August Meeting!

August 28th, 2017 – Our 101st meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  This is a special delayed meeting date due to the eclipse.


The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, August 28th, 2017, 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  – Finding Annie: The story of Annie Maxwell Claiborne and her time at Travellers Rest”


Many historians of the Battle of Nashville may have heard the name of Annie Claiborne,

sister-in law to John Overton II, and wife of Thomas Claiborne.  Most notable are stories passed down from her daughter of Annie’s time at Travellers Rest in the days leading up to the Battle of Nashville.  Anecdotal stories of a strong woman doing her best to protect and care for her sisters and daughters during the Civil War are mostly what we know of her, but what else is there to know about Annie?  What in her life helped her be the protecting force she was for Travellers Rest during the upheaval of war?


Please join us as we welcome Tonya Staggs, Education Director at Historic Travellers Rest in discovering who Mrs. Annie Maxwell Claiborne was by exploring aspects of her life during and beyond the Civil War.


Tonya Staggs is the Education Director at Historic Travellers Rest and has worked in some capacity at the site for over 15 years.  She has a history degree from the University of Tennessee and can usually be found talking about early 19th century fashion or museum education.  She has portrayed Annie Claiborne a number of times, and as such became fascinated with her story beyond the few anecdotal stories connected to Travellers Rest and the Civil War.

 We hope you will join us for this informative program.

Last Month’s meeting


Lee White, one of the fine historian rangers at Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military Park in northwest Georgia regaled us on the combat career of the Arkansas brigade of Daniel Govan.  Covering their formation in the western Confederate Army, the brigade first saw action under St. John Liddell who was eventually replaced by Govan, colonel of the 2nd Arkansas Infantry.  Govan led the brigade for the rest of 1863 and into 1864 where, during the late stages of the Atlanta Campaign at Jonesboro, in early September, 1864, Govan and much of his brigade were captured in battle.  Despite the ban on soldier exchanges earlier that year, Govan and his men were exchanged for Union General George Stoneman and his men, taken in action in August.  Govan would lead his brigade, part of the storied division of Patrick Cleburne at Franklin where his commander was killed in action.  Govan survived the war and returned to Arkansas for his post-war career.  Lee filled the program with great accounts of the events of this hard fighting brigade.  We thank Lee for coming up from Georgia for this fine program.




September 2017 – Allen Mesch, historian/author – “General Charles F. Smith” (Based on his recent book.  Smith fought at Fort Donelson and his troops took Clarksville.)

October 2017 – Edward Semmes, historian – “Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes”

November 2017 – David Lady, historian, Tennessee Valley CWRT – “Kansas Burning: The Raid On Lawrence”

December 2017 – Jim Lewis, Chief Ranger, Stones River National Battlefield – topic TBA

January 2018 – Todd Van Beck, Nashville CWRT – “They Changed Everything: Civil War Embalming Surgeons.”

February 2018 – Greg Biggs, author/historian – “The Question Was One Of Supplies: Sherman’s Logistics in The Atlanta Campaign”


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 2017-2018 fiscal year will be due at the May meeting.  Please plan on paying them at that month’s meeting if you have not already.  Your dues go to bringing in our speakers, donating to causes, etc. 




When your dues are paid you will be issued a new name badge with the fiscal year on it.  If you do not have a name badge 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 Civil War Roundtable News – We Are Moving To The Third Tuesday Of Each Month


I wish to announce the results of the voting on whether to keep the Nashville CWRT on the third Monday of each month or move it to the third Tuesday so as to line up with the Clarksville, Dover and Evansville CWRTs.  This vote was brought about by the demise of the Bowling Green CWRT which had been the third Tuesday.


The vote was unanimous from all of the members who voted, 27 to 0 to move to Tuesdays with one abstention.


So –starting with the September, 2017 meeting, the Nashville CWRT will meet at Fort Negley on the third Tuesday of each month.  Thanks to all of you who voted.


