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 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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