an engagement that served more as a “morale boost” for the then demoralized Union force; or, simply a “wild goose chase” on the part of McClernand and his cooperating Union Navy?

In the years following the engagement, veterans of both armies, military leadership and, later, historians continued to dispute the resulting importance of the battle.  More than a century and a half later, though largely unfamiliar to all but the most astute Civil War aficionados, the importance of events at Poste de Arkansea often remains one more of varying personal opinion, and likely will for generations to come.

Our speaker is Brian McCutchen, superintendent of Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, TN.  McCutchen began his National Park Service career in 1992 at Shiloh National Military Park.  During his seven years at Shiloh, McCutchen served as the park’s cultural resources ranger.  In 1999, McCutchen accepted a position at Arkansas Post National Memorial to serve in the capacity of park historian and lead ranger where he documented and mapped the site from 1686 to the present day; placing special focus upon the “lost” landscape of both the American Revolutionary War engagement of 1783 and the Civil War battle of Fort Hindman of 1863.  In 2001, McCutchen moved to the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha to accept a position as a regional historian.   In 2007 McCutchen became superintendent of the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, near Stanton, N.D.  In 2010, McCutchen was invited to return to the national park “cannon ball circuit,” to serve as superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, the site of the 1779 revolutionary war battle of Fort Sackville, a legendary victory by Colonel George Rogers Clark.

A native of southeast Missouri, McCutchen earned both his bachelor of science in historic preservation in 1992 and his master’s degree in history-historic preservation in 1995 from Southeast Missouri State University.  He conducted graduate research on Civil War monuments, their history, and preservation and has led workshops on monument and cemetery conversation.  He has written several articles, journal pieces, book reviews, and is co-author of the book Shiloh National Military Park; part of the Arcadia Publishing “Images of America” series.  McCutchen is married to Sharon (Cummings), a native of Savannah, Tenn. They have a 9-year-old son, Noah.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

 

We had a terrific program by a fine historian and gifted speaker Brian Allison.  Brian detailed the fate of Gen. William Quarles’ Brigade at the Battle of Franklin and Nashville in November/December, 1864.  Quarles was from Clarksville and his brigade included men of the 49th Tennessee, some of whom were also from Clarksville. Brian detailed the experiences of the men of the brigade on the march to Middle Tennessee, their fates in the battles and the long suffering retreat back to Alabama.  Utilizing an excellent Power Point, Brian’s program was full of humor, tragedy and heroism.  This would be a fine program for any CWRT out there.  Thanks Brian for a wonderful evening!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

December 2013 – Linda Barnickle, historian/author – “The Battle of Milliken’s Bend”

January 2014 – Ron Sydnor, superintendent, Jefferson Davis State Historic Site – “Jefferson Davis: The Man”

February 2014 – Dr. Michael Bradley, historian/author – “The Raiding Winter: Confederate Cavalry Operations in the Winter of 1862-1863” (This will be from his new book of similar title.)

May 2014 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield  – “Lincoln and McClellan”

June 2014 – Robert Girardi, historian/author, Chicago Police Detective – “The Murder of Union General William “Bull” Nelson”

July 2014 – Conrad Laplante, Ottawa, Canada CWRT – “Canada and the American Civil War”

September 2014 – William C. Davis, noted author and historian – Topic TBA


MEMBERS AND DUES
: - DUES ARE DUE AT THE JULY 2013 MEETING.  WHEN YOU ARE CURRENT YOU WILL GET A NEW CWRT MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.  Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow.  We would love to have you join us!  If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along.  July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due.  If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so.  Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation.  Annual dues are as follows:

Ö         Student – $10

Ö         Single membership – $20

Ö         Family – $30

Ö         Military – Active duty and veterans – $15

Ö         Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25


CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

Clarksville CWRT Annual Christmas Party – Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

 

We have now finalized the details for our December Christmas meeting and program.  We will be having a dinner at Ariella Italian Restaurant in downtown Russellville, KY once more.  I know everyone really enjoyed the food and great atmosphere there.  Things will be a little different this year.  We will still be upstairs but that site has been enlarged by the removal of the upstairs bar.  The whole floor will be for the Clarksville CWRT.  We are very pleased that our member Debbie Hirsch was able to work this out again for us.

Our program will be Linda Barnickel of Nashville who has a new book on the Battle of Milliken’s Bend, part of the Vicksburg Campaign and how some new black Union troops stopped a Confederate attack on U.S. Grant’s supply base.  Linda will have copies of her book for sale at the meeting and it has received great reviews to date.

 

The whole dinner will be $25 per person which includes tax and gratuity.  To make things easier there will be no paying at the door.  We will sell tickets for the $25 per person starting at this month’s meeting.  If you cannot make the meeting you will need to send payment to Greg Biggs, 2600 W. Henderson Way, Clarksville, TN 37042.  The Christmas meeting date is Wednesday, December 18th.  If you want to go your payment must be in hand no later than Friday, December 13th.  I will then have the final count to pass along to Debbie at Ariella.

Please make your checks for the dinner tickets out to the Clarksville CWRT and mark your checks “Christmas Dinner.”  The CWRT will then write one check to Debbie the evening of our program.  This is a much simpler way than last year.  We will have the entire upstairs of the restaurant as we did last year.

50th Tennessee Infantry Christmas Ball December 7th, 2013

Our local reenactment unit, the 50th Tennessee, will be holding their annual Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.  The location is the Milliken Memorial House in Elkton, KY.  To get to Elkton take US Hwy 79 to Guthrie and then take KY 181 to Elkton.  The music for the evening will be provided by the Red River Band.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door and period dress is required.  For more information please email – the50thtn@yahoo.comThis sounds like a terrific time for all!

Friends of Fort Defiance Annual Ball – January 11, 2014

The Friends of Fort Defiance is holding our Annual Civil War Ball on January 11, 2014, at 6:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Clarksville.   The event is a production of the Friends and the Clarksville Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.  The event starts at 6:00 PM.  The Madison Street United Methodist Church is located at 319 Madison Street, Clarksville, Tennessee 37040 .  Tickets are $ 35 per person and period dress or evening Clothes required.  To purchase tickets by Paypal please visit -

http://ftdefianceclarksville.com/For more information please contact Roger Tenney at – 615-406-2697.     

 

Save the date – Atlanta Campaign Tour – March 27-30, 2014.  Sponsored by the Battle of Franklin Trust

 

Tour guides Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright, in a fund raiser for the Battle of Franklin Trust, are conducting a tour of the Atlanta Campaign.  The tour will cover Ringgold Gap through Kennesaw Mountain including such sites as Dalton, Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, Calhoun, Cassville, Dallas/New Hope Church and Pickett’s Mill and the first and second Kennesaw Lines.  Some sites have several stops.  The tour will be by bus and leave from Franklin, TN on Thursday, March 27th and return on Sunday, March 30th.  Cost details are forthcoming with proceeds going to the Battle of Franklin Trust and will cover any museum fees, hotel rooms, guides and map sets for the tour.  Keep your eyes here for more details as they develop.

