October Newsletter and Meeting Notice

October 17th, 2011 – Our 31st Meeting!!

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, October 17th, 2011, 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: “Kirby Smith’s Invasion of Kentucky and the Battle of Richmond”

In late August 1862, the Confederate forces in Tennessee under General Edmund Kirby Smith, along with the Army of the Mississippi under General Braxton Bragg, began an invasion
of Kentucky. A third column under General Humphrey Marshall, moved from Virginia into Kentucky. The plan was to recover most of Middle Tennessee and eastern Tennessee and
force the Union armies back to defend the Ohio River line. Kirby Smith and Bragg, although trying to coordinate their separate movements, operated in an uncoordinated manner.
Neither officer was placed in authority over the other.

Smith drew first blood south of Richmond, Kentucky on August 29, 1862 but the battle at Richmond, fought on the next day, proved critical to Confederate hopes. Smith’s Army of
Kentucky, reinforced by two brigades from Bragg’s army (Preston Smith’s and Patrick Cleburne’s) attacked the Union army under General William “Bull” Nelson and after a time
shattered their lines in coordinated assaults. The pursuit and battle virtually annihilated the Union army on the field – the only Civil War battle where a defeated army suffered such
damage. The road to Cincinnati was wide open! And yet the engagement remains almost unknown even to students of the war in the West.

This month’s speaker is Phil Seyfrit, Historic Properties Director of Madison County, Kentucky and site manager of the Richmond Battlefield. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky
University and the Mid-America College of Funeral Service. After working in the funeral industry, Phil changed direction and took charge of the historic sites of the county where he
resides today. He has been widely published on the Battle of Richmond in various periodicals and has been appointed to the Kentucky State Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Mr. Seyfrit also reenacts and tours and helps to preserve Civil War sites across the country.

We look forward to this fine program for our September meeting.


Derek Frisby, Associate Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University, gave us a fascinating program on the secession of Tennessee in 1861. Using his own research into the voting patterns of the February 1861 and June 1861 secession attempts (and other sources), Dr. Frisby found that, what had been conventional wisdom with regards to the more pro-secession parts of the state, actually had more Unionists than had been thought. Thus, the lines of demarcation in political sentiments on Tennessee’s three regions are now more blurred and not as cut and dry as previously thought. When such scholarship is presented it advances our understanding of what took place in Tennessee in 1861 a lot further along. This was a thought-provoking program delivered in fine style. Thanks Dr. Frisby for coming to see us.

FUTURE PROGRAMS (please check our new web site for other events):

November 2011 – Eric Jacobson, Battle of Franklin Trust – “Baptism of Fire: The Role of Federal Recruits at the Battle of Franklin”

December 2011 – John Walsh, Ft. Donelson Relics – “Civil War Photography”

January 2012 – Kraig McNutt, historian/author/blogger – “Robert Smalls: From Slave to Congressman.”

February 2012 – Myers Brown, Tennessee State Museum/author – “Tennessee’s Confederates” (based on his recent book)

March 2012 – Jim Brooks, Austin Peay State University – “Jefferson Davis”

April 2012 – Mark Christ, historian/author – “The Civil War In Arkansas 1863” (based on his recent book)

May 2012 – Nancy Baird, Western Kentucky University/author – “Josie Underwood’s Civil War; A Union Girl in Bowling Green, KY”

June 2012 – TBA

July 2012 – The one and only Ed Bearss!!!!!! We are not kidding!!! Topic to be determined.

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 two stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have a star 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!

Dues for the 2011-2012 campaign are due at this month’s meeting. We cannot bring in speakers without dues being paid so if you have not yet renewed for 2011-2012 please do so. Thanks for supporting the Nashville CWRT.


The Battle of Stones River 150 Years Later Symposium – October 26-27, 2011

By the end of October 1862, Murfreesboro, Tennessee became more than the geographic center of the state. It was the center of attention in the Western Theater of the Civil War. By the end of the year, 81,000 soldiers would clash in one of the most significant and bloody battles of the conflict. Join us for a two day symposium that examines how the Battle of Stones River shaped the outcome of the war, changed the lives of thousands of soldiers and civilians, and still impacts our lives 150 years later.

Friday October 26, 2012

Keynote Speaker – Larry Daniel

Saturday October 27, 2012

Speakers include: Earl J. Hess, Richard McMurry, Jim Lewis, Antionette Van Zelm. Keynote Speaker – Dwight Pitcaithley, Former NPS Chief Historian

Special battlefield programs will be offered Saturday afternoon. The admission fee is only $20 and includes lunch. Contact the park at (615) 893-9501 for more information.

