November Newsletter and Meeting Update (We’re cancelled)


Due to several circumstances, including the possibility of bad weather (read snow), the November meeting of the Clarksville CWRT is canceled.  Our scheduled speaker will be rebooked for 2019 and we are looking forward to his program.

In the meantime, some local Civil War programs of interest that we hope you support by attending.

Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House Conversations – Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Our friends at Belle Meade have a wonderful speaker series and the program for November is a great one.  Local Nashville historian Brian Allison, a gifted historian and terrific speaker, is presenting the program, “Seeing the Elephant: The Soldiers Experience in the Nashville Campaign 1864.”

The program begins at 5:30 and is free to the public.  For further information please email Andy Blair at or call (615) 921-2525.

Battle of Nashville Preservation Preservation Society Announces Tennessee Campaign Seminar – Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Fort Negley

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society in conjunction with Fort Negley will host a one-day symposium in the Visitor Center auditorium during which four outstanding speakers will explore numerous interesting topics, ranging from Hood’s decisions after Atlanta to Civil War medicine.

The Symposium is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Admission is free to BONPS members whose dues are current.  Members can pay their $20.00 individual or $25.00 family annual dues in advance (payment is easy; just click on ) , or they can pay at the door.  BONPS is encouraging its interested members to pay their annual dues for 2019 ASAP to help BONPS continue to preserve portions of the Battle of Nashville battlefield.

Admission is also free to members of Civil War Roundtables and the public.

The list of speakers is well-known to anyone with a serious interest in Civil War history:

GREG BIGGS:  Greg is a well-known historian and Civil War flag expert, who is heavily involved in the Clarksville and Nashville Civil War Roundtables.  He will speak on the status and condition of both armies as Atlanta is evacuated and Hood starts what will be the Tennessee campaign.  Gregg is a wonderful speaker who will hold your attention;

STEVE DAVIS:  An author and historian who lives in the Atlanta area, Steve will present his topic “The Bonnie Blue Flop”.  This presentation will be centered on the official records and communications, and lack thereof, between Hood, Beauregard, Richmond, and others as Hood evacuates Atlanta and begins to formulate his Tennessee campaign.  Symposium organizer Philip Duer noted that “This is a great presentation, one you won’t want to miss as it really cements the sequence of events of the beginning of the campaign and exposes the disjointed command of the Confederate Army.”

TOM FLAGEL:  A Columbia State Community College professor and author of many Civil War books, Tom will speak on the inability of the population in the ever-shrinking Confederacy to obtain battlefront news from Southern newspapers and periodicals.  “Anyone who has heard him speak will tell you he is a dynamic presenter.  I have heard this presentation and it is a good one,” Duer said.

DR. JIM ATKINSON:  A BONPS board member for many years and a Vanderbilt physician practicing and teaching in the pathology department, Jim will speak on the state of Civil War battlefield medicine during and at the end of the war.  This should be a very informative presentation and sure to dispel some myths.

Donuts and coffee will be available in the morning and a light snack at lunchtime.  BONPS members are encouraged to make sure that their membership is up to date.  Seating is limited so please email your reservation to Ellen Duer McClanahan.  Her email is as follows:

Don’t forget the huge Nashville/Franklin Civil War Show on December 1st at the Williamson County Expo Center, Exit 61 off I-65 at Peytonsville Road.  The venue is on the east side of the freeway.

The Clarksville Civil War Roundtable resumes in December.  See you then – have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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