July Newsletter and Meeting Notice

July 16th, 2014 – Our 124th meeting. We continue our eleventh year!
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, July 16th, 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: – “Canada and the Civil War”

Our great neighbor to the north, Canada, was one of the crown jewels of the British Empire in the mid-19th Century. Much is known about how Britain was outraged when one of her steamships was stopped by a U.S. Navy vessel carrying two Confederate diplomats, James Mason and John Slidell. Britain dispatched troops to the Dominion of Canada but cooler heads prevailed. The United State could not fight the Confederates and Great Britain at the same time. Somewhat less known was the activities of the Confederate Secret Service that operated out of Canada. This is about the extent of Canada’s involvement in the American Civil War that most people have heard of. But there was much more.

This month’s special speaker, Conrad Laplante, president of the Ottawa Civil War Roundtable, will bring to our meeting this month an in depth look on how Canada was affected by our Civil War, American-Canadian relations and how the Civil War actually caused Canada. The war was indeed a shared experience.

That being said, there is much that is little known about the Canadian involvement in that amazing conflict. Just look at the index of any of the major works on the Civil War and search for Canada or Canadians and you will find little mention. This program will correct that error. Many of the facts and figures that will be presented will come as quite a surprise. Without giving away too much, there were thousands of Canadians who participated. The blood of Canadians is in the ground of just about every battlefield of the Civil War. We have some heroes, villains, and untold numbers of ordinary soldiers, some of whom achieved remarkable things. All of these stories will be part of the program.

Conrad Laplante was born and raised in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. After a full career with the military (retired as chief warrant officer, Militia) and government civil service, he now devotes his time to studying American-Canadian relations. Conrad graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA (Honours) History degree, and is the current president of the Ottawa Civil War Round Table. He is the author of a local history book, At Your Target In Front, Fire!, The Story of Connaught Range.

Please join us for what promises to be a very unique and interesting program and welcome our guest from our great neighbor.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

We are massively informed and entertained last month by Chicago Police Department detective Robert Girardi, noted Civil War author on the murder of Union General William “Bull” Nelson by Union General Jefferson C. Davis. Despite witnesses to the event, and the lack of proper prosecution by the U.S. Army, tied up with the invasion of Kentucky by the Confederate armies of Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith, Davis not only got away with the murder, but was promoted to corps command for Sherman’s March to the Sea. Nelson could be arrogant but he backed that up with solid battle performance. The speculation of how Perryville might have been had he been commanding one of Don Carlos Buell’s corps was brought out in Girardi’s program. Besides being an interesting Civil War event, Girardi’s own professional experience as a homicide detective really added tremendously to the program and the study of the case. It was delivered with complete knowledge of the topic and with humor and style. This is one of the best programs the Nashville CWRT has had and we thank Rob, and his guest Paula Walker, president of the Civil War Roundtable of Chicago, the nation’s first CWRT. We were most happy to have them both.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

August 2014 – Eric Wittenberg, historian, author – topic TBA
September 2014 – Jamie Gillum, historian/Author, Franklin, TN – “Twenty Five Hours To tragedy: The battle of Spring Hill, November 29th, 1864” (based on his new book)
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)
December 2014 – Greg Wade, Franklin CWRT – “Hood’s Retreat from Nashville”
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 2014 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

Your annual dues for the 2014-2015 campaign are due at this meeting. Please plan on handling that this month. You will get a new membership card after the dues are paid. Thanks for your support!

CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

More Great News From Franklin, Tennessee on Battlefield Reclamation

The news from Franklin continues to be exciting for saving more and more of that battlefield. According to the recent Save the Franklin Battlefield newsletter, a new parcel just south of the Carter House, currently home to the well known flower shop and one other building, is being purchased for $2.8 Million for the 1.6 acres. Located literally right next to the Carter farm office, this would be a key addition to the site. Funding is planned from grants, donations and other sources. STFB has also secured a strip of land along Meadowland Drive, part of the new Loring’s Advance area by the Carnton Manor. When cleared, the land will be added to that new park land.

Finally, the moving of houses from Cleburne Avenue continues with yet more homes being moved to new locations. The land will be incorporated into the planned Battle of Franklin park that is planned. Restored earthworks, trails and interpretive markers, plus a reconstructed Carter Gin will enhance the visitor experience.

If you wish to contribute to these worth causes please visit the Save the Franklin Battlefield web site at – http://www.franklin-stfb.org

Franklin CWRT Officer Releases Civil War Novel – Broken Valley

Greg Wade, founder and president of the Franklin, TN CWRT, has written a new Civil War novel. Entitled Broken Valley, the book tells of the lives of civilians in and around the Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee located north of Chattanooga. The work focuses on the Barler family and their neighbors. As Mr. Wade presents it:

“This is about “life behind the lines” in the Sequatchie Valley near Chattanooga. It follows a fictional family and the trials of being in such a divided area. It is a historical fiction but based on a lot of fact. There are scenes in Chattanooga and several other states as well. Wheeler’s Raid is described from the point of view of a civilian caught up in it all.”

