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November Newsletter and Meeting info (we’re cancelled)

Hello,

Due to several circumstances, including the possibility of bad weather (read snow), the November meeting of the Nashville CWRT is canceled.  Our scheduled speaker will be rebooked for 2019 and we are looking forward to his program.

In the meantime, some local Civil War programs of interest that we hope you support by attending.

Belle Meade Plantation Carriage House Conversations – Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Our friends at Belle Meade have a wonderful speaker series and the program for November is a great one.  Local Nashville historian Brian Allison, a gifted historian and terrific speaker, is presenting the program, “Seeing the Elephant: The Soldiers Experience in the Nashville Campaign 1864.”

The program begins at 5:30 and is free to the public.  For further information please email Andy Blair at andy.blair@bellemeadeplantation.com or call (615) 921-2525.

Battle of Nashville Preservation Preservation Society Announces Tennessee Campaign Seminar – Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Fort Negley

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society in conjunction with Fort Negley will host a one-day symposium in the Visitor Center auditorium during which four outstanding speakers will explore numerous interesting topics, ranging from Hood’s decisions after Atlanta to Civil War medicine.

The Symposium is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Admission is free to BONPS members whose dues are current.  Members can pay their $20.00 individual or $25.00 family annual dues in advance (payment is easy; just click on http://www.bonps.org/about-us/join/ ) , or they can pay at the door.  BONPS is encouraging its interested members to pay their annual dues for 2019 ASAP to help BONPS continue to preserve portions of the Battle of Nashville battlefield.

Admission is also free to members of Civil War Roundtables and the public.

The list of speakers is well-known to anyone with a serious interest in Civil War history:

GREG BIGGS:  Greg is a well-known historian and Civil War flag expert, who is heavily involved in the Clarksville and Nashville Civil War Roundtables.  He will speak on the status and condition of both armies as Atlanta is evacuated and Hood starts what will be the Tennessee campaign.  Gregg is a wonderful speaker who will hold your attention;

STEVE DAVIS:  An author and historian who lives in the Atlanta area, Steve will present his topic “The Bonnie Blue Flop”.  This presentation will be centered on the official records and communications, and lack thereof, between Hood, Beauregard, Richmond, and others as Hood evacuates Atlanta and begins to formulate his Tennessee campaign.  Symposium organizer Philip Duer noted that “This is a great presentation, one you won’t want to miss as it really cements the sequence of events of the beginning of the campaign and exposes the disjointed command of the Confederate Army.”

TOM FLAGEL:  A Columbia State Community College professor and author of many Civil War books, Tom will speak on the inability of the population in the ever-shrinking Confederacy to obtain battlefront news from Southern newspapers and periodicals.  “Anyone who has heard him speak will tell you he is a dynamic presenter.  I have heard this presentation and it is a good one,” Duer said.

DR. JIM ATKINSON:  A BONPS board member for many years and a Vanderbilt physician practicing and teaching in the pathology department, Jim will speak on the state of Civil War battlefield medicine during and at the end of the war.  This should be a very informative presentation and sure to dispel some myths.

Donuts and coffee will be available in the morning and a light snack at lunchtime.  BONPS members are encouraged to make sure that their membership is up to date.  Seating is limited so please email your reservation to Ellen Duer McClanahan.  Her email is as follows:  edmcclanahan79@gmail.com

The Nashville Civil War Roundtable resumes in December.  See you then – have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Greg Biggs/Nashville CWRT

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September Newsletter & Meeting Notice

September 18th, 2018 – Our 113th meeting!!  We continue our tenth year.  We now meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month!

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018, 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  – “The Red River Campaign – Politics, Cotton and Failure”

 

At this month’s meeting we will cross the Mississippi River to its western side to explore a land and water mission for which the Union hoped to claim Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.  The goal was to end Confederate control of the entire Southwest. Taking place between March 12 and May 20, 1864, the campaign has been written off as militarily insignificant, but Lincoln and his planners had much more in mind than battle. France’s emperor, Napoleon III, had renewed ambitions for a Western empire in an extremely cotton-rich region and with the Monroe Doctrine on hold, he felt free to invade Mexico. In one of the most complete victories of the war, one bright young Confederate tossed a large Union army AND navy out of the region and dominated the field for the remainder of the war. Complete entrapment narrowly missed, the Union saved a major wing of military and naval power whose loss might have meant starting over in the lower Mississippi Valley, perhaps even giving up New Orleans and Mobile.  Sadly, the campaign tied up a large number of troops that would have been with Sherman in Georgia, Gen. A.J. Smith’s XVI Corps (right wing).

 

Returning to speak to us is Kent Wright.  Kent is a member and former program chair of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table in Huntsville, AL.  A degreed Mechanical Engineer, Kent was a startup test engineer and trainer for nuclear plant operations for the General Electric Company. For the final 17 years of his career until retirement he was a nuclear training instructor for TVA. He was also a former nuclear navy steam propulsion specialist who has taken an interest in the steam navies of the mid-nineteenth century. Kent has devoted at least 30 years to research and writing of naval aspects of the American Civil War. He has given several round table talks on various Union and Confederate naval topics including ironclads, blockade and counter-blockade operations, river warfare, and international affairs associated with Civil War naval operations.

 

Kent is our resident area expert on all things Civil War Navy and knows his stuff!

Last Month’s meeting

 

Nancy McEntee, perhaps one of the most fascinating speakers we have ever had in terms of her personal accomplishments, regaled us with the story of Union Quartermaster Captain Webster Colburn and his time in Tennessee and the Civil War in general.  Presented with knowledge of the topic, and based on a large collection of letters from Captain Colburn in the hands of a personal friend who is his descendant.  Humor, sadness, frustration and more permeated Captain Colburn’s time in the Union Army and all of this and more was presented to us last month.  We thank Nancy for coming to speak to us.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

October 2018 – Gerald Augustus, author/historian – “The Battle of Campbell’s Station, Longstreet’s East Tennessee Campaign”

November 2018Dr. David Gregg, pastor, historian – “John Bell Hood in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1864”

December 2018 – Susan Witsofsky, historian – “Stewart County in the Civil War”

January 2019 – Donna Lucas, historian – “The Woman Behind the Man: Three Fascinating Confederate Couples – Mrs. John Gordon, Mrs. Sam Watkins and Betty Taylor”

June 2019 – Brad Butkovich, historian/author – “The Battle of Allatoona Pass: The First Battle of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign”

 

Some of our speakers are authors and bring books to sell at our meetings.  Please support them by buying their books.

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 2018-2019 fiscal year will be due at the May 2018 meeting – LAST MONTH!  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. 

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES THIS MONTH SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

 

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!

 

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Vetfest – A Celebration of American Military Veterans – Franklin, TN, Saturday, November 10, 2018

 

This year’s Vetfest will take place at historic Harlindale Farm in Franklin.  Located at 239 Franklin Road just north of downtown Franklin and the Harpeth River, this annual event celebrates American military veterans.  This year the whole family can attend and see entertainment, veterans owned businesses, a Kid’s Zone and much more.  Food trucks will be on hand.  The event begins at 9 Am and ends at 5 PM.  For more information please visit their web site – http://www.vetlinx.org.

 

A Message From Jim Lighthizer, American Battlefield Trust

 

Dear Friends,

 

My name is Jim Lighthizer — and it is my privilege to serve as president of the American Battlefield Trust, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today.

 

Since the founding of the Trust’s first predecessor organization — the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites — in the summer of 1987, we have successfully saved more than 50,000 acres of American battlefield land in 24 states.

 

But we have not reached this milestone alone.

 

Preservation is a partnership — and our success is rooted in working together with partners at all levels of government and individuals from across the country and around the world who share our passion for American history.

 

Suffice it to say: I would be hard-pressed to name a group of people more passionate about that history than the men and women of the Civil War Round Table community.

 

And, now more than ever, the Trust needs your help.

 

Earlier this year, Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia introduced H.R. 6108, the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program — a successful, dollar-for-dollar, federal matching-grants program that promotes the preservation of battlefields from the Civil War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812.

 

The grants provided by this program, competitively awarded by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, encourage state and private-sector investment in battlefield preservation. It is impossible to overstate here just how essential these grants have been, and remain, to the success of the Trust’s mission.

