July Meeting Notice and Newsletter!

July 18th, 2018 – Our 168th meeting.  We continue our fourteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, July 18th, 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  – “A “Devil” Of A Situation: Forrest’s Attack on Fort Pillow”

 

As Confederate major general Nathan Bedford Forrest approached a small isolated fortification on the banks of the Mississippi north of Memphis in April 1864, he would soon become associated with one of the Civil War’s most infamous episodes.  The fall of Fort Pillow left the Union garrison of between 557 and 580 black and white Union troops with between 277 and 297 deaths or mortal wounds; 64 percent attributed to the black units and 31-34 percent to the white Tennesseans.  The toll for the attacking Confederates rested at 14 killed and 86 wounded.  The most devastating of the Union losses came early in the fighting when the commander, Major Lionel F. Booth, suffered a fatal wound while standing near one of the fort’s embrasures, forcing leadership to pass to Tennessee Unionist, Major William F. Bradford.       Forrest’s ability to recognize and take advantage of terrain features and other elements, the miscalculations of the Union commanders, and the panic attendant to the disintegration of the fort’s defense, including the chaotic nature of the fighting as it concluded, in addition to the attitudes and emotions of the combatants, all contributed to the unusually high loss of life for the defenders.

 

Following an investment of the fort, Forrest sought to achieve a surrender of the garrison.  The failure to accomplish this outcome left the Confederates with the necessity of subduing the defenders by assault.  Forrest’s men quickly swarmed over the parapet and scattered their opponents.  In the chaos and panic of broken and pursuing troops, any sense of order evaporated, especially below the bluffs on which the inner works were situated.  Many tried to surrender, while others plunged into the water to escape; still others continued to resist, all the while under a hail of Confederate fire.  A plan to cover the retreat with support from the gunboat New Era proved impossible on account of the earlier expenditure of much of the vessel’s ordnance and Forrest’s placement of Southern troops along the riverbank near the landing.

A United States Congressional investigation of the disaster resulted in the conclusion that “an indiscriminate slaughter” had taken place after the fort had fallen, “sparing neither age nor sex, white or black, soldier or civilian.”  This “massacre” had featured terrifying examples of brutality, including the burning and burying of live victims.  At the same time, Forrest consistently refused to accept that the deaths at Fort Pillow amounted to any more than would be attributable to combat and that his policy toward prisoners reflected accepted practices.  Yet, accusations of massacre and atrocity continued.  In any case, the Confederate capture of the fort, with its garrison of Tennessee Unionists and African American troops became the most controversial moment of his wartime career.

 

The isolated post and its leadership had offered little match for the Confederates, but in the latter stage of the fight General Forrest lost control of his men, some of whom killed members of the Union garrison who should have been spared.  Fort Pillow fit into patterns of behavior in warfare that occurred before and after 1864 and elsewhere in that bloody year of the conflict.  The degree to which Nathan Bedford Forrest was a hero, as the “Wizard of the Saddle” despite the actions of April 12, 1864, or a villain, as Sherman noted with the name, “That Devil Forrest,” or more widely as the “Butcher of Fort Pillow,” has remained a matter of heated debate.

 

Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.  He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War.  His latest publication is Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War (Kansas, 2017) and has just be named as the 2018 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award winner for the best book on a Civil War topic for the year 2017 presented by the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta.

 

His biography of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest (HarperCollins) is currently in reprint as The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest (Kansas).  This work was chosen as both a History Book Club selection and a Book of the Month Club selection.

 

His other titles include The River was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow (Oklahoma, 2014); Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory (Louisiana State University, 2013); George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel (Kansas, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2013 Harwell Award; Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia, (Virginia, 2001) and an updated edition of the James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., Civil War Sites in Virginia (Virginia, 2011).

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Historian Aaron Astor gave us an in-depth study of the Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.  While some might list this as a near vacant zone, Dr. Astor showed that a lot of events took place in this region, which could be argued is Tennessee’s fourth region.  Beginning with the regions geography and how that influenced the political and military events in the region, Dr. Astor carried forward to the people and the main characters involved in what would become internecine warfare of a particularly brutal kind.  “Champ” Ferguson and “Tinker” Dave Beaty both were deeply involved in attacks against political foes as the Civil War swirled around them.  This was one of the most interesting and unique programs we have ever had – informative, entertaining and different – and presented by a fine historian.  We appreciate Dr. Astor coming to visit with us!

