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

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.


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!


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.


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