Fantastic Civil War Display at Fort Donelson, Dover, TN – September 9th-10th, 2017


A great display of Civil War artifacts, by some of the most recognized collectors from around the country will be on hand to exhibit their museum quality displays. This will take place on the weekend of September 9th-10th, 2017 at the Stewart County Visitors Center, 117 Visitors Center Lane, across from the entrance to Fort Donelson National Battlefield.  Some 50 tables of artifacts will be on display.  The event is free and open to the public.


If you love Civil War History – you will not want to miss this.  Have a Civil War item to sell, trade, or have appraised? This is your chance! There will even be some items for sale!  The event runs on Saturday, Sept. 9th from 9 AM to 3:30 PM and on Sunday, Sept. 10th from 9 Am to 2 PM.


For more information please email John Walsh at – or call (773) 610-1034


The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association Announces Fall Tour – The Civil War On The Upper Cumberland, September 2, 2017


Join Dr. Aaron Astor of Maryville College for a Three-Star tour along the upper Cumberland Plateau.  Visit sites that reveal stories about the most bitterly divided communities during the Civil War.   Participants will visit Travisville, the first Civil War military action in the state, as well as several sites related to the guerrilla war that drew in noted bushwhackers and pitted supporters of the Union and Confederacy against one another in some of the most remote landscape in Tennessee.

The driving tour will begin early Saturday morning at Cookeville and conclude by 1 pm near Sparta.  There will be short walks to some of the sites.

There is no fee for the tour but pre-registration will be required.  Watch for a tour announcement in August with additional details and a link to the registration form.  For more information and to register please email –


Dr. Astor will be speaking to the Nashville CWRT in 2018 on his fine book on the War on the Cumberland Plateau.

Lotz House, Franklin, TN. Civil War Symposium – Saturday, September 16th, 2017


The Lotz House is hosting a two-part symposium reflecting on the “Forgotten Battle of Franklin – Dec. 17, 1864“ and “10,000 Secrets Unearthed,” the largest caches of Confederate bullets ever unearthed in Middle Tennessee. Speakers include Lotz House historian Thomas Cartwright and Bryan Lane.


Cartwright will speak on the forgotten Battle of Franklin fought on December 17, 1864.  He will discuss the military aspects of this retreat from Nashville to Franklin, Spring Hill and Columbia, as well as how it affected the people.  Bryan Lane will speak on the battle from Columbia to Alabama. Lane is a lifelong student of American History. He recently published “Tennessee Hero: Confederate Brigadier General John Adams,” and his articles have appeared in Civil War Times Illustrated and Blue and the Gray Magazine. Additionally, we are also sharing the announcement and story of one of the largest caches of Confederate bullets ever unearthed or discovered in Middle Tennessee.  Renowned relic hunter William Henry unearthed a cast iron cooking pot filled with 10,000 Minie balls, which will soon be on display in the Lotz House. Each participant will receive one of these Minie bullets.  On Dec. 17, following the Battle of Nashville, the Confederates were retreating south down Franklin Rd.  This cache was unearthed north of the Harpeth River. Lotz House guide and avid metal detector Robert Blythe will join Andy Willoughby to make a presentation on metal detecting. They will discuss the significance of the Henry find and the current opportunities for metal detecting on the battlefield in Franklin


Seating is limited so register today by calling or emailing Laura Westbrook at the Lotz House, (615) 790-7190 or by  Tickets are $50 per person with lunch included.  The symposium is being held at Nashville-Franklin Elks Lodge #72 in Franklin beginning at 10 AM and ending at 2:30 PM.


Vet-Fest To be Held At Fort Negley, October 14-15, 2017


Vet Fest is an exciting and unique family oriented celebration at historic Fort Negley this October 14-15, 2017!  Co-hosts VETLINX and Operation Stand Down Tennessee, both nonprofit organizations are organizing VetFest, a large, free and fun event for military veterans and their family, friends, neighbors, and supporters.


