May Meeting Notice – We’re Moving!

May 19th, 2010 – Our 74th Meeting! Our first in our new home – the Bone & Joint Center!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, May 19th in our new home at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes from the mall. 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.

Directions – from Russellville – head into Clarksville on Hwy 79 as before. Cross under I-24 and turn left at the first light (Holiday Drive) and take this behind the mall to Dunlop Lane. Turn left and go to the second right, Professional Park Drive, which is directly across from the Gateway Hospital. Turn right and go to the building on the right – the Bone & Joint Center at 980 Professional Park Drive.

For our Kentucky members and friends from Hopkinsville, Cadiz, etc. – come down I-24 to Exit Four. Get off and turn right and move into the left lane for the left turn above onto Holiday Drive. (This can be a bit tricky – if need be turn right at the light and U-turn in the Chinese restaurant parking lot and then go straight across Wilma onto Holiday Drive). Follow the above directions the rest of the way.

For our Clarksville members – you can take the routes above or, if you live south of the mall area, come towards the mall northbound on Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Where 101st Airborne crosses Wilma, turn right and get onto the road which is now Warfield. At Holiday Drive, turn left and at Dunlop Lane turn right and follow the above for the short rest of the way.

If you live on the west side, Woodlawn, Dover, etc., get on 101st Airborne and take that east and cross Wilma Rudolph and at Holiday Drive turn left and follow the above.

Don’t forget – our new meeting location is the Bone & Joint Center on Professional Park Drive right across from Gateway Hospital.

The officers and members of the Clarksville CWRT wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the management and staff of Borders book store in Governor’s Square Mall for giving us our first home for seven years. Please continue to patronize this fine store and don’t forget that they will be more than helpful is getting you the books you need. We hope to continue to work with them when we have noted Civil War authors in town.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC:

“CIVIL WAR ARTILLERY AT THE BATTLE OF FORT DONELSON”

Our own John Walsh will present a program on artillery at the Battle of Fort Donelson. Known as an artillery expert, John’s program will not emphasize artillery movement or tactics, but will show how an artillery gun crew worked its piece and what it took to fire the gun. The program will cover the types of cannon and artillery projectiles that were utilized during the Battle of Fort Donelson in February 1862. Additionally, John will be bringing examples of artillery projectiles from the battle for the CWRT to view. John’s program will be delivered via Power Point and is designed to be an introductory program on Civil War Artillery and its nomenclature. Besides teaching the uses of artillery in the battle, the program will show the diversity of gun and shell types used by both sides in the battle.

John Walsh has been involved in almost every aspect of the Civil War hobby. Since the age of 13, he has participated in Civil War Roundtables, re-enacting, relic hunting, collecting
and researching. John is co-owner of Fort Donelson Relics in Dover, TN and was inspired to own such a store after visiting Yesteryear Antiques in Murfreesboro during the late 1980’s.
He is a member of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable, Tennessee Military Collector’s Association, and he volunteers at Fort Donelson National Battlefield. John is also a field host
for Our History Project and actively supports both local SCV camps in Dover and Clarksville.

Please join us as John Walsh presents his excellent program on artillery at Fort Donelson!

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

We were treated to a terrific program on Clarksville’s Nannie Haskins, one of the “stars” of the Ken Burns Civil War documentary of some years ago. Her words and thoughts were brought to life for us thanks to a consortium of local historians including Minoa Uffelman and Ellen Kanervo of Austin Peay State University, Montgomery County historian Eleanor Williams and Phyllis Smith of the Clarksville CWRT. Assisted by a Power Point program, the ladies gave us Nannie’s background as well as her post-war life and then placed her words from her diary within historical context from the war to post-war. For those that have not read her diary or missed her in the Ken Burns documentary, she was a Southern patriot with a rapier-like whit with her pen and she commented on lots of events.

This was one of the finest programs ever presented to the Clarksville CWRT and we thank these four ladies for working so hard to put it together and present it for us. Job well done!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

June, 2010 – Tracy Jackson, Clarksville CWRT – “Eight Southern Governors”
July, 2010 – Joseph Reinhart, Louisville CWRT and author – “McCook’s Dutchmen: The 9th Ohio Infantry”
August, 2010 – Tom Parsons, Historian/ranger, Corinth National Battlefield – “The Battles For Corinth”
September, 2010 – Michael Manning, Ft. Donelson National Battlefield – Honey Springs Campaign, Indian Territory

October, 2010 – Gail Stephens, author – “General Lew Wallace” (based on her upcoming book)
November, 2010 – Dr. William Glenn Robertson, US Army Combat Studies Institute, Ft. Leavenworth, KS “A Tale of Two Orders in the Battle of Chickamauga”

December, 2010 – John Marler, Battle of Franklin Trust/former Petersburg National Battlefield – The Petersburg Campaign

MEMBERS AND DUES: – Your name badge will have two ribbons if you are current with your dues. If it only has the blue ribbon, please pay your dues at this meeting!

