February Meeting Notice and Newsletter

February 17, 2014 – Our 59th Meeting!!

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, February 17, 2014, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. 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 Dr. Steven Hoskins, Trevecca University – “Music of The Civil War”

In the Civil War, music was one of the most important divergences that soldiers in the field could turn to. Singing around campfires, in hospitals, at home visiting family, was a critical part of their lives. It reminded them of being human amid the massive carnage of the war. Publishers of sheet music selling the most popular songs were the record companies of their day. Regiments had bands that played concerts on a regular basis. Music was everywhere and some songs from the war remain popular to this day. Elvis’ hit “Love Me Tender” was new lyrics put to a Civil War song.

Our speaker this month, Steven Hoskins, will explain how and why music was so important in the Civil War era both for the soldiers and the civilians at home. It was very much the social glue that held the American fabric, North and South, together. Steven Hoskins, a native of Sumter, SC, teaches Church History and New Testament Greek. He is the director of the American Association for State and Local History’s Management for History Professionals Program. Dr. Hoskins will explore the music played and sung during the Civil War.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Linda Barnickel, archivist at the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Room, gave an inside view of the Battle of Milliken’s Bend; a battle that helped prove that black soldiers would stand and fight under combat conditions. Ms. Barnickel’s presentation was interesting and informative about a little known but important battle in the Vicksburg Campaign.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

February 2014 – Dr. Steven Hoskins, Trevecca University – “Music Of The Civil War”
March 2014 – Antoinette Van Zelm – historian – “‘Great Excitement Up’: Women and Military Occupation in Murfreesboro During the Civil War.”
April 2014 – John Scales, historian/author, retired Brigadier General – “The Abel Streight Raid”
May 2014 – Thomas Flagel, historian/author, Columbia State College – topic TBA
June 2014 – Robert Girardi, historian/author, Chicago Police Detective – “The Murder of Union General William “Bull” Nelson”
July 14, 2014 (second Monday meeting) – Conrad Laplante, Ottawa, Canada CWRT – “Canada and the American Civil War”
August 2014 – Kent Wright, historian/author – Tennessee Valley CWRT – “Conflicted Friendships: John Bull, Uncle Sam and King Cotton; The British Influence Upon Union and Confederate Naval Strategies”
September 2014 – William C. Davis, noted Civil War author and historian – topic TBA
October 2014 – Ron Crabtree, Nashville CWRT – “The Third Man: Did John Wilkes Booth Escape Garrett’s Farm?”
December 2014 – TBA
November 2014 – Rob Cross, historian, Belle Meade Plantation – “The Spring Hill Affair”
January 2015 – Scott Sallee, author/historian – “The Civil War In Northeast Missouri and the Palmyra Massacre” (based on his recent book)
March 2015 – Mark Hoffman, historian/author – The 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics in Middle Tennessee” (from his book)

MEMBERS AND DUES– The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year. Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting. The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:
Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Commemorates a Significant Anniversary – February 13th-27th, 2014

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm, Fort Donelson National battlefield will start paying tribute to soldiers and sailors who took part in the epic battle. The 13th will be a tribute to Confederate soldiers and U. S. Navy gunboat crews.
The 14th will be a commemoration of the naval-shore batteries battle that took place on February 14th, 1862 – the Day of Iron Valentines..

February 15th will mark the 152nd anniversary of the “Confederate Breakout” with a special caravan tour. (Reservations for this program are required, and may be made by calling (931)232-5706, ext. 108). At 2:00 pm, Sam Davis Elliott with discuss his book, Isham G. Harris of Tennessee: Confederate governor and United States Senator. The 9th Kentucky Infantry (USA) living history group will be at the Fort Donelson National Cemetery where discussions of various subsequent engagements in the area will be discussed.

On Sunday, February 16, 2014, the Fort Donelson Book Club (Murray, KY group) will meet at 3:00 PM to discuss Emmy Werner’s Reluctant Witnesses: Children’s Voices from the Civil War. We will meet at the Calloway County Public Library, where a limited number of copies are available for participants.

On Thursday, February 27, the Fort Donelson Book Club (Dover, TN group) will meet at 6:00 PM to discuss Charles B. Flood’s “1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History.” A limited number of copies are available for participants at the park visitor center, where the discussion will be held.

All programs are free and open to the public. Schedule is subject to change in case of inclement weather or unsafe conditions. Updates will be made to the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/fodo. Fort Donelson National Battlefield is located in Dover, Tennessee on US Highway 79. This is about 90 minutes from Nashville.

RAISING THE HUNLEY film showing, Johnsonville State Historic Park, February 17th 2014

The 150th Anniversary of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the American Civil War features the National Geographic movie which goes in search of the truth about the ill-fated Confederate submarine CSS H.L. Hunley. The film is showing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Johnsonville State Park, Civil War Museum-Visitor Center. This park is located off US Hwy 70 before the Tennessee River in New Johnsonville, TN. You can take I-40 west to Exit 143/Tennessee Hwy 13. Head north and then turn left on US Hwy 70. For more information call 931-535-2789

Annual Battle of Chickamauga Seminar in the Woods – March 7-8, 2014

Noted Chickamauga historian Dave Powell and Chick-Chat National Military park historian Jim Ogden hold another of their annual Seminars in the Woods, a tactical tour and study of different aspects of the three day Battle of Chickamauga. 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 and Chattanooga National Military Park … “for the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the war of the rebellion.” The tours begin on Friday, March 7 continuing on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus.

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility. For more details go to – http://chickamaugablog.wordpress.com/

This is a very popular tour led by two extremely good historians and experts on this campaign.

11th Annual Kennesaw State University Civil War Symposium, “1864, The Western Theater”, March 21-22, 2014

An outstanding group of presenters will lecture on a variety of topics having to do with the war in the Western Theater during 1864. These include, William C. Davis who will speak on General John C. Breakinridge, “Trying to Remain a Gentleman in the last gentlemanly theater of the war;” Richard McMurry, “The General in the Jar, Joseph E. Johnston and the Atlanta Campaign.” Steve Woodworth; “A. J. Smith’s Guerrillas and the Battle of Nashville;” Jim Ogden, “Inflicting All the Damage You Can, ‘Sherman’s War Resources’ Target;” and Craig Symonds, “Cleburne’s Memorial, Confederate Emancipation and the Meaning of War.” All are noted Civil War historians and authors.

The program begins on Friday, March 21, at 6 pm with a reception and entertainment by the 97th Regimental String Band. The festivities will be held at the Kennesaw State University Center. The symposium will get under way at 9 am on Saturday, March 22. This program will also be held at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr, NW, Kennesaw, Ga. This is located at Exit 271 right off I-75 in Kennesaw, GA north of Atlanta – only about 3 ½ hours from Nashville. They put on a fine seminar so please be sure to support it if you can.

War In Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign: Ringgold Through Kennesaw – March 27th-30th, 2014

A 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign tour will take place on March 27th-30th, 2014. The tour is a fund raiser for the Lotz House Museum in Franklin, TN. The fees are: Single person per room – $495 , Double per room – $390 each, Triple per room – $360 each

The tour is 50 per cent sold out as of now but there is still space available. The tour will cover all battlefields from Ringgold Gap through Kennesaw Mountain national Battlefield. Included will be newly opened sites at Resaca, GA. There’s also some exciting new additions to the tour!

Tour payments – The Lotz House Museum of Franklin, TN is the new sponsor and proceeds will go to them so they can continue telling the story of the Lotz family and the Battle of Franklin in November 1864. They will handle all payments for the tour, and a portion of your fee is tax deductible as they are a non-profit 501(c)3 agency.

To pay by credit card or debit card – call the Lotz House at (615) 790-7190. Just state that you are registering and paying for the “War In Georgia: The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign,“ tour. They will take your name, address, phone number, card info and email address. Please be sure to inform them of how many are attending – single, double, triple. You will receive an email confirmation. If you do not have email, then give them your phone number in its place.

To mail in payment by check please send to – and be sure to put “Atlanta Tour” on the check and for how many people as well:

Lotz House Museum – 1111 Columbia Ave. – Franklin, TN 37064

WHAT DO YOU GET FOR OUR TOUR FEE?

• Four days of tours with Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright. Greg, president of the Clarksville TN Civil War Roundtable and an officer of the Nashville CWRT, grew up in Georgia and has led Atlanta tours since 1993. He also leads tours of the Fort Donelson Campaign, the Tullahoma Campaign and Where the River Campaigns Began: Cairo to Columbus/Belmont. Thomas is a well known tour guide and historian who is the expert on the Middle Tennessee Campaign of 1864 but also has experience in leading tours of Stones River, Shiloh, Parker’s Crossroads and other Civil War sites. He has also appeared on Civil War television programs and various documentaries.

• Three nights of hotels – Hampton Inn (Ringgold, GA, one night and Marietta, GA, two nights). These have free breakfasts each day.

