March Meeting Notice and Newsletter

March 20th, 2013 – Our 108th meeting.

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, March 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: “Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary: A Bowling Green Girl Looks at the Civil War”

Diaries can be wonderful sources of information about life during any era. Josie Underwood’s diary provides a uniquely clear and penetrating analysis of the home front and the problems experienced by civilians living under military occupation. The teenage daughter of a pro-Union, anti-Lincoln slave-owner living on the edge of Bowling Green, KY, Josie wrote of the trials and tribulations suffered by her family and neighbors as well as her thoughts about family members who were pro-South. She was well-educated and armed with an often witty pen and proved to have a keen eye on events in her part of Kentucky. For example, in mid-September, 1861, when about 25,000 Confederates arrived in the Bowling Green area, Josie mourned that “the Philistines are Upon Us.” While pro-Union, Josie was not afraid to take aim at the Federals. Five months later the Confederates evacuated Bowling Green and a sizeable Union army arrived to occupy south central Kentucky they too became Philistines who robbed, pillaged and destroyed! Her story is very similar to those civilians who lived in central Kentucky and Middle Tennessee; it did not matter what color the uniforms were as both sides took great advantage of these people when they were around. Homes were lost, animals stolen or killed, crops destroyed and families ruined.

Josie’s story is revealing, humorous and insightful and offers an insider’s view or our area in the Civil War.

Nancy Baird served on the Western Kentucky University faculty for 35 year as the Kentucky Library’s “Kentucky History Specialist”. She also taught one overload class for the history department nearly every semester of those years. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Baird holds Masters and Specialist Degrees in history from Western, and is the author of 10 books and 20 journal articles about Kentucky’s past. Her most recent publication, Josie Underwood’s Civil War Journal was published in 2009 by the University Press of Kentucky. It won the Basil Duke Award given by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, for the Best Publication in Confederate History. She will have copies of her book for sale at the meeting.


Historian and author Kevin McCann regaled us with a very interesting program on the 6th Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.). What had begun as research into a possible Confederate ancestor turned out to be a soldier of this Union regiment. Led by staunch Unionist Fielding Hurst, of McNairy County on the Tennessee River, the regiment developed an unenviable reputation for both sides. Laced with first person accounts and a fine power point program in support, McCann wove a unique tale. One of the things his program proved was that Unionism in Tennessee was not limited to the eastern portion of the state. A most enjoyable program that was well delivered and received by the membership as evidence by the number of questions afterwards. Thanks Kevin.


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


New Newsletter Editor Needed for the Clarksville CWRT Newsletter

A new newsletter editor is desperately needed for our CWRT newsletter. If you are interested in doing this please let the membership know at this month’s meeting. The Biggs can no longer devote the time to it.

Civil War Exhibit At Fort Negley in Nashville Starting March 13, 2013

Starting on March 13th, Fort Negley will host an exhibit called “Voices of the battlefield.” This multi-panel exhibit is the product of Brian Allison of Traveller’s Rest in Nashville. The panels will tell the stories of the Battle of Nashville and preservation of area Civil War sites. The exhibit will remain at Fort Negley into September so be sure to drop by to see it.

Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium – April 13, 2013

The next symposium sponsored by the Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will be held on April 13, 2013 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The church is located at 615 6th Avenue South in Nashville. The event begins at 8:30 AM. The speakers will be Dr. Bobby Lovett and Dr. Susan O’Donovan with period music by the 1861 Project.

Civil War Symposium, March 23rd, 2013 Sponsored by Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia

The tenth installment of the annual Civil War Symposium, sponsored by the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. This year’s conference goes under the theme, Civil War East and West – 1863. Speakers included Dr. Richard McMurray, Larry Daniel, Brian Steel Wills and Larry Hewitt. All are well know authors and highly respected Civil War historians. The symposium begins at 9 AM and it will be held at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW on the Kennesaw State campus. This can be reached at Exit 271 off of I-75 and the center is located behind the Cracker Barrel.