Lotz House in Franklin, TN has two events

The Lotz House Museum, 1111 Columbia Avenue, across the road from the Carter House in Franklin, TN. is having two events.  On Saturday, November 30th, they are having a blood drive in conjunction with American Red Cross.  This will be held from 10 AM until 3 PM.  To make an appointment please call (615) 790-7190.  Please support this worthy event.

 

Secondly, on the same date, the Lotz House is sponsoring a 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin tour with Thomas Cartwright and John Marler.  Both are experienced guides and this tour will focus not only on the battle but also stories of the men that fought on both sides.  The tour is limited to 50 people and costs $75 per person.  The tour starts at 10:30 AM and ends at 2:30 PM.  To secure your spot call (615) 790-7190 or email – battlefieldtours@lotzhouse.com

149th Battle of Nashville Event, Belle Meade Plantation, December 14, 2013, 10 am – 4 pm

 

The 149th Battle of Nashville event will be held on Saturday December 14, 2013. Speakers will include Dan Woodard, Greg Biggs, Cornelia McDonald, and Dr. Brian Wills.  The 7th Tennessee Cavalry will be encamped and will lead cavalry demonstrations throughout the day. All events will take place on the grounds of Belle Meade Plantation from 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission to the event is free. Mansion tour tickets will be available for sale for all interested. For more information contact us at 615-356-0501 ext 148 or info@bellemeadeplantation.com

151st Anniversary Programs, Stones River Battlefield Park, December 26, 2013 – January 2, 2014

Park Rangers and volunteers will conduct a variety of tours and presentations telling the story of the bitter struggle at Stones River. In addition to these presentations, living history demonstrations will help to show conditions under which soldiers on both sides had to deal.  For more information call the park’s visitor information line at (615) 893-9501.

 

Dinner at Travellers Rest with speaker Ed Bearss Friday, December 6, 2013:   6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; $100 per person ($175 per couple)

 

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society and Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum will host a Friday evening dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on December 6, 2013. Ed Bearss, expert on the Civil War and WWII eras, will be the guest speaker. Cost of the Bearss dinner at Travellers Rest is $100 per person. ($175 per couple) For reservations email Cryssa Hulsey at rentals@travellersrestplantation.org or call 615-8328197.   Mr. Bearss is the former Historian for the National Park Service and has authored several battlefield guidebooks and works on Civil War subjects. At age 90, Mr. Bearss shows no signs of slowing down.

 

Battle Of Nashville Bus Tour – Saturday, December 7, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; $70 per seat

Historic Travelers Rest and the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society will sponsor a bus tour beginning at Travelers Rest at 10 am, Saturday, December 7. The tour will visit seven major Battle of Nashville sites with narration by Ed Bearss and Nashville Preservation Society board members Jim Kay and John Ally. Stops include Granbury’s Lunette, Redoubt #1, Redoubt #3, John Trotwood Moore Middle School, Fort Negley, Nashville City Cemetery and Shy’s Hill.  Cost of the tour is $70 per seat.  A box lunch will be provided. For reservations email Carissa Hulsey at rentals@travellersrestplantation.org or call 615-8328197.

 

Tennessee Historical Society Releases Two More Volumes in the “Tennessee in the Civil War” Series

 

The Tennessee Historical Society is releasing a series of books over the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The series consists of collections of articles from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly about the Civil War and its impact on Tennessee. Volume Six, “Emancipation and the Fight for Freedom: Tennessee African Americans”, 1860-1900” and Volume Seven, “The Battles for Chattanooga” have been released. The volumes in this series sell for $25 each and can be purchased from the THS website (http://www.tennesseehistory.org/research.htm) or you can pick one up at the Fort Negley Gift Shop at the next Roundtable.

 

Titles for the preceding five volumes are, “Tennessee in the Civil War”, “The Civil War in Appalachia”, “The Battle of Shiloh”, “The Battle of Stones River” and “Forrest and the West Tennessee Cavalry Campaigns.”   These are really nicely done and are great assets to Tennessee’s Civil War History.

 

150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address: Fort Negley, Saturday November 23, 10 am to 3 pm

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address will be held at Fort Negley on Saturday, November 23rd. The celebration will feature Dennis Boggs as President Lincoln. Mr. Boggs is a much sought after Lincoln re-enactor and always gives a convincing portrayal. The 13th United States Colored Troops Living History Association will be on hand to handle the military aspects of the program. This group is very much in demand and participates in Civil War events around the mid-south. They have been at Fort Negley many times and always manage to delight visitors. A representative of the National Cemetery system and will give a presentation about the history and future of the system. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Nashville Civil War Show, Williamson County Ag Expo Park, December 7-8, 2013 – America’s Largest!

The Nashville Civil War Show will be at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park on December 7, 8, 2013. This remains the largest Civil War show in the nation!  Saturday hours will be 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday hours 9 am to 3 pm.  Admission is $8 for adults, children under 12, free.  The Ag Expo Park is located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064.  Take I-65 south of Franklin and get off at Exit 61. If you wish to participate in the show as a vendor, table cost is $85. For more information email: Mike@MKShows.com, or phone: 770-630-7296

 

Civil War Roundtable News – Cleveland, Ohio CWRT and the Las Vegas, NV CWRT

On November 13th, 2013, the Cleveland CWRT celebrates its 500th meeting with a program on Civil War Zouaves by Patrick Schroeder.  This venerable CWRT has had a “who’s who” of Civil War speakers over the years and continues to serve the northeast Ohio area with fine scholarship and fellowship.  Their excellent web site offers numerous essays by members and guests.  You can visit this site at – www.clevelandcivilwarroundtable.combe prepared to spend quite a bit of time here reading all that they offer.  The Cleveland CWRT is one of about 30 CWRTs in the Buckeye State, which is more than any other state in the nation.  The Clarksville CWRT congratulates our fellow CWRT on 500 meetings.  May there be many, many more!

 

It has been said that what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.  Well, on your next rip to Vegas you might drop in on the Las Vegas CWRT. They were organized in 2002 and meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Best Western located at Main and Washington Streets.  In 2014 they will host the Western States Roundtable annual convention.  Their 40-plus members include Civil War reenactors, teachers, retirees, college professors and a couple of students.  Their oldest member, who gave the June 2013 program on Gen. Forrest, is 84 and a WWII veteran.  For the past three years all of their monthly programs were given by Roundtable members.   They have a monthly book raffle and all donations are sent to Civil War Trust.   Like our CWRT, they have an annual Christmas Party in December.   After meetings, members and guests gather downstairs at the Pallazio Restaurant, which is open twenty-four hours so they can sit around and chat as long as they want.  If Clarksville CWRT members are in the area during the time of their meeting they are invited to attend and even to give a program.  By doing so this makes the trip tax-deductible as the Las Vegas CWRT is a 501(c) 3 organization.  We thank Las Vegas CWRT president Pete Carnes for the information.  Pete’s email is – secesh@lvscv.com.