• Cavalier Tours escort services who will handle almost everything you need for the tour including your luggage. The tour will be on a bus company coach who works with Cavalier on a regular basis

• Admission fees to the Tunnel Hill Civil War and Railroad Museum; the Southern Museum for Civil War and Locomotive History and the Pickett’s Mill State Battlefield Park (which is one of the most pristine battlefields in America).

• A complete set of tour maps for each battlefield.

• There will also be a Wednesday night program (March 26th) in Franklin with a tour and reception at the Lotz House Museum in Franklin. There will also be an orientation on the tour.

• Three excellent Civil War speakers for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the tour. These are Richard McMurry, noted author and speaker; Brian Wills, another noted author and speaker and director of the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University; and Michael Shaffer, also an author and speaker and assistant director of the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University. All three are included in the tour fee!

The tour will leave from and return to Franklin, TN. Lotz House is working on a secure place to park your vehicles while the tour is away. There is also a confirmed hotel in Franklin with a discounted rate for tour participants (not included in the tour price) for Wednesday night, March 26th. All of these details will be sent to tour participants as they develop.
For any questions, etc. please email J.T. Thompson of the Lotz House at – jtt@lotzhouse.com. You can also email Greg Biggs at Biggsg@charter.net or call his cell phone at – (931)217-4265.

Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin Adds To Its House Tour

Readers of this newsletter will recall the numerous artifacts discovered in the basement of the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee. Owner J.T. Thompson and historian John Marler, have been unearthing numerous items from the Civil War era buried in the basement of this historic home. These items are now part of a DVD and book that have been produced for sale that tells the story of the Forgotten Treasures Of A Forgotten battle: The Lotz House Cellar and the Battle of Franklin. Both items, along with other books, DVDs and more, can be purchased at the Lotz House.

The Lotz House is pleased to announce the new open cellar for private tours as part of this year’s Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Franklin. If you have any questions about the new tour or would like to speak to J.T. Thompson, please call 615-790-7190. The Lotz House is located on Columbia Pike right across from the Carter House in historic Franklin, TN. Stay tuned for more information about the events they will be holding for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin coming in November 2014.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Begins Series Of Programs On The Atlanta Campaign – 150th Anniversary

The 150th Anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign officially begins in early May 2014 and continues into early September. A load of events are being planned for this time frame from reenactments to tours to lectures and other programs. Towns from Dalton, Georgia to Jonesboro, GA are all involved. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is front and center of many of them including a series of lectures.

The first lecture begins on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 with a program on The Atlanta Campaign presented by Michael Shaffer, Assistant Director of the Civil War Center at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Shaffer is a regular speaker on the war in Georgia and is part of the River Line board seeking to preserve the remains of the Confederate defenses along the Chattahoochee River. The lecture begins at 2 PM. As Kennesaw Mountain is now the most visited Civil War battlefield, parking can be problematic. However, there is a special parking area for lecture participants that will be marked at the park visitors center. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is located off I-75 at the Barrett Parkway exit. Turn right and then follow the signs to the park.

Civil War Seminar At Georgia Tech University in Atlanta – Saturday, April 12, 2014 – in the Student Center

Technology as it was applied to the Civil War — in weapons, military operations, medicine, equipment, communications, and transport — will be the focus of the symposium. Technological changes remote from the battlefield also shaped the conduct of war. Photography and new signal devices improved communications, both military and civilian. It was a period of transition to the full-fledged industrialized warfare of World War I: horses still mattered more than steam engines in the nineteenth century and more soldiers still died from disease in the Civil War than from wounds sustained. This symposium will examine the technological innovation and impact on warfare. Visit http://www.hts.gatech.edu/civilwar for information and registration or contact John Miller for information canoe4ever@gmail.com. There is no cost for this symposium, but please register. Accessible parking is available at the Student Center. The agenda tentatively includes:

Command, Control, and Communications during the American Civil War: Information Flows and Field Armies, Seymour Goodman (Georgia Tech)
Naval Technology, Kenneth Johnston (National Civil War Naval Museum, Port Columbus)
Emerging Photography and Its Impact, David Vaughan (Civil War Round Table of Atlanta)
Photographing Medicine: Clinical Photography, Photomicrography, and the Development of New Investigative Techniques during the American Civil War, Shauna Devine (Western University, Ontario)
A Sorrowful War: Veterinary Medicine during the War of the Rebellion, Mary-Elizabeth Ellard (Georgia Battlefields Association)
Panel Discussion: Artifacts of the Industrial Revolution, Curating Civil War Technology, featuring Gordon Jones (Atlanta History Center) and Kenneth Johnston (National Civil War Naval Museum) with display in the adjacent Student Center Piedmont Room
Walking Tour: The Georgia Tech Campus in 1864, Charlie Crawford (Georgia Battlefields Association)

Monthly Newsletter and Meeting Notice

November 18, 2013 – Our 56th Meeting!!  

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, November 18th, 2013, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN.  This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue.  Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum.  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 Memoirs of Erastus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”

 

At age 19 Erastus Winters volunteered for the 50th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. In later life he wrote his memoirs and told of his service at Perryville, Atlanta, and Franklin, his experience as a POW in Cahaba Prison in Alabama after he was taken prisoner at Franklin and his survival of a maritime disaster.  On April 27, 1865 winters was a passenger on the paddle wheeler SS Sultana with other POWs that had been released. The boat’s old and worn out boilers exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis and went down with the loss of 1700 lives. Of this great maritime disaster Winters wrote, “At the time the boat blew up I was asleep on the cabin deck but when I came to wake up I found myself on the lower desk & then went out on the Bow of the Boat and helped through [i.e. throw] the gang plank out and get on it and drifted to land after being ducked about 15 times while hundreds of my comrades were lost… “(Quoted from “Civil War Archive of Corporal Erastus Winters, 50th O.V.I.”)

 

Lee Ann Newton will be our speaker at the roundtable this month. Ms. Newton is a historical commentator for Public Radio and a freelance writer. She co-wrote the Civil War novel, “Beneath the Shadows” with James A. Benson; and wrote the foreword for “The Memoirs of Erastus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry.” Ms. Newton will lead us on an intimate journey through a life of hardship and adventure experienced by Mr. Winters. We hope you’ll come and join us for this informative program.

 

LAST MONTH’S MEETING

Nashville based Greg Wernke gave an interesting and enjoyable presentation on Henry and Spencer rifles in the Civil War.  In addition to detailed information about each weapon he had on display, Greg also passed the rifle and rifle parts around for each one present to handle and inspect. The program turned out to be a very enjoyable meeting. Several questions were asked by audience members and Greg answered every one clearly and in detail. We’d like to thank Mr. Wernke for a first-class presentation.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

December 2013 – Michael Bradley, author/historian – “The Raiding Winter: Western Confederate Cavalry Operations in December 1862” (Based on his new book.)

January 2014 – Linda Barnickel, historian/author – “The Battle of Milliken’s Bend” (Based on her new book)

February 2014 – Dr. Steven Hoskins, Trevecca University – “Music Of The Civil War”

March 2014 – Antoinette Van Zelm – historian - "'Great Excitement Up': Women and Military Occupation in Murfreesboro During the Civil War."

June 2014 – Robert Girardi, historian/author, Chicago Police Detective – “The Murder of Union General William “Bull” Nelson”

July 14, 2014 (second Monday meeting) – Conrad Laplante, Ottawa, Canada CWRT – “Canada and the American Civil War”

MEMBERS AND DUES– The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year.  Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting.  The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

 

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

 

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meetingIf your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current.  Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature.  Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you!  We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury.  If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings.  Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well.  Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Civil War Trust Announces Completion of $1.4 Million Fundraising Campaign to Protect 109 Acres at Reed’s Ridge

Civil War Trust announced the successful completion of a $1.4 million fundraising campaign to protect 109 acres of battlefield land associated with Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (NMP).  The newly preserved land is located at historic Reed’s Bridge, site of the opening salvo of the battle of Chickamauga. The announcement was made at the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission’s annual signature event in downtown Chattanooga. Trust President James Lighthizer said, “The Civil War Trust once again has helped our efforts to preserve key Civil War battlefields and to tell the whole story of a conflict that changed our nation forever,” said Van West. “The leadership and contributions of the Civil War Trust continue to help Tennessee and other states preserve and highlight the countless heritage treasures from the Civil War era.”

 

The veterans who established Chickamauga and Chattanooga as the first national military park in the late 1900s wanted Reed’s Ridge to be a part of the park. However, the land was private property and the finances couldn’t be arranged to purchase it. As far back as 1998 officials at Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Parks and the Civil War Trust have given the purchase of the Reed’s Ridge property top priority.

 

In August 2013, the Trust announced a national fundraising campaign to protect Reed’s Bridge.  The campaign was substantially aided by matching grants through the American Battlefield Protection Program and major contributions from the Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga, the Williams Family Foundation of Georgia and the Georgia Battlefields Association, as well as the generous contributions of numerous individual donors. The necessary funds were raised in a matter of two months. The final disposition of the property will be to make it a part of the national park. Until this transfer is in place the property will be the responsibility of, and under the care of, the Trust.

