August Newsletter and Meeting Notice

August 18th, 2010 – Our 77th Meeting! Our fourth in our new home – the Bone & Joint Center!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, August 18th in our new home at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes from the 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 Battle of Corinth, October 3-4, 1862”

August through early October,1862 was the only time during the Civil War where the armed forces of the Confederacy were on the offensive in all theaters of war. Robert E. Lee was
operating in Maryland; Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith were moving into Kentucky and Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi were also marching forward. This period
was indeed, in the words of noted historian Ed Bearss, the true high water mark of the Confederacy.

Also on the offensive in northern Mississippi was the Army of the West, troops brought over from Arkansas for the Shiloh campaign (but arriving too late), under Generals Earl Van
Dorn and Sterling Price. The original plan was for them to move into west Tennessee and prevent Grant from sending reinforcements to Kentucky. Instead, these forces moved into
northern Mississippi fighting battles at Iuka and Corinth. Corinth was a vital railroad junction and it was hoped that if the Union army stationed there could be destroyed before the
Confederates could move into Tennessee. But it was not to be. Corinth was a Confederate defeat with the retreating army being pursued and almost cut off by aggressive Union
troops. Corinth is also the biggest battle of the Western Theater that most people know little about.

That will indeed change this month as Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center ranger Tom Parson joins us for his program on this pivotal battle. A new visitor’s center opened there a
few years ago and more interpretation of the area has been done enhancing the experience for the Civil War buff.

Tom Parson is from southern California and a U.S. Navy veteran of 20 years. In 1999, he joined the National Park Service at Shiloh National Military Park and in 2004 became the
park ranger assigned to the new Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Tom is interested in historic preservation and works with the parks across the country in that aspect. He is the
author of Bear Flag and Bay State in The Civil War: The Californians of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry as well as “Hell On The Hatchie,” about the Battle of Davis Bridge in
Tennessee just after Corinth, for Blue & Gray magazine. Tom has an upcoming Blue & Gray article on Gen. Earl van Dorn’s Holly Springs raid of December, 1862. He lives in Corinth,
Mississippi with his wife Nita and daughter Sarah.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Joe Reinhart, noted author and historian, presented a well-researched program on the 9th Ohio Infantry, also known as the 1st German Regiment of Ohio. The program was based on his new book of letters of two members of that regiment. An interesting aspect of the program was his accounting of how the German immigrants perceived themselves in their new land, one they were more than willing to fight for. There was prejudice against them, which was often returned, and it served to create a self-imposed xenophobia on the German community of America. This would not dissipate until the early 20th Century. And yet more Germans than any other immigrant group served in the Union Army during the war fighting not only Confederates but also the often perceived image of being cowards thanks to the sometimes lack-luster performance of the 11th Corps of the Army of the Potomac, in particular at Chancellorsville.

Reinhart is probably the expert on the Germans of the Civil War and this program was one of the more enlightening this reviewer has ever heard. The depth of his research showed throughout the presentation. The 9th Ohio was a fascinating unit and the words of the men of the regiment added a distinctly human element to his fine program. Thanks very much for coming to visit with us!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

September, 2010 – Michael Manning, Ft. Donelson National Battlefield – Honey Springs Campaign, Indian Territory
October, 2010 – Gail Stephens, author – “General Lew Wallace” (based on her upcoming book)
November, 2010 – Dr. William Glenn Robertson, US Army Combat Studies Institute, Ft. Leavenworth, KS – “A Tale of Two Orders in the Battle of Chickamauga”
December, 2010 – John Marler, Battle of Franklin Trust/former Petersburg National Battlefield – “The Petersburg Campaign”
January, 2011 – Greg Biggs, Clarksville CWRT – “How Johnny Got His Gun: The Confederate Supply System”
February, 2011 – Krista Castillo, Ft. Negley Park, Nashville – “From the Pages of Harper’s Weekly: The Illustrations of Thomas Nast, Reconstruction Politics and Popular Consciousness”
March, 2011 – David Simpson, Robert Hatton Camp, SCV, Lebanon, TN – “Ellis Harper – Guerrilla or Partisan?”
April, 2010 – Thomas Flagel, Columbia State Community College – “Great Panic Prevails: How The Press Reported The Battle Of Nashville”
May, 2011 – Kent Wright, Tennessee Valley CWRT, “Ellet’s Rams”
June, 2011 – TBA
July, 2011 – Bobby Krick, historian, Richmond National Battlefield – “The Staff Of Robert E. Lee”
November, 2011 – Eric Jacobson, Battle of Franklin Trust – “Baptism of Fire: The Role of Federal Recruits at the Battle of Franklin”