 

New Book On The Tullahoma Campaign

Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage has published a new book of essays on the Tullahoma Campaign.  Offering full color photos and maps, plus other illustrations, the coffee table style book contains six essays by James Lewis (Stones River NBF), Dr. Michael Bradley, Dr. Robert E. Hunt (MTSU), Vince Armstrong (MTSU) and our own Greg Biggs.  The book was edited by David Currey and Dr. Hunt and has been in the works for many years.  In addition to the essays there is a driving tour with maps of the campaign.

 

For copies please contact Dianne Murray at – tnbackroads@bellsouth.netGreg will have some copies for sale at this month’s meeting.

 

October Meeting Notice and Newsletter

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October 16th, 2013 – Our 115th meeting.

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: “The Long Road Home: William Quarles Brigade in Hood’s Tennessee Campaign, 1864.”

Clarksville’s Confederate General William A. Quarles commanded a brigade in the Army of Tennessee. He led his troops through critical battles of the Atlanta Campaign and now, for the first time in years, the men of his Tennessee regiments were coming back to the Volunteer State. Quarles’ Brigade consisted of the 1st Alabama Infantry and the 42nd/48th, 46th/55th, 49th and 53rd Tennessee Infantry regiments. The 49th Tennessee contained men from the Clarksville area.

At Franklin, as part of William Loring’s Division, Quarles and his brigade assaulted the Union line close to the Carter Cotton Gin. Quarles fell badly wounded and was captured on December 17th. The 49th Tennessee suffered the highest rate of casualties of any Confederate regiment in the war; close to 85 per cent! At Nashville, the remnants of the brigade were attacked on December 15th, 1864 along the Confederate left along Hillsboro Pike north of Richland Creek. Union cavalry enveloped the flank and forced the Confederate line to collapse and fall back. The next day, the brigade held the line just right of Shy’s Hill at Granny White Pike. Again, the Confederate left was enveloped by Union cavalry while Federal infantry assaulted the lines on the hill itself. Once again, the Confederates fell back, this time all the way to Alabama. John Bell Hood, commanding the Army of Tennessee, resigned his command. What was left of the army split into two factions; part of th

em, including Quarles’ Brigade, went to North Carolina to finish the war there, while the other portion went to Mobile, Alabama.

Nashville based historian Brian Allison will give an overview discussing in detail the experiences of Quarles’ Brigade at the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and what happened to the survivors, the prisoners, the wounded, and the dead.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Brian Allison grew up fascinated by the rich historical heritage of the area around him. A graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, he has worked in the history field for the better part of two decades. Most recently, he was the Curator of Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum in Nashville. An artist and a storyteller, he enjoys breathing life into the forgotten stories of the past.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

The Clarksville CWRT heard a fascinating program on the signal flags of Gen. William S. Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland. Historian Rhea Cole, from the Middle Tennessee CWRT, has been studying these flags for several years and his program showed how they developed and used by Rosecrans for long distance communications where there were no telegraph lines. This allowed far flung elements of his army to remain in constant contact with headquarters. Rosecrans, as Cole related, was a very novel commander who created and expanded several programs within the army that gave it an edge for the rest of the war. From communications through military engineering, Rosecrans set a high standard for other Union armies to follow. Thanks Rhea for the fine program!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

November 2013 – Brian McCutchen, superintendent, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “The Arkansas Post Campaign”
December 2013 – Linda Barnickle, historian/author – “The Battle of Milliken’s Bend”
June 2014 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “Lincoln and McClellan”
July 2014 – Conrad Laplante, Ottawa, Canada CWRT – “Canada and the American Civil War”
September 2014 – William C. Davis, noted author and historian – Topic TBA

MEMBERS AND DUES: – DUES ARE DUE AT THE JULY 2013 MEETING. WHEN YOU ARE CURRENT YOU WILL GET A NEW CWRT MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. We would love to have you join us! If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so. Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:

 Student – $10
 Single membership – $20
 Family – $30
 Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
 Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25

CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

Annual Battle of Chickamuaga Seminar In The Woods – March 7-8, 2014

Noted Chickamauga historian Dave Powell and Chick-Chatt National Military park historian Jim Ogden hold another of their annual Seminars in the Woods, a tactical tour and study of different aspects of the three day Battle of Chickamauga. The purpose of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Study Group is to create a forum to bring students of the American Civil War together to study and explore those events in the fall of 1863 that led ultimately to the creation of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park … “for the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the war of the rebellion.”

The tours begin on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, 2014. Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus. The tours are:.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 – George Thomas and the XIV Corps advance to Chickamauga.
In the morning, we will explore the XIV Corps crossing of the Tennessee, visiting Shellmound, Jasper, and Trenton between roughly August 30th and September 9th; much of this exploration will also include following Rosecrans and army headquarters since Rosecrans and Thomas spent much time together during these movements
Park at the Visitor‘s Center. The bus will depart and return from there. On Friday afternoon we will cross Lookout Mountain, and follow Thomas’s corps into McLemore’s Cove and then on to Crawfish Spring, in the town of Chickamauga.

For Saturday morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon – The tour covers where Union Gens. Baird and Brannan Engage, September 19th . This tour will be part walking and part car caravan. The tour will return to the vicinity of Jay’s Mill and Winfrey Field, to explore the developing fight on September 19th. The primary focus will be on Brannan’s engagement with Wilson’s and Ector’s Brigades of Walker’s Confederate corps, Baird’s entry into the fight, and Liddell’s counter-attack. We will meet at the visitor’s center, and then car-caravan to Jay’s Mill Road.
Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m -.Gordon Granger and the defense of Horseshoe Ridge. The tours finish on Horseshoe Ridge, following the Union Reserve Corps onto the battlefield and describing the ensuing action. It will focus primarily on that part of Horseshoe Ridge beyond Hill 3, out to the end of the Union line. Meet at the visitor’s center, and then car-caravan to Snodgrass Hill.

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility.
Tour Departures: All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at the designated start time, and will depart from there after some brief overview discussion. We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking area, and from there, we will be on foot. We will be on foot for up to three hours, so dress and prepare accordingly. Tours will depart rain or shine. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan accordingly. All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of the weekend.

Lodging and Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals. There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, to fit most any price range. The closest are in Fort Olgethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in Ringgold. Each tour on Saturday is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.
What to bring: Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain, as spring can be quite wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in places. Bring your own water and snacks. For more details go to – http://chickamaugablog.wordpress.com/

Knoxville, Tennessee Civil War 150th Events Announced

Three key events for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Knoxville are coming starting this month. The weekend of October 10th-13th events for Fort Sanders, site of Confederate General James Longstreet’s attack in 1863, are taking place. These include a Civil War reenactment. The fort no longer exists but that will not stop modern history buffs. On November 8-10th, events will be held at Fort Dickerson, which is right across the river from Neyland Stadium. The Knoxville CWRT has contributed greatly to its preservation and interpretation. Lastly, in late November events will take place at Fort Higley. Head on over to East Tennessee and take part in these terrific events.

For more details please visit – http://www.knoxcivilwar.org. The web site also offers a downloadable map for a Civil War walking tour of downtown Knoxville and much more. Other events being held in the area are also listed.

Further information can also be obtained by calling (865) 227-6398.