The event is happening Saturday, October 14, from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, October 15, from 1 PM to 5 PM


The event is a Celebration of Service and is a family friendly festival featuring all day entertainment and activities for all ages, onsite Veteran resources, military history displays, contests, prize giveaways, and vendors.  Its purpose is to recognize military Veterans service and the service of their family members and increase awareness of and access to community resources.


Admission is free and there will be food vendors on site all weekend.  Parking will in the areas around Fort Negley.  Come and join us as we celebrate American Veterans!


Civil War News Subscription Contest – Win Lots of Great Books!


Each month, Jack Melton, editor and publisher of Civil War News, sends us free copies for our membership.  He is now running a fabulous subscription contest to get you to subscribe for each month’s issue.  Check this out:


Civil War News is excited to introduce a new quarterly promotion that we are sure our subscribers are going to love. It’s going to be a chance for you to help us build our readership while earning a chance to win great prizes. Refer as many friends as you can to subscribe to the Civil War News (new subscriptions only). There is a place on both the new subscription forms as well as the downloadable online version for new subscribers to note who referred them. Older forms will not have this option, so please make sure your name is noted for proper credit. For every new subscriber you refer, your name will go into a pool for a drawing to be held at the end of that quarter. This contest is open to individuals as well as groups (Round Tables, SCV, UCV, Preservation groups, etc.) who want to award the prize within their organization. Each new subscription you give as a gift will be considered as an entry for you, too.


Our first quarterly contest, sponsored by Savas Beatie Publishing Company, will begin immediately. The winner will be selected by a random drawing and announced on Saturday afternoon, December 2, 2017, at MK Shows Middle Tennessee Civil War Show in Franklin, Tenn. Show promoter, Mike Kent will officiate the drawing and announce the winner at the show. Attendance is not necessary to win. The winner will also be announced on the Civil War News Facebook page immediately after the drawing and will be contacted upon our return from the show.


Secondly, every individual CWN subscriber who refers five new subscribers will automatically receive a one-year subscription to Civil War News, in print or digital format, to keep or give away as a gift.


The grand prize for our first subscription drive is an amazing collection of 12 Civil War books which have been personally hand-picked by publisher Ted Savas for one lucky winner. The collection will consist of the following titles:


  • Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
  • Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church, May 3, 1863
  • Confederate General William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat
  • The First Battle for Petersburg: The Attack and Defense of the Cockade City, June 9, 1864
  • Divided Loyalties: Kentucky’s Struggle for Armed Neutrality in the Civil War
  • The Gettysburg Campaign in Numbers and Losses: Synopses, Orders of Battle, Strengths, Casualties, and Maps,

June 9 – July 14, 1863

  • A Little Short of Boats: The Battles of Ball’s Bluff & Edwards Ferry, October 21-22, 1861
  • The Maps of Bristoe Station and Mine Run: An Atlas of the Battles and Movements in the Eastern Theater after Gettysburg, Including Rappahannock Station, Kelly’s Ford, and Morton’s Ford, July 1863 – February 1864
  • “No Such Army Since the Days of Julius Ceasar”: Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign from Fayetteville to Averasboro, March 1865
  • The Rashness of That Hour: Politics, Gettysburg, and the Downfall of Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson
  • Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s “Valley Forge”
  • The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864

This total prize package, a collection of Civil War books, has a retail value of over $375. So, start today. Help your friends and relatives see what they have been missing out on by getting them to subscribe to the most popular and most read Civil War newspaper in print today, and get your name in the drawing as many times as you can for a chance to win this amazing collection of Civil War books.

Visit to start today. Make sure the name of the Nashville CWRT is put in the “Referred by” text box on the form or online.



Krista Castillo – President –

Gary Burke – Vice President –

Philip Duer – Treasurer and Preservation Liason –

Greg Biggs – Program Chair –



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