December News and Meeting Info

December 21st, 2015 – Our 81st meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  


The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, December 21st, 2015, 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    – “Religion In The Civil War”

Religion had a powerful impact on American life both before and during the Civil War.  The topic is a growing research point as evidenced by books, essays and more.  This program will examine how ministers used the impending war, not only to make political implications, but also more importantly, to acknowledge the spiritual realities that war awakens in all who endure it.  In addition to the program our speaker will do a brief excerpt from an actual sermon (Christian Duty in the Present Time of Trouble) by Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina, the Right Rev.Thomas Atkinson preached in May 1861.  This promises to be both a unique and very interesting program offering great insights to how religion was so important to the North and South in the 1860s.

Please join us as Rev. Alan Corry offers these insights at our February 2015 meeting.  Alan is originally from Texas, and has lived in Franklin, TN since 1999.  He has worked for the Battle of Franklin Trust (the Carter House and Carnton Plantation) for 8 years.  Alan’s background is in ministry with two Masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Christian Education and Marriage and Family Counseling).  He has worked on both small and large church staffs through the years and served as a Hospice Chaplain before going to work for the Carter House.  Alan founded Time Capsule Ministries as a way to use his love of history combined with a call to ministry to reach people by reenacting historical sermons.  He is a descendant of two Civil War veterans – both served in the Confederacy. He and his wife, Carla, are about to celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year and they have two teenage children; one in high school the other attending college.


Last Month’s meeting


Gene Andrews, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a fixture in the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, gave is a fascinating program on the Confederate States Marine Corps.  Never more than 600 officers and men, CS Marines guarded and fought aboard warships, guarded ports, fought in land battles at Fort Fisher, Drewry’s Bluff and Sailor’s Creek and sailed the world as part of the CSS Shenandoah, which did not end its war career until November 1865.  Gene brought their stories to life telling of their valor and dedication to their small service thanks in part to many of its founders being former U.S. Marines and carrying on that tradition.  Thanks Gene for a fine program.  The U.S. Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA features the Confederate Marines as part of its exhibit of the Civil War.




January 2016 – Howard Mann, Nashville CWRT – “The Alton, Illinois Prisoner of War Camp”

February 2016 – Ross Massey, author/historian – “General William Bate of Tennessee”

March 2016 – Robert Hodge, filmmaker/historian – “The Battle of Spotsylvania” (based on his recent film)

April 2016 – Tom Parson, Corinth National Battlefield, historian/author – “Work For Giants: The Battle of Tupelo” (based on his recent book)

May 2016 – Brian KcKnight, University of Virginia/Wise, historian/author – “Champ Ferguson”

Spring 2016 – James McDonough, historian/author – “General William T. Sherman”  (Based on his new 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 2015-2016 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 meetingIf 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!




Nashville CWRT Christmas Party


This month’s meeting will feature the annual Christmas party and we can use some help with refreshments.  Cookies, brownies, soft drinks, tea, etc. (and especially brownies!) would be helpful so if you bake or buy, please bring what you can to the meeting this month.


Do not miss Santa Gary either as our jolly Vice President hands out some Christmas cheer as he does so well each year.


Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association Announce Next Three Star Tour – December 12, 2015


The Battle of Sugar Creek


TCWPA’s next Three-Star Battlefield Tour will be on Saturday morning,  December 12th.  Join Dr. Kevin Gray and Joe Fowlkes for an exciting tour of the site of the last major Civil War battle in Tennessee: The Battle of Sugar Creek, December 26, 1864.  The tour will begin in Pulaski and on the way to the privately-owned Sugar Creek Battlefield we’ll visit at least two other Civil War sites.  Sugar Creek is where the rear guard of the Army of Tennessee under Nathan Bedford Forrest, with attached infantry, drubbed the pursuing Federals allowing the army to cross into Alabama and safety.  This tour will be through some very pretty parts of Tennessee on a little known but nearly pristine battlefield.


Here is the link for online registration:

Tour Details

  • 8:00-8:30 am:  Check-in and Welcome in downtown Pulaski
  • 8:30 am:         Tour departs Pulaski
  • 1:00 pm:         Tour concludes
  • Car-pooling from Pulaski recommended
  • Rain or Shine – the tour goes.
  • Walking distance:  approximately 1 mile (total) at Sugar Creek on level pastureland.

Additional tour information will be sent to participants prior to the tour.  


