October Newsletter and Meeting Notice

October 19th, 2011 – Our 91st Meeting!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, October 19th 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.

OUR SPEAKER AND TOPIC: “Kirby Smith’s Invasion of Kentucky and the Battle of Richmond”

In late August 1862, the Confederate forces in Tennessee under General Edmund Kirby Smith, along with the Army of the Mississippi under General Braxton Bragg, began an invasion
of Kentucky. A third column under General Humphrey Marshall, moved from Virginia into Kentucky. The plan was to recover most of Middle Tennessee and eastern Tennessee and
force the Union armies back to defend the Ohio River line. Kirby Smith and Bragg, although trying to coordinate their separate movements, operated in an uncoordinated manner.
Neither officer was placed in authority over the other.

Smith drew first blood south of Richmond, Kentucky on August 29, 1862 but the battle at Richmond, fought on the next day, proved critical to Confederate hopes. Smith’s Army of
Kentucky, reinforced by two brigades from Bragg’s army (Preston Smith’s and Patrick Cleburne’s) attacked the Union army under General William “Bull” Nelson and after a time
shattered their lines in coordinated assaults. The pursuit and battle virtually annihilated the Union army on the field – the only Civil War battle where a defeated army suffered such
damage. The road to Cincinnati was wide open! And yet the engagement remains almost unknown even to students of the war in the West.

This month’s speaker is Phil Seyfrit, Historic Properties Director of Madison County, Kentucky and site manager of the Richmond Battlefield. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky
University and the Mid-America College of Funeral Service. After working in the funeral industry, Phil changed direction and took charge of the historic sites of the county where he
resides today. He has been widely published on the Battle of Richmond in various periodicals and has been appointed to the Kentucky State Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Mr. Seyfrit also reenacts and tours and helps to preserve Civil War sites across the country.

Please join us for this program about a very overlooked part of the Kentucky Campaign of 1862.


Ross Massey, historian for the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, gave us a fine program on the role of the Confederate cavalry division commanded by General James Chalmers in the Battle of Nashville. Deployed on the Confederate left and initially cut off by the Union attacks of December 16, 1864, Chalmers brought his division out of this hazardous position and deployed them on the Granny White Pike. This new position enabled Chalmers to form the first rear guard action of Hood’s defeated army as they fell back from their shattered lines, an act that, it can be argued, saved Hood’s troops from a more crushing defeat by the aggressive Union pursuit. This was a well presented program delivered in the down-home style of Ross Massey who has full command of all of the details. This program would be a great addition for any Civil War Roundtable. Thanks Ross!


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”

January 2012 – Teresa Prober, Austin Peay State University, “The Dover Hotel and Dover, Tennessee in the Civil War”

February 2012 – Myron Smith, historian and author, Tusculum College, “Union Navy City Class Ironclads on the Western Rivers”

March 2012 – Ltc. Harold Knudsen – “General James Longstreet – Modern General”

April 2012 – Mark Christ, Arkansas Historical Commission – “Arkansas 1863” (tentative)

May 2012 – Michael Bradley, author/historian – “The Staff and Escort of Nathan Bedford Forrest”

TBA – Kraig McNutt, historian and author – “The Civil War Letters of Addison Lee Ewing, 63rd Indiana Infantry, Late Summer 1864-January 1865”

July 2012 – The one and only Ed Bearss! Topic TBA.

September 2012 – Martin Stewart, historian/author – “The 71st Ohio Infantry” (based on his revised unit history)

MEMBERS AND DUES: – Your name badge will have a ribbon and a star if you are current with your dues. If it has neither 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


The Battle of Stones River 150 Years Later Symposium – October 26-27, 2011

By the end of October 1862, Murfreesboro, Tennessee became more than the geographic center of the state. It was the center of attention in the Western Theater of the Civil War. By the end of the year, 81,000 soldiers would clash in one of the most significant and bloody battles of the conflict. Join us for a two day symposium that examines how the Battle of Stones River shaped the outcome of the war, changed the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, and still impacts our lives 150 years later.

Friday October 26, 2012

Keynote Speaker – Larry Daniel

Saturday October 27, 2012

Speakers include: Earl J. Hess, Richard McMurry, Jim Lewis, Antionette Van Zelm. Keynote Speaker – Dwight Pitcaithley, Former NPS Chief Historian

Special battlefield programs will be offered Saturday afternoon. The admission fee is only $20 and includes lunch. Contact the park at (615) 893-9501 for more information.

Filson Historical Society Civil War Tour – The Tullahoma Campaign of Middle Tennessee, November 3-5, 2011

This Fall The Filson Civil War Field Institute will visit the visually stunning Middle Tennessee to explore a campaign that is only just becoming appreciated by Civil War historians as an important campaign that achieved vital goals with very few casualties on either side. The campaign began in late June and ended on July 4, 1863, the same day that Vicksburg surrendered and Lee began to retreat from his defeat at Gettysburg. Tullahoma is overshadowed to a great degree by these other Union victories, however strategically it is in the same category as both. It is still taught at the Military Academies and Service schools as a great example of Maneuver Warfare.