 

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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

September 2018 – James Glick, historian – “Combat Loads and the Myth of Sunny Dixie?”

October 2018Gerald Augustus – author/historian – “The Battle of Campbell’s Station, Longstreet’s East Tennessee Campaign”

November 2018Dr. David Gregg, pastor, historian – “John Bell Hood In Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1864”

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

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

 

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.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A NAME TAG THEN YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH YOUR DUES.  PLEASE PAY AT THIS MEETING AND GET CURRENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING FINE PROGRAMS.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Clarksville Civil War Roundtable Loses A Wonderful Member – Memorial Service Information – Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Russellville, KY

It is with great regret that we report the passing of Irene Ahlgrim of Russellville, KY.  She left us on Thursday, June 6th after a brief illness.  She was 87. A Memorial service, celebrating her life, will be held in Russellville on July 14th at Kirby Summers Funeral Home.  Visitation will take place from 12 noon until 2PM, with services immediately following.  We hope that many of you can attend.  One of her last requests was that donations be made to the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable.  What a great lady she was.  We all will miss her smile and the twinkle in her eye very much.

 

There will be a memorial service for Irene on Saturday, July 14th, at Summers, Kirby, and Sanders Funeral Home located at 210 N. Thurston Drive. The service begins at 1 PM.  To get there head into Russellville on US Highway 79.  At the Emerson Bypass/US 431, turn left.  At Fischer Street, turn left and then left onto N. Thurston Drive.

 

There will be a reception afterwards at Ariela Italian Restaurant in downtown Russellville.  PLEASE call them at (270) 731-0004 to let them know how many will be attending.

 

Hopefully many of you will be able to attend this solemn affair and honor one of our best members ever.

 

Kentucky Member Wants To Share Rides to the Clarksville CWRT

 

Nora Lacayo attended our meetings as a guest of Irene Ahlgrim.  She really would love to keep attending and would like to share rides to our meetings.  If you can help her please call her at – (270) 725-8695.

 

Vetfest – A Celebration of American Military Veterans – Franklin, TN, Saturday, November 10, 2018

This year’s Vetfest will take place at historic Harlindale Farm in Franklin.  Located at 239 Franklin Road just north of downtown Franklin and the Harpeth River, this annual event celebrates American military veterans.  This year the whole family can attend and see entertainment, veterans owned businesses, a Kid’s Zone and much more.  Food trucks will be on hand.  The event begins at 9 Am and ends at 5 PM.  For more information please visit their web site – http://www.vetlinx.org

Congress of Civil War Roundtables Announce Annual Meeting and Tour – August 17-19, 2018

In 2017, the Congress of Civil War Roundtables met for the first time to discuss planning and other items designed to help sustain and grow the Civil War Roundtable movement.  This comes at a time when it seems that interest in the Civil War is declining what with schools not doing a good enough job teaching this important era and thus not helping to create a new generation of Civil War buffs who would join CWRTs.  The congress was the brainchild of Mike Movius of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable in Seattle, WA.  Numerous other CWRTs have joined in.

 

This nationally focused organization had a very successful first meeting in Centreville, VA, and now continue with their 2018 meeting to be held in Harrisburg, PA this coming August.

 

Sustaining and growing CWRTs is the focus of the CWRT Congress.  Last year, they held a very successful symposium hosted by the Bull Run CWRT in Centreville, VA.  (To read what attendees had to say, click this link: http://www.pscwrt.org/activities/CWRT-congress/2017-congress.html)

This year, the congress will be held in Harrisburg, PA hosted by the National Civil War Museum with assistance from the Harrisburg CWRT.  The agenda this year is much expanded to include a reception on Friday, August 17 including a behind the scenes tour of the museum and a presentation by Chris Mackowski on That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy.

On Saturday, the congress begins with “takeaways” including enhanced fundraising and speaker recruitment, no cost marketing, preservation and CWRT assistance and social media as the lynchpin to 21st century marketing.  Following the congress, there will be a book signing with eleven Civil War historians and authors, a networking opportunity and dinner at the museum.