Greg will be part of a local authors event at the Barnes & Noble Cool Springs is hosting a local author Meet & Greet event on Friday, July 25 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Books A Million in Clarksville will also be happy to order the book for you.

May newsletter and meeting notice

May 21st, 2014– Our 122nd meeting.   We begin our eleventh year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, May 21st, 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:
 - “Lincoln and McClellan (*)…What Might Have Been…” (Plus a little Ulysses Grant and Henry Halleck, too…)”

 

Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan are two of the most compelling and larger-than-life personalities from the American Civil War. Theirs could have been a powerful partnership, yet proved to be a disastrous one that had a serious effect on the timeline of the Civil War.  One, Lincoln, was learning military strategy to fight his new war thrust upon him by events outside of his control.  The other, deemed by some to be “the Young Napoleon,” was arrogant, not conducive to obeying Lincoln’s orders at times and yet not very aggressive when it came to battle and yet was a brilliant organizer who held the affections of his troops.  The results were a butting of heads over planning and execution with Lincoln, in exasperation, not only removing McClellan from command, but having to bring him back later.  

 

To call their relationship stormy might well be a big understatement but it remains one of fascination that hampered Union military operations in the early stages of the war. This month’s program will talk about these two men, including how these men affected operations in the western theater in February and March of 1862.

 

Doug Richardson is in his twenty-first year with the National Park Service. He started his career in some National Parks near his hometown, and spent 17 years working at a collection of five National Parks in western Pennsylvania, including Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Flight 93 National Memorial, and briefly worked at Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park. Having a life-long fascination with the American presidents, specifically Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant, Richardson came to Fort Donelson National Battlefield in September of 2010 to have the opportunity to explore this part of Grant’s life. He collects presidential biographies, which are severely testing the beams of the floors in his house, and has co-authored two books on the 1889 Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Flood, and is working on another.

 

This is a terrific program – put this one on the “do not miss” list!

 

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

 

Our own Greg Biggs filled in for the ill Rob Cross and gave a program entitled, “The Fall of Nashville and the Rise of the Sirens.”  Greg explained the set up to the capture of the capital of Tennessee on February 26th, 1862 which began with the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson.  Despite orders from departmental commander Albert Sidney Johnston, Nashvillians failed to properly defend the city ignoring orders to build fortifications.  Consequently, before the city was captured by the Army of the Ohio, the “Great Panic” ensued.  Those who could get out did; those who could not stayed and had to deal with Union military occupation for the rest of the war.  Greg’s program covered how people dealt with that initially and how those who refused to take oaths of allegiance to the Union were sometimes jailed or banished.  All of this set the stage for the rise of the sirens who would sing out to the Confederates who would make their several attempts to retake the city.

 

We hope to have Rob Cross come to us in the future.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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 – Jamie Gillum, historian/Author, Franklin, TN – “Twenty Five Hours To tragedy: The battle of Spring Hill, November 29th, 1864” (based on his new book)

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 2014 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

Here’s a great chance to get back issues of Gettysburg Magazine for little money

 

I am the former publisher of The Gettysburg Magazine, having recently sold it to the University of Nebraska Press, which is continuing publication. I, however, have an inventory of back issues for sale. I am offering three sets of magazines at a big discount and thought your members might be interested.

 

If you are not familiar with the magazine, each issue is 128 pages with no advertising, making each more like a softcover book on the Gettysburg Campaign than a traditional magazine. Each article is footnoted and is accompanied by maps and both modern and historic photos. Every article has been reviewed before publication by a panel of Gettysburg experts, including Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service. The magazine has published some of the best Gettysburg material out there. Check the bibliography of any book on Gettysburg and you’ll almost surely find The Gettysburg Magazine listed as a source.

 

I have a 25-issue set (3,200 pages of material) for $60 plus shipping and two 10-issue sets (1,280 pages per set) for $30 plus shipping available. I have attached a pdf of a flyer with details and a pdf listing the tables of contents of the issues in the sets.

 

This is a great amount of material for the price that many of your members may be interested in purchasing. I would appreciate it if you could pass the information on to them and anyone else you know who is interested in the Civil War. If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

With regards,

Andy Turner

 

Gatehouse Press 
PO Box 1311 
Dayton, OH 45401

gatehousepress@yahoo.com

 

Jefferson Davis Birthday Events at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site – May 30-31st-June 1st, 2014

 

The fine folks at Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, KY have a full slate of events for the weekend of May 30th through June 1st, 2014.  The events include reenactors, a movie off the side of the Davis Monument, a period ladies tea, beauty pageants, artillery firing and much more. Some other facets of the weekend include a Civil War surgeon’s demonstration, sutlers, a flags display, and the band Red River Breeze.  Of course tours to the top of the monument – with its spectacular view – are included!