 

Without question the acquisition of the Reed’s Ridge property will be helpful in the study and interpretation of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields. We look anxiously forward to the addition of the site into the national battlefield program. The battle of Chickamauga began there and it will add significantly to the tour of the Chickamauga field.

 

Tennessee Historical Society Releases Two More Volumes in the “Tennessee in the Civil War” Series

The Tennessee Historical Society is releasing a series of books over the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The series consists of collections of articles from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly about the Civil War and its impact on Tennessee. Volume Six, “Emancipation and the Fight for Freedom: Tennessee African Americans, 1860-1900” and Volume Seven, “The Battles for Chattanooga” have been released. The volumes in this series sell for $25 each and can be purchased from the THS website or you can pick one up at the Fort Negley Gift Shop at the next Roundtable.

 

Titles for the preceding five volumes are, “Tennessee in the Civil War”, “The Civil War in Appalachia”, “The Battle of Shiloh”, “The Battle of Stones River” and “Forrest and the West Tennessee Cavalry Campaigns.”

 

Tennessee Historical Society Lecture Series at Fort Negley, November 7 and 14

The two Tennessee Historical Society Lecture Series topics for November are “Chronicles of the Cumberland Settlements” by Paul Clements to be given on November 7th, and “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee” on November 14th by Myers Brown. Both lectures will run from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and will be held at the Fort Negley Visitors Center.

 

150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address: Fort Negley, Saturday November 23, 10 am to 3 pm


A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address will be held at Fort Negley on Saturday, November 23rd. The celebration will feature Dennis Boggs as President Lincoln. Mr. Boggs is a much sought after Lincoln re-enactor and always gives a convincing portrayal. The 13th United States Colored Troops Living History Association will be on hand to handle the military aspects of the program. This group is very much in demand and participates in Civil War events around the mid-south. They have been at Fort Negley many times and always manage to delight visitors. A representative of the National Cemetery system and will give a presentation about the history and future of the system. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Illumination at Carnton and March to the Carter House, Franklin, November 30, 2013

The 2013 Illumination will be held at Carnton near the Confederate cemetery on November 30th. Commemorating the nearly 10,000 Americans killed, wounded or captured at the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 candles will be displayed at the illumination. Each year the Illumination is a public reminder that the cost of the war was great in lives and suffering of those who fought it.

 

Approximately 100 volunteers are needed to paint the dots on Thursday, November 29 at 10 am and four setting up and lighting candles at noon on the 30th. To get on the volunteer list email Leigh Bawcom at Leigh@Battleof FranklinTrust.org. Pickup trucks will be needed on Saturday to assemble and pick up the Illumination materials. For more details go to www.bofillumination.org.

 

On Saturday, November 30, Union and Confederate reenactors and civilians in period attire will honor all who fought at Franklin with a march to the Carter House. Organized by the SCV Sam Davis Camp 1293 and the SUVCW Fort Donelson Camp 62, the march will originate at two locations and converge on the Carter House. At 4 p.m., Nov. 30, 2013, men and women will assemble on Winstead Hill to be led by men in butternut or gray carrying the Confederate flag for a march to the Carter House. At the same time, another group will assemble at the Fort Granger sign in Pinkerton Park to be led by men in blue carrying the U.S. flag for their march to the Carter House.

 

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this important commemorative event.

Dinner at Travellers Rest with speaker Ed Bearss Friday, December 6, 2013:   6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; $100 per person ($175 per couple)

 

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society and Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum will host a Friday evening dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on December 6, 2013. Ed Bearss, expert on the Civil War and WWII eras, will be the guest speaker. Cost of the Bearss dinner at Travellers Rest is $100 per person. ($175 per couple) For reservations email Cryssa Hulsey at rentals@travellersrestplantation.org or call 615-8328197.

 

Mr. Bearss is the former Historian for the National Park Service and has authored several battlefield guidebooks and works on Civil War subjects. At age 90, Mr. Bearss shows no signs of slowing down.

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013:  Battle of Nashville Bus Tour; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; $70 per seat

 

Historic Travellers Rest and the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society will sponsor a bus tour beginning at Travellers Rest at 10 am, Saturday, December 7. The tour will visit seven major Battle of Nashville sites with narration by Ed Bearss and Nashville Preservation Society board members Jim Kay and John Ally. Stops include Cranberry’s Lunette, Redoubt #1, Redoubt #3, John Trotwood Moore Middle School, Fort Negley, Nashville City Cemetery and Shy’s Hill.  Cost of the tour is $70 per seat. A box lunch will be provided. For reservations email Carissa Hulsey at rentals@travellersrestplantation.org or call 615-8328197.

 

Nashville Civil War Show, Williamson County Ag Expo Park, December 7-8, 2013,

 

The Nashville Civil War Show will be at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park on December 7, 8, 2013. Saturday hours will be 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday hours 9 am to 3 pm. Admission is $8 for adults, children under 12, free. The Ag Expo Park is located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064. If you wish to participate in the show as a vendor, table cost is $85. For more information emaill: Mike@MKShows.com, or phone: 770-630-7296

 

149th Battle of Nashville Event, Belle Meade Plantation, December 14, 2013, 10 am – 4 pm

 

The 149th Battle of Nashville event will be held on Saturday December 14, 2013. Speakers will include Dan Woodard, Greg Biggs, Cornelia McDonald, and Dr. Brian Wills.  The 7th Tennessee Cavalry will be encamped and will lead cavalry demonstrations throughout the day. All events will take place on the grounds of Belle Meade Plantation from 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission to the event is free. Mansion tour tickets will be available for sale for all interested. For more information contact us at 615-356-0501 ext 148 or info@bellemeadeplantation.com

 

151st Anniversary Programs, Stones River Battlefield Park, December 26, 2013 – January 2, 2014

Park Rangers and volunteers will conduct a variety of tours and presentations telling the story of the bitter struggle at Stones River. In addition to these presentations, living history demonstrations will help to show conditions under which soldiers on both sides had to deal. For more information call the park’s visitor information line at (615) 893-9501.

 

Annual Battle of Chickamauga Seminar in the Woods – March 7-8, 2014

 

Noted Chickamauga historian Dave Powell  and Chick-Chat National Military park historian Jim Ogden hold another of their annual Seminars in the Woods, a tactical tour and study of different aspects of the three day Battle of Chickamauga.  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 and Chattanooga National Military Park … “for the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the war of the rebellion.”  The tours begin on Friday, March 7 continuing on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus.  The tours are:

 

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 – George Thomas and the XIV Corps advance to Chickamauga.

In the morning, we will explore the XIV Corps crossing of the Tennessee, visiting Shell mound, Jasper, and Trenton between roughly August 30th and September 9th; much of this exploration will also include following Rosecrans and army headquarters since Rosecrans and Thomas spent much time together during these movements

Park at the Visitor‘s Center. The bus will depart and return from there.  On Friday afternoon we will cross Lookout Mountain, and follow Thomas’s corps into McLemore’s Cove and then on to Crawfish Spring, in the town of Chickamauga.

 

For Saturday morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon – The tour covers where Union Gens. Baird and Brannan Engage, September 19th.  This tour will be part walking and part car caravan.  The tour will return to the vicinity of Jay’s Mill and Winfrey Field, to explore the developing fight on September 19th.  The primary focus will be on Brannan’s engagement with Wilson’s and Ector’s Brigades of Walker’s Confederate corps, Baird’s entry into the fight, and Liddell’s counter-attack.  We will meet at the visitor’s center, and then car-caravan to Jay’s Mill Road.  Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m -.Gordon Granger and the defense of Horseshoe Ridge.  The tours finish on Horseshoe Ridge, following the Union Reserve Corps onto the battlefield and describing the ensuing action. It will focus primarily on that part of Horseshoe Ridge beyond Hill 3, out to the end of the Union line.  Meet at the visitor’s center, and then car-caravan to Snodgrass Hill.

 

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation.  Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility.

 

Tour Departures:All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at the designated start time, and will depart from there after some brief overview discussion.  We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking area, and from there, we will be on foot.  We will be on foot for up to three hours, so dress and prepare accordingly.  Tours will depart rain or shine. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan accordingly.  All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of the weekend.

Lodging and Meals:  Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals. There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, to fit most any price range. The closest are in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in Ringgold. Each tour on Saturday is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.

 

What to bring:  Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain, as spring can be quite wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in places. Bring your own water and snacks.  For more details go to – http://chickamaugablog.wordpress.com/

 

Lotz House in Franklin, TN has two events

The Lotz House Museum, 1111 Columbia Avenue, across the road from the Carter House in Franklin, TN. is having two events.  On Saturday, November 30th, they are having a blood drive in conjunction with American Red Cross.  This will be held from 10 AM until 3 PM.  To make an appointment please call (615) 790-7190.  Please support this worthy event.