On Sunday, Wayne Motts, CEO of the museum and licensed battlefield guide, will be conducting a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.

To learn more about the 2018 CWRT Congress, to register for the event and to get a discounted rate at a local hotel, click the button below or use the following link:

 

http://www.pscwrt.org/activities/CWRT-congress.html

 

We hope that you can attend this wonderful event.  I have put in for them to visit in Clarksville in 2019 and we can host the congress and bring a lot of great Civil War buffs to our area.  We will need a lot of help from our members to make this happen.

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April Topic! Stewart County in the Civil War!

Our Speaker and Topic  – “Stewart County, Tennessee in the Civil War”

  Those of us in Clarksville and Montgomery County, TN, having the much larger county population wise, often forget that the biggest Civil War battle in our area was west of us in neighboring Stewart County – the Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign.  What happened there affected Middle Tennessee for the rest of the war.

But how much else do we know of Stewart County in the Civil War?  What units were raised there?  What other events took place there in terms of battles, raids, guerrilla activity and more?  How were the locals affected by the war literally outside of their front doors?

Answering these and other questions is our own “Ski,” Susan Witzofsky, a well known expert on many things Stewart County historically.  She will inform us of the hardships of the people from war time and into Reconstruction; the loss of boats on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and so much more.

Local historian Susan “Ski” Witzofsky is a graduate of APSU. She retired from TVA Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area after more than twenty years. During her tenure she managed campgrounds.  She is also a noted authority on Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area including Stewart County Tn. and Trigg and Lyon Counties in Ky.
We hope to see you Wednesday, April 18th at the the Bone & Joint Center at 7 PM for our monthly meeting.

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.”

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A NAME TAG THEN YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH YOUR DUES.  PLEASE PAY AT THIS MEETING AND GET CURRENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING FINE PROGRAMS.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

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-CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK STUDY IN THE WOODS TOUR – MARCH, 2018

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.

 

Costs:

 

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

GA

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

706-935-4800

 

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

 

CLARKSVILLE CWRT OFFICERS

 

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

 

January Meeting & Newsletter!

January 17th, 2018 – Our 164th meeting.  We continue our thirteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, January 17th, 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  – “Stewart County, Tennessee in the Civil War”

 

Those of us in Clarksville and Montgomery County, TN, having the much larger county population wise, often forget that the biggest Civil War battle in our area was west of us in neighboring Stewart County – the Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign.  What happened there affected Middle Tennessee for the rest of the war.

 

But how much else do we know of Stewart County in the Civil War?  What units were raised there?  What other events took place there in terms of battles, raids, guerrilla activity and more?  How were the locals affected by the war literally outside of their front doors?

 

Answering these and other questions is our own “Ski,” Susan Witzofsky, a well known expert on many things Stewart County historically.  She will inform us of the hardships of the people from war time and into Reconstruction; the loss of boats on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers and so much more.

 

Local historian Susan “Ski” Witzofsky is a graduate of APSU. She retired from TVA Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area after more than twenty years. During her tenure she managed campgrounds.  She is also a noted authority on Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area including Stewart County Tn. and Trigg and Lyon Counties in Ky.

 

Ski has served on Boards for local organizations including Friends of Fort Donelson,

Friends of National Wildlife Refuge and Cross Creek Refuge, Stewart County Historial Society.

Ski is an active participant in these and other organizations.  Ski also conducts historical tours, local school programs and , UDC, SCV, programs.  In addition to her interest in all historical aspects of the Civil War, LBL and Stewart County History she enjoys fishing, hunting, and picking wild mushrooms. Other interest include researching local history, families, cemeteries, Iron Industry, Ft Donelson National Cemetery, and local Civil war Units.  Ski is always interested speaking and sharing information.

 

We hope you will join us for a fun and informative program this month.

