Hoofbeats in the Heartland!

A big “thanks!” goes out to all members of the Clarksville CWRT and all other folks who attended the excellent symposium, “Hoofbeats in the Heartland”, which was held at Clarksville’s Custom’s House Museum.  We had a great turn out and everyone who worked so hard to put on this event deserves a huge pat on the back.  The speakers were excellent, the facility was great, the exhibit was wonderful, and lunch was awesome!

On Sunday, we had about 20 people stay over for a tour of Palmyra, Tennessee, and to see the fort to Forrest’s men built over the Cumberland river.  This fort is on private property so it’s not often we get a chance to see these incredibly well-preserved earthworks.

Here’s some pictures from our event!


Symposium in Clarksville this Weekend!

It’s time for the Hoofbeats in the Heartland symposium here in Clarksville this weekend.  For more information, go here!  We hope to see you there for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of Civil War fun!

Meeting Next Week!

Just a reminder that our July meeting is going to be next Wednesday, July 18th.  We meet at Border’s Bookstore (in the Seattle’s Best Coffee Cafe area) at Governor’s Square Mall on Wlima Rudolph Blvd, in Clarksville.  If you’re coming from I-24, it’s exit 4.  We begin at 7:00.

Our speaker this month will be John C. Fazio of Akron, Ohio who will be speaking on the CSS Alabama commanded by Raphael Semmes, and the USS Kearsarge, commanded by John A. Winslow.  It promises to be quite an entertaining evening.  Please join us!

Cavalry Symposium here in Clarksville!

Hi there! Here’s some information that’s come our way regarding a symposium to be held here in Clarksville this month. The funds will all go towards historic preservation!






A symposium in conjunction with the Exhibit on Civil War cavalry operations in Tennessee from the Tennessee State Museum

Saturday, July 26, 2008



To Benefit

Friends of Fort Defiance and

Tennessee Civil War Trails Program



Sponsored by Customs House Museum & Cultural Center,

Clarksville, TN (symposium site)




8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Myers Brown Curator of History and Extension Services, Tennessee State Museum, Creator of

Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee, presents “Life and Times of Fightin’ Joe Wheeler.” Mr. Brown will also provide a private tour of the exhibit.



David Fraley Interim Director, Carter House, presents “Forrest Versus Wilson: Cavalry In the 1864 Tennessee Campaign.”



Steve McDaniel President, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA) and State Representative, presents “Parker’s Crossroads.”



Greg Biggs President, Clarksville Civil War Roundtable and Civil War historian, presents “Turning The Tide: Union Cavalry at the Battle of Shelbyville.”



Jim Lewis Park Ranger, Stones River National Military Park, presents “Cavalry Operations Before and During the Stones River Campaign.”



*Family style lunch provided by The Catfish House



Advanced tickets are $35 prior to July 10th; $40 after July $10.


For $10 extra join us Sunday afternoon, July 27th, for “Forrest on the River” an exclusive tour on private property in Palmyra, Tennessee, lead by Greg Biggs with assistance from Charlie Foust.


For more information, please contact Krista Castillo, Customs House Museum at

931-648-5780 or at krista@customshousemuseum.org




Or send check or money order to:


Friends of Fort Defiance

 719 Green Valley Court

Clarksville, TN 37040



Please include your name, address, phone, number attending the symposium and number attending the tour.