March Meeting and Newsletter

Clarksville Civil War Roundtable

Founded March, 2004 – Clarksville, Tennessee

March 16th, 2016
– Our 144th meeting.   We continue our eleventh year!
The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 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.

Sorry to be so late with the newsletter folks.  I goofed on the date of this month’s meeting.  Let’s have a great turnout!!!

Our Speaker and Topic
   – “Bite The Bullet: Myths And Realities Of Civil War Medicine”


“Bite the Bullet” is an overview of the techniques used by the military physicians s of the 19th century military to treat battlefield wounds and disease during the four year conflict of the 1860’s.  Original Civil War medical instruments will be shown to illustrate the medical and surgical treatments used by the Union and Confederate military, the results of those treatments, and how they contrast with the techniques of the modern military medical system.


Dr. Anthony Hodges attended the University of Alabama, graduated from UT Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis with a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree in 1981.  He is married to a dental school classmate, Dr. Jill Prichard Hodges, an orthodontist, and they have three grown children. They reside on Elder Mountain, just outside of Chattanooga.  Anthony recently retired from dentistry after 35 years of practice.


He became interested in early American and Civil War history as a young child due to oral family history passed down to him by elderly relatives in North Alabama.   He began to collect Civil War artifacts as a young boy and items from his collection have been displayed in national parks and museums across the South.   He served as a National Park Service living history interpreter for over thirty years.


Anthony began to study Civil War medicine in dental school and has lectured on the topic for nearly forty years.  He assisted Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson of Virginia Tech and Broadfoot Publishing in the re-printing of the U.S. Army’s official twelve volume medical account of the Civil War, The Medical and Surgical History of the Civil War.  He has written numerous Civil War historical articles for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press during the war’s 150th anniversary.


Anthony is currently serving his second term as President of the Friends of Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and also serves as Vice President of the board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association in Nashville.  Additionally he is Vice President of the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum of East Tennessee History in Knoxville; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Medal of Honor Museum in Chattanooga.  He is a past Commander of the  Military Order of the Stars and Bars, as well as the Order of the Southern Cross.


Last Month’s Program


We thank Ross Massey for his entertaining and informative program on Tennessee general and governor William Bate.  Covering his career before, during and after the war, Bate is sometimes looked with askance by some Civil War historians for what is perceived as mediocrity as a division commander.  Much of this is fueled by the e4nmity of the Florida brigade under his command.  While bate made some mistakes, Massey’s program cast a different view on his combat career.  Definitely some food for thought.  Thanks again Ross.;




April 2016 – Tom Parson, Corinth National Battlefield, author/historian – “Work For Giants: The Battle of Tupelo” (based on his recent excellent book)

May 2016 – Brian McKnight, University of Virginia/Wise, author/historian – “Champ Ferguson”

June 2016 – Howard Mann, Nashville CWRT – “The Alton Illinois Prisoner of War Camp and the 10th Kansas Infantry”

July 2016 – Dr. Stephen Davis, historian/author – “Bonnie Blue Flop: Gen. G. T. Beauregard andConfederate Strategy in Fall 1864.”August 2016 – Matthew Hulbert, Kentucky Historical Society – “William C. Quantrill In Kentucky”September 2016 – Gary Waddey, historian/author – “The 11th Tennessee Infantry” (Based on his recent book)

October 2016 – Allen Mesch, historian/author – “General Charles F. Smith” (Based on his recent book.  Smith fought at Fort Donelson and his troops took Clarksville.)

November 2016 – Dr. John Steinberg, Austin Peay State University – “Lincoln and the Russians”

December 2016 – James McDonough, noted author/historian – “General William T. Sherman”  (Based on his new book)

: DUES ARE DUE AT THE JULY 2015 MEETING.  WHEN YOU ARE CURRENT YOU WILL GET A NEW CWRT MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.  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

Please plan on paying your dues at this month’s meeting.  If you cannot attend please send payment to Greg Biggs, 2600 W. Henderson Way, Clarksville, TN 37042.




Austin Peay State University History Program – March 31st, 2016 – The Memphis Massacre



The bitter fighting which defined the Civil War ended starting on April 9, 1865 when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered  his army at Appomattox Courthouse with further surrenders continuing into May.  But the laying down of arms and the realization of a Union victory did little to quell the fires of hatred in the newly reunited and “reconstructed” United States of America.


In May 1866, over a year after the war ended, the city of Memphis exploded in a three-day wave of racial violence directed toward newly-freed African Americans. The devastation was unimaginable: 46 black men and women dead, with 75 more injured. Over 100 black persons were robbed, while 91 homes, four churches and eight black schools were razed to the ground by fire. Women were not spared from the assault, as five women reported being raped.


On Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in the Morgan University Center, room 303, Phi Alpha Theta, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and APSU Student Life and Engagement will welcome University of Memphis associate professor Dr. Beverly Bond to campus. Her talk, offered as a part of Women’s History Month, is titled “Oh, I am a Woman! I am a Woman!: Gender and the 1866 Memphis Massacre” and it tackles the impact of what is now known as the Memphis Massacre on its female victims.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is a part of a semester-long project, titled “Memories of a Massacre: Memphis In 1866,” and coordinated by Bond and Susan O’Donovan at the University of Memphis.


“What I’m looking at are the events that took place from the perspective of how it impacted women,” Bond said. “I’m looking at the women who were victimized by robberies, rapes, assaults and the destruction of their houses and property and trying to find a common feature in their stories. I think the most common feature I’ve found is the connection the women had to black (Union Army) soldiers and the ease with which they could be identified as having some connection to those men.”

According to reports, the riot started after an alarm went out that African American soldiers from Fort Pickering, on the south boundary of downtown Memphis, had killed several policemen who tried to arrest a black soldier. In response, Union Gen. George Stoneman disarmed the soldiers and locked them in their barracks, leaving nearby settlements vulnerable to the white mobs that soon attacked women, children and defenseless men.


Five women came forward to testify to the atrocities committed during the riot, standing before a congressional committee in Memphis to detail the sexual assault they were forced to endure.  “These were women just a year or two out of slavery, and they stepped forward to testify and say ‘we own our bodies and those men had no right to abuse them in this way,’” Bond said.


Bond has dedicated years to exploring and events of the Memphis massacre – particularly the plight of the women victimized during the riot. A past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, Bond is an expert in nineteenth-century African American history with a focus on African American women and their experiences.


To learn more about the Memphis Massacre, go to For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. Minoa Uffelman at

For more information on the APSU Department of History and Philosophy, visit


Civil War Seminar to Be Held in Huntsville, Alabama – April, 30th, 2016


The Tennessee Valley CWRT is again putting on a Civil War symposium down in wonderful Huntsville, Alabama – less than two hours from Nashville.  The date is Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The day long events begin at 9 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM.


The seminar will be held at the Marriott’s Springhill Suites, 745 Constellation Place Drive SW, Huntsville, Alabama.  Speakers include:


  • Kent Wright (Civil War Navies on River and Sea, Tennessee Valley CWRT)
  • Keynote speaker – Steve Woodworth (Conspiracy to Assassinate President Lincoln – noted Civil War author and professor of history at Texas Christian University)
  • Peggy Allen Townes (From Slavery, to Soldering, to Self-Sufficience local historian and author)
  • John Scales (Did Forrest Make a Difference? – retired Brigadier General U.S. Army, historian and author)
  • Greg Biggs (“The Question Was One Of Supplies:” Sherman’s Logistics in the Atlanta Campaign – historian and author)

The day will conclude with an Interactive Panel Discussion (Q&A-based discussion open to all aspects of the ACW with a panel comprising Kent Wright, Peggy Allen Townes, John Scales, Greg Biggs, David Lady, and Jacque Reeves; and moderated by John Allen)

Registration fee:  $30 for members, $40 for non-members.  (Note that the member price extends to members of neighboring Round Tables – so this is good for members of the Clarksville  CWRT!).  Lunch is on your own with many places nearby.


Advance registration required.  Registration cut-off is April 15, 2016.  Please contact Kent Wright for more details at – kdwrt@netzero.coGo ahead and get your spaces early.


Please support this fine event which is cheap, fun and not that far from Clarksville – only 2 ½ hours!!!!.  Heck – load up a car with folks and head on down!  Stay overnight and tour Huntsville – lots of things to see and do Civil War and non-Civil War including the Alabama Veterans Memorial Museum loaded with over 30 vehicles and tanks and much more.


Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield Civil War Lecture – March 19th, 2016


Charles Cox, M.D., author of “Monument to Healing: Two Soldiers and the Good Death, 1862, 1914,”  will speak at the inaugural meeting at 10:00 a.m., March 19 of “Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Kennerly-Cupples Lectureships” held in the Activities Building at Parkers Crossroads.  This is located at 50 Federal Lane, Hwy 22/I-40, Exit 108, Parker’s Crossroads, TN 38388.


Dr. Cox will speak on his book and research, including the significance of the railroads in the war, and then open the floor for questions. The meeting will break for lunch at noon and then attendees will tour of a specific area of the battlefield at 1:30 pm. The complete battlefield tour normally takes several hours. For more information, contact, Deborah Teague, Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association President, at  (731) 845-3114


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