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Last month’s program by Jim Lewis, Chief Ranger at Stones River National Battlefield, was one of the best this CWRT has ever had.  Focusing on the life and transformation of William Holland, who is buried right next to the Stones River National Cemetery, Jim detailed his life as a slave, who escaped the plantation where he was held and got to the Union lines.  There he, like so many other escaped and liberated slaves, went to work for the Union Army.  With the raising of the United States Colored Troops regiments, Holland joined up serving in the 111th USCT.  After being mustered out in 1865, Holland, looking for work, signed on with the crew building the Union cemetery at Stones River.  These men brought buried Union soldiers from Alabama to Kentucky and around Middle Tennessee and reburied them.  Finally earning enough money to buy some property, Holland built his house, married and raised a family.  After his passing, Holland was buried right next to what is now Stones River National Cemetery which is next to the land that he owned and the site at which he worked.  The transformation from being born as property into being a property owner is an American tale told brilliantly by Jim Lewis.  We hope to have him back again very soon.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

February 2018 – Myers Brown, historian/author – “The Equipment of the Confederate Cavalryman”

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.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A NAME TAG THEN YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH YOUR DUES.  PLEASE PAY AT THIS MEETING AND GET CURRENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING FINE PROGRAMS.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

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!

 

Stones River Battlefield Tour with the Knoxville CWRT – Saturday, January 20th, 2018

 

Please join the members of the Knoxville CWRT on Saturday, January 20th, 2018, as we visit the Stones River National Battlefield to learn about the battle and the men who fought it. We are lucky to have as our guide Jim Lewis. Jim, who was last with us in January of 2017 to talk about Hell’s Half Acre, a portion of the battlefield, has been a park ranger and de-facto historian at Stones River National Battlefield since 1997.  Jim spoke at the Nashville CRWT last month.

This will be an all-day event come rain or shine. The tour will begin at 9:30 AM (CST) at the Stones River Visitors Center and will end after 5 PM (CST). Please dress appropriately for the weather, which could be very cold, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

We will meet at the Stones River Visitor Center a little after 9 AM. People will have the opportunity to use the bathrooms at the Visitor Center and will have some time to look through the park museum prior to starting the tour. We will have a one hour break for lunch and will restart the tour immediately after the hour. We suggest bringing snacks and drinks and strongly suggest bringing a packed lunch to avoid delays that have occurred on past tours.

 

We currently have 28 people who have signed up for the tour. If you plan to go and have not yet responded, please email me njwilliams85@gmail.com or Norman Shaw shawclan4@bellsouth.net so that we can add your name to the list. Should you need to cancel after signing up, please let Norman or me know as soon as possible.

 

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:

 

Interpretive Walk at Fort Heiman, February 3, 2:00 p.m.

Fort Heiman Pavilion, 682 Fort Heiman Road, New Concord, KY Larry Ray, historian and author

 

Interpretive Hike at Fort Donelson, February 14, 11:00 a.m.

Tour Stop #3 Park Ranger Susan Hawkins

 

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.

The best way to get to Fort Donelson from Nashville is head west on I-24 to Exit 8 – US Hwy 79.  Get off and turn left.  Take this to 101st Airborne Parkway – TN Hwy 374 – head west.  Stay on this until it ends at US Hwy 79.  Turn right and stay on this into Dover.  It is 45 minutes from Clarksville to Dover and Fort Donelson.  Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.

Dalton, GA Civil War Show and Symposium – February 3-4, 2018 – NW Georgia Trade Center

The next Civil War show will be held at the NW Georgia Trade Center on the slopes of historic Rocky Face Ridge in Dalton, GA on Saturday and Sunday, February 3-4, 2018.  A smaller show than Franklin but with most of the same dealers, this show is only 3 hours from Middle Tennessee – and you can make it a weekend and tour some of Dalton’s many Civil War sites for the Atlanta Campaign.

Civil War News has taken over the Saturday (Feb. 3rd) symposium from local historian John Fowler that runs on the first day only of the show.  The program runs from 10 AM to 1:30 PM and features the following historians:

Gould Hagler – Atlanta based author/historian – My Favorite Confederate Monuments in Georgia and Alabama

Salvatore Cilella – Atlanta based author/historian – The Graphic War: Collecting Civil War Prints for Fun and Profit

Michael Shaffer – historian/author – Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War

Steve Davis – historian/author – Gen. John Bell Hood’s Efforts to Defend Atlanta, July 18-Sept. 1, 1864

The speakers will have their books for sale at the event.  Admission is included with the Civil War show admission.

The event is located at Exit 333 off I-75, Walnut Avenue.  Turn right and head up the slope a bit.  Dug Gap Battlefield Park is a little further uphill from there is you wish to visit that.

