Tour Davis Bridge!


For those that don’t know, Davis Bridge, TN will become the state’s newest battlefield very soon thanks to land acquisitions and the perseverance of several Civil War preservation groups including the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. Davis Bridge was fought the day after the October, 1862, Battle of Corinth, MS and was the Union attempt to block the retreat of Gen. Earl Van Dorn’s Army of the West.

This is a wonderful chance to see the battlefield in a tour led by Fred Prouty, one of the prime movers behind saving this area for preservation. Please pass this along to anyone who you think might enjoy being part of the tour.

Greg Biggs
Clarksville and Nashville CWRTs

TCWPA Hosts first Three-Star Battlefield Tour at Davis Bridge Battlefield

The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA) invites you to its first “Three Star Civil War Battlefield Tour “at Davis Bridge Battlefield on Saturday, December 12, 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Join Shiloh National Military Park historians and Tennessee Wars Commission Program Director Fred Prouty for an in-depth tour of the recently protected Davis Bridge battlefield. The tour is open to the public and there is no charge. The tour will “go” rain or shine so appropriate warm and weather protective clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. Davis Bridge Battlefield is located near Pocahontas, TN.

TCWPA will launch its new Three Stars tour series at a reception the evening before in Corinth, MS at the National Park Service visitor center. You are invited to join fellow tour participants and TCWPA board members at the reception Friday evening, December 11, at 6:30 pm. There is no charge.

If you’d like to attend the reception and tour, please RSVP by email to Executive Director Mary Ann Peckham, If you would like to do only the tour, please register online at TCWPA’s web site, (Click on “Events” page). Questions? Contact Mary Ann at

Note: TCWPA will have a block of hotel rooms held in the Corinth area for tour participants and will order box lunches for the end of the tour on Saturday at the Battlefield. For those interested in lodging or lunch, we’ll let you know the lodging cost and location, and the cost of lunch.


Upcoming Things to Do!

Hello everyone,

Here’s some fun Civil War events coming up this month in Middle Tennessee. Please support the efforts of those that are putting on these events so that more such events will be created. We’ll see you at some of these events below.

Greg Biggs
Clarksville CWRT
Nashville CWRT

1) 1864 Hood’s Tennessee Campaign Lectures

Ft. Negley Park and the Tennessee Historical Society are having a series of lectures in honor of the 145th Anniversary of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign of 1864. All events will be held at Ft. Negley’s Visitor’s Center as part of the THS Fall Membership series. The events are free and open to the public.

The lectures, dates and presenters are as follows – programs run from 5:30 to 7 PM:

November 10, 2009 – Christopher Kiernan Coleman (Hendersonville, TN) – “Son of the Gods; Ambrose Bierce and the Tennessee Campaign of 1864”

November 24, 2009 – Kent Moran (Memphis State University) – “The Long Goodbye: The End of the Isham Harris Administration and His Exile”

December 8, 2009 – Timothy B. Smith (University of Tennessee-Martin) – “What Could Have Been: Battlefield Preservation at Franklin”

For further information visit the THS web site at or call (615)741-8934 – or email at

The series is sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War National Preservation Area, Metro Nashville Parks and the Tennessee Historical Society.

2) Carnton Plantation in historic Franklin hosts John Bell Hood exhibit and offers Civil War Lectures

Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN, now has the new Fleming Center with expanded museum space, gift shop and other amenities. Currently ongoing in the museum is a special
exhibit of artifacts from Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood, commander of the Army of Tennessee in the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of late 1864. Containing items from
descendants as well as the Museum of the Confederacy, the exhibit includes swords, his uniform frock coat, a saddle, documents, flags and more.

Carnton also has a series of Civil War lectures. The next one is:


Carnton will host a panel discussion covering the career of Gen. John Bell Hood on Friday, November 6 at 6 p.m. in the event room of the Fleming Center. It is FREE to the public and will last about 1 ½ hours. Panelists will include Eric A. Jacobson (author, historian), Sam Hood (Hood expert, descendant), Sam Elliot (author, historian) and Brandon Beck (University of Mississippi) and they will be discussing the military career of this important and controversial Civil War general.

The lectures are free to the public. For more information, hours, directions, etc. visit Further lectures are being planned along with their annual Battle of Franklin
celebrations and Christmas programs.

3) Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Civil War Seminar at Ft.Negley

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society’s Civil War conference is slated for Nashville’s historic Ft. Negley Park. This educational event will be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2009 and it runs from 8:30 AM through 4:30 PM. Included in the conference is a tour and lunch and the fee is only $40 (before November 1st) and $45 thereafter. Seating is limited and it is first come, first in. The speakers include:

Sarah Boyd – Williamson County, TN history teacher – The Roots of the Civil War: How Our Forefathers Passed the Buck

Carole S. Boyd – history professor at Volunteer State Community College – Storm Clouds On The Horizon: Nashville In The Decade Before the Civil War

Myers Brown – History and Extension Services Curator, Tennessee State Museum – Spies, Scouts and Guerrillas: Irregular Warfare in Middle Tennessee

Krista Castillo – Museum Coordinator, Ft. Negley Park/Nashville CWRT – Finding Peace: Reconstructing Middle Tennessee

Thomas Flagel – history professor, Columbia State Community College – Appomattox: The Place of Lee’s Surrender and a National Resurrection

John Allyn – Battle of Nashville Preservation Society/Nashville City Cemetery Association – The Nashville City Cemetery (and tour guide for the tour there)

The symposium is sponsored by the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society and Nashville Metro Parks.

Make your check payable to BONPS and send to BONPS, c/o Ft. Negley Visitors Center, 1100 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203. Remember seating is limited and the fee includes lunch and the tour. If you want a vegetarian lunch please make that known.

4) Haunted History Civil War tours at Ft. Negley Park in Nashville

The Haunted Civil War tours originally set for Friday, October 30th, have been rescheduled to Saturday, November 7th, 2009 due to the weather on the 30th. The events start at 7 PM
and it is suggested that you call Ft. Negley Park to make reservations. There is no cost for this event which promises reenactors, guided tours and loads of fun for those that attend.
This is a perfect event for the whole family! Please contact:

Krista Castillo
Museum Specialist
Fort Negley Visitors Center
Nashville Metro Parks
(615) 862-8470