 

Secondly, on the same date, the Lotz House is sponsoring a 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin tour with Thomas Cartwright and John Marler.  Both are experienced guides and this tour will focus not only on the battle but also stories of the men that fought on both sides.  The tour is limited to 50 people and costs $75 per person.  The tour starts at 10:30 AM and ends at 2:30 PM.  To secure your spot call (615) 790-7190 or email – battlefieldtours@lotzhouse.com

 

Save the date – Atlanta Campaign Tour – March 27-30, 2014.  Sponsored by the Battle of Franklin Trust

 

Tour guides Greg Biggs and Thomas Cartwright, in a fund raiser for the Battle of Franklin Trust, are conducting a tour of the Atlanta Campaign.  The tour will cover Ringgold Gap through Kennesaw Mountain including such sites as Dalton, Snake Creek Gap, Resaca, Calhoun, Cassville, Dallas/New Hope Church and Pickett’s Mill and the first and second Kennesaw Lines.  Some sites have several stops.  The tour will be by bus and leave from Franklin, TN on Thursday, March 27th and return on Sunday, March 30th.  Cost details are forthcoming with proceeds going to the Battle of Franklin Trust and will cover any museum fees, hotel rooms, guides and map sets for the tour.  Keep your eyes here for more details as they develop.

 

In closing – we would like to give our thanks to John Cummins for handling our newsletter.  Due to his career he has stepped down and Ron Crabtree has picked up the mantel.  Thanks for the good service John!   Thank you Ron as well.

 

Meeting Notice and Newsletter

October 21st, 2013 – Our 55th Meeting!!
The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, October 21st, 2013, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. 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 Henry and Spencer Repeating Rifles in the Civil War.”

As many Civil War students know, the main infantry weapon used by both sides was the rifle-musket and a lot of older smoothbore muskets. These weapons were loaded one round at a time down the muzzle of the barrel with charges rammed home, and then after placing the percussion caps by the hammer, the weapon could be fired. Three rounds per minute was the typical rate of fire during the war.

Technology even before the war brought change through breech loading and even repeating weapons. Single shot breech loaders, with a higher rate of fire, were developed such as the Sharps and Burnside carbines. Repeating rifles, carrying from seven to sixteen rounds in internal magazines came right afterwards. The 16 shot Henry repeating rifle, forerunner of the famous post-war Winchester repeating rifle, was available as early as 1862. The Union Army turned it down for its cost, perceived waste of ammunition and, supposedly, no place to lock a bayonet; by contrast the pro-Union Home Guard of Kentucky bought them and were thus better armed than most Union Army regiments despite being state militia! The seven shot repeating Spencer rifle did have a bayonet lug but even that excellent weapon was turned down by the War Department. It took visionary soldiers like John Wilder and William S. Rosecrans of Ohio, to see the combat potential of these excellent weapons.

Wilder purchased Spencers on his own with Rosecrans’ blessing to equip his new brigade of mounted infantry. He demonstrated the devastating firepower of the rifle at Hoover’s Gap in June 1863 when his men blew away an attacking Confederate division. From this point forward, other Union units obtained Spencer rifles and, in 1864, Spencer carbines, which became favorite weapons of the cavalry arm. The Henry rifles would equip such units as the Western Sharpshooters (66th Illinois Infantry) and later the 7th Illinois and other regiments. At places like Allatoona Pass and Franklin, the firepower of the Henry rifles was a s close to a machine gun as it would get for infantry arms. The Confederates supposedly dubbed them the “guns you could load on Sunday and fire all week.”

Speaking to the Nashville CWRT this month about these weapons will be Greg Wernke. Based near Nashville, Greg works at Vanderbilt University and is a veteran of these weapons in live skirmish competitions and thus knows more about them than most people would. He writes an online blog about them that he can tell us about where he posts lots of information about them. For those that went on the Tullahoma Campaign tour in June Greg allowed attendees to fire these weapons at Hoover’s Gap. We hope you will attend this informative program.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING
We certainly thank last month’s speaker, Stewart Cruikshank, for his program on Union General James Negley. As part of the Army of the Ohio and the later Army of the Cumberland, General Negley was linked to Nashville. Indeed, Civil War Fort Negley bears his name today and is the largest surviving fort of its kind in the nation from that war. From his early days through the debacle at Chickamauga, we learned numerous aspects of his life. For those interested, Mr. Cruikshank’s book on General Negley is sold at Fort Negley Park in Nashville.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

November 2013 – Lee Ann Newton – “The Memoirs Of Eratus Winters, 50th Ohio Infantry”
December 2013 – Michael Bradley, author/historian – “The Raiding Winter: Western Confederate Cavalry Operations in December 1862” (Based on his new book.)
January 2014 – Linda Barnickel, historian/author – “The Battle of Milliken’s Bend” (Based on her new book)
March 2014 – Antoinette Van Zelm – historian – “‘Great Excitement Up’: Women and Military Occupation in Murfreesboro During the Civil War.”
July 14, 2014 (second Monday meeting) – Conrad Laplante, Ottawa, Canada CWRT – “Canada and the American Civil War”

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year. Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting. The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you! We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR AND ASSOCIATED NEWS AND EVENTS

Annual Battle of Chickamuaga Seminar In The Woods – March 7-8, 2014

Noted Chickamauga historian Dave Powell and Chick-Chatt National Military park historian Jim Ogden hold another of their annual Seminars in the Woods, a tactical tour and study of different aspects of the three day Battle of Chickamauga. 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 and Chattanooga National Military Park … “for the purpose of preserving and suitably marking for historical and professional military study the fields of some of the most remarkable maneuvers and most brilliant fighting in the war of the rebellion.” The tours begin on Friday, March 7 continuing on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Friday’s tours will involve a tour bus. We will be charging a small fee for use of the bus. The tours are:.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 – George Thomas and the XIV Corps advance to Chickamauga.
In the morning, we will explore the XIV Corps crossing of the Tennessee, visiting Shellmound, Jasper, and Trenton between roughly August 30th and September 9th; much of this exploration will also include following Rosecrans and army headquarters since Rosecrans and Thomas spent much time together during these movements
Park at the Visitor‘s Center. The bus will depart and return from there. On Friday afternoon we will cross Lookout Mountain, and follow Thomas’s corps into McLemore’s Cove and then on to Crawfish Spring, in the town of Chickamauga.

For Saturday morning: 8:30 a.m. to Noon- The tour covers where Union Gens. Baird and Brannan Engage, September 19th . This tour will be part walking and part car caravan. The tour will return to the vicinity of Jay’s Mill and Winfrey Field, to explore the developing fight on September 19th. The primary focus will be on Brannan’s engagement with Wilson’s and Ector’s Brigades of Walker’s Confederate corps, Baird’s entry into the fight, and Liddell’s counter-attack. We will meet at the visitor’s center, and then car-caravan to Jay’s Mill Road. Saturday Afternoon: 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m -.Gordon Granger and the defense of Horseshoe Ridge. The tours finish on Horseshoe Ridge, following the Union Reserve Corps onto the battlefield and describing the ensuing action. It will focus primarily on that part of Horseshoe Ridge beyond Hill 3, out to the end of the Union line. Meet at the visitor’s center, and then car-caravan to Snodgrass Hill.

Cost: Beyond the fee for Friday’s Bus, there is no cost for tour participation. Meals lodging, transportation, and incidentals, however, are the individual’s responsibility.

Tour Departures: All tours will meet at the Chickamauga Visitor’s Center at the designated start time, and will depart from there after some brief overview discussion. We will board the bus or car caravan to the designated parking area, and from there, we will be on foot. We will be on foot for up to three hours, so dress and prepare accordingly. Tours will depart rain or shine. Participants are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan accordingly. All tours are designed to be self-contained, so participants who cannot attend the full schedule are still welcome to join us for any portion of the weekend.
Lodging and Meals: Everyone is responsible for their own lodging and meals. There are many hotels in the greater Chattanooga area, to fit most any price range. The closest are in Fort Olgethorpe, Georgia, with the least expensive in Ringgold. Each tour on Saturday is designed to leave at least 90 minutes for lunch, and there are several family and fast food restaurants within minutes of the battlefield. There are designated picnic areas near the Visitor’s Center, for those who wish to bring a lunch and eat on the field.

What to bring: Each tour will involve extensive walking. Proper clothing and especially footgear is essential. Dress in layers, wear sturdy, broken-in walking shoes or boots, and be prepared for some rain, as spring can be quite wet in North Georgia. We will be walking on dirt and gravel trails, uncut fields, and through stretches of woods. The ground will be wet and muddy in places. Bring your own water and snacks. For more details go to – http://chickamaugablog.wordpress.com/

Knoxville, Tennessaee Civil War 150th Events Announced

Three key events for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in Knoxville are coming starting this month. The Fort Sanders event has passed but on November 8-10th, events will be held at Fort Dickerson, which is right across the river from Neyland Stadium. The Knoxville CWRT has contributed greatly to its preservation and interpretation. Lastly, in late November events will take place at Fort Higley. Head on over to East Tennessee and take part in these terrific events.