MEMBERS AND DUES: – Your name badge will have a white ribbon if you are current with your dues. If it only has ribbons of other colors, please pay your dues at this meeting! July is our dues month so please make your plans to pay them at this meeting!

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:

Ö Student – $10

Ö Single membership – $20

Ö Family – $30

Ö Military – Active duty and veterans – $15

Ö Military family – Active duty and family – $25

To our many guests – Thank you for much for coming to see what we are about. By joining us your dues money goes towards helping to pay the travel expenses for the speakers we get to visit us so we hope that you considering joining our ranks very soon. Welcome to our new members!!!!!

Clarksville CWRT silent auction – Each month we hold a silent auction of donated items to help raise more money for the club’s treasury. If you have something Civil War related that you would like to donate please bring it to the meeting. Thanks very much to all of you who have donated items. We have another special item coming up at this meeting!!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS:

Tennessee Division SCV and the N.B. Forrest SCV Camp Annual Forrest Conference – “Forrest at Chickamauga” – Saturday, 25, 2010

The annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Conference will be held in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area with the this year’s focus being “Forrest at Chickamauga.” The event will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010. The event begins at 9 am and concludes at 5 pm. The cost is only $45 and will include lunch and the afternoon tour of the battlefield where Forrest fought in September, 1863. The seminar will be held at the Colonnade Event Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, GA. This is off Battlefield Parkway, I-75, Exit 350, just east of the Chickamauga Battlefield.

Speakers include – Professor Brian Steel Wills, University of Virginia. Author of: “The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest;” James H. Ogden, III, Historian, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park; and Morris M. Penny, NASA Aerospace Engineer (retired) Marshall Space Flight Center. For more information please contact: Terry Siler at (423) 842-5963, or by email at: tenncoastie@aol.com.

We hope you will support this fine event which is a production of Tennessee Division Sons of Confederate Veterans and the NB Forrest SCV camp of Chattanooga. This promises to be a great one!

2010 Southern Civilian Conference – Belmont Mansion, Nashville, Tennessee – August 20-22, 2010

The next Southern Civilian conference is set for Friday-Sunday, August 20-22nd, 2010 for Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. These three days are for Civil War historians and civilian re-enactors and are filled with seminars and workshops to help educate you on your impression or just to learn about life during this era.

The event begins Friday morning at 8 am and concludes that evening with a reception at Belmont Mansion complete with period music and a one-act play on Sam Davis and Mary Patterson. Saturday features 6 seminars and Sunday offers two more. All of the details can be obtained by email to Linda Massey at MasseyLA@aol.com. You can also write for details to LSFS Conference, 7465 Indian Creek Road, Nashville, TN 37209. If you register by August 1st the event is only $145; after that it rises to $175. There are student discounts and fees for single events. Period vendors will be in attendance.

Speakers include Janet Hasson (retired Belle Meade curator), Thomas Flagel (Columbia State University), Jennifer Lamb (Belle Meade), Al Nippert, Mark Brown (Belmont Mansion), Barbara Sullivan (Grassmere Historic Farm) and Karel Lea Biggs (Nashville and Clarksville CWRTs). Workshop instructors include Mary Canavan (Victorian Christmas decorations), Pat Bridges (Theorem painting), Chrissy Davis (period dance) and Chris Roberts (Gourmet campfire cooking). The workshops have extra but nominal fees.

This ongoing conference is sponsored by the Ladies Soldiers’ Friend Society and Belmont Mansion. We hope you support this wonderful event!

