February Meeting Notice & Newsletter!

February 21st, 2018 – Our 164th meeting.  We continue our thirteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 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  – “Equipping the Confederate Cavalryman.”


The Confederate (and for that matter the Union) cavalryman dealt with a lot more equipment than the infantryman of both sides.  This of course had to do with the fact that he rode to battle and often fought mounted as well as dismounted.  As such, his equipment contained a lot more for him to care for, replace when damaged or lost than the foot soldiers.


We had weapons like pistols, shotguns, muskets or carbines (compared to the foot soldier with their muskets, either rifled or smoothbore) to supply and care for.  Then the same materials as the infantry: haversacks, cartridge boxes for ammunition, bedrolls, shoes, uniforms, shirts, socks and underwear.


But the horse trooper had tack for the horse; saddles, bridles and blankets which, if lost or damaged, rendered him useless until re-equipped.  And of course there was the horse, which he had to take great care of especially since most Confederate cavalrymen brought horses from their homes.  If killed or rendered lame or wounded, until the Confederacy began to supply horses, the trooper had to go back home and get a new one.


Our speaker this month is Myers Brown, of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and an acknowledged expert on the cavalry not to mention an accomplished horseman.

Using accurate reproductions, Myers will explore the varieties of horse equipage available to and used by the Confederate cavalrymen. Additionally, he will also look briefly at the weapons and clothing of these hard riding horse soldiers.  A very nice display will be set up to showcase this equipment so you can see it up close and personal.


Myers Brown is a native of Old Hickory, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in history from Oglethorpe University and his M.A. in public history from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a Fellow and a former Governor of the Company of Military Historians and is on the advisory boards for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, and the Tennessee Great War Commission.


Currently, Myers is employed as an archivist at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and works with the Archives Development Program. Prior to joining the Tennessee State Library and Archives, he served as a curator with the Tennessee State Museum, the Alabama Historical Commission, and as Curator of Military History at the Atlanta History Center. He also served as the chairman of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.


He is the author of two books: Images of Tennessee’s Union Cavalrymen was published in December 2008, and Images of Tennessee Confederates in April 2011. He served as editor of the Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Volume 5, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Cavalry in West Tennessee, published in April 2013.


He is an adjunct professor at Goodpasture Christian School and has also taught at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Cumberland University in Lebanon, and Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.


Myers is married to Angie and they have a daughter named Morgan. They reside in Old Hickory, Tennessee.


We hope that you will attend this informative meeting and learn about the service arm that was very important in Tennessee’s Civil war history.


Last Month’s meeting


Due to the weather our meeting last month was cancelled.  Ski will be with us in April for her program on “Stewart County in the Civil War.”




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

April 2018 – Ski, historian/ Clarksville CRWT – “Stewart County In The Civil War”

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

June 2018 – Aaron Astor, author/historian – “The Civil War on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau”

August 2018 – Dr. Nancy McEntee, historian/author – “Haversacks, Hardtack, and Unserviceable Mules; the Civil War Journey of a Union Quartermaster in Tennessee”

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.




Fort Negley Second Saturday Guided Tours


Join the staff at Fort Negley the second Saturday of each month at 2 pm to learn about the 90 year story of Fort Negley Park including the 155 year-old historic Fort Negley. Join us for the one mile guided walking tour led by a staff historian. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  This is a wonderful chance to learn about the history of the fort as well as its construction – and the view of downtown Nashville is amazing!


Fort Donelson National Battlefield Anniversary Events – February 2018


The fine folks at Fort Donelson will celebrate the 156th Anniversary of the Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign – one of the most critical Union victories of the war as it opened up both the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to invasion.  U.S. Grant’s victory sealed the fates of Clarksville and Nashville, the first Confederate state capitol to fall.  The programs are as follows:


The African American Story at Fort Donelson Caravan Tour, February 15, 2:30 p.m.

