July Newsletter and Meeting Notice

July 14th, 2014 – Our 64th Meeting!! We continue our sixth year! A special SECOND Monday meeting!

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, July 14th, 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 – “Canada and the Civil War”

Our great neighbor to the north, Canada, was one of the crown jewels of the British Empire in the mid-19th Century. Much is known about how Britain was outraged when one of her steamships was stopped by a U.S. Navy vessel carrying two Confederate diplomats, James Mason and John Slidell. Britain dispatched troops to the Dominion of Canada but cooler heads prevailed. The United State could not fight the Confederates and Great Britain at the same time. Somewhat less known was the activities of the Confederate Secret Service that operated out of Canada. This is about the extent of Canada’s involvement in the American Civil War that most people have heard of. But there was much more.

This month’s special speaker, Conrad Laplante, president of the Ottawa Civil War Roundtable, will bring to our meeting this month an in depth look on how Canada was affected by our Civil War, American-Canadian relations and how the Civil War actually caused Canada. The war was indeed a shared experience.

That being said, there is much that is little known about the Canadian involvement in that amazing conflict. Just look at the index of any of the major works on the Civil War and search for Canada or Canadians and you will find little mention. This program will correct that error. Many of the facts and figures that will be presented will come as quite a surprise. Without giving away too much, there were thousands of Canadians who participated. The blood of Canadians is in the ground of just about every battlefield of the Civil War. We have some heroes, villains, and untold numbers of ordinary soldiers, some of whom achieved remarkable things. All of these stories will be part of the program.

Conrad Laplante was born and raised in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. After a full career with the military (retired as chief warrant officer, Militia) and government civil service, he now devotes his time to studying American-Canadian relations. Conrad graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA (Honours) History degree, and is the current president of the Ottawa Civil War Round Table. He is the author of a local history book, At Your Target In Front, Fire!, The Story of Connaught Range.

Please join us for what promises to be a very unique and interesting program and welcome our guest from our great neighbor.

Last Month’s Program

We are massively informed and entertained last month by Chicago Police Department detective Robert Girardi, noted Civil War author on the murder of Union General William “Bull” Nelson by Union General Jefferson C. Davis. Despite witnesses to the event, and the lack of proper prosecution by the U.S. Army, tied up with the invasion of Kentucky by the Confederate armies of Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith, Davis not only got away with the murder, but was promoted to corps command for Sherman’s March to the Sea. Nelson could be arrogant but he backed that up with solid battle performance. The speculation of how Perryville might have been had he been commanding one of Don Carlos Buell’s corps was brought out in Girardi’s program. Besides being an interesting Civil War event, Girardi’s own professional experience as a homicide detective really added tremendously to the program and the study of the case. It was delivered with complete knowledge of the topic and with humor and style. This is one of the best programs the Nashville CWRT has had and we thank Rob, and his guest Paula Walker, president of the Civil War Roundtable of Chicago, the nation’s first CWRT. We were most happy to have them both.

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, historian/author – “Twenty Five Hours To Tragedy: The Spring Hill Affair, November 29th, 1864”
October 2014 – Ron Crabtree, Nashville CWRT – “The Third Man: Did John Wilkes Booth Escape Garrett’s Farm?”
November 2014 – Rob Cross, historian, Belle Meade Plantation – Topic TBA
December 2014 – Brian Allison , historian – “The USCT Troops in the Battle of Nashville”
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

Your dues for the 2014-2015 fiscal year are now due. Please plan on paying them at this month’s meeting if you have not already. Your dues go to bringing in our speakers, donating to causes, etc. If you are current you will have four stars on your name badge.

When your dues are paid your name badge with four 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!


More Great News From Franklin, Tennessee on Battlefield Reclamation

The news from Franklin continues to be exciting for saving more and more of that battlefield. According to the recent Save the Franklin Battlefield newsletter, a new parcel just south of the Carter House, currently home to the well known flower shop and one other building, is being purchased for $2.8 Million for the 1.6 acres. Located literally right next to the Carter farm office, this would be a key addition to the site. Funding is planned from grants, donations and other sources. STFB has also secured a strip of land along Meadowland Drive, part of the new Loring’s Advance area by the Carnton Manor. When cleared, the land will be added to that new park land.

Finally, the moving of houses from Cleburne Avenue continues with yet more homes being moved to new locations. The land will be incorporated into the planned Battle of Franklin park that is planned. Restored earthworks, trails and interpretive markers, plus a reconstructed Carter Gin will enhance the visitor experience.

If you wish to contribute to these worth causes please visit the Save the Franklin Battlefield web site at – http://www.franklin-stfb.org

Newsletter Editor Still Needed for the Nashville CWRT Newsletter

Another short newsletter this month due to a lack of time on my hands to do anything longer. We desperately need a newsletter editor to take over these monthly duties; I simply do not have the time to do it. All that is need is the writing of the newsletter with the programs, Civil War news, etc. using the same format that has been used since we began as a CWRT. I will provide the template to use. Hopefully someone will step forward to handle this. Please let us know at the July meeting. – Greg Biggs


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