July Meeting Notice and Newsletter

July 21st, 2010 – Our 76th Meeting! Our third in our new home – the Bone & Joint Center!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, July 21st 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.


“McCook’s Dutchmen: The 9th Ohio Infantry”

Twenty-five per cent of the Union Army’s troops were born outside of the United States. Of these, some 200,000 were German natives from the various states (Germany as a single
nation did not exist before 1870). A number of these immigrants came over after the revolutions of 1848 and, after establishing themselves in cities like St. Louis, Philadelphia and
Cincinnati, these men, with the coming of war in 1861, stepped up to defend their adopted nation. About 36,000 Germans fought in ethnic German regiments, such as the 9th Ohio
Infantry. The remainder served in mixed regiments with soldiers of other ethnic backgrounds. While the Irish get more publicity, there were more Germans in the Civil War than any
other immigrant ethnic group.

Of the 30 or so German regiments, one of the best known is the 9th Ohio of Cincinnati. “Die Neuner,” as they were called, was somewhat different than other German regiments due
to its urban background, language of command, pre-war occupations of its ranks and previous military service of many of its ranks. Also interesting was the fact that its first colonel,
Robert McCook, was of Scots-Irish ancestry! “McCook’s Dutchmen,” also known as the “Dutch Devils,” fought from Mill Springs through the Atlanta Campaign.

The program for this month will be based on speaker Joseph Reinhart’s new book, A German Hurrah! Civil War Letters of Friedrich and Wilhelm Stangel, 9th Ohio Infantry, which was
just released last week by Kent State University Press. Mr. Reinhart, a member of the Louisville, Kentucky Civil War Roundtable, is a noted expert on Kentucky’s Union regiments as
well as Germans in the Union Army. He is the author or editor of a number of books on both topics. Mr. Reinhart is a graduate of Bellarmine College and Indiana University.

Please join us for an informative program on the 9th Ohio Infantry by a national expert, Joseph Reinhart.


Last month, Clarksville CWRT member Tracy Jackson presented his second program to our group on the eight Southern governors and the secession dilemma of 1861. In a detailed examination of each governor, Jackson outlined the factors they faced, their decision process and more related to their choice to secede or not to secede. What came out for most of them was a case where most people would not like to find themselves, the old between a rock and a hard place! Supported by a wonderful Power Point program, this presentation offered an illuminating look at each man and the path he chose.

Thanks Tracy for a very informative program!


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! July is our dues month so please make your plans to pay them 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!!


“Looking Back: The Civil War In Tennessee” in Clarksville A Big Success

Over 50 people attended this terrific event at our county archives on June 25th bringing weapons, documents, photos, letters, diaries and much more for employees of the Tennessee State Library & Archives and Tennessee State Museum to document. As part of the states’ Civil War 150th events, TSLA will be touring the state going to each county with similar events. A good turn out from the Clarksville CWRT was evident among other people of the county and some terrific items were brought in and documented. You can see many of these items on the TSLA web site with more being posted all the time.

If you could not make this event we will let you know when it comes to Stewart County and Dover, Tennessee. It will also be at Nashville’s historic Ft. Negley on Friday, July 16th from 9 am to 3 PM. Individuals may call (615) 253-3470 or e-mail civilwar.tsla@tn.gov to schedule a reservation with the archivists. A side benefit of your support will be good advice from these professionals as to how to properly care for your items so they will last for future family generations.

2010 Southern Civilian Conference – Belmont Mansion, Nashville, Tennessee – August 20-22, 2010

The next Southern Civilian conference is set for Friday-Sunday, August 20-22nd, 2010 for Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. These three days are for Civil War historians and civilian re-enactors and are filled with seminars and workshops to help educate you on your impression or just to learn about life during this era.