For further information please email Michael Shaffer at: Their web site is

Free Civil War Tours In Murfreesboro, Friday March 29th and Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Join Stones River NPS park ranger Jim Lewis for guided tours of Fortress Rosecrans on Friday, March 29th, and of the Vaught’s Hill/Battle of Milton battlefield on Saturday, March 30th, 2013. Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan attacked a Union brigade on Vaught’s Hill at Milton, Tennessee on March 20, 1863. Despite having twice as many men as the Federals, Morgan, after a pitched fight, and with reinforcements coming from Fortress Rosecrans, suffered a punishing defeat. Morgan was defeated three times in a row in the late winter of 1862-1863 which greatly tarnished his reputation. The result of these defeats was Morgan’s creation of his famous Ohio Raid designed to get his name back into the headlines of Southern newspapers. They also gave William S. Rosecrans, commanding the Army of the Cumberland, ideas as to where to attack Braxton Bragg in the Tullahoma Campaign of late June/early July, 1863.

Vaught’s Hill battlefield is privately owned as is an antebellum home used as a hospital and Ranger Lewis has access to both. The event for Saturday begins at 9 Am at the Rutherford County Visitors Center for an orientation before tour participants drive to the battlefield. There is no cost for the tour other than what you buy for lunch and dinner. The Friday Fortress Rosecrans tour begins at 5 PM and it will be followed by a reception at the Stones River park visitors center that evening. For more information and to reserve your space for the tour, please email You can also visit the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association web site at –

Civil War Land Under Development Threat in Atlanta at Peachtree Creek Battlefield (Civil War Trust)
Atlanta’s massive development over the last 100 years has swallowed up most of the three battlefields that decided the fate of the Gate City of the Confederacy. The first of these, Peachtree Creek, fought on July 20, 1864, was John Bell Hood’s first battle as the new commander of the Army of Tennessee. While this neighborhood was developed many years ago with stately homes and a large golf course, a few pockets of pristine land remain.
In Atlanta, just minutes away from city offices and downtown attractions, 14 acres of brush and woods have caught the eye of apartment housing developers. That in itself is nothing new. But what makes those 14 acres special is this: The prime piece of in-town real estate is also a part of Civil War history. A Confederate army brigade encamped there during the summer of 1864, ahead of what became the Battle of Peachtree Creek — which soon after led to the decisive and costly Battle of Atlanta. The non-profit Civil War Trust says nearly 20% of American Civil War battlefields have been destroyed and, of those that remain, only 15% are protected as national parks.
Many of the battlefield sites are now in urban or suburban communities, on valuable land. And there have been some highly publicized skirmishes in recent years as preservation groups fought to keep large companies from developing the sites. In the case of 14 acres of Atlanta woods, the property’s owner wants to break ground later this year on a 236-unit apartment complex. But local residents would like the grounds to be looked over before the bulldozers start their work. “If there were some archaeological or historic significance to this particular area, I think that would definitely add some value to the neighborhood,” Wyatt Gordon, president of the local neighborhood association, told WXIA-TV.
Newsletter and Web Site for the Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina Civil War Heritage Trails
The states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina have banded together to form a Civil War Trails association. This co=promotes Civil War sites in these three states. Their web site is full of interesting information on the Civil War sites of the three states as well as events, their newsletter and much more including Sesquicentennial events.
To access this please go to – and be prepared to spend some good times there.
Fort Donelson Reenactment – March 15-17, 2013

This year’s event will again be held in Stewart Houston Industrial park at 3330 Hwy. 149, Erin, Tennessee. Events kick off at 9 AM on Friday, March 15th and conclude at 4 PM on Sunday, March 17th. Tickets for the event are $10 and kids ages 12 and under get in free. In addition to the reenactment, there will be camp tours, a period ball, night artillery fighting and more.

The fun family event is co-sponsored by Porter’s Tennessee Battery and you can find more information on their web site –

Clarksville’s Roxy Theater Performs Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War Stories, March 29-April 6, 2013

This spring, the Roxy Regional Theatre offers a glimpse of war through the eyes of a Union soldier, a Confederate sympathizer and a mute boy. Ambrose Bierce’s CIVIL WAR STORIES premieres Friday, March 29, at 8pm, for a limited run. Celebrated for their intensity, insight and mastery of form, Ambrose Bierce’s collection of stories has been described as one of the great antiwar statements in American literature. Bierce served in an Indiana regiment and on the staff of a Union general.

Adapted and directed by John McDonald, selections including “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “Chickamauga” and “Killed At Resaca” acquire new life upon the stage through the ensemble acting skills of Ryan Bowie, Leslie Greene, Colin Ryan and Michael Spaziani. Original music for the show was composed by Oklahoma native Colin Ryan, whose debut album, Wide Tree, was released in 2012.

For more information including ticket prices and performance times see their web site –

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