February Newsletter and Meeting Notice

February 20th, 2013 – Our 107th meeting.
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 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: “Hurst’s Wurst: The 6th Tennessee Cavalry U.S.”

The Sixth Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.) was described by one Confederate soldier as “an ignorant posse of men led by vicious and unprincipled leaders” who were “the scourge and terror of the lower Eastern Counties of West Tennessee, and were as thoroughly detested and hated as any band of marauders who ever disgraced the name of soldiers.” Nathan Bedford Forrest loathed this unit and enjoyed beating them as often as possible

Were the men who served in the Sixth Tennessee truly the villains that partisan writers have portrayed them? Or were they persecuted for the choice they made not to join the Confederacy but stand for the Union instead? They hailed from the McNairy County area along the Tennessee River, which was not known as a big area for pro-Union sentiment in the state.

Our speaker this month is a descendant of soldiers who served in the Sixth Tennessee. Author of a book on the regiment, Kevin D. McCann examines the activities of the Sixth Tennessee—both official and unofficial—and gives a historical and factual account of this controversial Federal regiment and its equally controversial leader, Fielding Hurst. He will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting.

Kevin D. McCann was born in Jackson, TN in 1970 and attended public and private schools in Jackson and Madison County. He attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Union University in 1993. He now lives in Dickson, TN with his wife Cindy and their two children, Braden and Brianna.

Kevin’s interests range from the Civil War to minor league baseball and the Age of Jackson, though all pertain to his love for Tennessee history. He is the author of four books: Jackson Diamonds: Professional Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee (1999); Hurst’s Wurst: Col. Fielding Hurst and the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry U.S.A. (2007); Adam Huntsman: The Peg Leg Politician (2011); and The Jackson Generals: Minor League Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee (2012). He is the co-author of The Kitty League (Images of Baseball series) and co-editor of The Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy County, Tennessee (2012).

Kevin is the co-founder of BrayBree Publishing, an independent publishing company that specializes in books on Tennessee history. His company’s website is braybreepublishing.com


A good turnout of members and guests were treated tro a fine program by Rick Warwick, Williamson County historian and expert on the Confederate veteran reunions held at Franklin, Tennessee after the war. In full command of the facts on the topic and supported by an informative power point program, Rick’s topic was very well presented and received. Of note was an ad from the Franklin newspaper for one of the reunions in the early 20th Century offering land for sale on the battlefield! From there Franklin was overbuilt and has only been recovering much of this land in the last decade or so. Thanks Rick for a wonderful program.


March 2013 – Nancy Baird, Western KY University – “Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary”
April 2013 – David Bastian, historian/author – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign” (based on his book)
May 2013 – Jerry Wooten, Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
June 2013 – Chris Kolakowski, Patton Museum/author – “The Tullahoma Campaign”
July 2013 – Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati/author – Sterling Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Lee Ann Newton, historian/author – “The Memoirs Of Eratus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”
September 2013 – Doug Richardson, park ranger, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – “Lincoln and McClellan”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, VA Tech University, noted author/historian – Topic TBA
November 2013 – Kraig McNutt, author/historian

MEMBERS AND DUES: – You should have a Clarksville CWRT membership card if you are current with your dues. If you do not have one then 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:
 Student – $10
 Single membership – $20
 Family – $30
 Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
 Military family – Active duty, veterans, and family – $25


Esteemed member Captain Jim Page Passes Away in January 2013
As members of the Clarksville CWRT already know, our fine member, Captain Jim Page, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife and two young children plus other family members. He was buried with full military honors in Louisville, Kentucky, his home town, on Monday, January 28th. A memorial service was held at Fort Campbell on Wednesday, February 6th.

Jim was division historian for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was highly dedicated to that illustrious command’s history. He worked with the Pratt Museum on post and was the key element in seeking to get returned to Tennessee the remains of some American soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Monterey, Mexico in the Mexican War. These men are probably from the 1st Tennessee Volunteers led by Colonel William Bowen Campbell, for whom Fort Campbell is named.

Jim was also a member of the Nashville CWRT and, in his honor, the membership of that organization voted to raise funds for a second picnic table for Clarksville’s Fort Defiance whose cost it is proposed to be shared with the Clarksville CWRT. Also coming with the table will be a memorial plaque. It will be up to our membership to discuss and vote on this proposal at the February meeting. The cost will be similar to the first picnic table purchased by our roundtable but it will be shared with the Nashville CWRT who raised nearly $180 at the January meeting. Jim will be deeply missed.

New Newsletter Editor Needed for the Clarksville CWRT Newsletter

Two days after the passing of Jim Page, the father of member Karel Lea Biggs (and president Greg Biggs’ father in law), passed away suddenly. Accordingly, the Biggs will be going to East Tennessee quite a bit to settle the matters of his house and estate. This will eat up a lot of their time. As they currently do the newsletter for the Clarksville CWRT and there will not be enough time to continue to do so, a new newsletter editor is needed starting with the March 2013 issue. If you are interested in doing this please let them know at the February meeting. They really need to pass this off to someone new!

Short newsletter this month folks due to being tied up with too many things.

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