November Meeting Notice and Newsletter

November 16th, 2011 – Our 92nd Meeting!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, November 16th 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: “Baptism of Fire: The Role of Federal Recruits at the Battle of Franklin”

The Battle of Franklin has been considered the five most violent hours of the Civil War. Charge after charge of Confederate infantry threw themselves at Union entrenchments with the only success, albeit temporarily, coming in the center along the Columbia Pike. Here, the Union line broke, thanks to attacking Confederates intermingling with retreating Union forces from an advance line. As has been commonly reported, the Union brigade commanded by Emerson Opdycke, posted below the brow of Carter’s Hill, rose up and counterattacked, sealing the Union line which continued to resist further attacks well into the darkness.

But was it just Opdycke’s Brigade that saved the day? Historian Eric Jacobson, in his new book, Baptism Of Fire: The Role of Federal Recruits at the Battle of Franklin, examines the role of three green Union regiments who, in their first battle, also contributed greatly to the eventual saving of the Union line. The program will focus on the roles of the 44th Missouri, 175th Ohio, and 183rd Ohio, all three of which found themselves involved in some of the worst fighting at the Battle of Franklin. These three regiments played crucial roles in determining the battle’s final outcome and until now their roles have been virtually unknown. The program will show conclusively that Opdycke’s Brigade alone did not save the Federal army at Franklin.

Eric A. Jacobson has been studying the American Civil War for nearly 25 years. A Minnesota native, Eric lived in Arizona for over a decade before relocating to Middle Tennessee in 2005. He is the author of For Cause & For Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin, a project which encompassed nearly 10 years. Published in March 2006 the book is considered by some to be one of the most important books ever written about the 1864 Tennessee Campaign.

Eric’s second book, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, was published in April 2007. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust, which manages the Carter House and Carnton. His third book, entitled Baptism of Fire, which details the roles of three Federal regiments at the Battle of Franklin, was released in September 2011.

Eric lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.


Phil Seyfrit, Historic Properties Director of Madison County, KY, regaled us with a fine program on the overlooked Battle of Richmond, KY. Fought on August 29, 1862 between Union troops commanded by Gen. William “Bull” Nelson versus the Confederate army led by Edmund Kirby Smith, Smith ended the day shattering the Union command, arguably the closest it ever came during the Civil War of an army being destroyed on the field. The resulting victory left Cincinnati, Ohio, Lexington, KY and other places wide open to attack and gave a boost to the early stages of the Confederate invasion of the Blue Grass State. As Seyfirt operates the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center, his knowledge of the battle is immense and the program as delivered with style and humor. Often dwarfed by the bigger fight at Perryville, this battle had huge consequences and great possibilities. Thanks Phil for the fine program!


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”

June 2012 – TBA

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

August 2012 – TBA

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

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

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


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 for more information. For more information including tickets, contact Mark Brown at Belmont University at, or Ellen McClanahan at the Lotz House by email at or phone at 615-804-5068.

Tennessee Historical Society Reissues Civil War Articles From the Tennesseee Historical Quarterly In A New Book Series

The Tennessee Historical Society has just launched the 12-volume series Tennessee in the Civil War. The first and namesake volume appeared in October 2011 and new releases will take place through March 2015. The series is an official legacy project of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Planning was done in partnership with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. Carroll Van West, PhD, is the series editor, and title editors are specialists on their subjects. Each book features a selection of articles related to the topic along with an introductory essay.

The series examines great battles, controversial leaders, first hand accounts, occupation, experiences on the homefront, women’s roles, the triumph of African Americans, and the legacy of the Civil War. The content of the volumes is drawn from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, now in its 70th year. The THQ has published almost 400 articles since 1942 on the Civil War in the Volunteer State. The best of these pieces — by noted Civil War historians such as James L. McDonough, B. F. Cooling, Stephen Ash, Bobby Lovett, Stanley F. Horn, Edwin C. Bearss, and many more – will be included.