 

The battlefields saved as a result of the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants Program are among the most famous in American history, including Antietam, Md.; Appomattox and Fredericksburg, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Chickamauga, Ga.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Princeton, N.J.; and Shiloh, Tenn.

 

Currently, the program is authorized at $10 million per year; the Preserving America’s Battlefields Act would double that amount to $20 million annually. This figure includes up to $2 million a year for the restoration and interpretation of high-priority battlefield sites, helping to transform these battlegrounds into genuine heritage-tourism destinations.

 

I have attached a copy of the bill to this e-mail, with space at the top for supporters to be able to print and personally sign on as citizen cosponsors. I and all of us at the Trust would be grateful if you could circulate this attachment in turn to the members of your Civil War Round Table, then collect the signed copies and send these back to the Trust in a single batch for us to utilize in our ongoing advocacy effort to ensure the successful passage of this legislation.

 

Thank you for your consideration as well as your support — and we look forward to hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Coussan of my staff with any questions regarding this effort via e-mail at pcoussan@battlefields.org or via phone at 202-367-1861, ext. 7218.

 

Sincerely,  Jim Lighthizer

 

Braxton Bragg Tries Again: Another Chickamauga (Mis-ad) Venture – Tour of the Early Phases of the Chickamauga Campaign – November 3, 2018

 

The wonderful folks at the Kennesaw State University Civil War Center in Kennesaw, GA have developed another fine tour for Civil War buffs and this one is really good with a great guide – Chickamauga/Chattanooga National Military park Historian Jim Ogden and center director Dr. Brian Wills.  Here’s the details:

 

It was an angry Braxton Bragg who rode out of McLemore’s Cove on the evening of September 11th, 1863.  Recalcitrant subordinates had frittered away an opportunity to have crushed a significant portion of George Thomas’ Fourteenth Corps!  But while the 11th had proved to be (another) day of frustration, intelligence had been gathered that more clearly showed how widely separated were the major elements of the enemy’s force.  Perhaps there were still offensive opportunities.  Even before the 11th ended, orders began to stream from Bragg’s LaFayette headquarters to units unengaged in McLemore’s Cove—be ready to march at daylight.

There’s essentially a week between the missed opportunity of McLemore’s Cove (September 10-11, 1863) and what became the Battle of Chickamauga (September 18-20, 1863).  In this day long bus tour, we’ll look at Bragg’s second try for a battle in the West Chickamauga Creek watershed and set the stage for what did become the Battle of Chickamauga as we know it.  We’ll return to Bragg’s LaFayette headquarters and then ride with the North Carolinian as he went to join Leonidas Polk for a strike on Tom Crittenden; we’ll see ground of the Rock Spring-Lee & Gordon’s Mills venture and visit the surviving post-war Lee & Gordon’s Mills where the Assistant Commissary of Subsistence will provide us with our mid-day repast catered by Oakwood Cafe, the Dalton eatery that supplied our delicious meal in April!  We’ll then transition to an exploration of what became Bragg’s plan that does bring on the Battle of Chickamauga we know, in no small part thanks to the accurate intelligence gathered by the “Wizard in the Saddle” Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry.  We’ll visit sites like Leet’s Tanyard and Peavine Church that take us to the eve of the history book’s clash in the valley of the “River of Death.”  It will be a day that further illustrates that there’s much more to the Civil War than just the big battles and that as it was lived, it might have been a very different war.  Join us as BRAGG TRIES AGAIN!  – Jim Ogden

 

The fees are:  $69 for General Admission – $59 for Kennesaw Corps Members.  The fee covers the bus, tour guides and lunch.  The tour runs from 8 AM to 5 PM and leaves from 3391 Town Point Drive in Kennesaw.  To register online please go to –

 

https://epay.kennesaw.edu/C20923_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2160

 

Two Weeks Of Fury – The War in the Carolinas Campaign and Symposium – September 28-30, 2018

 

The Civil War in the West ended in the Carolinas when William T. Sherman took his veteran army that had marched from Atlanta to Savannah crossed over into South Carolina aiming to link up with Union forces under U.S. Grant in Virginia.  Facing Sherman was a ragtag Confederate army, veterans of what was left of the Army of Tennessee after the Tennessee Campaign and such forces as could be cobbled together to stop him under General Joseph Johnston, Braxton Bragg and others.

 

If you have never been to these sites then this tour is for you.  You will see the following battlefields – Monroe’s Crossroads (in the middle of Fort Bragg), Wise’s Forks, Averasboro and Bentonville.  Sponsored by the Friends of Bentonville Battlefield and others the tour also comes with a symposium featuring nationally known speakers Dr. John Marszalek and Dr. Craig Symonds.  Tours are led by veteran tour guides Eric Wittenberg, Wade Sokolosky, Mark Smith and Dr, Mark Bradley, all of whom have been published on this campaign.

 

For details and more call (910) 594-0789 Ext. 203 or visit the web site –

 

www.fobb.net/2018symposium

Civil War on the Internet?  Try the Cincinnati Civil War Roundtable’s Web Site

 

We all enjoy messing about on the Internet looking for Civil War and other historical things.  Most Civil War Roundtables have web sites but not that many offer what can be found on the site of the Cincinnati CWRT.  Articles of interest, presentations from their learned members, upcoming events in the Ohio/Kentucky region, book reviews, interesting people and much more can be found at – http://cincinnaticwrt.org/wordpress/newsletter/september-2018/

 

Cincy is only 5 hours from Nashville so if you find something on the site that you would like to visit, like Ohio troops training Camp, Camp Dennison, or the James Ramage Civil War Museum across the river in Kentucky, then this site will be fun and informative.

 

 

July Newsletter and Meeting Notice

July 17th, 2018 – Our 111th meeting!!  We continue our tenth year.  We now meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month!

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on TUESDAY, July 17th, 2018, 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 “Devil” Of A Situation: Forrest’s Attack on Fort Pillow”

 

As Confederate major general Nathan Bedford Forrest approached a small isolated fortification on the banks of the Mississippi north of Memphis in April 1864, he would soon become associated with one of the Civil War’s most infamous episodes.  The fall of Fort Pillow left the Union garrison of between 557 and 580 black and white Union troops with between 277 and 297 deaths or mortal wounds; 64 percent attributed to the black units and 31-34 percent to the white Tennesseans.  The toll for the attacking Confederates rested at 14 killed and 86 wounded.  The most devastating of the Union losses came early in the fighting when the commander, Major Lionel F. Booth, suffered a fatal wound while standing near one of the fort’s embrasures, forcing leadership to pass to Tennessee Unionist, Major William F. Bradford.       Forrest’s ability to recognize and take advantage of terrain features and other elements, the miscalculations of the Union commanders, and the panic attendant to the disintegration of the fort’s defense, including the chaotic nature of the fighting as it concluded, in addition to the attitudes and emotions of the combatants, all contributed to the unusually high loss of life for the defenders.

 

Following an investment of the fort, Forrest sought to achieve a surrender of the garrison.  The failure to accomplish this outcome left the Confederates with the necessity of subduing the defenders by assault.  Forrest’s men quickly swarmed over the parapet and scattered their opponents.  In the chaos and panic of broken and pursuing troops, any sense of order evaporated, especially below the bluffs on which the inner works were situated.  Many tried to surrender, while others plunged into the water to escape; still others continued to resist, all the while under a hail of Confederate fire.  A plan to cover the retreat with support from the gunboat New Era proved impossible on account of the earlier expenditure of much of the vessel’s ordnance and Forrest’s placement of Southern troops along the riverbank near the landing.

A United States Congressional investigation of the disaster resulted in the conclusion that “an indiscriminate slaughter” had taken place after the fort had fallen, “sparing neither age nor sex, white or black, soldier or civilian.”  This “massacre” had featured terrifying examples of brutality, including the burning and burying of live victims.  At the same time, Forrest consistently refused to accept that the deaths at Fort Pillow amounted to any more than would be attributable to combat and that his policy toward prisoners reflected accepted practices.  Yet, accusations of massacre and atrocity continued.  In any case, the Confederate capture of the fort, with its garrison of Tennessee Unionists and African American troops became the most controversial moment of his wartime career.