Ft. Negley, Nashville, TN Living History and Military Demonstration – Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Friends of Ft. Negley, in conjunction with Metro Parks and the Ft. Negley Visitors Center, present a Civil War living history and military demonstration. The event will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and will begin at 9 am concluding at 5 pm. There will be civilian and military encampments with Confederate and Union troops; artillery and small arms demonstrations, a dismounted cavalry raid and much more! Union Gen. George H. Thomas, the “Rock of Chickamauga,” will also be there!

All of this great family fun costs only $5 per person with children 5 and under getting in free. For more information please contact the Ft. Negley Visitors Center at (615)862-8470 or by email at: fortnegley@nashville.gov

Tennessee Civil War License Plates Still For Sale – Help Save Tennessee Battlefields!

The Official Tennessee Sesquicentennial License Plate is available for purchase at the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association web site. Please go to – http://www.tcwpa.org/license-plate – and all of the pertinent information will be there for you.

TCWPA will receive $15.62 of the $35.00 fee – and those funds will support battlefield preservation with a portion of the proceeds will go to agencies or organizations in your county for the purchase or maintenance of the Civil War trails signs. What a great way to help our state’s history!

Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association 3 Star Battlefield Tour – Knoxville, November 6, 2010

The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association works very hard to preserve the sacred battlefields of our state. To help bring awareness to these sites, they conduct guided tours utilizing experts on that field to help bring the story to life. This year’s tour will at sites for the Battle of Knoxville. Guides include Dr. Joan Markel, of the University of Tennessee (and the Knoxville CWRT) and documentary maker Steve Dean (who made the excellent DVD on the Battle of Fort Sanders available from the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee).

Participants will visit privately owned sites – some newly identified remnants of Fort Higley, a long-forgotten military road, and the coves and ridges where the little known Battle of Armstrong Hill pitted Confederate veterans of Gettysburg and Chickamauga against completely green troops of the 103rd Ohio. Learn about the Siege of Knoxville and Orlando Poe’s brilliant defensive fortifications in this “behind the scenes” tour. The tour will begin Saturday morning and finish by noon. Times, locations, and other events will be posted online as they are finalized. The events are free and open to the public, however, participants must register by visiting http://www.tcwpa.org: go to the “Events” page, click on “3-Star Battlefield Tour” and submit the online registration form.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, weather protective clothing and good walking shoes. Site visits will include some walking on unimproved trails and access roads. Because of the limited parking at the sites, participants are encouraged to car-pool from the starting point at the Frank H. McClung Museum in downtown Knoxville where an overview of the events of 1863 will augment participants’ appreciation of the physical evidence of this city’s violent past.

Civil War Preservation Trust Web Site has a wealth of battle field information

The Civil War Preservation Trust is the nation’s leading organization devoted to the purchase of Civil War land for preservation. Over the years, they have saved thousands of acres of battlefields, some under direct development threat. We encourage you to join their ranks when you can as your dues will help preserve these sacred fields.

In addition to news about their projects, their excellent web site – http://www.civilwar.org – offers details on battles with great color maps (some animated) as well as recorded tours and interviews with noted historians. Recent battles added to the site are Glendale in Virginia, Bentonville in North Carolina and Davis Bridge in west Tennessee (which will become the state’s newest battlefield park). You can literally spend hours on their site!

There’s also places where you can donate to save specific battles as well as join their ranks. They feature an online book store along with other articles for sale from which they derive funding for their great cause. Have fun!

Franklin, Tennessee Civil War Roundtable

Our neighboring CWRT down in Franklin, Tennessee has been going strong for nearly three years. They bring in great speakers of local, regional and national stature, and have been a real help to the Franklin’s Charge battlefield preservation group as well.

This CWRT meets the second Sunday of each month at the Williamson County Library, which is on the Columbia Pike in Franklin just south of the Carter House. Meetings begin at 3 PM. For more information please email president Greg Wade at: greglwade@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.franklinscharge.com/round-table. Greg is also the area writer for the Civil War News covering events in Middle Tennessee.

New Issue of Blue & Gray Magazine on Middle Tennessee’s Tullahoma Campaign

The current issue of Blue & Gray magazine, which features an excellent article on this overlooked campaign by Michael Bradley, also has a two page article on the rise of the western Union cavalry by our own Greg Biggs. If this campaign is of interest to you, then stop by your local newsstand, Borders or Books A Million and pick it up. Blue & Gray not only features great articles on battles or campaigns often by noted authors, but also detailed directions on how to go see the sites – many off the beaten path – and the best battlefield maps you can ever hope for.

