March Newsletter & Meeting Info

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 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 this month is a second timer in Michael Shaffer of Kennesaw, Georgia.  His topic is –  “In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Colley and the 1st Virginia Cavalry”

The 1st Virginia Cavalry was one of the most famous units from that state and they fought the entire war in the East from 1861 to 1865.  Colley served for most of that time until losing his foot in 1864.  The program is based on his recollections, which is the new book by our speaker.

Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, instructor, lecturer, author and newspaper columnist.  He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War in the Western Theater and Georgia Association of Historians.   Shaffer teaches course at Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education and lectures to Civil War groups across the country.

He will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting.

Lastly – July is our new fiscal year so PLEASE plan on paying your annual dues at this meeting if you have not yet paid your dues for last year!  The funds go to paying for our speakers.  If you did not pay last month please plan on doing so this month.  Dues can also be sent to, Greg Biggs, 2600 W. Henderson Way, Clarksville, TN 37042.  Please make payment to the Clarksville CWRT.  Your name badge will be available only if you have paid your dues.

Also, please support your CWRT by buying the books being offered for sale each month.  The funds go to our treasury for our speakers and help us to donate to battlefield causes.  They are priced well below their retail prices and there’s a great selection!

Greg Biggs
Clarksville CWRT

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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.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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.

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

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

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.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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.

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

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!

November Newsletter and Meeting Update (We’re cancelled)

Hello,

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 andy.blair@bellemeadeplantation.com 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 http://www.bonps.org/about-us/join/ ) , 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:  edmcclanahan79@gmail.com

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.

September Newsletter & Meeting Notice

September 19th, 2018 – Our 170th meeting.  We continue our fourteenth year!  A Special fourth Wednesday meeting date!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, September 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  – “Combat Loads and the Myth of Sunny Dixie?”

 

According to many historians, the Federal soldiers who marched on Fort Donelson either cast away their blankets and overcoats, or decided not to carry them in the first place. This was on the assumption that such things wouldn’t be needed in “Sunny Dixie” and the weather was reasonably warm in early February 1862 even with the rains.   They would regret their improvidence when the weather changed into a snowy Hell the next day. Temperatures plummeted to just above zero, snow and sleet pelted the region with howling winds.

 

Is that what really happened? There were legitimate tactical reasons for the men to travel light, and it was usually the officers, not the men, who made the decisions.  Historians would conveniently overlook that one of those decision makers was their commander, Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant.  This month’s program will examine the events of the march from Fort Henry, which fell on February 6, 1862, to Fort Donelson on February 12th.  The program will examine if the historians are always right about certain events.

Our speaker this month member James Glick.  He is a military retiree whose master’s thesis explored how historians “make” history, using examples from the Battle of Fort Donelson. He now lives in Clarksville.

We hope you join us for this informative program on an event in our area.

Last Month’s Speaker

 

Nancy McEntee, perhaps one of the most fascinating speakers we have ever had in terms of her personal accomplishments, regaled us with the story of Union Quartermaster Captain Webster Colburn and his time in Tennessee and the Civil War in general.  Presented with knowledge of the topic, and based on a large collection of letters from Captain Colburn in the hands of a personal friend who is his descendant.  Humor, sadness, frustration and more permeated Captain Colburn’s time in the Union Army and all of this and more was presented to us last month.  We thank Nancy for coming to speak to us.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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”

December 2018 – TBA

January 2019 – TBA

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

March 2019 – Ed Sneed, Clarksville CWRT, retired teacher – “Grant And Vicksburg”

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

Russellville, Kentucky Member Wants To Share Rides to the Clarksville CWRT

Nora Lacayo attended our meetings as a guest of the late 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.  She lives in Russellville, KY.

 

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 – www.vetlinx.org

Southern Kentucky Pastfinders Announce September 2018 Meeting

The Southern Kentucky Pastfinders will meet Saturday, September 15th, 7PM at the Logan County Public Library. The speaker this month will be Barry Duvall from Greenville, Kentucky and his topic will be The Civil War in Muhlenberg County Kentucky.  This county rests north of Hopkinsville and Russellville and troops from both sides moved through it during the war.

 

An author of two books, Barry is civil war historian and collector. He is currently working on compiling a publication of soldiers and units from Muhlenberg Co. The public is invited, and admission is free, so don’t let history be a mystery and come learn with us.

 

The beautiful new Logan County Library in Russellville is located at 225 Armory Drive. To get there head to Russellville on US Highway 79.  At Main Street (traffic light), turn left and go through the square to Armory Drive (McDonald’s on the corner) and turn right.

 

Before the meeting you can have a great Italian dinner at Ariella Italian Restaurant on the square owner by Clarksville CWRT supporter Debbie.  It is the best Italian food in our area!

 

A Message From Jim Lighthizer, American Battlefield Trust

 

Dear Friends,

 

My name is Jim Lighthizer — and it is my privilege to serve as president of the American Battlefield Trust, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today.

 

Since the founding of the Trust’s first predecessor organization — the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites — in the summer of 1987, we have successfully saved more than 50,000 acres of American battlefield land in 24 states.

 

But we have not reached this milestone alone.

 

Preservation is a partnership — and our success is rooted in working together with partners at all levels of government and individuals from across the country and around the world who share our passion for American history.

 

Suffice it to say: I would be hard-pressed to name a group of people more passionate about that history than the men and women of the Civil War Round Table community.

 

And, now more than ever, the Trust needs your help.

 

Earlier this year, Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia introduced H.R. 6108, the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program — a successful, dollar-for-dollar, federal matching-grants program that promotes the preservation of battlefields from the Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812.

