Some Civil War Things to Do!

I heard on the news today a story about “stay-cations”, where people stay in their own hometown or region and “vacation” there instead of traveling far away. In light of that, here are some Civil War events happening in our area over the next few weeks. Please be sure to support them if possible so that more events like them will be on tap in the future.

Greg Biggs
Clarksville CWRT

1) Franklin’s Charge – The Last Days of the Army of Tennessee – June 18 – June 20, 2009

The next installment for Franklin’s Charge, an organization committed to saving the Franklin battlefield, offers this new conference and tour designed to study the battle, its after-effects and its leaders. The event will feature lectures as well as guided tours of Franklin and Nashville battle sites. All non-tour events will be held at the Marriott-Cool Springs. Speakers include noted author Wiley Sword and historian Christopher Losson. Tour guides include Thomas Cartwright, Fred Prouty, Eric Jacobson, Jim Hoobler and others with sites including the Carter House, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carnton, and Fort Johnson (aka the Tennessee State Capitol).

For more information please call (615)595-0636 or visit their web site at: All fee information as well as the complete listing of events, dates and times, can be found there.

2) Annual Fund Raiser for the Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home in Chapel Hill, TN – Saturday, June 20, 2009

The annual fund raising event for the restoration of the Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home promises another full slate of family oriented events from lectures to period games and reenactments. Author Cliff Kelley will speak on “Sam Davis;” author Michael Bradley, a master storyteller, will have more of his fun period tales; Ruth Hill McAllister will sign copies of her revised “Company Aytch: 1st Tennessee” by Sam Watkins, her ancestor. Lots more period music, events and fun can be found at this website which features schedule and time listings:

The web site includes directions as well as a map of the Forrest home area. For further information please call Gene Andrews at (615)833-8977. If you cannot make the day but would like to send in a contribution, please do so to:

Forrest Boyhood Home
P.O.Box 59
Columbia, TN 38402-0059

3) Third Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Conference – Saturday, July 11, 2009 – Memphis, TN

The next conference examining the career of CS Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest will be held this time in Memphis, Tennessee after two years in Middle Tennessee. This event continues the fare of the previous conferences which have included lectures as well as guided tours to sites connected with Gen. Forrest.

Speakers include Dr. Michael Bradley on Forrest’s Escort; Brig. Gen. Parker Hills on Brice’s Crossroads (tentative); Judge John McClure speaking on Forrest’s days in Hernando, Mississippi, among others. Lee Millar will conduct the bus tour of Forrest’s famous raid on Memphis of 1864. All of this is for a $45 fee and includes lunch. All events will be held at the Scottish Rite Auditorium at 825 Union Street, which is right across the street from Forrest Park.

On Sunday, July 12th, there will be a celebration of Gen. Forrest’s 188th Birthday to be held at Forrest Park in Memphis, where the general and his wife are buried.

For more information please contact Lee Millar at (901)545-3364 or by email at: The event, as before, is sponsored by the Tennessee Division, sons of Confederate Veterans with Memphis’ SCV Camp 215 as the host.

4) Thomas Cartwright joins the Lotz House Museum in Franklin for guided tours.

The Lotz House in Franklin, TN is overshadowed quite often, by its across the street neighbor – the Carter House. Yet it was also part of the center of the intense fighting that took place when the Confederate Army of Tennessee broke the center of the Union line. Lotz family members hunkered down in the Carter House basement as men fought and died above and their damaged home was a hospital site afterwards. The site has been more recently a museum, then a law office and has now returned to being a Franklin museum.

As part of telling the story of the Battle of Franklin, the Lotz House has brought aboard Thomas Cartwright, former Carter House director and nationally known Battle of Franklin expert, to offer guided tours of the Franklin battle field. The basic tour will begin at the Lotz House and encompass many of the parts of the whole battlefield including the Cotton Gin site and the old Battle Ground Academy site (core battlefield). This tour runs between 90 minutes and 2 hours and it requires lots of walking.

They can also offer custom tours of Franklin and sites outside of the town that pertain to the battle including Winstead Hill, Fort Granger and others. These tours will run between 4-5 hours. Tours are currently being offered on Thursdays and Saturdays but other dates can be booked in advance.

For more information and to book your tour with one of the finest tour guides in the nation, please call the Lotz House at (615)790-7190. Other information can be gained from here:

Lotz House, 1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064. The Lotz House is owned by JT Thompson and he can be reached at: Please visit their web site for all information at: Regular hours are: Monday-Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM; Sundays 1 PM-4PM. There is an admission fee.

Have a good time supporting these fine events!

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