CHICKAMAUGA-CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK STUDY IN THE WOODS TOUR – MARCH, 2018

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.

 

Costs:

 

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

GA

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

706-935-4800

 

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

 

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.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A NAME TAG THEN YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH YOUR DUES.  PLEASE PAY AT THIS MEETING AND GET CURRENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING FINE PROGRAMS.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

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 “historynet.com“.  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, wesleyculp1@gmail.com

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 – Krista.Castillo@nashville.gov 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!

 

CLARKSVILLE CWRT OFFICERS

 

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

 

September Meeting and Newsletter

September 20th, 2017 – Our 160th meeting.  We continue our thirteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, September 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  – “Gen. Charles F. Smith: Teacher of Civil War Generals”

 

In the pantheon of Union generals, few, other than those who have studied the depth of the Federal command structure, will know of Gen. Charles F. Smith.  And yet he was considered at the war’s start to be one of the very best who wore a star and his reputation preceded him.  He was held in awe by Grant, Sherman and others.  Sadly, he died in early 1862 before Shiloh, where his presence on that field might have made a big difference.

 

From the training field at West Point to the entrenchments at Fort Donelson, Charles Ferguson Smith was the soldier’s soldier.  The call of duty was a magic sound for which he was always ready to make every sacrifice. He was the very model of a soldier, calm, prudent, self-poised, and bold. During his 40-year military career, these qualities earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.  However, his story is more than an account of battles fought and victories won. Through his correspondence, we discover a man who combined the qualities of a faithful officer, an excellent disciplinarian, an able commander, and a modest, courteous gentleman.

 

Our speaker this month is Allen Mesch.  He is a Civil War author, educator, and historian.  He has written three books on the Civil War: Teacher of Civil War Generals: Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point Commandant; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; and Charles A. Marvin – “Two Years, Six Months, and Eleven Days.” Allen’s latest project is Preparing for Disunion, which is about the role West Point commandants played in preparing Civil War generals.   He teaches classes on the Civil War in Collin College’s SAIL program.  Allen also manages a web site, Civil War Journeys, which contains over 4,000 battlefield photographs and the Civil War Blog Salient Points.

 

Allen earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has extensive experience in both technical and management positions in engineering, economics, and planning with major multinational petroleum companies.  He will have copies of his Smith books for sale at the meeting.

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Todd Van Beck gave us one of the finest programs we have ever had on a topic that, on its face, would not seem conducive to such plaudits.  And yet his full master of the topic of Civil War embalming surgeons and their accomplishments was delivered with great humor, majestic knowledge and the tying up of several subjects into a versatile and informative program.  The advances made by these men, who had to deal with death on a massive scale from private soldiers to the President of the United States, was tremendous, some of whose effects are felt even today.  We thank Todd very much for his outstanding program.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

October 2017 – Ed Semmes, historian – “Admiral Raphael Semmes And The Cruise of the CSS Alabama”

November 2017 – Scott Sallee, historian/author – “Joe Porter’s War: The Civil War in Northeast Missouri, 1862” (based on his book)

December 2017 – Jim Lewis, Chief Ranger, Stones River National Battlefield – topic TBA

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

March 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.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A NAME TAG THEN YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH YOUR DUES.  PLEASE PAY AT THIS MEETING AND GET CURRENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING FINE PROGRAMS.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Lotz House, Franklin, TN. Civil War Symposium – Saturday, September 16th, 2017

 

The Lotz House is hosting a two-part symposium reflecting on the “Forgotten Battle of Franklin – Dec. 17, 1864“ and “10,000 Secrets Unearthed,” the largest caches of Confederate bullets ever unearthed in Middle Tennessee. Speakers include Lotz House historian Thomas Cartwright and Bryan Lane.