The event begins Friday morning at 8 am and concludes that evening with a reception at Belmont Mansion complete with period music and a one-act play on Sam Davis and Mary Patterson. Saturday features 6 seminars and Sunday offers two more. All of the details can be obtained by email to Linda Massey at MasseyLA@aol.com. You can also write for details to LSFS Conference, 7465 Indian Creek Road, Nashville, TN 37209. If you register by August 1st the event is only $145; after that it rises to $175. There are student discounts and fees for single events. Period vendors will be in attendance.

Speakers include Janet Hasson (retired Belle Meade curator), Thomas Flagel (Columbia State University), Jennifer Lamb (Belle Meade), Al Nippert, Mark Brown (Belmont Mansion), Barbara Sullivan (Grassmere Historic Farm) and Karel Lea Biggs (Nashville and Clarksville CWRTs). Workshop instructors include Mary Canavan (Victorian Christmas decorations), Pat Bridges (Theorem painting), Chrissy Davis (period dance) and Chris Roberts (Gourmet campfire cooking). The workshops have extra but nominal fees.

This ongoing conference is sponsored by the Ladies Soldiers’ Friend Society and Belmont Mansion. We hope you support this wonderful event!

Civil War Trail Markers to Be Unveiled Today by Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel and the CWPT newsletter

The battle ended in 20 minutes, the war a year and a half later. The legacy endures today – even though the battlefield’s long gone. Two new markers will commemorate the site of Knoxville’s defining Civil War battle and one of the city’s few surviving forts from that era. The Civil War Trails markers, set to be unveiled today, commemorate the Battle of Fort Sanders near what’s now the University of Tennessee campus and Fort Dickerson off Chapman Highway in South Knoxville.

Preservationists hope to see more such markers planted around the county and the state in time for the war’s 150th anniversary next year and an expected tourism boom. About 200 markers now dot Tennessee, part of a nationwide network of Civil War historic sites. “It’s an indication that there is an interest, and it’s a reminder to people who are in the area,” said Steve Dean, president of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance, which works to promote the region’s heritage. “It’s a great first step, and there’s still a lot more to be done.”

The Nov. 29, 1863, battle at Fort Sanders, named for fallen Union Gen. William Sanders, marked the end of the Confederacy’s failed attempt to recapture Knoxville from Union forces. The marker will stand in the parking lot of the Church of the Redeemer on 17th Street, near the spot where historians believe Fort Sanders’ northwest bastion stood before it fell to suburban development in the 1920s. Fort Dickerson and 15 other earthworks ringed Knoxville during the Confederate siege, holding off cavalry raids and other attacks. Its marker will stand in the park that bears the fort’s name.

The signs bring Knox County’s total of Civil War Trails markers in Knoxville to five so far, Dean said. Other markers already stand at Old Gray Cemetery on Broadway, resting place of various local Union and Confederate leaders; Bleak House on Kingston Pike, which served as headquarters for Confederate Gen. James Longstreet during the 1863 Siege of Knoxville; and the Farragut Folklife Museum off Campbell Station Road, near the site of the 1863 Battle of Campbell’s Station.

Civil War Group Zeroes in on Next Project – By Kevin Walters, Nashville Tennessean and CWPT newsletter

Months of negotiations. Commitments of more than $590,000 in grant money. Cooperation among strangers spread across three states. Creating a new Battle of Franklin park hasn’t been simple or cheap. Yet the seemingly disparate pieces of Franklin’s next major battlefield park appear to be slowly fitting together.

Franklin’s Charge, a local nonprofit battlefield preservation group, is closer to its goal of buying its next piece of property — the house and land at 111 Cleburne St. Nearby, they’re continuing to make inroads on buying the Domino’s Pizza restaurant at 1225 Columbia Ave. as well as adjacent retail property. The land is near the Carter House historic site. “It’s ongoing,” said Ernie Bacon, Franklin’s Charge president, describing the negotiations for the commercial property. “It is clearly an active process.”