Tour guides and speakers will be Dr. Michael Bradley, who will be the keynote speaker and co-tour guide alongside Greg Biggs. Sites to be visited include Fortress Rosecrans, Hoover’s Gap, Liberty Gap, Guy’s Gap, Shelbyville, TN, Oaklands Historic House Museum, The Cowan Railroad Museum and Chockley Tavern. Dr. Bradley will speak on Thursday night.

Fieldtrip Fee – $280 for Filson members; $330 Non-members. This includes all admission fees to museums and parks, Chartered Bus, Two lunches, a reception and one dinner (Thursday evening). To reserve your place, a non-refundable deposit of $50 (Due by 9/23/11) per person is required at time of registration and balance is due to the Filson by October 21, 2011. Space is limited. The first 25 participants that register will receive an issue of Blue & Gray Magazine (Vol. XXVII, #1) featuring the main article about the Tullahoma campaign written by Michael Bradley including comprehensive maps for the campaign. This issue also includes a two page side bar on the rise of the Union cavalry by Greg Biggs. Issue will be mailed to you by request. To reserve your space or if you have any questions please email Scott Scarboro at – sscarboro@filsonhistorical.org – or you can visit the Filson web site at – http://www.filsonhistorical.org – and register and pay online.

Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Civil War Seminar – November 11-12, 2011

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society (BONPS) joins with Belmont Mansion and the Lotz House to bring a significant Sesquicentennial symposium on the Civil War to Middle Tennessee on November 11 and 12 to further commemorate and explore the 150th anniversary of the start of the War. The symposium will launch with an opening night reception at the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee on Friday, November 11. The reception will be hosted by BONPS President Phillip Duer and Thomas Flagel, author of “The History Buff’s Guide” book series. The formal Symposium will begin the following day at Belmont Mansion at 8:00 a.m. Speakers include:

Thomas Cartwright– Franklin-based historian, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin

Tim Johnson, professor of history at David Lipscomb University, who has appeared on the History Channel,C-SPAN and NPT.

Carole Bucy, professor of History at Vol State Community College and the newly appointed Metro Historian.

James McDonough, noted author of Five Tragic Hours and Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble.

Doug Richardson, Park Ranger and Chief of Interpretation at Fort Donelson.

Dr. Bobby Lovett, long-time professor of history at Tennessee State University and author

The event fee is $75.00 and includes the reception, symposium and other items. This event is being sponsored by Wade and Egbert Insurance Partners and Kay, Griffin, Enkema and Kolbert. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact jtt@lotzhouse.com for more information. For more information including tickets, contact Mark Brown at Belmont University at mark.brown@belmont.edu, or Ellen McClanahan at the Lotz House by email at ellen@lotzhouse.com or phone at 615-804-5068.

Civil War Events in Kentucky – Be Sure to Visit and Support Our Fine Neighbors

Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy – Exhibit Opening, Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY – Opens October 15. This exhibit will feature more than 100 artifacts that examines Kentucky’s divided families and more. For information: http://www.fraziermuseum.org/exhibitions/temporary-exhibits/upcoming-2/civil-war/

“Embattled Capitol: the Civil War in Frankfort” – Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room, Frankfort, KY. October 17, 6:30 p.m. Presentation by James Prichard, KY State Archives, KY Humanities Council Speaker. For information, contact Diane Dehoney at diane@pspl.org.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” – Exhibit, Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY. Opens October 21

This exhibit will be free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information, visit http://www.filsonhistorical.org, or call 502-635-5083.

In addition, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has been working with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Heritage Council on a new Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. The website for this trail has just been launched, and can be accessed at http://www.kentuckycivilwartrails.org. This site includes information about the trail sites, blog postings, travel itineraries, and more.

14th Louisiana Infantry Battle Flag Returned To Memorial Hall in New Orleans

A rare battle flag of the 14th Louisiana Infantry was stolen from Confederate Memorial hall in the early 1980s by a former volunteer. After years of search, the flag was located in private hands in Virginia. The collector bought the flag in 2004 and when informed by the FBI unit that specializes in artifacts and art of its theft years ago, turned the flag over to them. The flag was returned to Memorial Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, October 7th. Besides seeing a lot of combat action, the banner also laid over former Confederate president Jefferson Davis’ coffin after his death. The museum will raise funds for its conservation and eventual display. If you care to donate please contact Memorial Hall at Memhall@aol.com for details. The 14th Louisiana Infantry contained many members of the Polish community of New Orleans.

Fort Donelson CWRT October 20th, 2011 Speaker

The next meeting of the new Fort Donelson CWRT will be Dr. Michael Bradley on his new book: “Forrest’s Fighting Preacher: David Campbell Kelley of Tennessee.” The meetings begin at 7 PM in the Stewart County Visitors Center in Dover, TN. This is located on Highway 79 right across from the entrance to Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Visitors are always welcome. Dr. Bradley will have copies of this new book for sale at the event along with his past books. Don’t miss this fine speaker!

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