 

The isolated post and its leadership had offered little match for the Confederates, but in the latter stage of the fight General Forrest lost control of his men, some of whom killed members of the Union garrison who should have been spared.  Fort Pillow fit into patterns of behavior in warfare that occurred before and after 1864 and elsewhere in that bloody year of the conflict.  The degree to which Nathan Bedford Forrest was a hero, as the “Wizard of the Saddle” despite the actions of April 12, 1864, or a villain, as Sherman noted with the name, “That Devil Forrest,” or more widely as the “Butcher of Fort Pillow,” has remained a matter of heated debate.

 

Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.  He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War.  His latest publication is Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War (Kansas, 2017) and has just be named as the 2018 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award winner for the best book on a Civil War topic for the year 2017 presented by the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta.

 

His biography of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest (HarperCollins) is currently in reprint as The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest (Kansas).  This work was chosen as both a History Book Club selection and a Book of the Month Club selection.

 

His other titles include The River was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow (Oklahoma, 2014); Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory (Louisiana State University, 2013); George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel (Kansas, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2013 Harwell Award; Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia, (Virginia, 2001) and an updated edition of the James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., Civil War Sites in Virginia (Virginia, 2011).

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Historian Aaron Astor gave us an in-depth study of the Civil War on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.  While some might list this as a near vacant zone, Dr. Astor showed that a lot of events took place in this region, which could be argued is Tennessee’s fourth region.  Beginning with the regions geography and how that influenced the political and military events in the region, Dr. Astor carried forward to the people and the main characters involved in what would become internecine warfare of a particularly brutal kind.  “Champ” Ferguson and “Tinker” Dave Beaty both were deeply involved in attacks against political foes as the Civil War swirled around them.  This was one of the most interesting and unique programs we have ever had – informative, entertaining and different – and presented by a fine historian.  We appreciate Dr. Astor coming to visit with us!

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

August 2018 – Dr. Nancy McEntee, author/historian – “Haversacks, Hardtack, and Unserviceable Mules; the Civil War Journey of a Union Quartermaster in Tennessee”

September 2018 – Kent Wright, historian/author – “The Red River Campaign”

October 2018 – Gerald Augustus, author/historian – “The Battle of Campbell’s Station, Longstreet’s East Tennessee Campaign”

November 2018Dr. David Gregg, pastor, historian – “John Bell Hood in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1864”

December 2018 – Susan Witsofsky, historian – “Stewart County in the Civil War”

January 2019 – Donna Lucas, historian – “The Woman Behind the Man: Three Fascinating Confederate Couples – Mrs. John Gordon, Mrs. Sam Watkins and Betty Taylor”

June 2019 – Brad Butkovich, historian/author – “The Battle of Allatoona Pass: The First Battle of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign”

 

Some of our speakers are authors and bring books to sell at our meetings.  Please support them by buying their books.

 

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 2018-2019 fiscal year will be due at the May 2018 meeting – LAST MONTH!  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. 

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES THIS MONTH SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

 

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!

 

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Vetfest – A Celebration of American Military Veterans – Franklin, TN, Saturday, November 10, 2018

 

This year’s Vetfest will take place at historic Harlindale Farm in Franklin.  Located at 239 Franklin Road just north of downtown Franklin and the Harpeth River, this annual event celebrates American military veterans.  This year the whole family can attend and see entertainment, veterans owned businesses, a Kid’s Zone and much more.  Food trucks will be on hand.  The event begins at 9 Am and ends at 5 PM.  For more information please visit their web site – http://www.vetlinx.org.

Congress of Civil War Roundtables Announce Annual Meeting and Tour – August 17-19, 2018

In 2017, the Congress of Civil War Roundtables met for the first time to discuss planning and other items designed to help sustain and grow the Civil War Roundtable movement.  This comes at a time when it seems that interest in the Civil War is declining what with schools not doing a good enough job teaching this important era and thus not helping to create a new generation of Civil War buffs who would join CWRTs.  The congress was the brainchild of Mike Movius of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable in Seattle, WA.  Numerous other CWRTs have joined in.

 

This nationally focused organization had a very successful first meeting in Centreville, VA, and now continue with their 2018 meeting to be held in Harrisburg, PA this coming August.

 

Sustaining and growing CWRTs is the focus of the CWRT Congress.  Last year, they held a very successful symposium hosted by the Bull Run CWRT in Centreville, VA.  (To read what attendees had to say, click this link: http://www.pscwrt.org/activities/CWRT-congress/2017-congress.html)

This year, the congress will be held in Harrisburg, PA hosted by the National Civil War Museum with assistance from the Harrisburg CWRT.  The agenda this year is much expanded to include a reception on Friday, August 17 including a behind the scenes tour of the museum and a presentation by Chris Mackowski on That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy.

On Saturday, the congress begins with “takeaways” including enhanced fundraising and speaker recruitment, no cost marketing, preservation and CWRT assistance and social media as the lynchpin to 21st century marketing.  Following the congress, there will be a book signing with eleven Civil War historians and authors, a networking opportunity and dinner at the museum.

On Sunday, Wayne Motts, CEO of the museum and licensed battlefield guide, will be conducting a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.

To learn more about the 2018 CWRT Congress, to register for the event and to get a discounted rate at a local hotel, click the button below or use the following link:

 

http://www.pscwrt.org/activities/CWRT-congress.html

 

We hope that you can attend this wonderful event.

 

February Meeting Notice and Newsletter!

February 20th, 2018 – Our 106th meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  We now meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month!

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on TUESDAY, February 20th, 2018, 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  – “Equipping the Confederate Cavalryman.”

 

The Confederate (and for that matter the Union) cavalryman dealt with a lot more equipment than the infantryman of both sides.  This of course had to do with the fact that he rode to battle and often fought mounted as well as dismounted.  As such, his equipment contained a lot more for him to care for, replace when damaged or lost than the foot soldiers.

 

We had weapons like pistols, shotguns, muskets or carbines (compared to the foot soldier with their muskets, either rifled or smoothbore) to supply and care for.  Then the same materials as the infantry: haversacks, cartridge boxes for ammunition, bedrolls, shoes, uniforms, shirts, socks and underwear.

 

But the horse trooper had tack for the horse; saddles, bridles and blankets which, if lost or damaged, rendered him useless until re-equipped.  And of course there was the horse, which he had to take great care of especially since most Confederate cavalrymen brought horses from their homes.  If killed or rendered lame or wounded, until the Confederacy began to supply horses, the trooper had to go back home and get a new one.

 

Our speaker this month is Myers Brown, of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and an acknowledged expert on the cavalry not to mention an accomplished horseman.

Using accurate reproductions, Myers will explore the varieties of horse equipage available to and used by the Confederate cavalrymen. Additionally, he will also look briefly at the weapons and clothing of these hard riding horse soldiers.  A very nice display will be set up to showcase this equipment so you can see it up close and personal.

 

Myers Brown is a native of Old Hickory, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in history from Oglethorpe University and his M.A. in public history from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a Fellow and a former Governor of the Company of Military Historians and is on the advisory boards for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, and the Tennessee Great War Commission.

 

Currently, Myers is employed as an archivist at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and works with the Archives Development Program. Prior to joining the Tennessee State Library and Archives, he served as a curator with the Tennessee State Museum, the Alabama Historical Commission, and as Curator of Military History at the Atlanta History Center. He also served as the chairman of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

 

He is the author of two books: Images of Tennessee’s Union Cavalrymen was published in December 2008, and Images of Tennessee Confederates in April 2011. He served as editor of the Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Volume 5, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Cavalry in West Tennessee, published in April 2013.

 

He is an adjunct professor at Goodpasture Christian School and has also taught at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Cumberland University in Lebanon, and Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.

 

Myers is married to Angie and they have a daughter named Morgan. They reside in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

 

We hope that you will attend this informative meeting and learn about the service arm that was very important in Tennessee’s Civil war history.

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Due to the wonderful weather we (and the Clarksville CWRT) had to cancel our meeting.  We thankfully have Todd Van Beck reset for April.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

March 2018 – Larry Krumenaker, author/historian – “Walking The Line: The Civil War Defenses of Atlanta”

April 2018 – Todd Van Beck – “They Changed Everything: Civil War Embalming Surgeons.”

August 2018 – Dr. Nancy McEntee, author/historian – “Major Webster Coleman, Union Quartermaster.”

 

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. 

