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 http://www.tennesseehistory.org or call (615)741-8934 – or email at info@tennesseehistory.org

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 http://www.carnton.org. 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

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