For more details please visit – http://www.knoxcivilwar.org. The web site also offers a downloadable map for a Civil War walking tour of downtown Knoxville and much more. Other events being held in the area are also listed. Further information can also be obtained by calling (865) 227-6398.

Johnsonville, TN State Historic Park Announces 149th Anniversary Events – Saturday – Monday, November 2-4, 2013

Johnsonville State Historic Park, located in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, is having their 149th Anniversary celebrations for the battle of Johnsonville which took place on November 4, 1864. Confederate cavalry commander Nathan Bedford Forrest struck the massive Union supply base on the Tennessee River on that date after capturing gunboats and transports, and ultimately destroyed millions of dollars in supplies earmarked for Gen. William T. Sherman’s army in Georgia. While a huge dent in the Union supply efforts, the raid failed to stop Sherman and his March to the Sea which began not long afterward.

Events include cannon firings, infantry encampments and guided tours of the earthworks and more inside the park by Jerry Wooten. All events are free. The new park visitors center has a wonderful museum and film telling the story of Johnsonville from Union supply base through Forrest’s raid. There is also a gift shop within the center.

For more details please visit their web site at – http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/Johnsonville/. Johnsonville State Historic Park is located right off US Highway 70. You can get there from Interstate 40 from Exit 143/Tennessee Hwhy 13. Go north until US Hwy 70 and turn left/west. The park is about an hour from Clarksville and can be reached by taking TN Hwy 13 south from Clarksville to Waverly and then take US Hwy 70 west to the park.

Tennessee Valley CWRT Civil War Symposium – The Civil War In The Tennessee Valley Area, November 2, 2013

Join the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table and the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library at the Huntsville, Madison County Library in Huntsville, Alabama on November 2, 2013, to explore the strategic importance of the Tennessee Valley, along with other related activities. The event begins at 9 AM and ends at 4: 30 PM. Huntsville is about 2 1/2 hours from Clarksville.

Featured Speakers and Topics: A full range of outstanding historians and authors – There will be other events and displays, including a book dealer, during the day.

• Greg Biggs – “Nashville – Siren’s Song of the Confederacy”
• Thomas Flagel – “A Landscape Transformed: Union Fortifications and the Alteration of Middle Tennessee”
• Eric Jacobsen – “The Battle of Franklin”
• J.F. (Pete) Sparks – “The Federal Occupation of North Alabama in 1862”
• Peggy Allen Towns – “Duty Driven: The Plight of North Alabama’s African Americans”

There is a single admission fee for the Featured Speaker presentations – $15 for general audience; $10 for Active Duty military personnel (ID required); $5 for students up through and including college (ID required for college students). For more information please email – tnvalleycivilwarrt@gmail.com

Lotz House Museum in Franklin Has Blood Drive – November 30, 2013

On the 149th Anniversary of the battle of Franklin, the Lotz House Museum with the American Red Cross, has a blood drive from 10 AM until 3 PM. “By hosting the Red Cross blood drive, it brings relevance to our everyday lives and gives us a way to participate and take action to help those in need today,” said J. T. Thompson of the Lotz House. The Lotz House is right across Columbia Road from the Carter House and was heavily involved in the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. To set up your appointment email Mr. Thompson at – JTT@lotzhouse.com

April Meeting Notice and Newsletter

April 15th, 2013 – Our 49th Meeting AND 4th Anniversary as well.
The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, April 15th, 2013, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. 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: Author and historian David Bastian will discuss “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign”

David Bastian’s slide presentation, based on his book, references the two Union campaigns against Vicksburg and focuses on the efforts to divert the Mississippi River away from Vicksburg by digging a canal across the narrow bend opposite the town. Had they succeeded, they would have had immediate and complete control of the river (definitely in the summer of 1862 and possibly in the winter of 1863). Beyond Vicksburg’s geographical significance, Mr. Bastian will also discuss the city’s topography and why this made the city very defensible for the Confederacy. This said, if the Union had succeeded in its plan, Vicksburg would have lost much of its importance as a Union objective.

Mr. Bastian is a retired hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where among his accomplishments he had a 6-year stint in Panama as a delegate to the tri-national Commission for the Study of Alternatives to the Panama Canal.
Bastian holds a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in river engineering from Delft in the Netherlands. He is now a practicing engineering consultant.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING
Jerry Wooten, superintendent of Johnsonville State Park, gave an excellent program on the building of that site as a major Union supply base that assisted the Nashville Depot as well as Nathan Bedford Forrest’s raid there in November 1864. Supported by a wonderful Power Point program, Jerry filled in the details of the creation of the site, the extension of the Nashville & Northwestern Railroad from Kingston Springs to Johnsonville to get the supplies to Nashville and how important it became in supplying the needs of the Union Army operating in Tennessee and Georgia. Forrest’s raid, which destroyed the depot and millions of dollars in supplies, devastated the site which was never rebuilt by the Union. This was a wonderful and informative program given by a gifted historian. If you have not visited the Tennessee state park there you should.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

May 2013 – Rhea Cole, historian/Middle TN CWRT –“General Rosecrans’ Signal Corps; the War Winning Secret Weapon Nobody Has Ever Heard Of”
June 2013 – Dr. Carole Bucy, Volunteer State Community College – “The Secession of Tennessee”
July 2013 – Dr. Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati – “Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Brian Allison, Traveller’s Rest historian – topic TBD
September 2013 – Stewart Cruikshank, historian/author – “Major General James Scott Negley and Mutiny at Camp Negley”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, noted author/historian, Virginia Tech University – topic TBA
December 2013 – Chris Kolakowski, author/historian

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year. Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting. The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you! We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

April 20th, 2013: “War in the Mountains III” symposium set for Lincoln Memorial University

Lincoln Memorial University presents another Civil War symposium focused on the Civil War in the Appalachian Mountains. In this symposium, three speakers will present on the following topics:

1. Dr. Wilma Dunaway will discuss “The Civil War and Emancipation through the Eyes of Appalachian Slaves.”
2. Dr. Michael Toomey will lecture on “The Campaign that Never Was: The Union Invasion of East Tennessee, 1861.”
3. Dr. Brian McKnight will discuss “The Roles of Weather and Terrain in the Rise and Fall of Felix Zollicoffer.”

The registration fee is $30 and the symposium will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at LMU in Harrogate, Tennessee. The university is located at the southern end of Cumberland Gap, itself an important Civil War site and national park.

The Saturday program will last from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m., and include two breaks. Lunch is not included in the registration fee. For more information contact Carol Campbell, director of programs, at 423-869-6439 or 800-325-0900, ext. 6439. She can be reached by email at: Carol.Campbell@lmunet.edu

June 6-8, 2013: “East Tennessee in Turmoil” – A Filson Civil War Field Institute Program

The Filson Historical Society of Louisville, KY continues its series of presentations and field trips. Participants for this tour will meet in Greeneville, TN, and travel throughout East Tennessee by bus over the two days. These sites include:

• the East Tennessee Historical Society Museum in downtown Knoxville
• Bijou Theater, the location of the Lamar House, a center of secessionist activity.
• Fort Dickerson in Knoxville
• the site of the Battle of Blue Springs, two Burnside victories during East Tennessee Campaign
• Dickson-Williams mansion, where John Hunt Morgan spent his last night on Earth as a guest of the family.
• the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, where his home, his tailor’s shop, his grave, and the museum are located.
• Abingdon’s Sinking Spring Cemetery, where John Hunt Morgan was first buried and the infamous John Floyd still lies.

Dr. Brian McKnight, associate professor of history at the Univ. of Virginia – Wise, will be the tour’s guide. His first book, Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia (Kentucky, 2006), won the James I. Robertson Literary Prize in Confederate History. His most recent book, Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia, tells the story of the Confederacy’s most notorious borderland guerrilla and was awarded the Tennessee Historical Commission’s award for the Best Book on Tennessee History for 2011. Additionally, he co-edited The Age of Andrew Jackson and appeared on the Ashley Judd episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?.

Fieldtrip Fee

$280 for Filson members;
$330 Non-members
Includes all admission fees to museums and parks, chartered bus, two lunches, a reception and one dinner (Thursday evening).

To reserve your place:

A non-refundable deposit of $50 (Due by 4/22/2013) per person is required at time of registration and balance is due to the Filson by May 28, 2013

To assure your field trip reservation, you can register on-line through Eventbrite. (additional fees apply)

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3585760105#

Payment can also be sent to:
The Filson Historical Society
c/o Scott Scarboro CWFI
1310 S Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208

For more information please contact Scott at: sscarboro@filsonhistorical.org

All participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Greeneville, TN and making their own hotel accommodations and dinner on Friday evening. During the fieldtrip we will travel by chartered bus as a group.