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES THIS MONTH SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

 

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!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Fort Negley Second Saturday Guided Tours

 

Join the staff at Fort Negley the second Saturday of each month at 2 pm to learn about the 90 year story of Fort Negley Park including the 155 year-old historic Fort Negley. Join us for the one mile guided walking tour led by a staff historian. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  This is a wonderful chance to learn about the history of the fort as well as its construction – and the view of downtown Nashville is amazing!

 

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Anniversary Events – February 2018

 

The fine folks at Fort Donelson will celebrate the 156th Anniversary of the Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign – one of the most critical Union victories of the war as it opened up both the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to invasion.  U.S. Grant’s victory sealed the fates of Clarksville and Nashville, the first Confederate state capitol to fall.  The programs are as follows:

 

The African American Story at Fort Donelson Caravan Tour, February 15, 2:30 p.m.

Tour Stop #3 Park Ranger Susan Hawkins

 

“A Surrender Most Disgraceful,” February 16, 11:30 a.m.

Tour Stop #10 Jim Jobe, retired NPS Historian

 

Galvanized Yankees – Confederate POWs Who Joined the Union Army, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Stewart County Visitor Center Dr. Michele Butts, Professor of History, Austin Peay State University

 

The Gunboats at Fort Donelson, February 16, 2:15 p.m.

Tour Stop #4 Jim Jobe, retired NPS Historian

 

Everything You Need to Know about Ironclad Gunboats: Construction & Weaponry

February 16, 3:15 p.m.  Tour Stop #4 Kendall Gott, Historian

 

Battlefield Caravan Tour, February 17, 9:00 a.m.

Stewart County Visitor Center with Kendall Gott, Historian

 

Fort Donelson Soldiers in Camp, February 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tour Stop #3   Volunteer Reenactors

 

Infantry and Artillery Demonstrations, February 17, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00

Main Park Entrance, 120 Fort Donelson Park Road, Dover, TN 9th KY Volunteer Infantry (USA)

 

Encampment of the Ninth KY Infantry, February 18, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Main Park Entrance 9th KY Volunteer Infantry

 

The Fort Donelson Visitors Center is being renovated at their current park center is across Highway 79 at the Stewart County Visitors Center on the left side of the road.  Fort Heiman is well west of there and north of Highway 79 in Kentucky after crossing the Tennessee River.  The park has done a fine job of interpretation and the view of where Fort Henry was is amazing if you have not been there before.  Kendall Gott wrote the book, Where The South Lost the Civil War on the Henry-Donelson campaign and he is a staff historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  The tour stop numbers can be found on the parks map brochure.

 

The best way to get to Fort Donelson from Nashville is head west on I-24 to Exit 8 – US Hwy 79.  Get off and turn left.  Take this to 101st Airborne Parkway – TN Hwy 374 – head west.  Stay on this until it ends at US Hwy 79.  Turn right and stay on this into Dover.  It is 45 minutes from Clarksville to Dover and Fort Donelson.  Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.

 

CHICKAMAUGA-CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK STUDY IN THE WOODS TOUR – MARCH, 2018

 

Chickamauga Seminar in the Woods, 2018 by award winning author/historian Dave Powell

 

Every March for about the past fifteen years, I have been organizing a two-day, in-depth battlefield tour of Chickamauga and surrounding battlefields. With that in mind…

Spring is coming!  For those interested, here are the details for the March 2018 Resaca & Chickamauga tour:

 

CCNMP Study Group 2018 Seminar in the Woods. Mission Statement: 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 & Chattanooga National Military Park, as well as explore other nearby Civil War-related sites.

 

Tour Leaders:  Jim Ogden, CCNMP historian, and Dave Powell

 

Date: Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2018; By bus and car caravan.  All tours begin and end at the Visitor’s Center, CCNMP.

 

By Bus:

 

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00: Battle of Resaca, May 14 – 15, 1864

 

On Friday we will finish our exploration of the Battle of Resaca, spending time on the area east of Camp Creek Valley (east of I-75) and the retreat from Resaca.

 

Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Q&A Panel with Jim Ogden, Dave Powell, and Lee White.  Site: Constitution Hall, 201 Forrest Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA

 

Third annual open-forum question and answer period with Park Rangers Jim Ogden and Lee White.

 

Car Caravan – Saturday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: Heg Attacks!

 

On Saturday morning, we will explore the attack of Col. Hans Heg’s brigade of Federal Infantry, sent into the woods just north of Viniard Field in order to strike the flank of those Confederates then fighting in the area of Brock Field. Instead Heg’s four regiments ran headlong into Bushrod Johnson’s Division of Hood’s Corps. A long afternoon of deadly, see-saw fighting ensued.

 

Car Caravan – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Abandoned on Horseshoe Ridge.

 

On Saturday afternoon, we will revisit one of the most famous stories of Chickamauga; the plight of the 21st Ohio, 22nd Michigan, and 89th Ohio. Essentially abandoned on Horseshoe Ridge, these three regiments ended up captured as two Confederate infantry brigades closed in on their position.

 

Costs:

 

Friday’s Tours will be via tour bus. Pre-registration and Fee required: $45, due by February 1, 2018.  Sign-up after February 1 or on-site Fee (based on space available): $50

 

Saturday: no charge.

 

Fees raised in excess of our costs (as well as any donations) will be used to support the causes of battlefield preservation, interpretation, and renovation.

 

In 2017 the Study Group donated $500 to the Civil War Trust, helping to preserve battlefield land at Brown’s Ferry and Reed’s Bridge; and $500 to the Jewell Monument fund, run by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, for maintenance and restoration needs.

 

Send to (and make checks payable to):

David Powell

522 Cheyenne Drive

Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

 

Please also note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2018. Once we are committed to the bus, we will be charged the booking fee, no matter what.  Please note that everyone is responsible for their own lodging, meals, snacks and incidentals.

And If You Cannot Make That Chickamauga Tour Then Support The Kenosha Civil War Museum On Their Full Chickamauga Tour In October, 2018

The Civil War Museum 2018 Chickamauga/Chattanooga Tour – Guide is Dave Powell

 

TOUR DATES – Sunday, October 21, to Wednesday, October 24, 2018

 

COST OF THE TOUR – Early Bird Registration Prior to April 13, 2018

Museum Members $655 per person double occupancy

Museum Members $865 per person single occupancy

Non-Members $700 per person double occupancy

Non-Members $910 per person single occupancy

Registration After April 13, 2018

Museum Members $705 per person double occupancy

Museum Members $915 per person single occupancy

Non-Members $750 per person double occupancy

Non-Members $960 per person single occupancy

 

TOUR COST INCLUDES Hotel stay for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights; all lunches and dinners; all motor coach services, Tour Guides, admissions, evening programs. A cash-bar is available Monday and Tuesday dinners. All breakfasts are on-your-own (the hotel offers a

complimentary breakfast.)

 

TOUR BASE HOTEL – Hampton Inn, Ringgold, Georgia, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Georgia, 30736, 706-935-4800

 

TRANSPORTATION – Attendees are responsible for their own transportation from their homes to the base hotel. Flights can be arranged through Chattanooga International Airport. Ground transportation from the airport must be arranged on your own.

 

ROOMMATES – Indicate the name of the person with whom you wish to share a room. If you would like help in finding a roommate, please let the museum know at registration and we will attempt to find you a roommate. If a roommate cannot be found, the single occupancy rate must be paid.

 

MAKING RESERVATIONS – Reservations for the trip can be made by mail, in person, or by phone at 262-653-4140 with a credit card.

 

CANCELLATIONS – A full refund will only be issued for a space canceled by September 7, 2018, or if the trip is canceled. A refund will be issued after that date only if a suitable replacement can be found for the canceled space.