 

Cartwright will speak on the forgotten Battle of Franklin fought on December 17, 1864.  He will discuss the military aspects of this retreat from Nashville to Franklin, Spring Hill and Columbia, as well as how it affected the people.  Bryan Lane will speak on the battle from Columbia to Alabama. Lane is a lifelong student of American History. He recently published “Tennessee Hero: Confederate Brigadier General John Adams,” and his articles have appeared in Civil War Times Illustrated and Blue and the Gray Magazine. Additionally, we are also sharing the announcement and story of one of the largest caches of Confederate bullets ever unearthed or discovered in Middle Tennessee.  Renowned relic hunter William Henry unearthed a cast iron cooking pot filled with 10,000 Minie balls, which will soon be on display in the Lotz House. Each participant will receive one of these Minie bullets.  On Dec. 17, following the Battle of Nashville, the Confederates were retreating south down Franklin Rd.  This cache was unearthed north of the Harpeth River. Lotz House guide and avid metal detector Robert Blythe will join Andy Willoughby to make a presentation on metal detecting. They will discuss the significance of the Henry find and the current opportunities for metal detecting on the battlefield in Franklin

 

Seating is limited so register today by calling or emailing Laura Westbrook at the Lotz House, (615) 790-7190 or by Laura@kotzhouse.com.  Tickets are $50 per person with lunch included.

 

The symposium is being held at Nashville-Franklin Elks Lodge #72 in Franklin beginning at 10 AM and ending at 2:30 PM.

 

Civil War Tour of Mclemore’s Cove, Chickamauga Campaign – Saturday, October 7th, 2017

 

On Saturday, October 7, the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era, Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, will hold an exclusive bus tour of the McLemore’s Cove region.  Led by the incomparable Jim Ogden, renowned historian of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Center’s own director, Brian Steel Wills, author of an award-winning biography of General Thomas, we will explore and assess the operations that were set to occur before the pivotal engagement of Chickamauga.  The tour leaves Kennesaw State at 8 Am and returns by 5 PM.

 

The tour cost is $49 and the excursion will include maps and lunch, in addition to touring sites that most visitors to the area do not explore.  Please plan to join us on this exciting adventure to the opening salvos of the Chickamauga Campaign.

 

For more information and how to register and pre-pay, please send an email to – srudick@kennesaw.edu

 

We look forward to seeing you on October 7 and at all future Civil War Center events!

 

Vet-Fest To be Held At Fort Negley, October 14-15, 2017

 

Vet Fest is an exciting and unique family oriented celebration at historic Fort Negley this October 14-15, 2017!  Co-hosts VETLINX and Operation Stand Down Tennessee, both nonprofit organizations are organizing VetFest, a large, free and fun event for military veterans and their family, friends, neighbors, and supporters.

 

The event is happening Saturday, October 14, from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, October 15, from 1 PM to 5 PM

 

The event is a Celebration of Service and is a family friendly festival featuring all day entertainment and activities for all ages, onsite Veteran resources, military history displays, contests, prize giveaways, and vendors.  Its purpose is to recognize military Veterans service and the service of their family members and increase awareness of and access to community resources.

 

Admission is free and there will be food vendors on site all weekend.  Parking will in the areas around Fort Negley.  Come and join us as we celebrate American Veterans!

August Meeting Information!

August 16th, 2017 – Our 159th meeting.  We continue our thirteenth year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, August 16th, 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  – “They Changed Everything: Civil War Embalming Surgeons.”

 

The staggering number of deaths, from combat and disease, in the American Civil War was staggering.  The nation never expected this when the war began in 1861.  The sheer numbers of dead, and even more wounded, forced both sides to deal with medical issues like never before.  War often brings about big technological and other changes and this war was no exception.

 

Ever heard of the names Holmes, Bunnell, Prunk, Brown & Alexander, Hutton, Scollay, Buchley, Plant?  Actually the list could go on further.  These men represent just a small example of the individuals who served as embalming surgeons during the Civil War.  This was tough work, and over time embalming surgeons have been either assailed as con artists or saints.  There is not much middle ground here.  However both assessments, as with most sweeping historical assessments miss the truth.  There is a great usually untold story about the mission, activities, and long lasting results for American culture which has lasted to this very day because of the work of these individuals.  Make no mistake the embalming surgeons in the Civil War changed the way American’s cared for their dead permanently.  Their story needs to be told, and this presentation is a humble attempt to do just that.

 

Our speaker this month is Todd Van Beck of Nashville.  Mr. Van Beck has been in funeral service and bereavement care and church lay ministry for over 48 years.  He began his mortuary career in Omaha, NE and over the years he has been involved with a variety of funeral/embalming/educational and operational activities touching most areas of this vocation.

