January Meeting of the Clarksville CWRT

January 16th, 2019 – Our 173rd meeting.  We continue our fourteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, January 16th 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  – “The Massacre at Baxter’s Springs”


Bleeding Kansas began in 1854 with the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act which allowed for the citizens of a territory to determine if they were to be a slave or free state.  This resulted in six year of warfare prior to the start of the Civil War and which lasted far into the Reconstruction period.


One of the worst tragedies occurred on October 6, 1863, when Gen. James Blunt and about 100 men were met near Baxter’s springs by the notorious William Quantrill and 450-650 quasi-Confederates masquerading as Union Troops.  As Blunt’s band was preparing a musical salute the enemy fired. The surprise attack prevented organized resistance, and though Blunt escaped nine-tenths of his men were killed. The raiders also attacked Lt. James Pond and 95 men encamped at the springs. This force was likewise caught off guard but resisted until the enemy retired. This battle or massacre was indicative of how bloody Kansas really was.


Our speaker this month has been with us before – our own Mike Manning.  Michael J. Manning retired in 2015 as Chief Ranger of Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tennessee.  He served with the National Park Service for 26 years.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Military History from American Military University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  He’s also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  He began his historic interpretive work with two years service as a Historic Site Attendant with the Oklahoma Historical Society at Fort Gibson Historic Site.  At the same time he served ten years as a commissioned officer in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Oklahoma and Missouri National Guard and five years active service as a 2nd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy Seabees (Equipment Operator).  He is currently working on projects relating to the Civil War and World War I and doing singer/songwriter work in Nashville, Tennessee.


We look forward to this wonderful program and we thank Mike for stepping in at the last minute as our schedule speaker cannot make it this time due to the partial Federal government shutdown.


We will reschedule Brian McCutchen at a later date in 2019.


Last Month’s Speaker


Our own Ed Sneed gave us a heartfelt look at the leadership of General Ulysses S. Grant.  Covering his career from pre-war to the White House and his world tour, Ed painted the picture of a competent man who overcame failure and alcohol to rise to the highest office of the land. Grant is certainly one of the central figures of 19th Century American history and we thank Ed for his program and look forward to his Vicksburg lecture.




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

March 2019 – Michael Shaffer, author/historian, Marietta, GA. – “In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Colley and the 1st Virginia Cavalry”

April 2019 – 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”

August 2019 – Dr. Tim Johnson, historian and author, Lipscomb University – “For Duty and Honor: Tennessee’s Mexican war Experience”

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.



Portait Symposium at Historic Traveler’s Rest Plantation – January 25-26, 2019

Striking Likenesses

A Tennessee Portraiture Symposium featuring Rachel Stephens, Ph.D, Author of Selling Andrew Jackson: Ralphy E.W. Earl and the Politics of Portraiture.


Come learn about the importance of portraits in the history of Tennessee from Jim Hoobler (TN State Museum) and Marcia Mullin (Andrew Jackon’s Hermitage). Tonya Staggs (Historic Travellers Rest) will be discussing historic clothing. Finally enjoy a special tour of Travellers Rest portraiture with Rachel Stephens on Saturday.


Early Bird Pricing for two day package ends January 11th!

Travellers Rest | 636 Farrell Parkway | Nashville, TN 37220
615-832-8197 | info@travellersrestplantation.org | www.travellersrestplantation.org

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