Tour Stop #3 Park Ranger Susan Hawkins


“A Surrender Most Disgraceful,” February 16, 11:30 a.m.

Tour Stop #10 Jim Jobe, retired NPS Historian


Galvanized Yankees – Confederate POWs Who Joined the Union Army, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Stewart County Visitor Center Dr. Michele Butts, Professor of History, Austin Peay State University


The Gunboats at Fort Donelson, February 16, 2:15 p.m.

Tour Stop #4 Jim Jobe, retired NPS Historian


Everything You Need to Know about Ironclad Gunboats: Construction & Weaponry

February 16, 3:15 p.m.  Tour Stop #4 Kendall Gott, Historian


Battlefield Caravan Tour, February 17, 9:00 a.m.

Stewart County Visitor Center with Kendall Gott, Historian


Fort Donelson Soldiers in Camp, February 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tour Stop #3   Volunteer Reenactors


Infantry and Artillery Demonstrations, February 17, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00

Main Park Entrance, 120 Fort Donelson Park Road, Dover, TN 9th KY Volunteer Infantry (USA)


Encampment of the Ninth KY Infantry, February 18, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Main Park Entrance 9th KY Volunteer Infantry


The Fort Donelson Visitors Center is being renovated at their current park center is across Highway 79 at the Stewart County Visitors Center on the left side of the road.  Fort Heiman is well west of there and north of Highway 79 in Kentucky after crossing the Tennessee River.  The park has done a fine job of interpretation and the view of where Fort Henry was is amazing if you have not been there before.  Kendall Gott wrote the book, Where The South Lost the Civil War on the Henry-Donelson campaign and he is a staff historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  The tour stop numbers can be found on the parks map brochure.


It is 45 minutes from Clarksville to Dover and Fort Donelson.  Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.


Chickamauga Seminar in the Woods, 2018 by award winning author/historian Dave Powell


Every March for about the past fifteen years, I have been organizing a two-day, in-depth battlefield tour of Chickamauga and surrounding battlefields. With that in mind…

Spring is coming!  For those interested, here are the details for the March 2018 Resaca & Chickamauga tour:


CCNMP Study Group 2018 Seminar in the Woods. Mission Statement: The purpose of the

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Study Group is to create a forum to bring students of the American Civil War together to study and explore those events in the fall of 1863 that led ultimately to the creation of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, as well as explore other nearby Civil War-related sites.


Tour Leaders:  Jim Ogden, CCNMP historian, and Dave Powell


Date: Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2018; By bus and car caravan.  All tours begin and end at the Visitor’s Center, CCNMP.


By Bus:


Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00: Battle of Resaca, May 14 – 15, 1864


On Friday we will finish our exploration of the Battle of Resaca, spending time on the area east of Camp Creek Valley (east of I-75) and the retreat from Resaca.


Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Q&A Panel with Jim Ogden, Dave Powell, and Lee White.  Site: Constitution Hall, 201 Forrest Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA


Third annual open-forum question and answer period with Park Rangers Jim Ogden and Lee White.


Car Caravan – Saturday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: Heg Attacks!


 On Saturday morning, we will explore the attack of Col. Hans Heg’s brigade of Federal Infantry, sent into the woods just north of Viniard Field in order to strike the flank of those Confederates then fighting in the area of Brock Field. Instead Heg’s four regiments ran headlong into Bushrod Johnson’s Division of Hood’s Corps. A long afternoon of deadly, see-saw fighting ensued.


Car Caravan – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Abandoned on Horseshoe Ridge.


On Saturday afternoon, we will revisit one of the most famous stories of Chickamauga; the plight of the 21st Ohio, 22nd Michigan, and 89th Ohio. Essentially abandoned on Horseshoe Ridge, these three regiments ended up captured as two Confederate infantry brigades closed in on their position.




Friday’s Tours will be via tour bus. Pre-registration and Fee required: $45, due by February 1, 2018.  Sign-up after February 1 or on-site Fee (based on space available): $50


Saturday: no charge.