Accommodations:
General Morgan Inn
111 North Main Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
(423) 787-1000 / (800) 223-2679
$85 per night Filson group rate

Civil War Exhibit At Fort Negley

Starting on March 13th, Fort Negley will host an exhibit called “Voices of the Battlefield.” This multi-panel exhibit is the product of Brian Allison of Traveller’s Rest in Nashville. The panels will tell the stories of the Battle of Nashville and preservation of area Civil War sites. The exhibit will remain at Fort Negley into September so be sure to drop by to see it.

Civil War Land Under Development Threat in Atlanta at Peachtree Creek Battlefield (Civil War Trust)
Atlanta’s massive development over the last 100 years has swallowed up most of the three battlefields that decided the fate of the Gate City of the Confederacy. The first of these, Peachtree Creek, fought on July 20, 1864, was John Bell Hood’s first battle as the new commander of the Army of Tennessee. While this neighborhood was developed many years ago with stately homes and a large golf course, a few pockets of pristine land remain.
In Atlanta, just minutes away from city offices and downtown attractions, 14 acres of brush and woods have caught the eye of apartment housing developers. That in itself is nothing new. But what makes those 14 acres special is this: The prime piece of in-town real estate is also a part of Civil War history. A Confederate army brigade encamped there during the summer of 1864, ahead of what became the Battle of Peachtree Creek — which soon after led to the decisive and costly Battle of Atlanta. The non-profit Civil War Trust says nearly 20% of American Civil War battlefields have been destroyed and, of those that remain, only 15% are protected as national parks.
Many of the battlefield sites are now in urban or suburban communities, on valuable land. And there have been some highly publicized skirmishes in recent years as preservation groups fought to keep large companies from developing the sites. In the case of 14 acres of Atlanta woods, the property’s owner wants to break ground later this year on a 236-unit apartment complex. But local residents would like the grounds to be looked over before the bulldozers start their work. “If there were some archaeological or historic significance to this particular area, I think that would definitely add some value to the neighborhood,” Wyatt Gordon, president of the local neighborhood association, told WXIA-TV.
Two Upcoming Civil War Tours – Tullahoma Campaign and Fort Donelson Campaign in June, 2013

Noted author and historian Michael Bradley, author of the first book on the Tullahoma Campaign, and Greg Biggs (Clarksville and Nashville CWRTs) will co-lead a tour of the Tullahoma Campaign to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. The date for the tour is Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. The tour will meet in Murfreesboro and travel by bus for the day seeing sights from Hoover’s Gap, Liberty gap and Shelbyville to Cowan and Sewanee Mountain where the campaign ended. Details will follow very soon.

Another tour, led by Greg Biggs, of the Fort Donelson Campaign, will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2013. The tour will feature members from several CWRTs and will take the entire day seeing sights outside of the national park as well as the park itself. The tour will leave from Clarksville that morning and there will be a meeting on Friday, June 28th at Clarksville’s Fort Defiance Park for a tour of that site. The tour costs $20 per person if paid before June 10th: $25 per person afterwards.

For more information on both tours please email Greg at: Biggsg@charter.net

March Meeting Information and Newsletter

March 18th, 2013 – Our 48th Meeting!! Our fourth birthday!!!!
The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, March 18th, 2013, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. 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: “Johnsonville, TN: The End of the Line, November 4, 1864”

The Tennessee River town of Johnsonville, Tennessee, was developed as a major supply depot for the Union Army to help supply the massive Nashville Depot. Its creation came about due to Confederate raids on steamboat traffic on the Cumberland River (which was smaller in size) and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Both were quite vulnerable and both were often closed to Union supply traffic.

Fortifications and massive docks and warehouses were built to handle the huge volume of supplies coming in from up north. It is because of the importance of the town and its supply hub that it drew the attention of famed Confederate cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest in November 1864. Forrest believed that William T. Sherman, then embarking on his March to the Sea, drew his supplies from Johnsonville and Nashville and if he could smash this depot Sherman would be forced to retire. Forrest attacked the depot on November 4, 1864 and while destroying millions of dollars in supplies, sinking transports and doing other damage, it did not stop Sherman, who had cut himself off of the supplies coming from Tennessee.

Our speaker this month is Jerry Wooten, Park Manager of Johnsonville Historic Park. His program will illustrate the significance of Johnsonville, Tennessee, and its impact upon the Union war effort in Tennessee in 1863-65. Wooten will discuss details about the troops involved in this late-war Tennessee River campaign, provide descriptions of the Union depot at Johnsonville, and share photographic images of the Union’s largest supply operation in the western theater during the Civil War. A discussion of the events leading up to the Battle of Johnsonville, Tennessee, on November 4, 1864, will also be highlighted during the program.

Jerry Wooten is originally from Clarksville, Tennessee. He received his Bachelor’s degree in American History from Austin Peay State University in 1992 and his Master’s Degree from Murray State University in Public History in 1994. Currently, Jerry is finishing his Ph.D. in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University concentrating in heritage tourism and Civil War battlefield preservation. Jerry’s dissertation topic focuses specifically on Union army operations on the Tennessee River and the Union supply depot at Johnsonville, Tennessee during the American Civil War. From 1994 to 1996, he helped open the Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia, where he served as Park Historian. After a stint with TVA in Kentucky he accepted the position as Executive Director of the River Heritage Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, where he remained until 2002. He then accepted the directorship of Kentucky’s Shaker Museum and stayed there until 2003 when he returned to Tennessee and went to work for the Tennessee Historical Commission in Nashville as Director of State Historic Sites. In this role, Jerry was responsible for all 191 state-owned historic buildings and sites in Tennessee.

In 2009, Jerry accepted a position with Tennessee State Parks at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park as program director. In April 2011, Jerry accepted the position as Park Manager of Johnsonville State Historic Park located in Humphreys County in New Johnsonville, TN, where he is currently employed. Jerry is married to Robin Wooten who also works for Tennessee State Parks and serves as the area manager for East Tennessee. When not “doing” history or working in parks, Jerry enjoys painting, watching movies, playing music, and spending time with his wife and their dog “Flash” at their Nashville home.

LAST MONTH’S MEETING
Historian and author Kevin McCann regaled us with a very interesting program on the 6th Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.). What had begun as research into a possible Confederate ancestor turned out to be a soldier of this Union regiment. Led by staunch Unionist Fielding Hurst, of McNairy County on the Tennessee River, the regiment developed an unenviable reputation for both sides. Laced with first person accounts and a fine power point program in support, McCann wove a unique tale. One of the things his program proved was that Unionism in Tennessee was not limited to the eastern portion of the state. A most enjoyable program that was well delivered and received by the membership as evidence by the number of questions afterwards. Thanks Kevin.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

April 2013 – David Bastian, author/historian – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign”
May 2013 – Rhea Cole, historian/Middle TN CWRT –“General Rosecrans’ Signal Corps; the War Winning Secret Weapon Nobody Has Ever Heard Of”
June 2013 – Dr. Carole Bucy, Volunteer State Community College – “The Secession of Tennessee”
July 2013 – Dr. Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati – “Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – Brian Allison, Traveller’s Rest historian – topic TBD
September 2013 – Stewart Cruikshank, historian/author – “Major General James Scott Negley and Mutiny at Camp Negley”
October 2013 – William C. Davis, noted author/historian, Virginia Tech University – topic TBA

Coming soon – dates to be determined: Lee Ann Newton

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year. Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting. The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you! We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Nashville CWRT Loses Another Member

On February 11, 2013, member Gloria Wells passed away. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Gloria moved to Nashville in 1966. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Bellevue Women’s Club as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was buried in the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Her husband Jeff will continue to remain in our ranks for which we are grateful. We will all miss seeing her at our meetings.

New Editor for the Nashville CWRT Newsletter

A big “thank you” goes to member John Cummins who will take over as the newsletter editor for the Nashville CWRT. Anyone getting this newsletter who would like to have their events published in our newsletter please send details to John at: john.cumminsIII@mnps.org

Civil War Exhibit At Fort Negley Starting March 13, 2013

Starting on March 13th, Fort Negley will host an exhibit called “Voices of the battlefield.” This multi-panel exhibit is the product of Brian Allison of Traveller’s Rest in Nashville. The panels will tell the stories of the Battle of Nashville and preservation of area Civil War sites. The exhibit will remain at Fort Negley into September so be sure to drop by to see it.

Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Symposium – April 13, 2013

The next symposium sponsored by the Nashville Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will be held on April 13, 2013 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The church is located at 615 6th Avenue South in Nashville. The event begins at 8:30 AM. The speakers will be Dr. Bobby Lovett and Dr. Susan O’Donovan with period music by the 1861 Project.