Volume 1, Tennessee in the Civil War, is now available, and Volume 2, The Civil War in Appalachia, will come out in late November 2011. The books in the series are trade-quality paperbacks of approximately 230 pages in length, with maps, illustrations, and index, printed on acid-free paper. Titles in the series include:

· Tennessee in the Civil War (October 2011): Title editor, Carroll Van West, PhD

· The Civil War in Appalachia (November 2011): Spurgeon King, PhD

· The Battle of Shiloh (March 2012): Timothy Smith, PhD

· Forrest and the West Tennessee Cavalry Campaigns (August 2012): Myers Brown

· The Battle of Stones River (November 2012)

· Emancipation and the Fight for Freedom: African Americans in the Civil War (March 2013)

· The Battles for Chattanooga (August 2013)

· Tennessee Women in the Civil War (November 2013): Antoinette van Zelm, PhD

· Fort Pillow (March 2014)

· Eyewitness to the War: A Collection of First Hand Accounts (August 2014): Ann Toplovich

· Hood’s Campaign: Franklin and Nashville (November 2014): James L. McDonough, PhD

· After the War: Reconstruction (March 2015)

The books retail for $25 each (shipping and sales tax extra). Members of the Tennessee Historical Society receive a 20% discount. For more information and to order, please go to

Please also note that book shops and historical sites may purchase 10 or more copies at a 50% wholesale discount — $12.50, plus shipping. (No sales tax if a tax number is provided.)

Filson Historical Society Civil War Lecture Series – November 20, 2011

The Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky offers a Civil War lecture series that will continue through the sesquicentennial. The next program will be on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 5 PM EST. It will be held at Ballard High School, 6000 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY.

This month’s program features Adam Goodheart, author of the recent pivotal book 1861: The Civil War Awakening, a gripping original account of how the war began that has garnered rave reviews. Adam Goodheart is a historian, journalist, and travel writer. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Outside, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and he is a regular columnist for the Times’ acclaimed Civil War series, “Disunion.”

This event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Please call The Filson or visit us online to make your reservation. Send ticket requests to The Filson Historical Society, GPBL Tickets, 1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208. Reservations are required, please go to this web site to make them –

Fort Donelson CWRT November 17th, 2011 Program

The new CWRT in Dover, TN will have Greg Biggs of the Clarksville CWRT speaking on Volunteer Banners: The Civil War Flags of Tennessee. The meeting begins at 7 PM at the Stewart County Visitors Center, located on US Hwy. 79 right across from the entrance to Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Guests are always welcome. Visit for more details.

Historian Randy Bishop to speak at the Franklin Civil War Round Table’s November 13th, 2011 Meeting

Author, teacher and historian, Randy Bishop, is the featured speaker for the November edition of the Franklin Civil War Round Table. He has written extensively on Tennessee regiments, especially those that served in the Army of Northern Virginia, and his 2010 release, The Tennessee Brigade, has been well received. This work follows these Tennesseans from the Wars beginning to their dramatic last days at Appomattox in 1865. In a review of this book, Lt. Colonel Robert Lynn wrote, “This is a superb account…..Civil War unit history doesn’t get any better than this.” Bishop has also written Tennessee’s Civil War Battlefields and Mississippi’s Civil War Battlefields.

An accomplished educator, Bishop has been named as Teacher of the Year at Middleton High School and has served as adjunct for Jackson State Community College. His wife, Sharon, is also an educator. If you are interested in hearing about the average Tennessee soldier in some of the harshest fighting of the Civil War, you will not want to miss this Round Table event. The date is November 13th, Franklin Police Headquarters Community Room. The meeting begins at 3:00 PM.

Clarksville CWRT to present check to the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department for a new picnic table for Fort Defiance

At this month’s meeting, the Clarksville CWRT will present a check to the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department for the purchase of the first picnic table for the Fort Defiance Interpretive Center. The check is the result of several months of fund raising and the funds will purchase a durable table that will serve the public for years to come. The picnic table will enhance the visitor’s experience when they come to one of the most scenic places in Clarksville. Parks Director Mark Tummons will receive the check at this month’s meeting.

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