If you have never been on a tour of this campaign, it evolved in some of the prettiest scenery of our state and is well worth taking the time to visit Hoover’s Gap, Bell Buckle, Wartace, Tullahoma, Sewanee, Cowan and more. Be sure to take the magazine with you!

Murray State University’s 9th Annual Banquet to Benefit the Dr. James Hammack Jr. Scholarship

The 9th Annual Dr. James Hammack Jr. Scholarship Dinner will be held at 7 PM on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at the Curris Center Ballroom on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The keynote speaker will be Dr. G. Kurt Piehler, Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His program will be, “The Religious Life of the GI During World War 2.” The event is open to the public and reservations are $40 per person. For more information and to make your reservations please call 270-809-2234 or email kay.hays@murraystate.edu

The event’s proceeds go to the Dr. James Hammack Jr. Scholarship fund which helps students attend Murray State University. We know that many of our members are interested in other areas of military history and we thank Murray State for letting us know about this event.

December Newsletter and Meeting Notice

December 16th, 2009 – Our 69th Meeting!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, December 16th, in the café of Borders Books in Governor’s Square Mall. This is located on Wilma Rudolph Blvd (Hwy 79) south of Exit 4 off I-24, then head south a bit. The mall is on the left. 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:

“It is a Happy Thing These Days to Be Obscure – Women and Civilians in Occupied Middle Tennessee”

Many of us look at the Civil War era through lenses that are filtered by modern pop culture such as movies, television and books, as well as our own prejudices and experiences as people living in the twenty-first century. Since many of our Civil War books deal with battles and famous individuals, we often forget about the daily trials of the people on the fringes of these great happenings – the women, children and civilians who populated the area where these historic events occurred. Karel Lea Biggs takes this oversight and presents a talk on the horror and brutality that extended well beyond the battlefield and touched everyone living in the middle Tennessee area during the Civil War.

Karel Lea Biggs is a seventh grade science teacher at New Providence Middle School in Clarksville. She is also co-founder and secretary of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable. She has researched the Civil War for nearly twenty years, often with a focus on the impact the war had on Southern Civilians. She has also reenacted and written for reenacting publications as well.

Please join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative program!

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Jim Hoobler from the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville presented an entertaining and informative presentation on Civil War Nashville. His slide show featured dozens of rare and unique photographs of Nashville from the era, as well as architectural drawings of some of the city’s key buildings. Sad to say, many of these buildings are no longer standing, so Jim’s presentation was a trip back in time for many of them. Intermixed with the slides were wonderful stories of events in Civil War Nashville. Jim’s presentation was gave many of us a unique perspective on the lives of the people who lived back during the Civil War era.

This is a terrific program and comes highly recommended from us for your CWRT!

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

January, 2010 – Howard Kittel, Director and CEO, the Hermitage – “The Civil War In The Shenandoah Valley”
February, 2010 – Dr. Wally Cross, Austin Peay State University, “The Commanders of Ft. Donelson”
March, 2010 – Thomas Cartwright, former Director, Carter House Historic Site – “The Battle of Thompson’s Station”
April, 2010 – Minoa Uffelman and others – “Nannie Haskins’ Civil War”
May, 2010 – John Walsh, Clarksville CWRT – topic TBA
June, 2010 – Tracy Jackson, Clarksville CWRT – “Eight Southern Governors”
July, 2010 – Joseph Reinhart, Louisville CWRT and author – “McCook’s Dutchmen: The 9th Ohio Infantry”
August, 2010 – Tom Parsons, Historian/ranger, Corinth National Battlefield – “The Battles For Corinth”
October, 2010 – Gail Stephens, author – “General Lew Wallace” (based on her upcoming book)
November, 2010 – Dr. William Glenn Robertson, US Army Combat Studies Institute, Ft. Leavenworth, KS “A Tale of Two Orders in the Battle of Chickamauga”

MEMBERS AND DUES: – Your name badge will have two ribbons if you are current with your dues. If it only has the blue ribbon, please pay your dues at this meeting!