Thanks to all of you, the Clarksville CWRT continues to grow. We would love to have you join us! If you have friends interested in the Civil War, please bring them along. July is our fiscal year when dues for the current campaign were due. If you haven’t paid your dues for this season yet please do so. Our dues help us get great speakers and for historical preservation. Annual dues are as follows:

Ö Student – $10

Ö Single membership – $20

Ö Family – $30

Ö Military – Active duty and veterans – $15

Ö Military family – Active duty and family – $25

To our many guests – Thank you for much for coming to see what we are about. By joining us your dues money goes towards helping to pay the travel expenses for the speakers we get to visit us so we hope that you considering joining our ranks very soon. Welcome to our new members!!!!!

Clarksville CWRT silent auction – Each month we hold a silent auction of donated items to help raise more money for the club’s treasury. If you have something Civil War related that you would like to donate please bring it to the meeting. Thanks very much to all of you who have donated items. We have another special item coming up at this meeting!!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS:

Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Association Fund Raising Rummage Sale – May 15th, 2010

The Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association will sponsor a rummage sale/flea market style fund raiser on Saturday, May 15th from 7 AM -3 PM. Proceeds will assist the June Living History expenses. The “rummage sale” will be held in the field adjacent to the Log Cabin Visitors Center at 20650 Highway 22 North. Po Boy’s (Pizza Place) of Parkers Crossroads has offered the use of their large and COLORFUL special events tent for the event.

The event organizer is Deborah Teague. Should you have items to donate or can help with the sale, do call 731-845-3114 or email deborahteaguetn@yahoo.com Donated items can be left at the Visitor’s Center on weekends during regular operating hours of 9am to 5pm. Parker’s Crossroads is just off I-40 at Exit 108 west of Nashville.

Ft. Negley’s Krista Castillo to present May 14th program

Fort Negley Museum Director (and Nashville CWRT president) Krista Castillo will present a photo journal presentation of Fort Negley on Friday, May 14th. Contact the visitor center at (615)862-8470 for more details. If you haven’t visited the restored fort and visitor’s center, you are in for a treat!

Be sure to check with Ft. Negley as they offer a number of programs on a monthly basis including Silver Screen Saturdays where they show classic Civil War films and documentaries. Just give them a call for details and times!

Preservation Efforts for Battle of Monterrey Pass Receive Support – By Matt McLaughlin – Waynesboro Record-Herald (PA) (From the CWPT newsletter)

Significant strides have been made since Washington Township agreed to raise funds to purchase land and establish an interpretive site dedicated to the Battle of Monterey Pass in January. During a Jan. 29 meeting between the Monterey Pass Battlefield Association and Washington Township supervisors, the board agreed to seek funding and be the recipient of donations for purchasing a property near the Lions Club’s Rolando Woods Park and establishing it as an interpretive site, complete with a visitors center. Once established, the township would own the site, but the Battle of Monterey Pass Committee — made up of the association and its partners — would be responsible for its planning and operation, Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said in January.

The Battle of Monterey Pass, fought July 4 and 5, 1863, began in Fountaindale as Confederate forces limped back to the South after the Battle of Gettysburg. It was the second-largest conflict fought on northern soil during the Civil War and the only one fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. A step forward in preserving a piece of the Monterey Pass battlefield was the signing of a sale agreement for the .83-acre property near Rolando Woods Park April 21. The property, owned by Mary Rae Cantwell, is located at 13325 Buchanan Trail East and was the location of the last Confederate defense during the 1863 battle. Supervisor Elaine Gladhill, an advocate of preserving the history of the battle, said the township has already received more than $1,000 in donations.

About $100,000 is needed to buy all the property and township recently applied for $49,950 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant for purchasing the property. The township would provide matching funds of $52,900. More than 75 letters of support for the grant were submitted. Agencies that wrote letters of support include the Monterey Pass Battlefield Association, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Franklin County Area Development Corp., Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Planning Commission, Borough of Waynesboro, One Mountain Foundation, Franklin County Historical Society, Waynesboro Area School District, Greater Area Emmitsburg Historical Society and Cumberland Valley Rifles.

