May Newsletter and Meeting Notice

May 19th, 2014 – Our 62nd Meeting!! We continue our sixth year!

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, May 19th, 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 – A Landscape Transformed: Fortifications of Middle Tennessee in the American Civil War

In a desperate attempt to take and hold the Tennessee and Cumberland River valleys, armies blue and gray dug deep into it, creating chains of fortifications across the landscape. Looking back, these bastions have been overshadowed by the battles and skirmishes that raged around them. Thomas Flagel looks at one structure in particular, Fort Granger in Franklin, Tennessee, and finds that, compared to the deadly 1864 Battle of Franklin, it was the lifespan of the fort that ultimately caused more destruction to humans, animals, and the environment.

Thomas Flagel is an assistant professor of American History at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He holds degrees from: Loras College (B.A., History); Kansas State University (M.A., European History); Creighton University (M.A., International Relations); and has studied at the University of Vienna. He is currently a doctoral student at Middle Tennessee State University (Public History).

Flagel serves on the Battle of Franklin Trust board of directors, Carter House board of directors, the Franklin Battlefield Preservation Commission, Franklin’s Charge board of directors, and works with many other preservation groups, including the Civil War Trust.

He is also the writer and narrator of “Sesquicentennial Stories” on WAKM Radio, a series that was nominated for the Peabody Award in 2011. Flagel currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee.

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 – Jamie Gillum
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)

Very short newsletter this month – my apologies!. Our editor Ron Crabtree has been ill (get well soon!) and I have had way too much on m y plate this week to do a full one.

Do not miss this month’s program by one of the most gifted speakers in Tennessee! – Greg Biggs


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