Fees raised in excess of our costs (as well as any donations) will be used to support the causes of battlefield preservation, interpretation, and renovation.


 In 2017 the Study Group donated $500 to the Civil War Trust, helping to preserve battlefield land at Brown’s Ferry and Reed’s Bridge; and $500 to the Jewell Monument fund, run by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, for maintenance and restoration needs.


Send to (and make checks payable to):

David Powell

522 Cheyenne Drive

Lake in the Hills, IL 60156


Please also note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2018. Once we are committed to the bus, we will be charged the booking fee, no matter what.  Please note that everyone is responsible for their own lodging, meals, snacks and incidentals.

And If You Cannot Make That Chickamauga Tour Then Support The Kenosha Civil War Museum On Their Full Chickamauga Tour In October, 2018


The Civil War Museum 2018 Chickamauga/Chattanooga Tour – Guide is Dave Powell


TOUR DATES – Sunday, October 21, to Wednesday, October 24, 2018


COST OF THE TOUR – Early Bird Registration Prior to April 13, 2018

Museum Members $655 per person double occupancy

Museum Members $865 per person single occupancy

Non-Members $700 per person double occupancy

Non-Members $910 per person single occupancy

Registration After April 13, 2018

Museum Members $705 per person double occupancy

Museum Members $915 per person single occupancy

Non-Members $750 per person double occupancy

Non-Members $960 per person single occupancy


TOUR COST INCLUDES Hotel stay for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights; all lunches and dinners; all motor coach services, Tour Guides, admissions, evening programs. A cash-bar is available Monday and Tuesday dinners. All breakfasts are on-your-own (the hotel offers a

complimentary breakfast.)


TOUR BASE HOTEL – Hampton Inn, Ringgold, Georgia, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Georgia, 30736, 706-935-4800


TRANSPORTATION – Attendees are responsible for their own transportation from their homes to the base hotel. Flights can be arranged through Chattanooga International Airport. Ground transportation from the airport must be arranged on your own.


ROOMMATES – Indicate the name of the person with whom you wish to share a room. If you would like help in finding a roommate, please let the museum know at registration and we will attempt to find you a roommate. If a roommate cannot be found, the single occupancy rate must be paid.


MAKING RESERVATIONS – Reservations for the trip can be made by mail, in person, or by phone at 262-653-4140 with a credit card.


CANCELLATIONS – A full refund will only be issued for a space canceled by September 7, 2018, or if the trip is canceled. A refund will be issued after that date only if a suitable replacement can be found for the canceled space.


2018 Chickamauga/Chattanooga Tour Itinerary


Sunday, October 21


3:00 – 6:00PM Check In at the Hampton Inn, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold


6:00 – 7:00PM Welcome Dinner at the Hampton Inn Ball Room

7:00 – 8:00PM Dinner Program


Monday, October 22 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own


8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chattanooga, TN, Civil War sites with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch at Sugar’s Ribs, Chattanooga

1:00 – 5:00PM Tour Chattanooga, TN, Civil War sites with Dave Powell

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner at Mt. Vernon Restaurant, Chattanooga


Tuesday, October 23 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own


8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch at Park Place Restaurant

1:00 – 4:30PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner at El Matador Restaurant


Wednesday, October 24 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own and Check Out


8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Box Lunch on Battlefield

1:00 – 3:30PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

3:30PM Return to Hotel


Hotel Location:

Hampton Inn Ringgold Georgia

6875 Battlefield Parkway

Ringgold, GA 30736



For more information please email Doug Dammann, Kenosha Civil War Museum at – ddammann@kenosha.org.  He will handle the tour booking as well.




Greg Biggs – President/Programs – Biggsg@charter.net

Eric Good – Vice President – elgood2@msn.com
Karel Lea Biggs – Secretary/Newsletter – karelleabiggs@charter.net

Sherry Hersh – Treasurer – sherry.hersh@cmcss.net


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