Civil War Symposium, March 23rd, 2013 Sponsored by Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia

The tenth installment of the annual Civil War Symposium, sponsored by the Civil War Center of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. This year’s conference goes under the theme, Civil War East and West – 1863. Speakers included Dr. Richard McMurray, Larry Daniel, Brian Steel Wills and Larry Hewitt. All are well know authors and highly respected Civil War historians. The symposium begins at 9 AM and it will be held at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW on the Kennesaw State campus. This can be reached at Exit 271 off of I-75 and the center is located behind the Cracker Barrel. For further information please email Michael Shaffer at: mshaffe3@kennesaw.edu. Their web site is – http://www.kennesaw.edu/civilwar era

Civil War Tours In Murfreesboro, Friday March 29th and Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Join Stones River NPS park ranger Jim Lewis for guided tours of Fortress Rosecrans on Friday, March 29th, and of the Vaught’s Hill/Battle of Milton battlefield on Saturday, March 30th, 2013. Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan attacked a Union brigade on Vaught’s Hill at Milton, Tennessee on March 20, 1863. Despite having twice as many men as the Federals, Morgan, after a pitched fight, and with reinforcements coming from Fortress Rosecrans, suffered a punishing defeat. Morgan was defeated three times in a row in the late winter of 1862-1863 which greatly tarnished his reputation. The result of these defeats was Morgan’s creation of his famous Ohio Raid designed to get his name back into the headlines of Southern newspapers. They also gave William S. Rosecrans, commanding the Army of the Cumberland, ideas as to where to attack Braxton Bragg in the Tullahoma Campaign of late June/early July, 1863.

Vaught’s Hill battlefield is privately owned as is an antebellum home used as a hospital and Ranger Lewis has access to both. The event for Saturday begins at 9 Am at the Rutherford County Visitors Center for an orientation before tour participants drive to the battlefield. There is no cost for the tour other than what you buy for lunch and dinner. The Friday Fortress Rosecrans tour begins at 5 PM and it will be followed by a reception at the Stones River park visitors center that evening. For more information and to reserve your space for the tour, please email info@tcwpa.org. You can also visit the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association web site at – http://www.tcwpa.org.

Civil War Land Under Development Threat in Atlanta at Peachtree Creek Battlefield (Civil War Trust)
Atlanta’s massive development over the last 100 years has swallowed up most of the three battlefields that decided the fate of the Gate City of the Confederacy. The first of these, Peachtree Creek, fought on July 20, 1864, was John Bell Hood’s first battle as the new commander of the Army of Tennessee. While this neighborhood was developed many years ago with stately homes and a large golf course, a few pockets of pristine land remain.
In Atlanta, just minutes away from city offices and downtown attractions, 14 acres of brush and woods have caught the eye of apartment housing developers. That in itself is nothing new. But what makes those 14 acres special is this: The prime piece of in-town real estate is also a part of Civil War history. A Confederate army brigade encamped there during the summer of 1864, ahead of what became the Battle of Peachtree Creek — which soon after led to the decisive and costly Battle of Atlanta. The non-profit Civil War Trust says nearly 20% of American Civil War battlefields have been destroyed and, of those that remain, only 15% are protected as national parks.
Many of the battlefield sites are now in urban or suburban communities, on valuable land. And there have been some highly publicized skirmishes in recent years as preservation groups fought to keep large companies from developing the sites. In the case of 14 acres of Atlanta woods, the property’s owner wants to break ground later this year on a 236-unit apartment complex. But local residents would like the grounds to be looked over before the bulldozers start their work. “If there were some archaeological or historic significance to this particular area, I think that would definitely add some value to the neighborhood,” Wyatt Gordon, president of the local neighborhood association, told WXIA-TV.
Newsletter and Web Site for the Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina Civil War Heritage Trails
The states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina have banded together to form a Civil War Trails association. This co=promotes Civil War sites in these three states. Their web site is full of interesting information on the Civil War sites of the three states as well as events, their newsletter and much more including Sesquicentennial events. To access this please go to – http://www.civilwarheritagetrails.org and be prepared to spend some good times there.

February Newsletter and Meeting Notice

February 18th, 2013 – Our 47th Meeting!! We continue our fourth year!
The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, February 18th, 2013, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. 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: “Hurst’s Wurst: The 6th Tennessee Cavalry U.S.”

The Sixth Tennessee Cavalry (U.S.) was described by one Confederate soldier as “an ignorant posse of men led by vicious and unprincipled leaders” who were “the scourge and terror of the lower Eastern Counties of West Tennessee, and were as thoroughly detested and hated as any band of marauders who ever disgraced the name of soldiers.” Nathan Bedford Forrest loathed this unit and enjoyed beating them as often as possible

Were the men who served in the Sixth Tennessee truly the villains that partisan writers have portrayed them? Or were they persecuted for the choice they made not to join the Confederacy but stand for the Union instead? They hailed from the McNairy County area along the Tennessee River, which was not known as a big area for pro-Union sentiment in the state.

Our speaker this month is a descendant of soldiers who served in the Sixth Tennessee. Author of a book on the regiment, Kevin D. McCann examines the activities of the Sixth Tennessee—both official and unofficial—and gives a historical and factual account of this controversial Federal regiment and its equally controversial leader, Fielding Hurst. He will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting.

Kevin D. McCann was born in Jackson, TN in 1970 and attended public and private schools in Jackson and Madison County. He attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Union University in 1993. He now lives in Dickson, TN with his wife Cindy and their two children, Braden and Brianna.

Kevin’s interests range from the Civil War to minor league baseball and the Age of Jackson, though all pertain to his love for Tennessee history. He is the author of four books: Jackson Diamonds: Professional Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee (1999); Hurst’s Wurst: Col. Fielding Hurst and the Sixth Tennessee Cavalry U.S.A. (2007); Adam Huntsman: The Peg Leg Politician (2011); and The Jackson Generals: Minor League Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee (2012). He is the co-author of The Kitty League (Images of Baseball series) and co-editor of The Reminiscences of the Early Settlement and Early Settlers of McNairy County, Tennessee (2012).

Kevin is the co-founder of BrayBree Publishing, an independent publishing company that specializes in books on Tennessee history. His company’s website is http://www.braybreepublishing.com

LAST MONTH’S MEETING
A good turnout of members and guests were treated tro a fine program by Rick Warwick, Williamson County historian and expert on the Confederate veteran reunions held at Franklin, Tennessee after the war. In full command of the facts on the topic and supported by an informative power point program, Rick’s topic was very well presented and received. Of note was an ad from the Franklin newspaper for one of the reunions in the early 20th Century offering land for sale on the battlefield! From there Franklin was overbuilt and has only been recovering much of this land in the last decade or so. Thanks Rick for a wonderful program.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

March 2013 – Jerry Wooten, New Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
April 2013 – David Bastian, author/historian – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign”
May 2013 – TBD
June 2013 – Chris Kolakowski – topic TBA
July 2013 – Dr. Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati – “Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – TBD
October 2013 – William C. Davis, noted author/historian, Virginia Tech University – topic TBA

Coming soon – dates to be determined: Carole Bucy, Lee Ann Newton, Brian Allison and Stewart Cruickshank

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year. Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting. The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you! We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Esteemed member Captain Jim Page Passes Away in January 2013
As members of the Nashville CWRT already know, our fine member, Captain Jim Page, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife and two young children plus other family members. He was buried with full military honors in Louisville, Kentucky, his home town, on Monday, January 28th. A memorial service was held at Fort Campbell on Wednesday, February 6th.

Jim was division historian for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was highly dedicated to that illustrious command’s history. He worked with the Pratt Museum on post and was the key element in seeking to get returned to Tennessee the remains of some American soldiers who were killed in the Battle of Monterey, Mexico in the Mexican War. These men are probably from the 1st Tennessee Volunteers led by Colonel William Bowen Campbell, for whom Fort Campbell is named.

Jim was also a member of the Calrksville CWRT. In his honor, the membership of Nashville CWRT voted to raise funds for a second picnic table for Clarksville’s Fort Defiance whose cost it is proposed to be shared with the Clarksville CWRT which he also belonged to. Also coming with the table will be a memorial plaque. It will be up to our membership to discuss and vote on this proposal at the February meeting. The cost will be about $850 but it will be shared with the Clarksville CWRT. We raised nearly $180 at the January meeting and have some more to go. Jim will be deeply missed by us all!

New Newsletter Editor Needed for the Nashville CWRT Newsletter

Two days after the passing of Jim Page, the father of member Karel Lea Biggs (and program chair Greg Biggs’ father in law), passed away suddenly. Accordingly, the Biggs will be going to East Tennessee quite a bit to settle the matters of his house and estate. This will eat up a lot of their time. As they currently do the newsletter for the Nashville CWRT and there will not be enough time to continue to do so, a new newsletter editor is needed starting with the March 2013 issue. If you are interested in doing this please let them know at the February meeting. They really need to pass this off to someone new!

Foragers for February meeting

As the membership decided last month to have beverages and snacks for the meetings the choice was to have one or two people per month take care of these things. The foragers so far are as follows:

February: Paul Smith
March: Greg Biggs
April: Millie Rice and Marie Burr
Thanks very much for stepping up to help the Nashville CWRT!

Short newsletter this month folks due to being tied up with too many things.