Johnsonville, TN State Historic Park Announces 149th Anniversary Events – Saturday through Monday, November 2-4, 2013

Johnsonville State Historic Park, located in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, is having their 149th Anniversary celebrations for the battle of Johnsonville which took place on November 4, 1864. Confederate cavalry commander Nathan Bedford Forrest struck the massive Union supply base on the Tennessee River on that date after capturing gunboats and transports, and ultimately destroyed millions of dollars in supplies earmarked for Gen. William T. Sherman’s army in Georgia. While a huge dent in the Union supply efforts, the raid failed to stop Sherman and his March to the Sea which began not long afterward.

Events include cannon firings, infantry encampments and guided tours of the earthworks and more inside the park by Jerry Wooten. All events are free. The new park visitors center has a wonderful museum and film telling the story of Johnsonville from Union supply base through Forrest’s raid. There is also a gift shop within the center.

For more details please visit their web site at – http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/Johnsonville/. Johnsonville State Historic Park is located right off US Highway 70. You can get there from Interstate 40 from Exit 143/Tennessee Hwhy 13. Go north until US Hwy 70 and turn left/west. The park is about an hour from Clarksville and can be reached by taking TN Hwy 13 south from Clarksville to Waverly and then take US Hwy 70 west to the park.

Tennessee Valley CWRT Civil War Symposium – The Civil War In The Tennessee Valley Area, November 2, 2013

Join the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library at the Huntsville, Madison County Library in Huntsville, Alabama on November 2, 2013, to explore the strategic importance of the Tennessee Valley, along with other related activities. The event begins at 9 AM and ends at 4: 30 PM. Huntsville is about 2 1/2 hours from Clarksville.

Featured Speakers and Topics: A full range of outstanding historians and authors –
• Greg Biggs – “Nashville – Siren’s Song of the Confederacy”
• Thomas Flagel – “A Landscape Transformed: Union Fortifications and the Alteration of Middle Tennessee”
• Eric Jacobsen – “The Battle of Franklin”
• J.F. (Pete) Sparks – “The Federal Occupation of North Alabama in 1862”
• Peggy Allen Towns – “Duty Driven: The Plight of North Alabama’s African Americans”

There will be other events and displays, including a book dealer, during the day.

There is a single admission fee for the Featured Speaker presentations – $15 for general audience; $10 for Active Duty military personnel (ID required); $5 for students up through and including college (ID required for college students)

For more information please email – tnvalleycivilwarrt@gmail.com

April Newsletter and Meeting Notice

April 17th, 2013 – Our 109th meeting.
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign”

Vicksburg was a tougher nut to crack that what Union General Ulysses S. Grant had previously thought. His December 1862 offensive to take the citadel on the Mississippi River was stopped due to Confederate cavalry raids. His next offensive in May 1863, moved his army down the left side of the river before crossing over at Bruinsburg. Once across, Grant moved quickly defeating Confederate forces at Raymond and then Jackson before turning to deal with the Vicksburg garrison at Champion Hill and Big Black River. The latter battle bottled up the Confederate army of John Pemberton in the city but its massive fortifications stopped Grant cold.

Seeking to keep his troops busy, Grant realized that the real goal of the campaign was not really to take the city but open up the Mississippi River. If the Federals could bypass the city by water somehow Vicksburg would become a moot point. Working with his engineers, Grant found a place to dig a canal across the neck of land across the river from the city and set his men into doing so. Complications and lower water eventually negated what grant sought to do and ultimately the siege itself ended up being enough to capture the city and 30,000 man garrison.

Our speaker this month is David Bastian, author of the only book on Grant’s canal. His program will feature a slide presentation, based on his book, referencing the two Union campaigns against Vicksburg and focusing on the efforts to divert the Mississippi River away from Vicksburg by digging the canal. Had they succeeded, they would have had immediate and complete control of the river (definitely in the summer of 1862 and possibly in the winter of 1863). Beyond Vicksburg’s geographical significance, Mr. Bastian will also discuss the city’s topography and why this made the city very defensible for the Confederacy. Needless to say, if the Union had succeeded in its plan, Vicksburg would have lost much of its importance as a Union objective.

David Bastian is a retired hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where among his accomplishments he had a 6-year stint in Panama as a delegate to the tri-national Commission for the Study of Alternatives to the Panama Canal.
Bastian holds a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in river engineering from Delft in the Netherlands. He is now a practicing engineering consultant.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Nancy Baird of Western Kentucky University of Bowling Green, KY and editor of Josie Underwood’s Civil War diary gave us a fine program based on Josie’s diary. Using Josie’s own words, her program featured humor, sadness, grief, anger and more and gave us a deep insight into the mindset of a young woman, from a slave holding Unionist family near Bowling Green. Her father was a prominent Kentuckian who would be appointed a commissioner to Scotland during the war which would take Josie and her family away from the war. When they returned it was to a ruined estate which had been dismantled slowly by both armies during the early stages of the war. Not only was this an excellent program but the diary is well worth reading. Thanks so much Nancy.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

May 2013 – Jerry Wooten, Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
June 2013 –
July 2013 – Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati/author – Sterling Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Lee Ann Newton, historian/author – “The Memoirs Of Eratus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”
September 2013 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “Lincoln and McClellan”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, VA Tech University, noted author/historian – Topic TBA
November 2013 – Kraig McNutt, author/historian
December 2013 – Chris Kolakowski, Patton Museum/author – “The Tullahoma Campaign”

MEMBERS AND DUES: – You should have a Clarksville CWRT membership card if you are current with your dues. If you do not have one then please pay your dues at this meeting! Thank you if you have already done so.

Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. We would love to have you join us! If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so. Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:

 Student – $10
 Single membership – $20
 Family – $30
 Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
 Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

New Newsletter Editor Needed for the Clarksville CWRT Newsletter

A new newsletter editor is desperately needed for our CWRT newsletter. If you are interested in doing this please let the membership know at this month’s meeting. The Biggs can no longer devote the time to it. This month’s edition will be the last full newsletter until a new editor can take over.

Civil War Exhibit At Fort Negley in Nashville Starting March 13, 2013

Starting on March 13th, Fort Negley will host an exhibit called “Voices of the battlefield.” This multi-panel exhibit is the product of Brian Allison of Traveller’s Rest in Nashville. The panels will tell the stories of the Battle of Nashville and preservation of area Civil War sites. The exhibit will remain at Fort Negley into September so be sure to drop by to see it.

April 20th, 2013: “War in the Mountains III” symposium set for Lincoln Memorial University

Lincoln Memorial University presents another Civil War symposium focused on the Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains. In this symposium, three speakers will present on the following topics:

1. Dr. Wilma Dunaway will discuss “The Civil War and Emancipation through the Eyes of Appalachian Slaves.”
2. Dr. Michael Toomey will lecture on “The Campaign that Never Was: The Union Invasion of East Tennessee, 1861.”
3. Dr. Brian McKnight will discuss “The Roles of Weather and Terrain in the Rise and Fall of Felix Zollicoffer.”

The registration fee is $30 and the symposium will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at LMU in Harrogate, Tennessee. The university is located at the southern end of Cumberland Gap, itself an important Civil War site and national park.

