February at Fort Donelson

 

CWRT Member Nikki Walsh took this photograph of Fort Donelson during one of our many snowfalls this winter!

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February Meeting Notice

February 16th, 2011 – Our 83nd Meeting!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, February 16th in our new home at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square 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.

Due to lack of time this will be a short newsletter!!

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC:

“From the Pages of Harper’s Weekly: The Illustrations of Thomas Nast, Reconstruction Politics and Popular Consciousness”

The period of Reconstruction remains a point of contention among scholars, academics and amateur historians largely due to the biases and opinions passed down through the generations. It is not until we step back and view the period from the context of the time that we can begin to understand the complexity of the issues involved. The illustrations of Thomas Nast, prominently displayed in Harper’s Weekly, reveal popular attitudes towards Reconstruction politics and emerging radical ideologies. Nast successfully illustrated complicated political issues for illiterate members of society while his semi-allegorical decorative drawings touched the souls of those suffering through the horrors and sorrows of war both North and South. Through patriotic illustrations during the Civil War, Nast boosted enlistment numbers and ultimately Harper’s Weekly subscriptions. In 1864, Nast played a major role in the presidential election. During the turmoil of the Reconstruction period, Nast revealed the corruption of New York City’s Tammany Hall, which led to the toppling of Boss Tweed.

Although Thomas Nast’s reputation as an illustrator, caricaturist and political cartoonist faded into obscurity over the past one hundred years, most Americans easily recognize the symbols he created such as the Democratic Donkey, the Republican Elephant and the most popular representation of Santa Clause. Nast’s deeply rooted convictions and skill transformed his pen into a weapon poised to eradicate injustice, characteristics that remain unmatched in his craft to this day.

Krista Castillo, raised by a history buff, grew up near Fort Laurens a Revolutionary War fort in Northern Ohio. An archaeological dig witnessed at eight years old, which remains vividly in her memory, ultimately set the course for her future. In 2000, Krista graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio with a BA in History. One year later, she moved to Fort Campbell, KY with her husband Lee, then a soldier with the 101st ABN, and their daughter Vanessa. Corrinne, born in 2002 in Tennessee, became the first Southerner in a family of Yankees. From 2004 to 2008, Krista worked at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville first in the gift shop and later as the registrar. In November 2008, Krista came to Fort Negley as the Education Manager and received a promotion to Museum Coordinator in April 2010. Krista completed coursework toward a MA in Military History in 2009. That same year, she and Greg Biggs founded the Nashville Civil War Roundtable, which meets monthly at Fort Negley Visitors Center. Krista serves on the board for the Inter-Museum Council of Nashville (ICON), as the president of the Nashville Civil War Roundtable and is a member of the Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. She resides in Clarksville with her family, which has grown to include two spoiled dachshunds Morton and Roscoe.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Mike Manning of Fort Donelson National Battlefield and the Clarksville CWRT gave a very in depth look on the war in the Indian Territory. Beginning with the Trail of Tears and
concluding with the Battle of Honey Springs, the program touched on all aspects of the war in what is now Oklahoma. Involved besides Yankees and Confederates were the Five
Civilized Indian Tribes and Manning explained their political similarities and differences. This is a very interesting program that covers a lot of complexities that is supported by a
good Power Point and is quite informative. Thanks Mike – job well done!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

March 2011 – David Simpson, Robert Hatton Camp, SCV, Lebanon, TN – “Ellis Harper – Guerrilla or Partisan?”

April 2010 – Thomas Flagel, Columbia State Community College – “Great Panic Prevails: How The Press Reported The Battle Of Nashville”

May 2011 – Kent Wright, Tennessee Valley CWRT, Huntsville, Alabama – “Ellet’s Rams”

June 2011 – James Swan, author, – “Chicago’s Irish Legion In Dixie – The 90th Illinois Infantry.”

July 2011 – Bobby Krick, historian, Richmond National Battlefield – “The Staff Of Robert E. Lee”

August 2011 –

September 2011 – TBA

October 2011 – Phil Seyfrit, Richmond, KY Battlefield – “The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky“

November 2011 – Eric Jacobson, Battle of Franklin Trust – “Baptism of Fire: The Role of Federal Recruits at the Battle of Franklin”

December 2011 – John Marler, Battle of Franklin Trust – “The Siege of Petersburg”

MEMBERS AND DUES: – Your name badge will have a white ribbon if you are current with your dues. If it only has ribbons of other colors, please pay your dues at this meeting! Thank you if you have already done so.

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, veterans, 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!!!!!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS:

Fort Negley Civil War Program With Thomas Cartwright – Saturday, February 12, 2011

Explore the Scandalous Side of the Civil War with historian Thomas Cartwright on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 7 pm at Fort Negley in Nashville. The program includes a special screening of the History Channel’s “Sex and the Civil War.” Space is limited so please RSVP in advance to (615)862-8470. Content Not Suitable for Children

Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Membership Banquet Saturday March 26, 2011

The Battle of Nashville membership drive and auction will be held at Traveller’s Rest in Nashville on Saturday March 26th, 2011. It is open to anyone wishing to attend and hopefully join the fine preservation organization that has done so much to save Civil War sites around Nashville. The organization is also planning for a symposium along with other programs so keep your eyes open for more announcements as they become available. For more information on this banquet please email Ellen Duer McClanahan at – EllenDuer@jis.nashville.org – or call (615)804-5068. If you wish to join them, the dues are $ 20.00 for an individual and $ 25.00 for a family. Your check should be mailed to Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Inc. or BONPS, P.O. Box 190493, Nashville, TN 37219. Your payment is tax deductible as BONPS is non-profit corporation.