 

2018 Chickamauga/Chattanooga Tour Itinerary

 

Sunday, October 21

3:00 – 6:00PM Check In at the Hampton Inn, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold

GA

6:00 – 7:00PM Welcome Dinner at the Hampton Inn Ball Room

7:00 – 8:00PM Dinner Program

 

Monday, October 22 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own

8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chattanooga, TN, Civil War sites with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch at Sugar’s Ribs, Chattanooga

1:00 – 5:00PM Tour Chattanooga, TN, Civil War sites with Dave Powell

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner at Mt. Vernon Restaurant, Chattanooga

 

Tuesday, October 23 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own

8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch at Park Place Restaurant

1:00 – 4:30PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner at El Matador Restaurant

 

Wednesday, October 24 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own and Check Out

8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Box Lunch on Battlefield

1:00 – 3:30PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

3:30PM Return to Hotel

 

Hotel Location:  Hampton Inn Ringgold Georgia, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, GA 30736

706-935-4800

 

For more information please email Doug Dammann, Kenosha Civil War Museum at – ddammann@kenosha.org

 

NASHVILLE CWRT OFFICERS

Krista Castillo – President – Krista.Castillo@nashville.gov

Gary Burke – Vice President – Escaped886@yahoo.com

Philip Duer – Treasurer and Preservation Liason – pwduer@gmail.com

Greg Biggs – Program Chair – Biggsg@charter.net

January Meeting & Newsletter

January 16th, 2018 – Our 106th meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  We now meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month!

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on TUESDAY, January 16th, 2018, 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  – “They Changed Everything: Civil War Embalming Surgeons.”

 

The number of deaths, from combat and disease, in the American Civil War was staggering.  The nation never expected this when the war began in 1861.  The sheer numbers of dead, and even more wounded, forced both sides to deal with medical issues like never before.  War often brings about big technological and other changes and this war was no exception.

Ever heard of the names Holmes, Bunnell, Prunk, Brown & Alexander, Hutton, Scollay, Buchley, Plant?  Actually the list could go on further.  These men represent just a small example of the individuals who served as embalming surgeons during the Civil War.  This was tough work, and over time embalming surgeons have been either assailed as con artists or saints.  There is not much middle ground here.  However both assessments, as with most sweeping historical assessments miss the truth.  There is a great usually untold story about the mission, activities, and long lasting results for American culture which has lasted to this very day because of the work of these individuals.  Make no mistake the embalming surgeons in the Civil War changed the way American’s cared for their dead permanently.  Their story needs to be told, and this presentation is a humble attempt to do just that.

Our speaker this month is Todd Van Beck of Nashville.  Mr. Van Beck has been in funeral service and bereavement care and church lay ministry for over 48 years.  He began his mortuary career in Omaha, NE and over the years he has been involved with a variety of funeral/embalming/educational and operational activities touching most areas of this vocation.

Mr. Van Beck is an author and speaker on a wide variety of topics from funeral customs and practices, burial and cremation history, operational business practices to counseling and dealing with grief.  He has lectured internationally from New Zealand to Germany.

Originally from Iowa, he was not born into a funeral services family.  At age five he decided he wanted to be a funeral services director. To that end he holds an honorary doctorate degree from the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service; a Master’s Degree in Religion from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary; a Bachelors of Arts from Mt. Mercy University and a professional diploma in funeral service arts and sciences from New England Institute in Boston.  He has received several honors from the funeral and embalming industry over his career.  He has had long service in the funeral home industry, embalming, hospice care and academic institutions where he continues to serve.

We hope you will make a point to attend this unique and interesting program on a medical aspect of the Civil War.  In other words – do NOT miss this meeting.  It is informative and actually very entertaining!

Last Month’s meeting

 

Last month’s program by Jim Lewis, Chief Ranger at Stones River National Battlefield, was one of the best this CWRT has ever had.  Focusing on the life and transformation of William Holland, who is buried right next to the Stones River National Cemetery, Jim detailed his life as a slave, who escaped the plantation where he was held and got to the Union lines.  There he, like so many other escaped and liberated slaves, went to work for the Union Army.  With the raising of the United States Colored Troops regiments, Holland joined up serving in the 111th USCT.  After being mustered out in 1865, Holland, looking for work, signed on with the crew building the Union cemetery at Stones River.  These men brought buried Union soldiers from Alabama to Kentucky and around Middle Tennessee and reburied them.  Finally earning enough money to buy some property, Holland built his house, married and raised a family.  After his passing, Holland was buried right next to what is now Stones River National Cemetery which is next to the land that he owned and the site at which he worked.  The transformation from being born as property into being a property owner is an American tale told brilliantly by Jim Lewis.  We hope to have him back again very soon.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

February 2018 – Myers Brown, author/historian – “Equipping the Confederate Cavalryman”

March 2018 – Larry Krumenaker, author/historian – “Walking The Line: The Civil War Defenses of Atlanta”

 

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. 

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES THIS MONTH SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

 

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!

 

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Fort Negley Second Saturday Guided Tours

Join the staff at Fort Negley the second Saturday of each month at 2 pm to learn about the 90 year story of Fort Negley Park including the 155 year-old historic Fort Negley. Join us for the one mile guided walking tour led by a staff historian. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.  This is a wonderful chance to learn about the history of the fort as well as its construction – and the view of downtown Nashville is amazing!

Stones River Battlefield Tour with the Knoxville CWRT – Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Please join the members of the Knoxville CWRT on Saturday, January 20th, 2018, as we visit the Stones River National Battlefield to learn about the battle and the men who fought it. We are lucky to have as our guide Jim Lewis. Jim, who was last with us in January of 2017 to talk about Hell’s Half Acre, a portion of the battlefield, has been a park ranger and de-facto historian at Stones River National Battlefield since 1997.  Jim spoke at the Nashville CRWT last month.

This will be an all-day event come rain or shine. The tour will begin at 9:30 AM (CST) at the Stones River Visitors Center and will end after 5 PM (CST). Please dress appropriately for the weather, which could be very cold, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

We will meet at the Stones River Visitor Center a little after 9 AM. People will have the opportunity to use the bathrooms at the Visitor Center and will have some time to look through the park museum prior to starting the tour. We will have a one hour break for lunch and will restart the tour immediately after the hour. We suggest bringing snacks and drinks and strongly suggest bringing a packed lunch to avoid delays that have occurred on past tours.

We currently have 28 people who have signed up for the tour. If you plan to go and have not yet responded, please email me njwilliams85@gmail.com or Norman Shaw shawclan4@bellsouth.net so that we can add your name to the list. Should you need to cancel after signing up, please let Norman or me know as soon as possible.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Anniversary Events – February 2018

The fine folks at Fort Donelson will celebrate the 156th Anniversary of the Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign – one of the most critical Union victories of the war as it opened up both the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers to invasion.  U.S. Grant’s victory sealed the fates of Clarksville and Nashville, the first Confederate state capitol to fall.  The programs are as follows:

Interpretive Walk at Fort Heiman, February 3, 2:00 p.m.

Fort Heiman Pavilion, 682 Fort Heiman Road, New Concord, KY Larry Ray, historian and author

 

Interpretive Hike at Fort Donelson, February 14, 11:00 a.m.

Tour Stop #3 Park Ranger Susan Hawkins

 

The African American Story at Fort Donelson Caravan Tour, February 15, 2:30 p.m.

Tour Stop #3 Park Ranger Susan Hawkins

 

“A Surrender Most Disgraceful,” February 16, 11:30 a.m.

Tour Stop #10 Jim Jobe, retired NPS Historian

 

Galvanized Yankees – Confederate POWs Who Joined the Union Army, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Stewart County Visitor Center Dr. Michele Butts, Professor of History, Austin Peay State University

 

The Gunboats at Fort Donelson, February 16, 2:15 p.m.

Tour Stop #4 Jim Jobe, retired NPS Historian

 

Everything You Need to Know about Ironclad Gunboats: Construction & Weaponry

February 16, 3:15 p.m.  Tour Stop #4 Kendall Gott, Historian

 

Battlefield Caravan Tour, February 17, 9:00 a.m.

Stewart County Visitor Center with Kendall Gott, Historian

 

Fort Donelson Soldiers in Camp, February 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tour Stop #3   Volunteer Reenactors

 

Infantry and Artillery Demonstrations, February 17, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00

Main Park Entrance, 120 Fort Donelson Park Road, Dover, TN 9th KY Volunteer Infantry (USA)

 

Encampment of the Ninth KY Infantry, February 18, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Main Park Entrance 9th KY Volunteer Infantry

The Fort Donelson Visitors Center is being renovated at their current park center is across Highway 79 at the Stewart County Visitors Center on the left side of the road.  Fort Heiman is well west of there and north of Highway 79 in Kentucky after crossing the Tennessee River.  The park has done a fine job of interpretation and the view of where Fort Henry was is amazing if you have not been there before.  Kendall Gott wrote the book, Where The South Lost the Civil War on the Henry-Donelson campaign and he is a staff historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  The tour stop numbers can be found on the parks map brochure.