Filson Historical Society Civil War Tour – The Tullahoma Campaign of Middle Tennessee, November 3-5, 2011

This Fall The Filson Civil War Field Institute will visit the visually stunning Middle Tennessee to explore a campaign that is only just becoming appreciated by Civil War historians as an important campaign that achieved vital goals with very few casualties on either side. The campaign began in late June and ended on July 4, 1863, the same day that Vicksburg surrendered and Lee began to retreat from his defeat at Gettysburg. Tullahoma is overshadowed to a great degree by these other Union victories, however strategically it is in the same category as both. It is still taught at the Military Academies and Service schools as a great example of Maneuver Warfare.

Tour guides and speakers will be Dr. Michael Bradley, who will be the keynote speaker and co-tour guide alongside Greg Biggs. Sites to be visited include Fortress Rosecrans, Hoover’s Gap, Liberty Gap, Guy’s Gap, Shelbyville, TN, Oaklands Historic House Museum, The Cowan Railroad Museum and Chockley Tavern. Dr. Bradley will speak on Thursday night.

Fieldtrip Fee – $280 for Filson members; $330 Non-members. This 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 9/23/11) per person is required at time of registration and balance is due to the Filson by October 21, 2011. Space is limited. The first 25 participants that register will receive an issue of Blue & Gray Magazine (Vol. XXVII, #1) featuring the main article about the Tullahoma campaign written by Michael Bradley including comprehensive maps for the campaign. This issue also includes a two page side bar on the rise of the Union cavalry by Greg Biggs. Issue will be mailed to you by request. To reserve your space or if you have any questions please email Scott Scarboro at – sscarboro@filsonhistorical.org – or you can visit the Filson web site at – http://www.filsonhistorical.org – and register and pay online.

Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Civil War Seminar – November 11-12, 2011

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society (BONPS) joins with Belmont Mansion and the Lotz House to bring a significant Sesquicentennial symposium on the Civil War to Middle Tennessee on November 11 and 12 to further commemorate and explore the 150th anniversary of the start of the War. The symposium will launch with an opening night reception at the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee on Friday, November 11. The reception will be hosted by BONPS President Phillip Duer and Thomas Flagel, author of “The History Buff’s Guide” book series. The formal Symposium will begin the following day at Belmont Mansion at 8:00 a.m. Speakers include:

Thomas Cartwright– Franklin-based historian, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin

Tim Johnson, professor of history at David Lipscomb University, who has appeared on the History Channel,C-SPAN and NPT.

Carole Bucy, professor of History at Vol State Community College and the newly appointed Metro Historian.

James McDonough, noted author of Five Tragic Hours and Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble.

Doug Richardson, Park Ranger and Chief of Interpretation at Fort Donelson.

Dr. Bobby Lovett, long-time professor of history at Tennessee State University and author

The event fee is $75.00 and includes the reception, the symposium, Sesquicentennial commemorative Hatch Show Print, Minie ball, and BONPS Guide to Civil War Nashville autographed by author Mark Zimmerman. This event is being sponsored by Wade and Egbert Insurance Partners and Kay, Griffin, Enkema and Kolbert. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact jtt@lotzhouse.com for more information. For more information including tickets, contact Mark Brown at Belmont University at mark.brown@belmont.edu, or Ellen McClanahan at the Lotz House by email at ellen@lotzhouse.com or phone at 615-804-5068.

Civil War Events in Kentucky

Civil War: My Brother, My Enemy – Exhibit Opening, Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY – Opens October 15. This exhibit will feature more than 100 artifacts that examines Kentucky’s divided families and more. For information: http://www.fraziermuseum.org/exhibitions/temporary-exhibits/upcoming-2/civil-war/

“Embattled Capitol: the Civil War in Frankfort” – Paul Sawyier Public Library Community Room, Frankfort, KY. October 17, 6:30 p.m. Presentation by James Prichard, KY State Archives, KY Humanities Council Speaker. For information, contact Diane Dehoney at diane@pspl.org.

“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” – Exhibit, Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY. Opens October 21

This exhibit will be free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For information, visit http://www.filsonhistorical.org, or call 502-635-5083.

In addition, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has been working with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Heritage Council on a new Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. The website for this trail has just been launched, and can be accessed at http://www.kentuckycivilwartrails.org. This site includes information about the trail sites, blog postings, travel itineraries, and more.

14th Louisiana Infantry Battle Flag Returned To Memorial Hall in New Orleans

A rare battle flag of the 14th Louisiana Infantry was stolen from Confederate Memorial hall in the early 1980s by a former volunteer. After years of search, the flag was located in private hands in Virginia. The collector bought the flag in 2004 and when informed by the FBI unit that specializes in artifacts and art of its theft years ago, turned the flag over to them. The flag was returned to Memorial Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, October 7th. Besides seeing a lot of combat action, the banner also laid over former Confederate president Jefferson Davis’ coffin after his death. The museum will raise funds for its conservation and eventual display. If you care to donate please contact Memorial Hall at Memhall@aol.com for details. The 14th Louisiana Infantry contained many members of the Polish community of New Orleans.


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