The sites of the houses and pizza place have national historical importance. They are on the location where Union and Confederate troops blasted each other in close quarters on Nov. 30, 1864, near a former cotton gin. The Battle of Franklin claimed thousands of lives and limbs before it ended in just a few hours’ time. Commemorating the land’s importance is what principals say is unifying them in the hopes of creating a battlefield park in time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

“One would like to think that the Battle of Franklin was more important than pizza,” said Paul Hawke, chief of the Washington, D.C.-based American Battlefield Protection Program. “If you can restore the scene (of the battle) you can at least commemorate what happened there.”

If Franklin’s Charge can complete the purchases, it would represent a major step in Franklin’s years-long effort to add more open space in a city where much of its Civil War past was once thought lost. The momentum to create a Columbia Avenue battlefield park dates back to 2005. That’s when the city of Franklin spent $300,000 to buy a Pizza Hut restaurant at 1259 Columbia Ave. Eventually, the city converted the roughly quarter of an acre into a small park. Since then, plans for the park have expanded. “Our goal is to have that property restored to a battlefield park and a replica of the cotton gin built in time or ahead of the sesquicentennial in 2014,” Bacon said.

Sarah Faye Fudge, 64, grew up in the stone house at 111 Cleburne St. owned by her parents, Jamie and Celia Locke, both of whom are deceased. Fudge, who now lives in Katy, Texas, remembers her father tilling his garden and taking scores of old bullets — minié balls — from the soil. He kept the bullets for her friends. Fudge plans to sell the house and land to Franklin’s Charge for $199,000. To help pay for the purchase, Franklin’s Charge is set to get a $99,500 national grant from the battlefield protection program.

In May, Franklin aldermen agreed to be the pass-through entity to receive grants to help Franklin’s Charge make its purchases. In addition to money for the Fudge House, the group is also slated to get a $492,000 grant to help recoup costs of buying the Holt House in 2008 for $950,000. “I would say it’s highly likely, but I can’t guarantee it yet,” Hawke said. “Until it’s signed, sealed and delivered, anything can happen.” Bacon estimated the Locke house sale to close within the next 60 to 90 days. And he said Franklin’s Charge plans to relocate the Locke house and the Holt House rather than have them demolished.

The next piece of the project — or slice — is next door at the Domino’s Pizza restaurant and the adjacent retail property. If the Domino’s restaurant is eventually sold to Franklin’s Charge by owner and developer Don Cameron, it would be the second pizza restaurant to be bought as part of Franklin’s push to recapture the land. Cameron would say little about the possible sale of the land, referring questions to Bacon. The properties from 1221 to 1225 Columbia Ave. have a total market appraisal value of $500,300, county records show.

Cameron, who has longtime ties to Franklin, said the businesses would not close but would be relocated to property he owns on Downs Boulevard. “We would never run people out like that,” Cameron said. “My family built the first home in Franklin,” he said, referring to the home Ewing Cameron built on Second Avenue in the 1700s.

Cell Towers Put Georgia Battlefields “at Risk” – by Andy Johns, Chattanooga Free Press and the CWPT newsletter

The Civil War Preservation Trust has named two Northwest Georgia battlefields in their 15 “at risk” sites. The national group said the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Resaca Battlefield are at risk, but for different reasons. Chickamauga “is beset by proposals for cellular communications towers” and Resaca is still struggling to secure funding and move forward with an interpretive center, the group said.

“The cell towers were used as just two examples, but there are other potential things,” said Jim Ogden, historian for the Chickamauga park. “Just being in this half-million metropolitan area, there are plenty of places where construction … may impact some part of the battlefield or the visitors’ understanding.” The Civil War Trust specifically mentions a plan for cell towers on Missionary Ridge and near McLemore’s Cove, a hollow between Lookout and Pigeon Mountains west of LaFayette, Ga.

Matt Nodine, chief of staff for the Federal Communications Commission wireless division, said the Missionary Ridge cell tower was already in the early stages of construction when preservation groups challenged its permit.

Charlie Crawford, president of the Georgia Battlefields Association, said that, even without cell towers and construction, all the parks are in danger due to state cutback in staffing. “No battlefield, no matter how old it is, is getting the care it needs and it deserves,” he said.

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