The best way to get to Fort Donelson from Nashville is head west on I-24 to Exit 8 – US Hwy 79.  Get off and turn left.  Take this to 101st Airborne Parkway – TN Hwy 374 – head west.  Stay on this until it ends at US Hwy 79.  Turn right and stay on this into Dover.  It is 45 minutes from Clarksville to Dover and Fort Donelson.  Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.

Dalton, GA Civil War Show and Symposium – February 3-4, 2018 – NW Georgia Trade Center

The next Civil War show will be held at the NW Georgia Trade Center on the slopes of historic Rocky Face Ridge in Dalton, GA on Saturday and Sunday, February 3-4, 2018.  A smaller show than Franklin but with most of the same dealers, this show is only 3 hours from Middle Tennessee – and you can make it a weekend and tour some of Dalton’s many Civil War sites for the Atlanta Campaign.

Civil War News has taken over the Saturday (Feb. 3rd) symposium from local historian John Fowler that runs on the first day only of the show.  The program runs from 10 AM to 1:30 PM and features the following historians:

Gould Hagler – Atlanta based author/historian – My Favorite Confederate Monuments in Georgia and Alabama

Salvatore Cilella – Atlanta based author/historian – The Graphic War: Collecting Civil War Prints for Fun and Profit

Michael Shaffer – historian/author – Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War

Steve Davis – historian/author – Gen. John Bell Hood’s Efforts to Defend Atlanta, July 18-Sept. 1, 1864

The speakers will have their books for sale at the event.  Admission is included with the Civil War show admission.

The event is located at Exit 333 off I-75, Walnut Avenue.  Turn right and head up the slope a bit.  Dug Gap Battlefield Park is a little further uphill from there is you wish to visit that.

CHICKAMAUGA-CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK STUDY IN THE WOODS TOUR – MARCH, 2018

Chickamauga Seminar in the Woods, 2018 by award winning author/historian Dave Powell

 

Every March for about the past fifteen years, I have been organizing a two-day, in-depth battlefield tour of Chickamauga and surrounding battlefields. With that in mind…

Spring is coming!  For those interested, here are the details for the March 2018 Resaca & Chickamauga tour:

 

CCNMP Study Group 2018 Seminar in the Woods. Mission Statement: 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 & Chattanooga National Military Park, as well as explore other nearby Civil War-related sites.

 

Tour Leaders:  Jim Ogden, CCNMP historian, and Dave Powell

 

 

Date: Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 2018; By bus and car caravan.  All tours begin and end at the Visitor’s Center, CCNMP.

 

By Bus:

 

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00: Battle of Resaca, May 14 – 15, 1864

 

On Friday we will finish our exploration of the Battle of Resaca, spending time on the area east of Camp Creek Valley (east of I-75) and the retreat from Resaca.

 

Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Q&A Panel with Jim Ogden, Dave Powell, and Lee White.  Site: Constitution Hall, 201 Forrest Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA

 

Third annual open-forum question and answer period with Park Rangers Jim Ogden and Lee White.

 

Car Caravan – Saturday Morning, 8:30 to Noon: Heg Attacks!

 

 On Saturday morning, we will explore the attack of Col. Hans Heg’s brigade of Federal Infantry, sent into the woods just north of Viniard Field in order to strike the flank of those Confederates then fighting in the area of Brock Field. Instead Heg’s four regiments ran headlong into Bushrod Johnson’s Division of Hood’s Corps. A long afternoon of deadly, see-saw fighting ensued.

 

Car Caravan – Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Abandoned on Horseshoe Ridge.

 

On Saturday afternoon, we will revisit one of the most famous stories of Chickamauga; the plight of the 21st Ohio, 22nd Michigan, and 89th Ohio. Essentially abandoned on Horseshoe Ridge, these three regiments ended up captured as two Confederate infantry brigades closed in on their position.

 

Costs:

 

Friday’s Tours will be via tour bus. Pre-registration and Fee required: $45, due by February 1, 2018.  Sign-up after February 1 or on-site Fee (based on space available): $50

 

Saturday: no charge.

 

Fees raised in excess of our costs (as well as any donations) will be used to support the causes of battlefield preservation, interpretation, and renovation.

 

 In 2017 the Study Group donated $500 to the Civil War Trust, helping to preserve battlefield land at Brown’s Ferry and Reed’s Bridge; and $500 to the Jewell Monument fund, run by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, for maintenance and restoration needs.

 

Send to (and make checks payable to):

David Powell

522 Cheyenne Drive

Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

 

Please also note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE after February 1st, 2018. Once we are committed to the bus, we will be charged the booking fee, no matter what.  Please note that everyone is responsible for their own lodging, meals, snacks and incidentals.

And If You Cannot Make That Chickamauga Tour Then Support The Kenosha Civil War Museum On Their Full Chickamauga Tour In October, 2018

The Civil War Museum 2018 Chickamauga/Chattanooga Tour – Guide is Dave Powell

 

TOUR DATES – Sunday, October 21, to Wednesday, October 24, 2018

 

COST OF THE TOUR – Early Bird Registration Prior to April 13, 2018

Museum Members $655 per person double occupancy

Museum Members $865 per person single occupancy

Non-Members $700 per person double occupancy

Non-Members $910 per person single occupancy

Registration After April 13, 2018

Museum Members $705 per person double occupancy

Museum Members $915 per person single occupancy

Non-Members $750 per person double occupancy

Non-Members $960 per person single occupancy

 

TOUR COST INCLUDES Hotel stay for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights; all lunches and dinners; all motor coach services, Tour Guides, admissions, evening programs. A cash-bar is available Monday and Tuesday dinners. All breakfasts are on-your-own (the hotel offers a

complimentary breakfast.)

 

TOUR BASE HOTEL – Hampton Inn, Ringgold, Georgia, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Georgia, 30736, 706-935-4800

 

TRANSPORTATION – Attendees are responsible for their own transportation from their homes to the base hotel. Flights can be arranged through Chattanooga International Airport. Ground transportation from the airport must be arranged on your own.

 

ROOMMATES – Indicate the name of the person with whom you wish to share a room. If you would like help in finding a roommate, please let the museum know at registration and we will attempt to find you a roommate. If a roommate cannot be found, the single occupancy rate must be paid.

 

MAKING RESERVATIONS – Reservations for the trip can be made by mail, in person, or by phone at 262-653-4140 with a credit card.

 

CANCELLATIONS – A full refund will only be issued for a space canceled by September 7, 2018, or if the trip is canceled. A refund will be issued after that date only if a suitable replacement can be found for the canceled space.

 

2018 Chickamauga/Chattanooga Tour Itinerary

 

 

Sunday, October 21

3:00 – 6:00PM Check In at the Hampton Inn, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold

GA

6:00 – 7:00PM Welcome Dinner at the Hampton Inn Ball Room

7:00 – 8:00PM Dinner Program

 

Monday, October 22 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own

8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chattanooga, TN, Civil War sites with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch at Sugar’s Ribs, Chattanooga

1:00 – 5:00PM Tour Chattanooga, TN, Civil War sites with Dave Powell

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner at Mt. Vernon Restaurant, Chattanooga

 

Tuesday, October 23 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own

8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Lunch at Park Place Restaurant

1:00 – 4:30PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

5:30 – 7:00PM Dinner at El Matador Restaurant

 

Wednesday, October 24 Breakfast at the Hotel or On Your Own and Check Out

8:30AM Load Bus

8:30 – 12:00PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

12:00 – 1:00PM Box Lunch on Battlefield

1:00 – 3:30PM Tour Chickamauga National Battlefield with Dave Powell

3:30PM Return to Hotel

 

Hotel Location:

Hampton Inn Ringgold Georgia

6875 Battlefield Parkway

Ringgold, GA 30736

706-935-4800

 

For more information please email Doug Dammann, Kenosha Civil War Museum at – ddammann@kenosha.org

November meeting notice and Newsletter

Nashville Civil War Roundtable

Founded April, 2009 – Nashville, Tennessee

November 21st, 2017 – Our 104th meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  We now meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month!

