September Newsletter

Clarksville Civil War Roundtable

Founded March, 2004 – Clarksville, Tennessee

September 2008 – Our 57th Meeting!!!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in the café of Borders Books in Governor’s Square Mall. This is located on Wilma Rudolph Blvd (Hwy 79) south of Exit 4 off I-24, then head south a bit. The mall is on the left. 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.


“The Battle of West Harpeth River”

The Battles of Nashville and Franklin are well known among even casual Civil War buffs and historians. However, few know of the drama of the days following the Confederate collapse at Nashville. The retreat “battles” include one of the largest cavalry charges in American history, bravery resulting in several Medal of Honor awards, and further horror for those living through more of the fighting. The running clash of two exhausted armies culminate at the Battle of the West Harpeth River. Greg Wade will discuss some of the unusual facts about that cold, foggy and intense day in December 1864. This was the fighting that enables the Army of Tennessee to escape and the Union Army to wonder just how much longer this war would drag on.

Greg Wade is a graduate of MTSU who currently works for Traveler’s Insurance Company in the Construction Division. Greg is the founder of the new Franklin Civil War Roundtable and has been an active historian and preservationist through his associations with Franklin’s Charge and Save the Franklin Battlefield, just to name a few.


Last month Derek Frisby joined us and presented a fantastic and throught-provoking talk on Tennessee Unionsts. His talk highlighted the trouble faced by Union authorities when it came to quelling the violence that descended upon Middle Tennessee during the war. A big Thank You to Derek for his outstanding presentation!


October, 2008 – John Walsh, Clarksville CWRT – “Birge’s Western Sharp Shooters”

November, 2008 – Jim Ogden, Chickamauga – Chattanooga National Military Park – “Prelude ot Chickamauga”

December, 2008 – Danny Gilkey, Clarksville CWRT – “The Battle of Ball’s Bluff”

January, 2009 – Greg Biggs, Clarksville CWRT – “Turning the Tide: The Union Cavalry at the Battle of Shelbyville”

February, 2009 – speaker and topic TBA

March, 2009 – Norman Shaw, Knoxville CWRT – “The Sultana Disaster”


Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. If you are interested in joining, please let us know at the meeting. If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. As voted by the membership, July is our fiscal year when dues for the next campaign are due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet, please do so. Our dues go to cover the speaker expenses and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:

Single membership – $20

Family – $30

Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15

Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25

Student – $10

Our membership has voted to extend to all retired and other military veterans the same dues rates as if they were still on active duty. This is our small way of saying “Thank you for your service! We are proud of you!”

Former members and our many guests – We would love to see you back at the Clarksville CWRT meetings every month. We are trying to bring the best Civil War programs to our community that we can and would hope that you will consider rejoining us for the education and fun! To our guests, thank you for much for coming to see what we are about. Your dues money goes towards helping to pay the travel expenses we get to visit us so we hope that you considering joining our ranks very soon.


Many of you got the email regarding member Irene Ahlgrim who was hit by a car while walking to dinner several weeks ago..  For those that who don’t know her well, she owns the historic Crittenden House in Russellville. The last we heard she was in rehab and will be undergoing a long rehabilitation process. We will have a card available at the meeting if you would like to sign it. In the meantime, please feel free to send her a card or note on your own as the more mail she gets, the better! You can send it to her at Stallworth Rehabilitation, 2201 Children’s Way, Nashville, Tn 37212, Room 2020A. Irene, we miss you can’t wait to see you again! Get better soon!


The Longstreet Society Seminar

The Longstreet Society is hosting their annual seminar this fall in Knoxville from October 10 through 12. The title of the seminar is “In a Strange Country: Longstreet in East Tennessee”. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown at the Convention Center. Featured speakers include Dr. G. Kurt Piehleron, “The Civil War in American Memory”, Dr. Alexander Mendoza, “Struggle for Confederate Command: James Longstreet and the First Corps in East Tennessee”, LTC Harold Knudsen, “James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Modern General”, and Dr. William Garrett Piston on “Longstreet and Bragg: Problems, Personality and Parannoia”.

The seminar will also include tours of Confederate Hall (Longstreet’s Headquarters), Confederate Cemetery, National Cemetery, Mabry-Hazen House, Fort Sanders, McClary Museum, and Campbell Station Battlefield, to be led by the Knoxville CWRT’s own Dorothy Kelly.

Registration fee is $135 for Life Members, $155 for Members, and $185 for non-Members (includes 1 year membership and subscription to the Longstreet Society News). Registration includes five meals, bus transportation and admission to all sessions.

For more information and registration, go to this website:

Legacy of Stones River Symposium:  Pathways to Freedom

The fifth Legacy of Stones River Symposium will take place in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Held at the Rutherford County Courthouse in the morning and at Stones River National Battlefield in the afternoon, “Pathways to Freedom” will take a fresh look at wartime emancipation through the experiences of men and women who were enslaved, Union officers and soldiers, and civilians.  The symposium is coordinated by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and Stones River National Battlefield.

The morning’s speakers will be Barbara J. Fields of Columbia University, William W. Freehling of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and Robert E. Hunt of Middle Tennessee State University.  Music will be provided by the Nashville Old-Time String Band.  In the afternoon, re-enactors portraying members of the Thirteenth U.S. Colored Infantry will drill at Fortress Rosecrans, and a tour will be provided of the Cemetery community near Stones River National Battlefield.

Registration is $10.  For more information, visit or, or call 615-893-9501 or 615-898-2947.

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