 

The park is about 15 miles north of Clarksville.  Take I-24 into Kentucky and get off at the first exit – Exit 89/KY Hwy 115.  Turn right and keep going until you see the park on the left – the monument will be seen several miles before you get there.

 

Ron Sydnor usually has flyers at our meetings that have the complete schedule of events so be sure to head up there and have a great time!  I you have never been there before the park visitors center has many details of the Confederate president’s life on display and they have a book store/gift shop as well.

 

Civil War 150th Anniversary a Bust Say Some – Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2014

 

RINGGOLD, Ga.—Don Dodson’s relic and metal detector store is a mini-museum of Civil War artifacts—bullets, guns, cannonballs—many of them found near this town where Union and Confederate armies once fought.   When the war’s 150th anniversary began three years ago, the 63-year-old wanted to see relics fly off the shelves. But with just one year left in the celebration, the shop’s glass cases remain full.   “We were hoping for more tourist traffic than we’ve seen,” he says. “It was disappointing.”

 

Promoters of Civil War memorabilia, tourism and re-enactments across the country are fighting a losing battle against apathy for one of the most important periods in U.S. history—a cataclysmic event that shaped the nation and helped define its soul. Limited government funding to stage events and public unease over the divisive racial issues that the war represents are two factors for low turnout, say Civil War buffs.  And younger Americans have other things on their minds, from social media to superheroes.

 

“If it’s a celebration, it’s a celebration that the public is either not aware of or not interested in,” sighs Jamie Delson, owner of the Toy Soldier Company, a mail-order business with a warehouse in Jersey City, N.J.  For the anniversary in 2011 of the war’s opening salvos, Mr. Delson developed special toy soldier sets marking famous Civil War battles, anticipating a bump in sales. Instead, his Civil War soldiers—from inexpensive plastic privates to a hand-painted metal version of Maj. Gen. George Pickett, asking price $325—make up only 5% of sales, behind figures from World War II and the American Revolution, he says.

 

 Louis Varnell opened the History Company, a military memorabilia store in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., near Chickamauga battlefield, where more than 34,000 men were killed, wounded, reported missing or captured in an 1863 clash.  “We were thinking the sesquicentennial was really going to help us out,” says the 44-year-old former history schoolteacher and longtime re-enactor. In all of 2013, he only had two weekends when sales were good, he says. He sells more World War II collectibles “to keep the lights on,” he says.  

 

Gary Gallagher, a Civil War expert at the University of Virginia, says the anniversary is “anemic” in part because Americans still find the subject uncomfortable. “It’s hard to talk about if you don’t mention race, emancipation and slavery,” he says.  Another major factor is widespread ignorance, says David Heidler, who co-edited the five-volume “Encyclopedia of the American Civil War” with his wife. “Significant numbers of people have no idea when the Civil War occurred, let alone what it was about,” he says.

 

A poll by Public Policy Polling last summer asked Georgians what they thought of Union Major Gen. William T. Sherman, once despised here for his destructive March to the Sea, which began in Atlanta. The poll found that most people don’t care: Fifty-six percent had no opinion of Sherman at all and only 28% disliked him. In comparison, 63% disliked reality TV star Honey Boo Boo.  Some events, including re-enactments last summer marking the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, have drawn large crowds. The Civil War Trust, a nonprofit that preserves battlefields, just surpassed its $40 million goal for a capital campaign tied to the anniversary and set a new goal of $50 million.

 

But the war’s enthusiasts worry that the lackluster anniversary marks a general retreat.  Even at Gettysburg, the war’s most famous battlefield, the numbers pale in comparison to the past: Nearly seven million people scampered along its rolling hills in the peak year of 1970, compared with 1.2 million last year, according to the National Park Service.  “The whole thing sort of fizzled,” says Steve Sylvia, editor of North South Trader’s Civil War, a memorabilia magazine. “The shot in the arm that many of us were anticipating just never materialized.”

 

It wasn’t always like this. The 1990 broadcast of the PBS documentary “The Civil War” by Ken Burns ignited obsessive public interest, leading to movies, books, battlefield visits and brigades of men joining re-enactments. Ed Mann, a re-enactor, says that when he traveled to the 135th anniversary of Gettysburg in 1998, 20,000 men in gray and blue took the field.  Re-enactments this anniversary have been “shadows” of that event, says Mr. Mann, a 66-year-old Los Angeles attorney. And crowds gathering to watch have also fallen. An annual re-enactment in Long Beach drew about 3,500 paying attendees when it started several years ago, but it was canceled after 2012 when only about 1,000 showed up, Mr. Mann says.  “If there are no light swords and aliens with huge special effects and cities disappearing, a lot of teenagers and early 20-somethings are just not interested,” he says.