The Saturday program will last from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m., and include two breaks. Lunch is not included in the registration fee. For more information contact Carol Campbell, director of programs, at 423-869-6439 or 800-325-0900, ext. 6439. She can be reached by email at: Carol.Campbell@lmunet.edu

June 6-8, 2013: “East Tennessee in Turmoil” – A Filson Civil War Field Institute Program

The Filson Historical Society of Louisville, KY continues its series of presentations and field trips. Participants for this tour will meet in Greeneville, TN, and travel throughout East Tennessee by bus over the two days. These sites include:

• the East Tennessee Historical Society Museum in downtown Knoxville
• Bijou Theater, the location of the Lamar House, a center of secessionist activity.
• Fort Dickerson in Knoxville
• the site of the Battle of Blue Springs, two Burnside victories during East Tennessee Campaign
• Dickson-Williams mansion, where John Hunt Morgan spent his last night on Earth as a guest of the family.
• the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, where his home, his tailor’s shop, his grave, and the museum are located.
• Abingdon’s Sinking Spring Cemetery, where John Hunt Morgan was first buried and the infamous John Floyd still lies.

Dr. Brian McKnight, associate professor of history at the Univ. of Virginia – Wise, will be the tour’s guide. His first book, Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia (Kentucky, 2006), won the James I. Robertson Literary Prize in Confederate History. His most recent book, Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia, tells the story of the Confederacy’s most notorious borderland guerrilla and was awarded the Tennessee Historical Commission’s award for the Best Book on Tennessee History for 2011. Additionally, he co-edited The Age of Andrew Jackson and appeared on the Ashley Judd episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?.

Field trip Fee

$280 for Filson members;
$330 Non-members
Includes all admission fees to museums and parks, chartered bus, two lunches, a reception and one dinner (Thursday evening).

To reserve your place:

A non-refundable deposit of $50 (Due by 4/22/2013) per person is required at time of registration and balance is due to the Filson by May 28, 2013. To assure your field trip reservation, you can register on-line through Eventbrite. (additional fees apply)

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3585760105#

Payment can also be sent to:

The Filson Historical Society
c/o Scott Scarboro CWFI
1310 S Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208

For more information please contact Scott at: sscarboro@filsonhistorical.org

All participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Greeneville, TN and making their own hotel accommodations and dinner on Friday evening. During the fieldtrip we will travel by chartered bus as a group.

Accommodations:
General Morgan Inn
111 North Main Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
(423) 787-1000 / (800) 223-2679
$85 per night Filson group rate

Civil War Exhibit At Fort Negley in Nashville

Starting on March 13th, Fort Negley will host an exhibit called “Voices of the Battlefield.” This multi-panel exhibit is the product of Brian Allison of Traveller’s Rest in Nashville. The panels will tell the stories of the Battle of Nashville and preservation of area Civil War sites. The exhibit will remain at Fort Negley into September so be sure to drop by to see it.

Two Upcoming Civil War Tours – Tullahoma Campaign and Fort Donelson Campaign in June, 2013

Noted author and historian Michael Bradley, author of the first book on the Tullahoma Campaign, and Greg Biggs (Clarksville and Nashville CWRTs) will co-lead a tour of the Tullahoma Campaign to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. The date for the tour is Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. The tour will meet in Murfreesboro and travel by bus for the day seeing sights from Hoover’s Gap, Liberty gap and Shelbyville to Cowan and Sewanee Mountain where the campaign ended. Details will follow very soon.

Another tour, led by Greg Biggs, of the Fort Donelson Campaign, will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2013. The tour will feature members from several CWRTs and will take the entire day seeing sights outside of the national park as well as the park itself. The tour will leave from Clarksville that morning and there will be a meeting on Friday, June 28th at Clarksville’s Fort Defiance Park for a tour of that site. The tour costs $20 per person if paid before June 10th: $25 per person afterwards.

For more information on both tours please email Greg at: Biggsg@charter.net

March Meeting Notice and Newsletter

March 20th, 2013 – Our 108th meeting.

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: “Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary: A Bowling Green Girl Looks at the Civil War”

Diaries can be wonderful sources of information about life during any era. Josie Underwood’s diary provides a uniquely clear and penetrating analysis of the home front and the problems experienced by civilians living under military occupation. The teenage daughter of a pro-Union, anti-Lincoln slave-owner living on the edge of Bowling Green, KY, Josie wrote of the trials and tribulations suffered by her family and neighbors as well as her thoughts about family members who were pro-South. She was well-educated and armed with an often witty pen and proved to have a keen eye on events in her part of Kentucky. For example, in mid-September, 1861, when about 25,000 Confederates arrived in the Bowling Green area, Josie mourned that “the Philistines are Upon Us.” While pro-Union, Josie was not afraid to take aim at the Federals. Five months later the Confederates evacuated Bowling Green and a sizeable Union army arrived to occupy south central Kentucky they too became Philistines who robbed, pillaged and destroyed! Her story is very similar to those civilians who lived in central Kentucky and Middle Tennessee; it did not matter what color the uniforms were as both sides took great advantage of these people when they were around. Homes were lost, animals stolen or killed, crops destroyed and families ruined.

Josie’s story is revealing, humorous and insightful and offers an insider’s view or our area in the Civil War.

Nancy Baird served on the Western Kentucky University faculty for 35 year as the Kentucky Library’s “Kentucky History Specialist”. She also taught one overload class for the history department nearly every semester of those years. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Baird holds Masters and Specialist Degrees in history from Western, and is the author of 10 books and 20 journal articles about Kentucky’s past. Her most recent publication, Josie Underwood’s Civil War Journal was published in 2009 by the University Press of Kentucky. It won the Basil Duke Award given by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, for the Best Publication in Confederate History. She will have copies of her book for sale at the meeting.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Historian and author Kevin McCann regaled us with a very interesting program on the 6th Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.). What had begun as research into a possible Confederate ancestor turned out to be a soldier of this Union regiment. Led by staunch Unionist Fielding Hurst, of McNairy County on the Tennessee River, the regiment developed an unenviable reputation for both sides. Laced with first person accounts and a fine power point program in support, McCann wove a unique tale. One of the things his program proved was that Unionism in Tennessee was not limited to the eastern portion of the state. A most enjoyable program that was well delivered and received by the membership as evidence by the number of questions afterwards. Thanks Kevin.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

April 2013 – David Bastian, historian/author – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign” (based on his book)
May 2013 – Jerry Wooten, Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
June 2013 – Chris Kolakowski, Patton Museum/author – “The Tullahoma Campaign”
July 2013 – Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati/author – Sterling Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Lee Ann Newton, historian/author – “The Memoirs Of Eratus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”
September 2013 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “Lincoln and McClellan”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, VA Tech University, noted author/historian – Topic TBA
November 2013 – Kraig McNutt, author/historian

MEMBERS AND DUES: – You should have a Clarksville CWRT membership card if you are current with your dues. If you do not have one then please pay your dues at this meeting! Thank you if you have already done so.

Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. We would love to have you join us! If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so. Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:
 Student – $10
 Single membership – $20
 Family – $30
 Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
 Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

New Newsletter Editor Needed for the Clarksville CWRT Newsletter

A new newsletter editor is desperately needed for our CWRT newsletter. If you are interested in doing this please let the membership know at this month’s meeting. The Biggs can no longer devote the time to it.

Civil War Exhibit At Fort Negley in Nashville Starting March 13, 2013

Starting on March 13th, Fort Negley will host an exhibit called “Voices of the battlefield.” This multi-panel exhibit is the product of Brian Allison of Traveller’s Rest in Nashville. The panels will tell the stories of the Battle of Nashville and preservation of area Civil War sites. The exhibit will remain at Fort Negley into September so be sure to drop by to see it.

Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium – April 13, 2013

The next symposium sponsored by the Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will be held on April 13, 2013 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The church is located at 615 6th Avenue South in Nashville. The event begins at 8:30 AM. The speakers will be Dr. Bobby Lovett and Dr. Susan O’Donovan with period music by the 1861 Project.

Civil War Symposium, March 23rd, 2013 Sponsored by Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia

The tenth installment of the annual Civil War Symposium, sponsored by the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. This year’s conference goes under the theme, Civil War East and West – 1863. Speakers included Dr. Richard McMurray, Larry Daniel, Brian Steel Wills and Larry Hewitt. All are well know authors and highly respected Civil War historians. The symposium begins at 9 AM and it will be held at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW on the Kennesaw State campus. This can be reached at Exit 271 off of I-75 and the center is located behind the Cracker Barrel.

For further information please email Michael Shaffer at: mshaffe3@kennesaw.edu. Their web site is http://www.kennesaw.edu/civilwarera.

Free Civil War Tours In Murfreesboro, Friday March 29th and Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Join Stones River NPS park ranger Jim Lewis for guided tours of Fortress Rosecrans on Friday, March 29th, and of the Vaught’s Hill/Battle of Milton battlefield on Saturday, March 30th, 2013. Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan attacked a Union brigade on Vaught’s Hill at Milton, Tennessee on March 20, 1863. Despite having twice as many men as the Federals, Morgan, after a pitched fight, and with reinforcements coming from Fortress Rosecrans, suffered a punishing defeat. Morgan was defeated three times in a row in the late winter of 1862-1863 which greatly tarnished his reputation. The result of these defeats was Morgan’s creation of his famous Ohio Raid designed to get his name back into the headlines of Southern newspapers. They also gave William S. Rosecrans, commanding the Army of the Cumberland, ideas as to where to attack Braxton Bragg in the Tullahoma Campaign of late June/early July, 1863.

Vaught’s Hill battlefield is privately owned as is an antebellum home used as a hospital and Ranger Lewis has access to both. The event for Saturday begins at 9 Am at the Rutherford County Visitors Center for an orientation before tour participants drive to the battlefield. There is no cost for the tour other than what you buy for lunch and dinner. The Friday Fortress Rosecrans tour begins at 5 PM and it will be followed by a reception at the Stones River park visitors center that evening. For more information and to reserve your space for the tour, please email info@tcwpa.org. You can also visit the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association web site at – http://www.tcwpa.org.

Civil War Land Under Development Threat in Atlanta at Peachtree Creek Battlefield (Civil War Trust)
Atlanta’s massive development over the last 100 years has swallowed up most of the three battlefields that decided the fate of the Gate City of the Confederacy. The first of these, Peachtree Creek, fought on July 20, 1864, was John Bell Hood’s first battle as the new commander of the Army of Tennessee. While this neighborhood was developed many years ago with stately homes and a large golf course, a few pockets of pristine land remain.
In Atlanta, just minutes away from city offices and downtown attractions, 14 acres of brush and woods have caught the eye of apartment housing developers. That in itself is nothing new. But what makes those 14 acres special is this: The prime piece of in-town real estate is also a part of Civil War history. A Confederate army brigade encamped there during the summer of 1864, ahead of what became the Battle of Peachtree Creek — which soon after led to the decisive and costly Battle of Atlanta. The non-profit Civil War Trust says nearly 20% of American Civil War battlefields have been destroyed and, of those that remain, only 15% are protected as national parks.
Many of the battlefield sites are now in urban or suburban communities, on valuable land. And there have been some highly publicized skirmishes in recent years as preservation groups fought to keep large companies from developing the sites. In the case of 14 acres of Atlanta woods, the property’s owner wants to break ground later this year on a 236-unit apartment complex. But local residents would like the grounds to be looked over before the bulldozers start their work. “If there were some archaeological or historic significance to this particular area, I think that would definitely add some value to the neighborhood,” Wyatt Gordon, president of the local neighborhood association, told WXIA-TV.
Newsletter and Web Site for the Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina Civil War Heritage Trails
The states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina have banded together to form a Civil War Trails association. This co=promotes Civil War sites in these three states. Their web site is full of interesting information on the Civil War sites of the three states as well as events, their newsletter and much more including Sesquicentennial events.
To access this please go to – http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org and be prepared to spend some good times there.
Fort Donelson Reenactment – March 15-17, 2013

This year’s event will again be held in Stewart Houston Industrial park at 3330 Hwy. 149, Erin, Tennessee. Events kick off at 9 AM on Friday, March 15th and conclude at 4 PM on Sunday, March 17th. Tickets for the event are $10 and kids ages 12 and under get in free. In addition to the reenactment, there will be camp tours, a period ball, night artillery fighting and more.

The fun family event is co-sponsored by Porter’s Tennessee Battery and you can find more information on their web site – http://www.portersbattery.com

Clarksville’s Roxy Theater Performs Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War Stories, March 29-April 6, 2013

This spring, the Roxy Regional Theatre offers a glimpse of war through the eyes of a Union soldier, a Confederate sympathizer and a mute boy. Ambrose Bierce’s CIVIL WAR STORIES premieres Friday, March 29, at 8pm, for a limited run. Celebrated for their intensity, insight and mastery of form, Ambrose Bierce’s collection of stories has been described as one of the great antiwar statements in American literature. Bierce served in an Indiana regiment and on the staff of a Union general.

Adapted and directed by John McDonald, selections including “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “Chickamauga” and “Killed At Resaca” acquire new life upon the stage through the ensemble acting skills of Ryan Bowie, Leslie Greene, Colin Ryan and Michael Spaziani. Original music for the show was composed by Oklahoma native Colin Ryan, whose debut album, Wide Tree, was released in 2012.

For more information including ticket prices and performance times see their web site – http://www.roxyregionaltheatre.org

February Newsletter and Meeting Notice

February 20th, 2013 – Our 107th meeting.
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: “Hurst’s Wurst: The 6th Tennessee Cavalry U.S.”

The Sixth Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.) was described by one Confederate soldier as “an ignorant posse of men led by vicious and unprincipled leaders” who were “the scourge and terror of the lower Eastern Counties of West Tennessee, and were as thoroughly detested and hated as any band of marauders who ever disgraced the name of soldiers.” Nathan Bedford Forrest loathed this unit and enjoyed beating them as often as possible

Were the men who served in the Sixth Tennessee truly the villains that partisan writers have portrayed them? Or were they persecuted for the choice they made not to join the Confederacy but stand for the Union instead? They hailed from the McNairy County area along the Tennessee River, which was not known as a big area for pro-Union sentiment in the state.

