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.


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.


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!


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


• 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)


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