Donations can be made at the township office at 13013 Welty Road, Wayne Heights. Checks should be made payable to Washington Township.

Virginia Seeks Balance in Making War’s Anniversary – By Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post (From the CWPT newsletter)

When Virginia and the rest of the nation set out to mark the 100th anniversary of the Civil War in 1961, the party got off to a rocky start. Intricate plans were made to mark the military conquests of the Confederate and Union armies, but little attention was paid to the experience of individuals — soldiers, civilians and slaves. A massive reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run at Manassas was marred by too little water and too few bathrooms. Most jarringly, some adopted the events as an opportunity to celebrate the Confederacy in the face of the burgeoning civil rights movement. At last, President John F. Kennedy called on a 31-year-old historian to take over as the centennial’s executive director, refocusing it on sober education.

Virginia has turned to the same man — James I. Robertson Jr., a history professor at Virginia Tech and a Civil War expert — to help the state avoid the same kinds of problems as it prepares to mark next year’s 150th anniversary of the start of the war. With Robertson’s guidance, a commission established by the General Assembly to plan the state’s sesquicentennial events has spent four years trying to avoid the impression that they will amount to a celebration of the Confederacy.

There are no Confederate battle flags on the commission’s homepage. One of its first events is a scholarly conference titled “Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.” Commission members, a bipartisan collection of 15 legislators, historians and others, even shy from the word “celebrate,” preferring to use “commemorate” instead. “We’re going to make it a serious thing, an all-inclusive thing,” Robertson said. ‘Brother against brother.”

Virginia officials hope they can attract tourist dollars from war buffs from across the country during four years of events in the state with more Civil War battlefields than any other. The commission, founded in 2006, is funded through a $2 million annual appropriation from the legislature, as well as private grants. But they are keenly aware that Virginia was the capital of the Confederacy and home to many of its most famous figures. The commonwealth got a reminder of the sensitivities involved when Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) declared last month Confederate History Month, a proclamation he said would bring attention to the 150th anniversary. McDonnell quickly apologized after facing stinging national criticism for omitting references to slavery. But an amended version that called slavery an abomination did not satisfy those who thought it was still too deferential to Virginia’s role in a losing rebellion.

One place he might start is at the September conference on slavery at Norfolk State University, which has 1,200 registrants. It will be chaired by James O. Horton, professor emeritus of African American history at George Mason University and an expert on slavery. Horton called the conference “very important to understanding the Civil War, understanding the issues that really shaped the tremendous and heated debates of history.” Slavery plays an important role, too, in a two-disc DVD set that’s been produced by the commission and distributed to every school in the state. It emphasizes the experience of soldiers on both sides, African Americans — free and enslaved — as well as civilians on the home front.

The commission’s work has not been without critics. The Richmond Free Press, a black-owned newspaper, has run several editorials criticizing the commission as a waste of taxpayer money whose work is bound to invite four years of Confederate flag waving. “Most eighth-graders know that Virginia’s participation [in the war] was hardly worthy of promoting,” publisher Raymond H. Boone wrote last year.

At the same time, members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans say the commission is running a politically correct event that will ignore their ancestors’ sacrifices. “I think they’re so afraid of offending someone, hurting someone’s feelings, that they’re just going to do this generic, bland commemoration, where at the end, we know we’ve commemorated something, but we’re not quite sure what,” said Frank Earnest, a Virginia Beach resident and chief of the heritage defense for the group.

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), who chairs the commission, said such criticism shows the committee has found the right balance.

Communities Face Shortage of Funds to Commemorate Civil War – By Andy Johns, Chattanooga Free Press (From the CWPT newsletter)

During much of the Civil War, Confederate troops were short on manpower, funding and equipment. Nearly 150 years later, as local officials make plans to commemorate the war’s sesquicentennial anniversary, they face the same challenges. Local governments, historic groups and tourism leaders hope to capitalize on tourists they hope will flock to local sites during re-enactments and other anniversary events. But trying to raise money for marketing campaigns during a recession and a major state budget shortfall has proven to be difficult.

Every time Chickamauga City Manager John Culpepper has gone to Atlanta seeking money for various campaigns, he has found only empty pockets. Mr. Culpepper, who also is the Georgia Civil War Commission president, said the state initially budgeted $500,000 toward publicizing state sites and events for the 150th anniversary. That funding was stripped out with the first round of budget cuts, he explained. For comparison’s sake, Virginia included $2 million in its budget to prepare for the anniversary, Mr. Culpepper said. “The state of Georgia hasn’t budgeted anything,” he said.