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:

· Single membership – $20

· Family – $30

· Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15

· Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25

· Student – $10

To our many guests – To our guests, thank you for much for coming to see what we are about. Your dues money goes towards helping to pay the travel expenses we get to visit us so we hope that you considering joining our ranks very soon. Welcome to our new members!!!!!

Clarksville CWRT silent auction – Each month we hold a silent auction of donated items to help raise more money for the club’s treasury. If you have something Civil War related that you would like to donate please bring it to the meeting. Thanks very much to all of you who have donated items. We have a very special item coming up at this meeting!!!

Special Clarksville CWRT Silent Auction!

Clarksville CWRT member, Irene Alhgrim, has donated a lovely, framed copy of the heroic painting, The Last Meeting, This painting depicts Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson at dawn on the day of the Battle of Chancellorsville May 2nd 1863. This is a copy of the painting originally done by E. B. D. Julio (the original is in the Museum of the Confederacy), and features both men astride their famous mounts. A truly wonderful donation, we have decided to offer this as a silent auction item for a period of three months (November, December, January). The high bid at the end of our meeting on January, 2010, will be the lucky recipient of this gorgeous work of art. Even if you can’t attend the meeting, feel free to email your bids to Greg at BiggsG@charter.net, and we can see that you are included in this very special auction to raise money for the CWRT.

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS:

TCWPA Hosts first Three-Star Battlefield Tour at Davis Bridge Battlefield!

The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association (TCWPA) invites you to its first “Three Star Civil War Battlefield Tour “at Davis Bridge Battlefield on Saturday, December 12, 2009, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Tour goers will join Shiloh National Military Park historians and Tennessee Wars Commission Program Director Fred Prouty for an in-depth tour of the recently protected Davis Bridge battlefield. The tour is open to the public and there is no charge to take part. The tour will “go” rain or shine so appropriate warm and weather protective clothing and good walking shoes are recommended. Davis Bridge Battlefield is located near Pocahontas, TN.

TCWPA will launch its new Three Stars tour series at a reception the evening before in Corinth, MS at the National Park Service visitor center. You are invited to join fellow tour participants and TCWPA board members at the reception Friday evening, December 11, at 6:30 pm. There is no charge for this engagement.

If you’d like to attend the reception and tour, please RSVP by email to Executive Director Mary Ann Peckham, mapeckham@aol.com. If you would like to do only the tour, please register online at TCWPA’s web site, http://www.tcwpa.org. (Click on “Events” page). If you have any questions please contact Mary Ann at mapeckham@aol.com.

Note: TCWPA will have a block of hotel rooms held in the Corinth area for tour participants and will order box lunches for the end of the tour on Saturday at the Battlefield. For those interested in lodging or lunch, we’ll let you know the lodging cost and location, and the cost of lunch.

Group Says City Owes $250,000 for Land Preservation (Civil War Preservation Trust newsletter)
By Cliff Hightower 11/15/2009 Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)

The Trust for Public Land says Chattanooga’s capital improvement budget is $250,000 short of what the city promised to help preserve land on Stringer’s Ridge, but city officials deny they ever made a hard-and-firm commitment to provide the money. Rick Wood, executive director of the nonprofit land preservation trust, said the city promised $150,000 last year and $350,000 this year. The 2009-10 capital improvement budget shows a commitment of $100,000.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for Mayor Ron Littlefield, said the city is doing what it can given budget constraints. “It is an extremely difficult year,” he said. “Everybody has been cut. Unfortunately, we’re only able to offer $100,000 at this time.”

The Trust for Public Land acquired 92 acres atop Stringer’s Ridge in December 2008. It borrowed almost $2.5 million from its national organization in its quest to save the land from being overdeveloped. Stringer’s Ridge is a backdrop to downtown Chattanooga’s skyline and was the site of Union artillery emplacements during the Civil War.

Mr. Wood asked the city in October 2008 for $500,000. The City Council in November approved a resolution for $150,000, records show. But there never was any written agreement committing an additional $350,000, city officials said. “Was it a formal resolution? No,” Mr. Wood said. “Was it a firm commitment? Yes.”