In the South, Confederate heritage, once an intense point of pride, has been forgotten by many and to others is a source of embarrassment. A Civil War ball planned for this month in Prescott, Ark., was canceled after some community members were offended and “didn’t want to celebrate that aspect of our history,” says Bill Fish, president of the group that had organized the festivities.

 

Nor have the country’s politicians, generations removed from Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, widely embraced the war’s remembrance.   In 2011, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation urging people to observe the anniversary.  But he didn’t set up a federal commission to oversee events, and congressional efforts to do so died in committee. Many states, citing the poor economy, slashed budgets for commemorations.

 

In Ringgold, Ga., a town of about 3,600 in Georgia’s mountains about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta, town leaders, local companies and Civil War buffs raised about $120,000 in 2008 for a bronze statue of little-known Confederate Major Gen. Patrick Cleburne. He won the Battle of Ringgold Gap on Nov. 27, 1863, and some in town hoped the statue, the anniversary and Ringgold’s location near Interstate 75 would draw tourists.  Mr. Dodson says the statue and anniversary did little for his store, North Georgia Relics and Metal Detectors, started seven years ago. Today he makes most of his money selling metal detectors over the Internet, many to people looking for gold or objects unrelated to the Civil War, he says.  At the small park where the Cleburne statue stands, no one came to visit on a recent weekday morning until Dave Van Dyke, 63, a retired factory worker who lives outside of town, parked his pickup to eat a breakfast burrito. Asked if he knew anything about Gen. Cleburne, he shrugged: “Not really.”  According to Mr. Van Dyke, every spring, when area farmers turned over their fields, “You used to see people looking for Civil War stuff with metal detectors. I haven’t seen them out there in years.”

 

“American Eagle” Film showing at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, May 17th & May 18th beginning at 3:00 PM

 

A new HD film about the American Bald Eagle will be shown in the visitors center at Fort Donelson on May 17th and 18th.  Filmed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this first-ever HD hour on bald eagles is an intimate portrait of these majestic raptors’ lives in the wild.   Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak, and penetrating eyes.  Fort Donelson has had a nesting pair for several years and they recently moved their nest closer to the Upper Battery site on the river.  So after the film you can go down to the Water Batteries and see them in action.

 

Please call Douglas Richardson at (931) 232-5706, ext. 108 for more information

 

Fort Donelson Book Club Discussion: “Mrs. Lincoln & Mrs. Keckly” – Thursday, May 29th beginning at 6:00 pm

 

This month’s edition of the Fort Donelson Book Club will discuss Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave.

 

This is a vibrant social history set against the backdrop of the Antebellum south and the Civil War that recreates the lives and friendship of two exceptional women First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her mulatto dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckly.  The book club takes place in the park visitors center auditorium and begins that evening at 6 PM.

 

New Book Examines Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and the Issue of Slavery in Latin America

 

Professor Robert E. May of the history department at Purdue University, has written a new book entitled “Slavery, Race and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas and the Future of Latin America.” The booknot only examines this topic in detail but also challenges the way historians today interpret the causes of the Civil War.  The famous rivalry between Lincoln and Stephen Douglas was much more than a series of debates for political office; there was also the issue of the expansion of slavery in the West with Kansas as well as the planning to bring Cuba, Mexico and Central America into the United States as slave states.  Lincoln opposed the Mexican War and remained very skeptical about “Manifest Destiny” seeing that both would, “unleash U.S. slave holders across Latin America.”  Lincoln also opposed the filibusters to Central America for the same reasons like Walker’s attempts at taking over Nicaragua.  May’s thesis shows how the American struggle for how to deal with slavery actually extended beyond American borders and that Stephen Douglas offered assistance towards this goal.  Additionally, the book covers Lincoln’s plan to resettle freed slaves in Central America.

 

The new book, already a finalist for the 2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, is published by the University of Cambridge Press and it can be ordered from their website, www.cambridge.org/us/american-history for a discount or our local book sellers will be happy to order it for you.  Congratulations Dr. May.

 

Fort Negley Park in Nashville Offers Email Newsletter

 

The fine folks at Fort Negley in Nashville offer a periodic newsletter that covers the many happenings at this wonderful historic site.  The newsletter comes by email and it is a great way to keep up with the goings on which seem to be growing at a rapid rate!  Of course later this year they will be a key part of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Nashville.

 

If you wish to receive the newsletter please send your email address to – fortnegley@nashville.gov – and they will be happy to add you to their mailing list.

 

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