Because the financial situation is so tough, Mr. Culpepper recently started the Tri-State Civil War Association to combine resources and promote related sites and events in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. In 2013, the Battle of Chickamauga re-enactment will be the largest in the Deep South with as many as 12,000 re-enactors expected, Mr. Culpepper said. The key, he said, will be getting those visitors to stay an extra day or two to visit Resaca, Ringgold or other nearby towns with historic sites. Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell called the potential tourism boost from the Civil War anniversary “very important.” She said she hoped to have another hotel in the county by then and said she would hoped to add a lodging tax for the unincorporated areas of the county in anticipation of the anniversary.

Don’t forget – our new meeting location is the Bone & Joint Center on Professional Park Drive right across from Gateway Hospital.

CLARKSVILLE CWRT OFFICERS

Greg Biggs – President/Programs – Biggsg@charter.net
Eric Good – Vice President – elgood2@msn.com
Karel Lea Biggs – Secretary/Newsletter – karelleabiggs@charter.net
Sherry Hersh – Treasurer – sherry.hersh@cmcss.net

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Clarksville CWRT Finds a New Home

Fellow members and friends of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable,

After seven years of meeting in the cafe of the Borders book store in Governor’s Square Mall, we have a new home. This was brought about by the growth of our membership and the fact that the cafe can no longer fit all of us into its space for our meetings. This is a nice problem to have, however, as it means that the CWRT is growing. We thank you for your support and membership as we move into the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

A couple meeting sites had been considered and member John Stanton, who is a surgeon, has kindly offered us his new office lobby as our meeting place. There is plenty of parking, a covered front door entrance for inclement weather, and lots of comfy chairs to sit in. The room will have to be re-arranged for each meeting and then put back for the use of the office the next day but we can all pitch in to help. There is no snack bar so we will have to do what many other CWRTs do each month – create volunteer foragers to handle cookies, brownies, etc. as well as soft drinks and coffee. Karel Lea Biggs can bring a coffee maker each month and if we get two foragers per month the snacks will be well in hand.

The new site is but 3-4 minutes from Borders. For our Kentucky members and friends – from Russellville – head into Clarksville on Hwy 79 as before. Once you cross under I-24 you will come to a traffic light which is Holiday Drive. There is a Quality Inn on the left corner. Turn left at this light and take this behind the mall to Dunlop Lane. Make another left there and go to the second right, which is directly across from the Gateway Hospital. Turn right (this is Professional Park Drive) and go to the building on the right – the Bone & Joint Center at 980 Professional Park Drive. Turn in and park.

For our Kentucky members and friends from Hopkinsville, Cadiz, etc. – come down I-24 to Exit Four. Get off there and turn right and move into the left lane for the left turn above onto Holiday Drive. (This can be a bit tricky – if need be turn right at the light and U-turn in the Chinese restaurant parking lot and then go straight across Wilma onto Holiday Drive). Follow the above directions the rest of the way.

For our Clarksville members – you can take the route outlines above or, if you live south of the mall area – come towards the mall northbound on Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Where 101st Airborne crosses Wilma, turn right and get onto the road which is now Warfield. At Holiday Drive, turn left and at Dunlop Lane turn right and follow the above for the short rest of the way.

If you live on the west side, Woodlawn, Dover, etc., get on 101st Airborne and take that east and cross Wilma Rudolph and at Holiday Drive turn left and follow the above.

This new location is very easy to find but if you have questions, please let me know. Again, this is mere minutes from the mall. The main entrance is in the center of the building and meetings will be held on the left side after coming in.

We cannot thank John Stanton enough for offering his new office space for our meetings. I will email Borders to let them know of the change and also to let them know that we very much would like for them to still be involved when we get in authors. If they cannot send over someone with books then please be sure to stop by Borders before any meetings where authors are speaking as I will be sure they carry whatever books are needed for that particular month.

I hope this helps everyone.

Greg Biggs
President, Clarksville CWRT

Nashville Flood Update

From Nashville CWRT President (and Clarksville resident), Krista Castillo

Dear Nashville CWRT Members:

I hope you all came through the recent flood unscathed. My condolences and prayers go out to anyone who lost friends or loved ones. Please check in at your convenience and let us know if you need anything. Kent Wright of the TVCWRT in Huntsville wrote today regarding their concern for our members. It is so nice to know that our RT family is thinking of us in our time of need.

Fort Negley Visitors Center made it through the storm with only a small amount of water leakage in the theater. On Saturday, the amount of water rolling off the hill was unlike anything I’ve seen.

Please take care and I hope to see you at the meeting this month.

Krista

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