The tour is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration will be required as the number of participants is limited.    For more information and to reserve your space contact TCWPA at –  Visit their web site at –


71st Anniversary Battle of the Bulge Seminar at Fort Negley – Saturday, December 19th, 2015


On Saturday, December 19, 2015, Fort Negley will host a daylong seminar honoring the 71st anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle of the European Theater involving American and British troops.  On December 16, 1944, Adolf Hitler, hoping to destroy the Allied armies in the Ardennes, to capture Antwerp, and to regain a foothold in the west, launched Germany’s final major offensive on the Western Front.  Although the German advance created a bulging wedge in the lines, American troops refused to break.  After ten days of heavy fighting, Allied reinforcements arrived.  The costly counterattack prevented the Germans from reaching their first objective, regaining captured ground.


This free seminar will begin at 9:30 AM and last until 4:30 PM with a one-hour break for lunch.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and tour Fort Negley during the break.  The seminar at Fort Negley will be a condensed version of the eight-part Battle of the Bulge series created by local Clarksville historians and Austin Peay State University history department faculty that took place earlier this year.


Related displays will include memorabilia and uniforms from the 106th Infantry Division, which had two regiments cut off and captured by the Germans in the Bulge, as well as World War II scale models crafted by members of a Nashville-based group.  World War II veterans are especially invited to share their experiences at the Battle of the Bulge.


9:45 AM – The U.S. Army From D-Day to the Ardennes, presented by William Parker, professor,

Austin Peay State University; director, Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, Clarksville, TN


10:45 AM – Wacht Am Rhein: The Germans in the Battle of the Bulge, presented by Greg Biggs,

military historian, Clarksville, TN


11:45 AM – Lunch on Your Own


12:45 PM – My Experience in the Battle of the Bulge, presented by Michael Freeland, veteran, 82nd

Airborne Division; author, Hopkinsville, KY (Mr. Freeland will have copies of his book for sale at this event)


1:45 PM – The 106th Infantry Division: The Golden Lions in the Battle of the Bulge, presented by John

Schuler, veteran, U.S. Army Special Forces; historian, Clarksville, TN


2:45 PM – The Conquest and American Occupation of Germany, presented by Dewey Browder, PhD, Lt. Col. US

Army (Ret); Professor Emeritus of History, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN


3:45 PM – Panel Discussion


Seating is limited.  To make reservations or to receive more information, please contact Fort Negley Visitors Center at 615-862-8470 or


Confederate Battle Flag Captured at Franklin, November 30th, 1864, Goes On Display at Carnton in Franklin For One Year


The battle flag of the 7th Texas Infantry, captured at Franklin in late November 1864 by the 24th Wisconsin Infantry and brought back to Wisconsin, is now on display in the museum at Carnton Plantation in Franklin.  The flag, part of a private collection, has been loaned to Carnton by its owner.  It was brought back to Wisconsin after the battle and remained there for many years being placed on display in the home town of the captor, a former captain of the 24th Wisconsin.  Thought to have been lost, the banner turned up in 2014 and was purchased and has now been conserved.


Although part of Patrick Cleburne’s Division, famous for their blue and white battle flags, the 7th Texas reverted to a flag issued to them in either late 1862 or early 1863 after their exchange from their capture at Fort Donelson.  This flag bears the Southern Cross (or saltier in flag terminology), the unit designation and a series of battle honors.  Unique to this flag is its fifteen white stars, a trademark of several flags associated with units and officer stationed in Mississippi where the Fort Donelson POW exchanges took place.  The flag is identical in style and construction to that of the 50th Tennessee Infantry at the Tennessee State Museum.  According to its history, the flag last flew at Missionary Ridge before being replaced by a Cleburne battle flag when the 7th Texas joined that division in 1864.  That flag remains missing today.


Brig. Gen. Hiram Granbury, killed leading his Texas Brigade at Franklin, was originally a company commander in the 7th Texas and was captured with the regiment at Fort Donelson.  The regiment arrived in the Tennessee theater in late 1861 and was first posted to Hopkinsville, KY where their ranks, and those of the Mississippi troops stationed there as well, were decimated by measles and other diseases.  The regiment fought in the Vicksburg Campaign at Raymond and other battles before coming back to Tennessee after Chickamauga.


This is a great chance to see a banner captured at Franklin that is not part of any museum collection.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mike Leopold on January 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    When is January 2016 meeting and where? I am visiting from Beaverton Oregon and if I was welcome as a guest one time fee or I would gladly pay a yearly due maybe I can coordinate with my travels Thank you


    • Posted by clarksvillecivilwar on January 7, 2016 at 1:03 am

      We meet at Fort Negley Visitors Center in Nashville, and our meetings are on the third Monday of the month. Our meeting in January will be on the 18th and it begins at 7:00. No admission fee needed! Fort Negley is at 1100 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203


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