December Meeting is Coming this Wednesday!

December 20th, 2017 – Our 163rd meeting.  We continue our thirteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Tennova 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  – “Rising From the Ashes:  William Holland and the Cemetery Community”


As the Civil War drew to a close, four long years of war had left their mark on the landscapes where the Battle of Stones River raged. In October 1865, a new reminder of the conflict began taking shape in the form of a national cemetery. William Holland and his comrades in the 111th United States Colored Infantry worked for a year to create Stones River National Cemetery then continued to transform the surrounding landscapes as they built new lives based on the promises of freedom purchased by the staggering sacrifices made during the Civil War.


National Cemeteries were created to bury the Union troops killed in action as well as those who died in area hospitals.  Of course the famous Abraham Lincoln dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg is very well known but what of the creation of the rest, especially here in Tennessee?  The Volunteer State would see them created at Fort Donelson, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.


Join Park Ranger Jim Lewis as he explores William’s story and that of the Cemetery Community and illustrates how they bind the events that unfolded near Murfreesboro nearly 155 years to our nation’s continuing effort to define the nature of freedom and civil rights today.  Jim has spoken to the Nashville CWRT before so we all know how good he is as a speaker.


Jim Lewis has been a Park Ranger with the National Park Service since 1991. Since 1997, he has been fixture at Stones River National Battlefield, serving as a park ranger, curator and de-facto historian there. He became the Chief of Interpretation & Cultural Resource Management in 2016.


Jim has researched and presented dozens of interpretive programs at Stones River National Battlefield and across the country on a variety of Civil War topics. He has also produced numerous interpretive publications and exhibits for the National Park Service.

The September 2012 Blue and Gray Magazine featured “Lincoln’s Hard Earned Victory,” a full issue article written by Ranger Lewis that provides a concise analysis of the Stones River Campaign and its military, political, and social consequences.


Born in Burlington, Vermont and raised in New Jersey, Jim is a graduate of Cornell University (BA in History) and has been a student of Civil War history since his late teens. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife Beth and son James. He serves on the advisory board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He is also a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Civil War Round Table and a reenactor in Company B of the Ninth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.


Last Month’s meeting


Historian/author Scott Sallee, of the Nashville CWRT, presented what was sure to be a controversial program to many today as he offered his evidence that the Civil War was not really fought over slavery but for greater economic reasons like controlling production, exports and tariffs.  Slavery, he argued, was of lesser importance.  As evidence, his program offered quotes from the political players of the time from President Lincoln on down.  Delivered in a time line manner, the program did show a lot of evidence that ending slavery was certainly not paramount, certainly when the war began and even as it progressed.  While there are scholars who will refute some of this, the points made were indeed through provoking.




January 2018 – The one and only Ski, Clarksville CWRT – topic TBA

February 2018 –

March 2018 – Larry Krumenaker, author/historian – “Walking The Line: The Civil War Defenses of Atlanta”

April 2018 – David Deatrick, Louisville CWRT – “Kentucky Union General Lovell Rosseau”

IMPORTANT –  MEMBERS AND DUES: DUES ARE DUE AT THE JULY 2017 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:

  • Student – $10
  • Single membership – $20
  • Family – $30
  • Military – Active duty and veterans – $15
  • 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.



Gettysburg Battlefield Protection Association Needs Help Saving Camp Letterman

Our group,the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association,is trying to save the site of Camp Letterman General Hospital in Gettysburg from development.  Over 4,000 badly wounded Union and Confederate soldiers from the battle were treated at that hospital and 365 soldiers (4 from Tennessee) died of their wounds in the 4 months Letterman was in operation.  This camp was located east of Gettysburg along the York Pike.

We are trying to get the proposed developer, S&A Homes, to save 17 acres out of 191 acres they own that contained tents filled with the wounded at Camp Letterman.  Four articles about our efforts to save the site have come out from “Maine at War,’ Gettysburg College, Hillsdale College, and Civil War Times magazine.

The easiest way to get to them is go to GOOGLE, type in, “Help Save 17 Acres of Camp Letterman”. They are under the subtitles, “maineatwar’, “gettysburgcompiler’, “hillsdalecollegian” and ““.  We are asking people to write to S&A Homes to ask them to work with our group to save those 17 acres.Recently we have had the following send letters to S&A; James McPherson, Harold Holzer, CWRT of Nebraska, Cedar Valley CWRT-Iowa, Las Vegas CWRT, Knoxville CWRT, CWRT of San Francisco, CWRT of Greater Kingston,Ontario,Canada, Sons of Confederate Veterans-South Carolina Division,12th Virginia Living Historians,140th New York Living Historians and the 105th Pennsylvania Living Historians.

If you could, it would be a great help to our efforts to save the site if your Round Table could please send a brief note to S&A Homes asking them to work with our group to save those 17 acres. Their address is: S&A Homes, Bob Poole, CEO, Suite 200, 2121 Old Gatesburg Road, State College, PA. 16803.  If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for your support.

Glen Hayes,

Tennessee Campaign Seminar – Saturday, December 16th, 2017 To be Held At Fort Negley

Battle of Nashville, 153rd Anniversary Event – Symposium – Seating is limited.  Free admission.  This will be held in the visitors center auditorium at Fort Negley Park, Nashville, TN.  For more information please contact Krista Castillo at – or call Fort Negley at –  615.862.8470


Symposium on December 16th, 9 am to 4 pm.  Speakers are:

9 am: “The Impact of Middle Tennessee Forts on the Battle of Nashville” presented by Dr. Thomas Flagel, Historian/author, Columbia State College


10 am: “Stopping Hood: The U.S. Navy in the Tennessee Campaign” presented by Greg Biggs, historian/author, Clarksville and Nashville CWRTs


11 am: “Battle of Nashville: The Retreat” presented by Brig. Gen. John Scales, USAR (Ret.), historian/author (Gen. Scales will have his brand new military analysis book on Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest for sale.  This was the hit of the Franklin Civil War Show last weekend.)


12 pm: Lunch Break (on your own)


1 pm:  “The Civil Rights Movement After the Battle of Nashville, 1865-1867” presented by Dr. Bobby Lovett, professor/author, Tennessee State University


2 pm: “Confederate Perspectives on the Battle of Nashville” presented by Ross Massey, Battle of Nashville historian/author


3 pm: “The Last Act But Won: Union Perspectives on the Battle of Nashville” presented by Brian Allison, Nashville historian/author

We hope to see you this coming Saturday!




Greg Biggs – President/Programs –

Eric Good – Vice President –
Karel Lea Biggs – Secretary/Newsletter –

Sherry Hersh – Treasurer –


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