January Newsletter and Meeting Notice

January 21st, 2013 – Our 46th Meeting!! Happy New Year! We continue our fourth year!
The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, January 21st, 2013, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. 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: “Confederate Reunion s in Franklin, Tennessee 1877-1925”

As with the former members of the Union Army, Confederate veterans also formed organizations where their members could get together and reminisce about their time in the Civil War. Thus was formed the United Confederate Veterans, and much later, the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In addition to their reunions, these camps helped to raise money to care for Confederate cemeteries and raise monuments on battlefields in many Southern towns like the one in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. These camps, along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, helped keep the memory of the Confederate soldier alive and helped write much of the Lost Cause history via the magazine Confederate Veteran or by books.

This month’s program, by noted Williamson County historian Rick Warwick, will examine the Confederate reunions held in Franklin, Tennessee between 1877 and 1925. Over time, all of these camps fell apart due to the passing of its members but they left behind a history that will form the basis of this program.

Rick Warwick is a retired school librarian, Williamson County, Tennessee historian, editor of the Williamson County Historical Society Journal and the author of several Williamson County related books including the authoritative, Williamson County: Civil War Veterans-Their Reunions & Photographs. He has served on the boards of the Carter House, Carnton Plantation, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Franklin’s Charge and is currently serving on the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County and the Tennessee Historical Commission.

We hope you will join us for another informative program by a fine historian.

Last Month’s Meeting
Krista Castillo, president of the Nashville CWRT and director of Fort Negley park in Nashville, presented a fine program on Christmas in the Civil War to a joint meeting of the Clarksville and Bowling Green CWRTs at Ariella Italian Restaurant in Russellville, KY. Backed by a wonderful power point program, she explained the history of Christmas in the western world before focusing on it in America from colonial times into the Civil War. Early on it was not celebrated by the Puritans but evolved into something closer to how it is today with commercialism mixing with religion by the time the nation split apart. Cartoonist Thomas Nast, already famous for his Civil War art work in Harper’s Weekly, was the man who designed what would become the American impression of Santa Claus, and his work was prominent in the program. The program was well researched and presented and capped off with our wonderful Christmas party. Thanks Krista for an excellent program!

FUTURE PROGRAMS (please check our new web site for other events):
February 2013 – Kevin McCann, author/historian – “Hurst’s Wurst – The 6th Tennessee Cavalry U.S.”
March 2013 – Jerry Wooten, New Johnsonville State Park, TN. – “Johnsonville, TN: The End Of The Line, November 4, 1864”
April 2013 – David Bastian, author/historian – “Grant’s Canal in the Vicksburg Campaign”
May 2013 – TBD
June 2013 – Chris Kolakowski – topic TBA
July 2013 – Dr. Mark Lause, University of Cincinnati – “Price’s Missouri Campaign” (tentative)
August 2013 – TBD
October 2013 – William C. Davis, noted author/historian, Virginia Tech University – topic TBA

Coming soon – dates to be determined: Carole Bucy, Lee Ann Newton, Brian Allison and Stewart Cruickshank

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year. Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting. The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

When your dues are paid your name badge with three stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you! We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS
Civil War Symposium to be Held at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia – March 2013
Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, under the direction of noted historian and author Brian Steel Wills, is having another Civil War symposium. The date is Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 2013. The symposium’s theme is 1863 – Struggles East and West.

The Friday kick off and reception will be held at the Marietta Museum of History in downtown Marietta right on the historic city square. The evening entertainment is being provided by Ross Moore. Friday’s event begins at 6 PM. The actual address is 1 Depot Street, Suite 200 Marietta, GA 30060

The Saturday event will be held in the Kennesaw State University Center located at 3333 Busbee Dr. NW in Kennesaw, Georgia. Traveling south on I-75, take the Chastain Road exit, #271. Turn left and proceed back across the interstate (overpass) then turn left onto Busbee Drive. (Cracker Barrel on the left at the turn.) Proceed approximately 1/4 mile on Busbee Drive – the KSU Center is on the right…large electronic message board out front…you cannot miss the spot! The physical address: 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

The hours are from 9 AM until noon. The speakers are:

Larry Daniel – historian/author – The Western Theater – The Mistakes Made
Richard McMurry – historian/author – Getting Right With Gettysburg
Larry Hewitt – historian/author – Port Hudson: The Most Photographed Battlefield of the Civil War
Brian Wills – historian/author – The Logic of Logistics: The Suffolk Campaign of 1863

The event is free of charge including the Continental breakfast on Saturday morning.

If you wish to register for the event, please email Michael Shaffer, Civil War Center Assistant Director at – mshaffe3@kennesaw.edu

For more information please see the center’s web site at – http://www.kennesaw.edu/civilwarera
You can also follow the center on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/civilwarcenter
New Book On Stones River Now Available
Larry Daniel, noted Civil War historian of the Western Theater, has released his latest book on the Battle of Stones River. Stones River National Battlefield historian Jim Lewis has called it the best single volume work on this battle. This was a pivotal Civil War battle that greatly affected not only Tennessee but also offset the Union defeat at Fredericksburg a couple weeks earlier and gave political cover to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which took effect on January 1, 1863. If you are familiar with Larry’s fine research and writing then this book will be a “must” for your library.

Copies of this fine book can be purchased at Barnes & Noble bookstores and other sources.
New Book On Kentucky In The Civil War Documenting Resources Available From the Louisville, KY CWRT
The Louisville Civil War Roundtable has produced a up to date bibliography of the 150 best books on Kentucky’s participation in the Civil War. Kentucky in the Civil War: 150 for the 150th, is the product of over a year’s research and work. Each listing is annotated for a better understanding of the content. The book covers seven categories including personalities, battles and campaigns, politics and more and has two additional sections for bibliographies and reference works. This is a limited edition soft cover of 48 pages and retails for $12.50 plus $2.50 shipping. If you are looking for where to start with books on Kentucky in the war or have already read a number of books on the topic but are looking for something new then this is an excellent reference guide.

Anyone interested in purchasing the book can contact Norvelle Wathen at (502) 339-9000 or via e-mail at: musicalnorvelle@bellsouth.net.
Author Lanny Smith Publishes Latest Book – Morgan’s Cavalry 1861-1862
Lanny Smith, a Civil War historian and author based in Texas, has self-published his latest book, Morgan’s Cavalry 1861-1862. The book focuses on Morgan’s early war career from Morgan’s Cavalry Squadron through leading a division on the famous Christmas Raid of December 1862 culminating with his marriage to Matty Ready in a star studded ceremony. Included are Shiloh, the Kentucky Campaign, Hartsville, Lebanon, Cynthiana and more. If you are familiar with his limited edition two volume set on the Battle of Stones River (one volume for the Confederate side and one for the Federal – sometimes available at Stones River National Battlefield), then you know how detailed and complete his books are. This one is also a hard cover and runs 520 pages of text with 116 pages of notes and bibliography plus loads of maps. Only 271 copies are being printed so if you are interested in getting a copy then email Lanny at – lannysmith1861@hotmail.com.
Tennessee Historical Quarterly Publishes Volumes on the Civil War
The Tennessee Historical Society and state Sesquicentennial Commission have published four volumes on the Civil War in Tennessee taken from previous articles published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly journal. More volumes are planned in the series. Each volume is edited by a noted Tennessee Civil War historian. The volumes so far available are: Tennessee in the Civil War; Civil War in Appalachia; The Battle of Shiloh and the latest on the Battle of Stones River and the Civil War in Middle Tennessee. Each volume is $25 but if you go to the web site of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, you can get all four for a 20 per cent discount (15 per cent if individual books are purchased) plus shipping and sales tax (if Tennessee resident).

To order these books, and all other merchandise that helps save Tennessee’s battlefields, please visit – http://www.tcwpa.org/shop

Save The Date – New Civil War and Militaria Show To Be Held in Clarksville, Tennessee, October 12-13, 2013
As part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a Civil War relic and militaria show will be held in Clarksville, Tennessee on the weekend of October 12-13, 2013. The event will take place in the new Wilma Rudolph Event Center in Liberty Park which is part of the new marina complex on the Cumberland River. At least 100 tables will be available for anyone interested in selling Civil War items, post-war militaria including World War 2 as well as displays for organizations and authors.

The event is sponsored by the Clarksville/Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable, the Fort Donelson Civil War Roundtable (Dover, TN) and the Frank P. Gracey SCV Camp. Dealers and interested authors and organizations can contact John Walsh of Fort Donelson Relics at: john@fortdonelsonrelics.com or Greg Biggs at: Biggsg@charter.net

Save The Date Part 2 – Civil War Syposium to Be Held in Huntsville, Alabama, November 1-2, 2013

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Roundtable is planning its first Civil War Symposium. This will be a one-day event in Huntsville, Alabama, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Its overarching theme will be the Western Theater, with a variety of speakers and other activities anticipated (perhaps including a kick-off that Friday evening, November 1). We are in the initial stage of planning, so most details have yet to be firmed up. This event is almost eleven months away, but calendars fill up fast, so please let your membership know that this event is in planning and to reserve this date on their calendars. We are, of course, hoping for a banner turnout.

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