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on TUESDAY, November 21st, 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  – “Kansas Burning: The Civil War On The Kansas Border: 1854-1863”

 

“I stepped out on the porch on the south side of my kitchen, and was standing there for a

moment, when I heard, first, two or three scattering shots, followed immediately by a dozen or

more in quick succession… The shots were accompanied by cheers, or rather yells. In a few

moments, as I stood looking, some three or four negroes from the camp, which was some forty

rods from where I stood, came rushing by, hallooing, “The secesh have come!” As I looked, the

head of the column of fiends rushed down the street… full in my view, and commenced shooting

down the boys in camp near by. There were twenty-five boys there at the time, of whom they shot

down and killed nineteen. .. I estimated there were some two hundred of the devils. “

 

(From Erastus Ladd’s description of the massacre at Lawrence, Kansas.)

 

Kansas and the north-western counties of Missouri had been rent by violence since 1854, when

the U. S. Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This act implemented the concept of

‘popular sovereignty,’ by which the settlers in a federal territory would decide for themselves

whether the territory would enter the Union as a free or slave state. In the case of Kansas, the

result was violence between ‘free-soil’ (anti-black and slave holder immigration) and pro-slavery

settlers. Many Missourians crossed the border into Kansas to support an extension of slavery.

New England and the Great Lakes State abolitionist societies actively recruited anti-slavery

settlers to immigrate to Kansas and oppose any expansion of slavery into the territory. Between

1854 and 1861, the citizens ‘Bleeding Kansas’ endured small-scale but open warfare between

militant free-soilers known as ‘Jayhawkers’ and militant pro-slavers known as ‘Border Ruffians’

or ‘Bushwhackers.’

 

When eleven southern states seceded from the Union, Missouri’s pro-secessionist governor

attempted to lead his state into the Confederacy. He was defeated by Federal forces and

pro-Union Missourians, and forced to retreat with the Missouri State Guard into Arkansas. In the

wake of the armies many Missourians resorted to irregular war in order to resist pro-Union

forces. Throughout the Civil War Missouri and eastern Kansas were burning with guerilla

warfare, and between 1861 and 1863 this conflict became progressively more brutal toward the

civilian population.

 

The cross-border violence between Missourians and Kansans peaked in August 21, 1863 with the

massacre and plundering of Lawrence, Kansas. The raid on Lawrence by Confederate Captain

William C. Quantrill’s band of Missouri bushwhackers is remembered as one of the most

shocking episodes of the American Civil War. Sweeping into this notorious center of the

free-soil movement and the home of several notorious anti-slavery leaders, a force of perhaps

400 obeyed their commander’s order to “…kill every man big enough to carry a gun.” By late

morning some 150 male citizens of Lawrence were killed, many of their families plundered, and

most of the town burned to the ground.

 

In an attempt to end such attacks by bushwacking bands, local Federal commander General

Thomas Ewing issued and enforced the infamous ‘General Order No. 11,’ which evicted almost

the entire population of several western Missouri counties bordering on Kansas. This extreme

measure did not end violence along the Kansas border, but it did enrage Missouri Secessionists

as well as many many Unionists and Neutrals throughout the state. The massacre at Lawrence

and its aftermath illustrate the cruelest aspect of our American Civil War, the horrible war behind

the lines.

 

Our speaker this month is historian and author David Lady from Huntsville, Alabama.  He is a native of Washington, D. C., and grew-up in northern Virginia during the Civil War Centennial. David’s branch of the Lady family lived in eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia during 1860s, and ancestors fought on each side during the Civil War.

 

His interest in the era began as a child, thanks in part to visits to Gettysburg and the Virginia battlefields. This interest began to consume him when he read Bruce Catton’s “A Stillness at Appomattox,’ and Fletcher Pratt’s “Ordeal by Fire.’

 

David graduated from Wittenberg University, in Springfield OH, with a degree in History. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1974, and during his thirty-three year military career served as an Armor and Cavalry soldier and later as the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of the U. S. Army Armor Center, the U. S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and the U. S. Army Europe.

David and wife Ellen live in Huntsville, where he is employed on Redstone Arsenal.

 

He has contributed chapters to two Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table books: “Alabama in the American Civil War,” and “Huntsville’s Civil War Generals.” He has also contributed articles to the Huntsville Historical Review and Army professional journals. He has led groups of soldiers and civilians on battlefield tours and military ‘staff rides’ at Gettysburg, Fort Donelson, Chickamauga, and Stones River. He is the new President of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, and

is also director of the Little Round Table Discussion Group.

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Our own Greg Biggs stepped in for a program on the Cumberland River in the Civil War and its importance to Tennessee.  Starting with the Phoenicians (yep!) the program detailed the importance of bodies of water to civilizations, their expansion, economies and even empire.  From this came navys to protect water ways from predators and hostile powers.  With this basis, the US Navy, under US Army command (initially), created a fleet of ships to conquer the Southern rivers: Mississippi, Tennessee and the Cumberland Rivers (among others).  Timber, tin and ironclad warships backed by hundreds of transports projected Union military power deep into the South allowing for its conquest.  Where the rivers no longer were deep enough, they still helped the Union logistics effort for armies operating even deeper into the Southern interior.  It is because of this the Union would win the war.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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 – Myers Brown, author/historian – “Equipping the Confederate Cavalryman”

March 2018 – Larry Krumenaker, author/historian – “Walking The Line: The Civil War Defenses of Atlanta”

 

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. 

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES THIS MONTH SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

 

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!

 

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS
 

Battle of FranklinTrust Hosts November Event – November 30th, 2017

The annual 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin tour and Illumination will be held on Thursday, November 30th starting at 4 PM – which is when the Confederate assault began.  Tours of the Carter House and Carnton will be part of the events – and these are free that day!  The event runs from 4 to 7 PM.

 

For more details and pricing for these events please visit the Battle of Franklin Trust web site at – www.boft.org

 

Nashville caught In A Battle Between Growth, Preservation – Williamson County Herald, Nov. 7, 2017 by Jonathan Mattise

 

NASHVILLE (AP) — Archaeologists are rolling high-powered radar gear through the thick outfield weeds and empty parking lots of an abandoned Nashville baseball stadium, looking for hints of unmarked graves of slaves and free black men who died building the war-battered fort next door.

The findings could prove pivotal for Fort Negley, one of the most significant Civil War sites for African-Americans and the focus of the latest clash between historic preservation and growth in a city with a complicated racial past.

 

The booming capital, which adds about 100 residents a day, is considering plans to demolish the ballpark for 21 acres (8 hectares) of housing, shops, space for artists and musicians, and a park.

Dilapidated Greer Stadium, a minor-league baseball park from 1978 until 2014, sits where the fort’s black laborers toiled, lived and died a century and a half ago, and where 50 to 800 workers are thought to be buried. But there’s little in the written record about how they were laid to rest.

Historical groups, the NAACP and park-space advocates think officials should reject the lease for private development on city land, and reconnect it to the fort as park space.

 

In a petition to block development and protect the fort, built for Union troops occupying Nashville, the preservation advocacy group Friends of Fort Negley Inc. has invoked a Tennessee law previously criticized for making it tougher to remove Confederate monuments.

 

“If we allow development to the point that the park itself becomes nothing more than a dog park for 300 homes out here, then we have truly failed this community,” said Robert Hicks, an author who helped preserve a Civil War battlefield in nearby Franklin, Tennessee.

 

Famed music producer T Bone Burnett and developer Bert Mathews support the housing and entertainment overhaul with Mayor Megan Barry’s backing. They want to revitalize land that was left to languish after the baseball team moved to a new ballpark near downtown.

 

The Cloud Hill plan proposes 300 residential units, greenways, creative space, and retail offerings. It also includes some affordable housing in a red-hot market, and promises to preserve the fort and its picturesque views.  “Metro and the Cloud Hill Partnership are absolutely committed to preserving historic Fort Negley Park while improving the adjacent Greer Stadium parcel to create active park space, greenways, and housing options for working families in Nashville,” said Barry’s spokesman, Sean Braisted.  Burnett calls any contention that he wants to put condos on African-American graves a “damned lie.”

 

Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research, contracted by the city for up to $55,000, won’t dig unless the radar suggests a grave shaft or burial pit lies beneath. They plan to file a report with recommendations by December.  “The primary thing is: Are there human remains present still?” said Virgil “Duke” Beasley, the group’s archaeological mentor.