Councilman Andraé McGary raised the issue in a committee meeting last week. City Council members plan to discuss specifics of the capital improvement budget Tuesday. Mr. McGary said that if the city makes deals with private entities, there should be a clear understanding of what could happen if the city doesn’t live up to the bargain. In this case, the Trust for Public Land may have to sell at least five acres for development, he said. “The options are not pretty,” Mr. McGary said.

Parks and Recreation Administrator Larry Zehnder said he understood that the trust requested $500,000 and the city agreed to $150,000. “I don’t think there were any additional promises made for the $350,000,” he said.

Councilwoman Sally Robinson said she believes the city made a commitment for the additional $350,000. She said a suggestion to spread the cost over two years hadn’t been fully discussed. “I don’t know what we’re going to do to make good on our end of the promissory note,” she said.

Mr. Wood said he did not know how the Trust for Public Land would react if the city wants to make separate payments. “I have to answer to a board I owe money to,” he said.

Trust Targets Historic Parcel (Civil War Preservation Trust newsletter)
By Rusty Dennen 11/17/2009 Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (VA)

A key piece of the Chancellorsville Battlefield associated with Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1863 flank attack is the next acquisition target of a Civil War preservation group. The Civil War Preservation Trust yesterday announced a $2.1 million campaign to buy 85 acres, known as the Wagner Tract, along State Route 3 east of Wilderness Church. The property includes 2,000 feet of frontage on the north shoulder of historic Orange Plank Road and lies within Chancellorsville Battlefield. There, on May 2, 1863, Jackson led the flanking maneuver during bloody fighting that turned the tide of the battle in favor of the South.

“This land is arguably one of the most historically significant pieces of hallowed ground CWPT has ever saved, and we have just got to get it,” said James Lighthizer, the organization’s president.

Historian Robert K. Krick said yesterday that preservationists have been talking to Frank Wagner, a Fredericksburg veterinarian, for several years about acquiring the land. “This is a big one. I’m prone to say this is the second-most-important [battlefield] land in the country” behind a tract on the Richmond battlefield, Krick said. “We’ve taken the initiative because this is so stunningly important.”

Timing is crucial, CWPT spokesman Jim Campi added. The Washington, D.C.-based preservation group is seeking $708,300 from the Virginia Civil War Historic Site Preservation Fund which expires in December. CWPT hopes for another $500,000 from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program. The remainder will come from donations from CWPT members.

The trust has preserved other significant land at Chancellorsville, including 215 acres where the battle raged on its opening day. The purchase price for that was $4 million.

The Battle of Chancellorsville began May 1, 1863, and lasted almost three days. It was considered Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory. Lee divided his army in the face of superior Union forces, sending Jackson on his 12-mile flanking march around the Army of the Potomac. After the Confederate rout of the Union 11th Corps, Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men and died five days later. The Fredericksburg area has been a prime focus for CWPT’s preservation efforts.

Three years ago, in its biggest purchase ever, CWPT bought Slaughter Pen Farm for $12 million. The 216 acres east of Fredericksburg on Tidewater Trail links critical components of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Other major CWPT acquisitions in Virginia: 1,708 acres at Trevilian Station in Louisa County, for $1.9 million; Glendale in Henrico County, 566 acres for $5.6 million; Third Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley, 431 acres, $5.8 million.

For an interview by Robert Krick on the site please visit: civilwar.org/video/bob-krick-at-the-wagner-tract.html. For more by Robert Krick on Jackson’s flank attack can be found at: civilwar.org/battlefields/chancellorsville/chancellorsville-history-articles/flankattackkrick.html. For a map of the property please go to: civilwar.org/battlefields/chancellors ville/maps/flankattackmap.html.

Carnton Civil War Seminars A Success

Eric Jacobson, Director of Operations for the combined Carnton/Carter House Civil War sites in Franklin, TN reports that their two recent Civil War seminars were a huge success. About 175 people attended each program, one being on the causes of the Civil War and the other on the generalship of John Bell Hood. Jacobson reports that other events for Carnton and the Carter House are forthcoming for 2010 so watch this newsletter for details.