Upcoming Speakers

Mark your calendars!  Here’s a listing of our upcoming speakers and topics!

February, 2009 – Dr. Glenn LaFantasie, Western Kentucky University“Abraham Lincoln and the American Military Tradition.”  Professor LaFantasie will discuss how Abraham Lincoln learned to become an effective Commander in Chief of the Union Army during the Civil War.  From his early micro-managing mistakes to the days of finally getting competent theater commanders, Lincoln learned and grew in his job.


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

April, 2009 – Kevin Tanner, Austin Peay State University“John Brown And The Civil War”

May, 2009 – Jeff Patrick, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield – “A Mean Fought Fight; The Battle of Wilson’s Creek”

June, 2009 – Thomas Cartwright, former Director, Carter House Historic Site – “The Battle of Thompson’s Station”

July, 2009 – Prof. Earl Hess, Lincoln Memorial University“The Rifled Musket in the Civil War” (based on his book)

August, 2009 – Dr. Michele Butts, Austin Peay State University – “1st U.S. Volunteers, Galvanized Yankees.”

September, 2009 – Lee Anderson, Western Kentucky University“The Myth Of Total War”

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Delta Queen Finds a New Home

The following appeared today in our local newspaper and is of interest to many Civil War enthusiasts as the Delta Queen offered many Civil War themed tours:

The historic Delta Queen paddle boat is going to Chattanooga for use as a waterfront boutique hotel.
The boat, which once made regular stops in Clarksville along the Cumberland River, was decommissioned as a passenger carrier in October in Memphis.

The Commercial Appeal quoted officials Tuesday as saying it will be moored in Chattanooga at Coolidge Park Landing in the downtown waterfront area. It has most recently been tied up in New Orleans.

The Delta Queen’s last port of call as a passenger ship was Memphis. It has 87 cabins and is a National Historic Landmark.

It lost its longtime U.S. Coast Guard exemption to carry overnight guests late last year because of its wooden superstructure.

Our Most Recent Meeting

Our most recent meeting was held on January 21st at Border’s Bookstore in Clarksville.  Greg Biggs, our founder, did his talk “Turning the Tide:  The Union Cavalry at the Battle of Shelbyville”.  We don’t often get a lot of talks with a Union bent to them so this was a nice change!

As always, we welcome visitors to our merry band.  Please drop by and see us – our meetings are usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm at the Border’s on Wilma Rudolph Blvd.