 

After Confederate forces surrendered to Union soldiers in Nashville in 1862, the Union forced more than 2,700 runaway slaves and freed black people to help build Fort Negley. Men, women and children, from 13 to 55 years old, were taken from their homes and churches and only paid $13,000 of the $85,000 promised. One in four died, said Norm Hill, former Tennessee Historical Commission chairman.

 

Laborers were housed in a “contraband camp” at the fort’s base. During a raid, they were denied weapons but fought with shovels, picks and axes to help drive the Confederates away.

Many laborers joined the newly formed United States Colored Troops. Nashville’s African-American population nearly tripled during the war, from 4,000 in 1860 to more than 11,000 by 1865.

 

With little in the written record, other signs point to African-American burials there, said Zada Law, director of Middle Tennessee State University’s Geospatial Research Center. Slaves were buried outside the walls of many Tennessee cemeteries, and there was a Catholic cemetery at the base of the hill before the Civil War, Law said.  If workers died during the 1862 late-summer heat, it might have been expedient to bury them in the built-up soil nearby, she said.

 

The fort deteriorated over the years. The Works Progress Administration rebuilt it in 1936 and it reopened in 1938, but the fort fell into disrepair again. The Ku Klux Klan rallied there in the Jim Crow years, and segregated softball fields were later built nearby, Hicks said. Greer Stadium was built in the late 1970s.

 

The conflict became personal for Eleanor Fleming this summer, after Fort Negley’s Twitter page began tweeting laborers’ names. When Fleming saw the names Ruffin and Egbert Bright, her aunt confirmed that two ancestors worked on the fort.  Fleming, now living in Washington, D.C., knew the two were enslaved outside Nashville, not far from where her family still lives. She knows one wasn’t buried near the fort. She’s not sure about the other. Regardless, she said developing the land doesn’t seem right.  “You work, die in what had to have been the worst of conditions, and for what?” she said. “I’m not sure that a condo is how I’d like for things to end for me.”

Tennessee Campaign Seminar – Saturday, December 16th, 2017 To be Held At Fort Negley

Mark your calendars now to attend the upcoming seminar on the 1864 Tennessee Campaign that will be held at Fort Negley on Saturday, December 16th, 2017.  This event will examine aspects of the campaign with some of the latest in scholarship.  Speakers for the event are still being confirmed but two have been so far.

 

John Scales – historian/author/retired US Army Brigadier General – The Retreat From Nashville.  Many people think that the campaign’s fighting ended with the two day Battle of Nashville.  In fact there were a number of fights on the retreat all the way to the Tennessee state line from Holly Tree Gap to Sugar Creek.  Nathan Bedford Forrest and attached infantry formed the Confederate rear guard.  Gen. Scales is the author of the brand new military study on Gen. Forrest and will have his book for sale at the event.

 

Brian Allison – historian/author.  Brian is a first rate historian and his program will cover the Battle of Nashville from the Federal perspective.  Nashville was defended by one of the Union’s finest commanders, Gen. George Thomas.  Given carte blanche to pull in troops from wherever needed, Thomas reworked the city’s defenses and packed them with troops and guns.  But his role was more than defensive; Gen. U.S. Grant saw this as the opportunity to destroy John Bell Hood’s army with a smashing attack.  Brian will analyze all aspects of this plan and execution.

 

Greg Biggs – historian/author/tour guide.  Greg’s program will examine the role of the US Navy in the Tennessee Campaign.  Often neglected by historians of this campaign, the Navy performed a vital service from the Guntersville and Decatur, Alabama area of the Tennessee River to Nashville itself, where a fleet of gunboats was set to prevent the Confederates from crossing the Cumberland River.  Additional gunboats were at Clarksville.  This alone puts lie to the plan of Gen. John Bell Hood ever crossing this river and moving into Kentucky once he had captured Nashville.  The program will detail naval operations and the Battle of Bell’s Bend, west of Nashville.

 

This event is free and open to the public.  More details as we get them.

 

Nashville/Franklin Civil War Show – Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 2017

 

Once again the annual Civil War show in Franklin will be held at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center which is at Exit 61/Peytonsville Road off I-65 just south of Franklin.  This is the largest show of its kind in the nation with 1000 tables of relics, weapons, books, flags and much more!  The show hours, etc. can be found at the Mike Kent & Associates web site – www.mkshows.com.  Entry is $8 for adults.  Many of our members attend this show.

NASHVILLE CWRT OFFICERS

Krista Castillo – President – Krista.Castillo@nashville.gov

Gary Burke – Vice President – Escaped886@yahoo.com

Philip Duer – Treasurer and Preservation Liason – pwduer@gmail.com

Greg Biggs – Program Chair – Biggsg@charter.net

September Meeting & Newsletter Plus NEW Meeting Days!

September 19th, 2017 – Our 102nd meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  We now meet on the THIRD TUESDAY of each month!

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on TUESDAY, September 19th, 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  – “General Charles Ferguson Smith: Teacher of Civil War Generals”

 

In the pantheon of Union generals, few, other than those who have studied the depth of the Federal command structure, will know of Gen. Charles F. Smith.  And yet he was considered at the war’s start to be one of the very best who wore a star and his reputation preceded him.  He was held in awe by Grant, Sherman and others.  Sadly, he died in early 1862 before Shiloh, where his presence on that field might have made a big difference.

From the training field at West Point to the entrenchments at Fort Donelson, Charles Ferguson Smith was the soldier’s soldier.  The call of duty was a magic sound for which he was always ready to make every sacrifice. He was the very model of a soldier, calm, prudent, self-poised, and bold. During his 40-year military career, these qualities earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.  However, his story is more than an account of battles fought and victories won. Through his correspondence, we discover a man who combined the qualities of a faithful officer, an excellent disciplinarian, an able commander, and a modest, courteous gentleman.

Our speaker this month is Allen Mesch.  He is a Civil War author, educator, and historian.  He has written three books on the Civil War: Teacher of Civil War Generals: Major General Charles Ferguson Smith, Soldier and West Point Commandant; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; and Charles A. Marvin – “Two Years, Six Months, and Eleven Days.” Allen’s latest project is Preparing for Disunion, which is about the role West Point commandants played in preparing Civil War generals.   He teaches classes on the Civil War in Collin College’s SAIL program.  Allen also manages a web site, Civil War Journeys, which contains over 4,000 battlefield photographs and the Civil War Blog Salient Points.

 

Allen earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has extensive experience in both technical and management positions in engineering, economics, and planning with major multinational petroleum companies.  He will have copies of his Smith books for sale at the meeting.

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Tonya Staggs, Education Director at Travellers Rest, gave us a fascinating program and look into the life of Annie Maxwell Claiborne, who resided here during the war.  An extensive family tree of a near Who’s Who of Middle Tennessee families was presented to allow us to see where Annie fit into this family mix.  Her story was kept alive by her family of the time and it proved to be one of resilience as the events of the Civil War in Tennessee swirled around them.  The program was delivered with style, grace and humor allowing us to peer into Annie’s life thanks to someone who has studied her for a long time.  Thanks Tonya for the excellent program.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

October 2017 – Ed Semmes, historian – “Admiral Raphael Semmes And The Cruise of the CSS Alabama”

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. 

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES THIS MONTH SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

 

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!

 

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

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 Laura@kotzhouse.com.  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.

Civil War Tour of Mclemore’s Cove, Chickamauga Campaign – Saturday, October 7th, 2017

On Saturday, October 7, the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era, Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, will hold an exclusive bus tour of the McLemore’s Cove region.  Led by the incomparable Jim Ogden, renowned historian of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Center’s own director, Brian Steel Wills, author of an award-winning biography of General Thomas, we will explore and assess the operations that were set to occur before the pivotal engagement of Chickamauga.  The tour leaves Kennesaw State at 8 Am and returns by 5 PM.

The tour cost is $49 and the excursion will include maps and lunch, in addition to touring sites that most visitors to the area do not explore.  Please plan to join us on this exciting adventure to the opening salvos of the Chickamauga Campaign.

For more information and how to register and pre-pay, please send an email to – srudick@kennesaw.edu

We look forward to seeing you on October 7 and at all future Civil War Center events!

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!