Clarksville CWRT Newsletter & Meeting Notice for December!

December 19th, 2018 – Our 172nd meeting.  We continue our fourteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, December 19th 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  – “General Ulysses S. Grant”


From humble beginnings in Ohio where he was born and Illinois where he lived and worked and his West Point and pre-Civil War Army years, the future victor of the Civil War in the east and U.S. president led a life with failure after failure before getting the job that would take him to the White House and American legend.  His story is one that all Americans can still learn from today and his life demonstrated wll what won him his Civil War – his bulldog tenacity.


This month’s program, by our own Ed Sneed, will focus on several aspects of his life:


  • A very broad brush look at Ulysses S. Grant’s life from childhood 1822 to his death in 1885.
  • Some of his long term relationships with West Point classmates, especially William Tecumseh Sherman and Simon Bolivar Buckner.
  • A brief summary of his major battles.
  • His wife Julia Dent and her influence on his life.
  • Finally, the time with Mark Twain while writing his memoirs will help reflect on how much he was respected world wide.
  • The presentation will end with details of his funeral.


Our speaker this month is our own Ed Sneed.  Ed has a B.S. and M.A. plus 45 hours from Austin Peay State University with a History Major on all degrees. He taught World and American History at Clarksville High School as well as Civics and Economics at Fort Campbell. He also taught Current Political Problems in the Political Science Department at Austin Peay. In a career change, he spent 38 years in financial services with J.C. Bradford and Raymond James.


Please join us for a look at one of the central figures of the Civil War.



Last Month’s Speaker


In October, Gerald Augustus taught us with the important Battle of Campbell Station (now Farragut, TN), the first battle of the Knoxville Campaign of November, 1863.  Confederate General James Longstreet’s Corps, with attached units from Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, was in a footrace with Union General Ambrose Burnside to take or hold Knoxville which sat astride the important road and railroad network connecting Tennessee with Virginia.  Sadly, while most of the period battlefield is now gone, the program used current and old images of it to show us all how the running fight took place.  This is a fine program about one of the lesser known fights of the war and we were glad to have Gerald with us.


The November speaker has been rescheduled for October 2019.




January 2019 – Brian McCutchen, Superintendent, Fort Donelson National Battlefield – topic TBA

February 2019 – David Deatrick, Louisville CWRT – “Kentucky Union General Lovell Rosseau”

March 2019 – Michael Shaffer, author/historian – topic TBA

May 2019 – Dr. Peter Carmichael, author, historian, director of the Gettysburg College Civil War Center – topic TBA

June 2019 – Brad Butkovich, historian/author – “The Battle of Allatoona Pass: The First Battle of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign”

October 2019 – Dr. David Gregg, pastor, historian – “John Bell Hood In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1864”


Some of our speakers are authors and bring books to sell at our meetings.  Please support them by buying their books.

IMPORTANT –  MEMBERS AND DUES: DUES ARE DUE AT THE JULY 2018 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.



Some Great Events Coming Up At Fort Negley in Nashville This Month


Fort Negley is having some wonderful events this month starting on Saturday, December 15th, members of the 13th USCT will be setting up at Fort Negley along with General George Thomas and President Abraham Lincoln to help commemorate the 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Nashville.


The program also includes these events:


– 10:00 am The Battle For Nashville (film), 58 minutes
– 12:00 pm Near Death Experience: Civil War Nashville and the Question of Recovery presented by Dr. Thomas Flagel (this is a terrific program)
– 1:30 pm 8th Minnesota Infantry presented by John Allyn


And on Tuesday, December 18th from noon to 1 PM, historian Dr. Tim Johnson, a noted expert on the Mexican-American War, is giving a program based on his new book on Tennessee’s Mexican War experience.  Using letters, documents and more, Dr. Johnson has discovered very interesting facts on how they felt about their mission in Mexico.  His new book will also be on sale at Fort Negley during their Lunch and Learn series for December.  Be sure to bring your lunch and be ready for a fine program.


Of course the Nashville CWRT meets later that night at 7 PM.


Please support your local Civil War sites and their programs!


Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Holds Great Tennessee Campaign Seminar


On Sunday, December 2nd, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society held a wonderful seminar with four speakers on various aspects of the Tennessee Campaign.  The event was very well attended with people from across Middle Tennessee and several from Alabama.


Let’s hope that this is the first of other planned similar events by BONPS.  Very well done event folks and thanks for your hard work!

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