Our speaker this month is a descendant of soldiers who served in the Sixth Tennessee. Author of a book on the regiment, Kevin D. McCann examines the activities of the Sixth Tennessee—both official and unofficial—and gives a historical and factual account of this controversial Federal regiment and its equally controversial leader, Fielding Hurst. He will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting.

Kevin D. McCann was born in Jackson, TN in 1970 and attended public and private schools in Jackson and Madison County. He attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Union University in 1993. He now lives in Dickson, TN with his wife Cindy and their two children, Braden and Brianna.

Kevin’s interests range from the Civil War to minor league baseball and the Age of Jackson, though all pertain to his love for Tennessee history. He is the author of four books: Jackson Diamonds: Professional Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee (1999); Hurst’s Wurst: Col. Fielding Hurst and the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry U.S.A. (2007); Adam Huntsman: The Peg Leg Politician (2011); and The Jackson Generals: Minor League Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee (2012). He is the co-author of The Kitty League (Images of Baseball series) and co-editor of The Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy County, Tennessee (2012).

Kevin is the co-founder of BrayBree Publishing, an independent publishing company that specializes in books on Tennessee history. His company’s website is braybreepublishing.com

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

A good turnout of members and guests were treated tro a fine program by Rick Warwick, Williamson County historian and expert on the Confederate veteran reunions held at Franklin, Tennessee after the war. In full command of the facts on the topic and supported by an informative power point program, Rick’s topic was very well presented and received. Of note was an ad from the Franklin newspaper for one of the reunions in the early 20th Century offering land for sale on the battlefield! From there Franklin was overbuilt and has only been recovering much of this land in the last decade or so. Thanks Rick for a wonderful program.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

March 2013 – Nancy Baird, Western KY University – “Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary”
April 2013 – David Bastian, historian/author – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign” (based on his book)
May 2013 – Jerry Wooten, Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
June 2013 – Chris Kolakowski, Patton Museum/author – “The Tullahoma Campaign”
July 2013 – Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati/author – Sterling Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Lee Ann Newton, historian/author – “The Memoirs Of Eratus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”
September 2013 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “Lincoln and McClellan”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, VA Tech University, noted author/historian – Topic TBA
November 2013 – Kraig McNutt, author/historian

MEMBERS AND DUES: – You should have a Clarksville CWRT membership card if you are current with your dues. If you do not have one then please pay your dues at this meeting! Thank you if you have already done so.
Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. We would love to have you join us! If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so. Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:
 Student – $10
 Single membership – $20
 Family – $30
 Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
 Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Esteemed member Captain Jim Page Passes Away in January 2013
As members of the Clarksville CWRT already know, our fine member, Captain Jim Page, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife and two young children plus other family members. He was buried with full military honors in Louisville, Kentucky, his home town, on Monday, January 28th. A memorial service was held at Fort Campbell on Wednesday, February 6th.

Jim was division historian for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was highly dedicated to that illustrious command’s history. He worked with the Pratt Museum on post and was the key element in seeking to get returned to Tennessee the remains of some American soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Monterey, Mexico in the Mexican War. These men are probably from the 1st Tennessee Volunteers led by Colonel William Bowen Campbell, for whom Fort Campbell is named.

Jim was also a member of the Nashville CWRT and, in his honor, the membership of that organization voted to raise funds for a second picnic table for Clarksville’s Fort Defiance whose cost it is proposed to be shared with the Clarksville CWRT. Also coming with the table will be a memorial plaque. It will be up to our membership to discuss and vote on this proposal at the February meeting. The cost will be similar to the first picnic table purchased by our roundtable but it will be shared with the Nashville CWRT who raised nearly $180 at the January meeting. Jim will be deeply missed.

New Newsletter Editor Needed for the Clarksville CWRT Newsletter

Two days after the passing of Jim Page, the father of member Karel Lea Biggs (and president Greg Biggs’ father in law), passed away suddenly. Accordingly, the Biggs will be going to East Tennessee quite a bit to settle the matters of his house and estate. This will eat up a lot of their time. As they currently do the newsletter for the Clarksville CWRT and there will not be enough time to continue to do so, a new newsletter editor is needed starting with the March 2013 issue. If you are interested in doing this please let them know at the February meeting. They really need to pass this off to someone new!

Short newsletter this month folks due to being tied up with too many things.

January Meeting Notice and Newsletter

January 16th, 2013– Our 106th meeting. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: “Confederate Reunions in Franklin, Tennessee 1877-1925”

As with the former members of the Union Army, Confederate veterans also formed organizations where their members could get together and reminisce about their time in the Civil War. Thus was formed the United Confederate Veterans, and much later, the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In addition to their reunions, these camps helped to raise money to care for Confederate cemeteries and raise monuments on battlefields in many Southern towns like the one in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. These camps, along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, helped keep the memory of the Confederate soldier alive and helped write much of the Lost Cause history via the magazine Confederate Veteran or by books.

This month’s program, by noted Williamson County historian Rick Warwick, will examine the Confederate reunions held in Franklin, Tennessee between 1877 and 1925. Over time, all of these camps fell apart due to the passing of its members but they left behind a history that will form the basis of this program.

Rick Warwick is a retired school librarian, Williamson County, Tennessee historian, editor of the Williamson County Historical Society Journal and the author of several Williamson County related books including the authoritative, Williamson County: Civil War Veterans-Their Reunions & Photographs. He has served on the boards of the Carter House, Carnton Plantation, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Franklin’s Charge and is currently serving on the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County and the Tennessee Historical Commission.

We hope you will join us for another informative program by a fine historian.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Krista Castillo, president of the Nashville CWRT and manager of Fort Negley park in Nashville, presented affine program on Christmas in the Civil War to a joint meeting of the Clarksville and Bowling Green CWRTs at Ariella Italian Restaurant in Russellville, KY. Backed by a wonderful power point program, she explained the history of Christmas in the western world before focusing on it in America from colonial times into the Civil War. Early on it was not celebrated by the Puritans but evolved into something closer to how it is today with commercialism mixing with religion by the time the nation split apart. Cartoonist Thomas Nast, already famous for his Civil War art work in Harper’s Weekly, was the man who designed what would become the American impression of Santa Claus, and his work was prominent in the program. The program was well researched and presented and capped off a wonderful dinner. We thank President Ron Hatcher and the members of the Bowling Green CWRT for joining us at this meeting. Thanks Krista for an excellent program!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

February 2012 – Kevin McCann, author/historian – “Hurst’s Wurst: The 6th Tennessee Cavalry U.S.”
March 2013 – Nancy Baird, Western KY University – “Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary”
April 2013 – David Bastian, historian/author – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign” (based on his book)
May 2013 – Jerry Wooten, Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
June 2013 – Chris Kolakowski, Patton Museum/author – “The Tullahoma Campaign”
July 2013 – Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati/author – Sterling Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Lee Ann Newton, historian/author – “The Memoirs Of Eratus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”
September 2013 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “Lincoln and McClellan”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, VA Tech University, noted author/historian – Topic TBA

MEMBERS AND DUES: – You should have a Clarksville CWRT membership card if you are current with your dues. If you do not have one then please pay your dues at this meeting! Thank you if you have already done so.

Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. We would love to have you join us! If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so. Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:

 Student – $10
 Single membership – $20
 Family – $30
 Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
 Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25
CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Fort Defiance Civil War Ball – Clarksville, TN – Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Friends of Fort Defiance and the Clarksville/Montgomery County Sesquicentennial Committee are hosting their annual ball for the benefit of Fort Defiance in Clarksville, Tennessee on Saturday, January 12, 2013. The event will be held at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at 909 Madison Street. The event begins at 6 PM. The event consists of Victorian dancing, a dinner and fun and all can be had for $35 per person. Period dress or evening clothes are required. For further information please email – ball@fortdefianceclarksville.com.

For Defiance, on a bluff overlooking the Cumberland River, was one of three forts built in late 1861 to protect Clarksville. It is the only one of them that is fully extant. The fort is a Clarksville city park unit and has a wonderful interpretive center.
New Book On Stones River Now Available
Larry Daniel, noted Civil War historian of the Western Theater, has released his latest book on the Battle of Stones River. Stones River National Battlefield historian Jim Lewis has called it the best single volume work on this battle. This was a pivotal Civil War battle that greatly affected not only Tennessee but also offset the Union defeat at Fredericksburg a couple weeks earlier and gave political cover to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which took effect on January 1, 1863. Copies of this fine book can be purchased at the Books A Million store in Clarksville on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.
New Book On Kentucky In The Civil War Documenting Resources Available From the Louisville, KY CWRT
The Louisville Civil War Roundtable has produced a up to date bibliography of the 150 best books on Kentucky’s participation in the Civil War. Kentucky in the Civil War: 150 for the 150th, is the product of over a year’s research and work. Each listing is annotated for a better understanding of the content. The book covers seven categories including personalities, battles and campaigns, politics and more and has two additional sections for bibliographies and reference works. This is a limited edition soft cover of 48 pages and retails for $12.50 plus $2.50 shipping. If you are looking for where to start with books on Kentucky in the war or have already read a number of books on the topic but are looking for something new then this is an excellent reference guide.

Anyone interested in purchasing the book can contact Norvelle Wathen at (502) 339-9000 or via e-mail at: musicalnorvelle@bellsouth.net.
Fort Donelson Historian Jimmy Jobe Retirement Party at the January Meeting of the Fort Donelson CWRT in Dover, TN
Legendary National Park Service historian Jimmy Jobe, a fixture at Fort Donelson National Battlefield for some 40 years, has retired our neighbors at the Fort Donelson CWRT in Dover, TN are saluting him with a party at their January 17th, 2013 meeting. Their meetings are held at the Stewart County Visitors Center which is on Highway 79 right across from Fort Donelson National Battlefield.

The program begins at 7 PM. If you are planning on attending, please email John Walsh at – john@fortdonelsonrelics.com to let him know if you are coming.
Author Lanny Smith Publishes Latest Book – Morgan’s Cavalry 1861-1862
Lanny Smith, a Civil War historian and author based in Texas, has self-published his latest book, Morgan’s Cavalry 1861-1862. The book focuses on Morgan’s early war career from Morgan’s Cavalry Squadron through leading a division on the famous Christmas Raid of December 1862 culminating with his marriage to Matty Ready in a star studded ceremony. Included are Shiloh, the Kentucky Campaign, Hartsville, Lebanon, Cynthiana and more. If you are familiar with his limited edition two volume set on the Battle of Stones River (one volume for the Confederate side and one for the Federal – sometimes available at Stones River National Battlefield), then you know how detailed and complete his books are. This one is also a hard cover and runs 520 pages of text with 116 pages of notes and bibliography plus loads of maps. Only 271 copies are being printed so if you are interested in getting a copy then email Lanny at – lannysmith1861@hotmail.com.
Tennessee Historical Quarterly Publishes Volumes on the Civil War
The Tennessee Historical Society and state Sesquicentennial Commission have published four volumes on the Civil War in Tennessee taken from previous articles published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly journal. More volumes are planned in the series. Each volume is edited by a noted Tennessee Civil War historian. The volumes so far available are: Tennessee in the Civil War; Civil War in Appalachia; The Battle of Shiloh and the latest on the Battle of Stones River and the Civil War in Middle Tennessee. Each volume is $25 but if you go to the web site of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, you can get all four for a 20 per cent discount (15 per cent if individual books are purchased) plus shipping and sales tax (if Tennessee resident).

To order these books, and all other merchandise that helps save Tennessee’s battlefields, please visit – http://www.tcwpa.org/shop

Save The Date – New Civil War and Militaria Show To Be Held in Clarksville, Tennessee, October 12-13, 2013

As part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a Civil War relic and militaria show will be held in Clarksville, Tennessee on the weekend of October 12-13, 2013. The event will take place in the new Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Liberty Park which is part of the new marina complex on the Cumberland River. At least 100 tables will be available for anyone interested in selling Civil War items, post-war militaria including World War 2 as well as displays for organizations and authors.

The event is sponsored by the Clarksville/Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable, the Fort Donelson Civil War Roundtable (Dover, TN) and the Frank P. Gracey SCV Camp. Dealers and interested authors and organizations can contact John Walsh of Fort Donelson Relics at: john@fortdonelsonrelics.com or Greg Biggs at: Biggsg@charter.net

Save The Date Part 2 – Civil War Syposium to Be Held in Huntsville, Alabama, November 1-2, 2013

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Roundtable is planning its first Civil War Symposium. This will be a one-day event in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Its overarching theme will be the Western Theater, with a variety of speakers and other activities anticipated (perhaps including a kick-off that Friday evening, November 1). We are in the initial stage of planning, so most details have yet to be firmed up. This event is almost eleven months away, but calendars fill up fast, so please let your membership know that this event is in planning and to reserve this date on their calendars. We are, of course, hoping for a banner turnout.
Battle of Buffington Island, Ohio Web Site With Maps and Pictures of the Battle – July 1863 (from the Cleveland, OH CWRT with our thanks)
Martin Lowery at Ohio University has put together a web site documenting Ohio’s only Civil War battle, Buffington Island, which was part of Confederate cavalry commander John Hunt Morgan’s Indiana-Ohio Raid of 1863. The site has over 100 slides that summarize the battle, shows maps of Morgan’s campaign through Ohio, and then goes through each portion of the battle. Lowery uses aerial photographs and superimposes where the various units were. He also includes information about the archeological survey that was done by Heidelberg University in 1999. Morgan and several hundred of his men were captured further north in Ohio and his division was destroyed by this raid which was contrary to what he was ordered to do by General Braxton Bragg. Adam Rankin Johnson, who helped recapture Clarksville in August 1862, was part of this raid as a brigade commander for Morgan.

To see this wonderful and informative web site please go to – http://www.ohio.edu/people/lowery/buffington/buffington_files/frame.htm#slide0309.htm