 

The grants provided by this program, competitively awarded by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, encourage state and private-sector investment in battlefield preservation. It is impossible to overstate here just how essential these grants have been, and remain, to the success of the Trust’s mission.

 

The battlefields saved as a result of the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program are among the most famous in American history, including Antietam, Md.; Appomattox and Fredericksburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Chickamauga, Ga.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Princeton, N.J.; and Shiloh, Tenn.

 

Currently, the program is authorized at $10 million per year; the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act would double that amount to $20 million annually. This figure includes up to $2 million a year for the restoration and interpretation of high-priority battlefield sites, helping to transform these battlegrounds into genuine heritage-tourism destinations.

 

I have attached a copy of the bill to this e-mail, with space at the top for supporters to be able to print and personally sign on as citizen cosponsors. I and all of us at the Trust would be grateful if you could circulate this attachment in turn to the members of your Civil War Round Table, then collect the signed copies and send these back to the Trust in a single batch for us to utilize in our ongoing advocacy effort to ensure the successful passage of this legislation.

 

Thank you for your consideration as well as your support — and we look forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Coussan of my staff with any questions regarding this effort via e-mail at pcoussan@battlefields.org or via phone at 202-367-1861, ext. 7218.

 

Sincerely,  Jim Lighthizer

 

Braxton Bragg Tries Again: Another Chickamauga (Mis-ad) Venture – Tour of the Early Phases of the Chickamauga Campaign – November 3, 2018

 

The wonderful folks at the Kennesaw State University Civil War Center in Kennesaw, GA have developed another fine tour for Civil War buffs and this one is really good with a great guide – Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military park Historian Jim Ogden and center director Dr. Brian Wills.  Here’s the details:

 

It was an angry Braxton Bragg who rode out of McLemore’s Cove on the evening of September 11th, 1863.  Recalcitrant subordinates had frittered away an opportunity to have crushed a significant portion of George Thomas’ Fourteenth Corps!  But while the 11th had proved to be (another) day of frustration, intelligence had been gathered that more clearly showed how widely separated were the major elements of the enemy’s force.  Perhaps there were still offensive opportunities.  Even before the 11th ended, orders began to stream from Bragg’s LaFayette headquarters to units unengaged in McLemore’s Cove—be ready to march at daylight.

There’s essentially a week between the missed opportunity of McLemore’s Cove (September 10-11, 1863) and what became the Battle of Chickamauga (September 18-20, 1863).  In this day long bus tour, we’ll look at Bragg’s second try for a battle in the West Chickamauga Creek watershed and set the stage for what did become the Battle of Chickamauga as we know it.  We’ll return to Bragg’s LaFayette headquarters and then ride with the North Carolinian as he went to join Leonidas Polk for a strike on Tom Crittenden; we’ll see ground of the Rock Spring-Lee & Gordon’s Mills venture and visit the surviving post-war Lee & Gordon’s Mills where the Assistant Commissary of Subsistence will provide us with our mid-day repast catered by Oakwood Cafe, the Dalton eatery that supplied our delicious meal in April!  We’ll then transition to an exploration of what became Bragg’s plan that does bring on the Battle of Chickamauga we know, in no small part thanks to the accurate intelligence gathered by the “Wizard in the Saddle” Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry.  We’ll visit sites like Leet’s Tanyard and Peavine Church that take us to the eve of the history book’s clash in the valley of the “River of Death.”  It will be a day that further illustrates that there’s much more to the Civil War than just the big battles and that as it was lived, it might have been a very different war.  Join us as BRAGG TRIES AGAIN!  – Jim Ogden

 

The fees are:  $69 for General Admission – $59 for Kennesaw Corps Members.  The fee covers the bus, tour guides and lunch.  The tour runs from 8 AM to 5 PM and leaves from 3391 Town Point Drive in Kennesaw.  To register online please go to –

 

https://epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2160

 

Two Weeks Of Fury – The War in the Carolinas Campaign and Symposium – September 28-30, 2018

 

The Civil War in the West ended in the Carolinas when William T. Sherman took his veteran army that had marched from Atlanta to Savannah crossed over into South Carolina aiming to link up with Union forces under U.S. Grant in Virginia.  Facing Sherman was a ragtag Confederate army, veterans of what was left of the Army of Tennessee after the Tennessee Campaign and such forces as could be cobbled together to stop him under General Joseph Johnston, Braxton Bragg and others.

 

If you have never been to these sites then this tour is for you.  You will see the following battlefields – Monroe’s Crossroads (in the middle of Fort Bragg), Wise’s Forks, Averasboro and Bentonville.  Sponsored by the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield and others the tour also comes with a symposium featuring nationally known speakers Dr. John Marszalek and Dr. Craig Symonds.  Tours are led by veteran tour guides Eric Wittenberg, Wade Sokolosky, Mark Smith and Dr, Mark Bradley, all of whom have been published on this campaign.

 

For details and more call (910) 594-0789 Ext. 203 or visit the web site –

 

www.fobb.net/2018symposium

 

 

 

Civil War on the Internet?  Try the Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable’s Web Site

 

We all enjoy messing about on the Internet looking for Civil War and other historical things.  Most Civil War Roundtables have web sites but not that many offer what can be found on the site of the Cincinnati CWRT.  Articles of interest, presentations from their learned members, upcoming events in the Ohio/Kentucky region, book reviews, interesting people and much more can be found at – http://cincinnaticwrt.org/wordpress/newsletter/september-2018/

 

Cincy is only 5 hours from Clarksville so if you find something on the site that you would like to visit, like Ohio troops training Camp, Camp Dennison, or the James Ramage Civil War Museum across the river in Kentucky, then this site will be fun and informative.

 

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.

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.