 

Mr. Van Beck is an author and speaker on a wide variety of topics from funeral customs and practices, burial and cremation history, operational business practices to counseling and dealing with grief.  He has lectured internationally from New Zealand to Germany.

 

Originally from Iowa, he was not born into a funeral services family.  At age five he decided he wanted to be a funeral services director. To that end he holds an honorary doctorate degree from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service; a Master’s Degree in Religion from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary; a Bachelors of Arts from Mt. Mercy University and a professional diploma in funeral service arts and sciences from New England Institute in Boston.  He has received several honors from the funeral and embalming industry over his career.  He has had long service in the funeral home industry, embalming, hospice care and academic institutions where he continues to serve.

 

We hope you will make a point to attend this unique and interesting program on a medical aspect of the Civil War.

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

We have a typically excellent program from Kent Wright of the Tennessee Valley CWRT in Huntsville, Al on the red River Campaign.  Kent deftly explored the motivations, politics and execution of the campaign fought in the spring of 1864.  Backed by a large naval fleet and experienced troops but with mediocre top leadership, the recipe for a failure was cast despite what was brought to the table.  Kent’s knowledge of the topic was excellent as was the supporting power point.  We always enjoy when Kent comes to speak to us and this time was no different.  A fine program for those looking for something different and a Trans-Mississippi topic to boot.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

September 2017 – Allen Mesch, author/historian – “General Charles F. Smith” (based on his book)

October 2017 – Edward Semmes, historian – “Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes”

November 2017 – Scott Sallee, historian/author – “Joe Porter’s War: The Civil War in Northeast Missouri, 1862” (based on his book)

December 2017 – Jim Lewis, Chief Ranger, Stones River National Battlefield – topic TBA

March 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.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A NAME TAG THEN YOU ARE NOT CURRENT WITH YOUR DUES.  PLEASE PAY AT THIS MEETING AND GET CURRENT SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING FINE PROGRAMS.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Fantastic Civil War Display at Fort Donelson, Dover, TN – September 9th-10th, 2017

 

A great display of Civil War artifacts, by some of the most recognized collectors from around the country will be on hand to exhibit their museum quality displays. This will take place on the weekend of September 9th-10th, 2017 at the Stewart County Visitors Center, 117 Visitors Center Lane, across from the entrance to Fort Donelson National Battlefield.  Some 50 tables of artifacts will be on display.  The event is free and open to the public.

 

If you love Civil War History – you will not want to miss this.  Have a Civil War item to sell, trade, or have appraised? This is your chance! There will even be some items for sale!  The event runs on Saturday, Sept. 9th from 9 AM to 3:30 PM and on Sunday, Sept. 10th from 9 Am to 2 PM.

 

For more information please email John Walsh at – john@fortdonelsonrelics.com or call (773) 610-1034

 

The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association Announces Fall Tour – The Civil War On The Upper Cumberland, September 2, 2017

 

Join Dr. Aaron Astor of Maryville College for a Three-Star tour along the upper Cumberland Plateau.  Visit sites that reveal stories about the most bitterly divided communities during the Civil War.   Participants will visit Travisville, the first Civil War military action in the state, as well as several sites related to the guerrilla war that drew in noted bushwhackers and pitted supporters of the Union and Confederacy against one another in some of the most remote landscape in Tennessee.

The driving tour will begin early Saturday morning at Cookeville and conclude by 1 pm near Sparta.  There will be short walks to some of the sites.

There is no fee for the tour but pre-registration will be required.  Watch for a tour announcement in August with additional details and a link to the registration form.  For more information and to register please email – info@tcwpa.org

 

Dr. Astor will be speaking to the Clarksville CWRT in 2018 on his fine book on the War on the Cumberland Plateau.

 

The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association Weighs In About Fort Negley’s Development Threat  – The Story Continues To Grow.

 

If you have not yet emailed Nashville’s Mayor Barry your opposition to this disgraceful development proposal please do so at – Megan.Barry@Nashville.gov.  Do it today please!  Your voice need to be heard to help put a stop to this travesty!

 

The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association has sent the following letter to Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry with their opposition to the Fort Negley development