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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

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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!

August Meeting!

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

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, August 28th, 2017, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN.  This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue.  Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum.

 

The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and is always open to the public.  Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

 

Our Speaker and Topic  – Finding Annie: The story of Annie Maxwell Claiborne and her time at Travellers Rest”

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 We hope you will join us for this informative program.

Last Month’s meeting

 

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

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year.  Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting.  The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

 

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

 

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

 

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

Nashville Civil War Roundtable News – We Are Moving To The Third Tuesday Of Each Month

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information please email John Walsh at – john@fortdonelsonrelics.com or call (773) 610-1034

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Seating is limited so register today by calling or emailing Laura Westbrook at the Lotz House, (615) 790-7190 or by 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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

June 9 – July 14, 1863

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

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

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

 

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

 

Meeting on May 15th!

May 15th, 2017 – Our 98th meeting!!  We continue our seventh year. 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, May 15th, 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  – “Forrest’s Railroad Raid of 1864”

Throughout the summer of 1864 Confederate General Joe Johnston had been begging Richmond to send Nathan Bedford Forrest to break Sherman’s supply lines during the Atlanta campaign.  Fully aware of Forrest’s prowess as a raider, Union commander Gen. William T. Sherman had cannily arranged raids into Mississippi that kept Forrest tied down in the Magnolia State.  These culminated on the battles at Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo/Harrisburg.  In mid July, Johnston got fired, his replacement John Bell Hood was unable to hold Atlanta, and finally, after Atlanta surrendered on September 2nd, Forrest was ordered to leave Mississippi and go after Sherman’s railroads in Middle Tennessee and northern Alabama.  This is the story of that raid—highly successful at the tactical level but its subtitle could be “Two Months Late and a Division Short.”  In the end, Sherman’s strategic plan to keep Forrest off of his railroads worked.

Our speaker this month is Brig. Gen. John Scales (Ret.).  An Alabama native, General Scales attended the University of Alabama 1966-70, graduating in 1970 with a degree in physics and a commission as an infantry lieutenant in the U. S. Army. He graduated from infantry officer basic, airborne and Ranger schools before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Later he led a rifle platoon in combat in Vietnam and joined the 101st Airborne upon return to the US. Leaving active duty in 1975, he joined the 20th Special Forces Group of the Alabama National Guard while getting a master’s degree at the University and becoming Special Forces qualified. Over the years, while first teaching and later working as a scientist in Huntsville, he commanded a Special Forces A Detachment, company, battalion, and the 20th itself.  He was selected for promotion to general and assignment to US Army Special Forces Command, where he was first deputy commander and later acting commander. After 9/11 he was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command and led a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. General Scales retired from the military in late 2002 and continued his career as a scientist in Huntsville, being granted five patents and publishing two military history books, with another scheduled to be published this summer.

Last Month’s meeting

David Deatrick, president of the Louisville CRWT, gave us a fine program on Kentucky Union General Lovell Rousseau.  He had quite the fascinating career from 1861 through war’s end.  Besides helping to keep Kentucky in the Union and training its first troops across the river in Indiana (so as to not violate the state’s declared neutrality), Rousseau also had prominent roles in several key Western Theater battles.  He also showed dexterity as a commander when he changed from commanding infantry to taking a brigade of cavalry into Alabama during the Atlanta Campaign to break the railroad from there to Atlanta.  It was the only successful Union raid of the entire campaign.  We thank David for coming to speak to us and informing us about this fascinating man.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 June 2017 – Jonathan Walsh, historian – “The Carter Family During the Battle of Franklin.”

July 2017 – Lee White, historian/author, Chickamauga-Chattannoga NMP – topic TBA

August 2017 – Tonya Staggs, historian, Traveler’s Rest – “Annie Claiborne and Traveler’s Rest During the Civil War”

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

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

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

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

January 2018 – Todd Van Beck, Nashville CWRT

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 ame 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 Park Area Under Development Threat

On April 28th, 2017, reporter Betsy Phillips wrote the following article in the weekly Nashville Scene paper:

Developers Propose the Desecration of Fort Negley

Shame on us if we let it happen

WKRN has a story about a proposed development around Fort Negley:

On Tuesday, we heard from a developer who has big plans for the empty property (Greer Stadium site): a multi-purpose complex called Nashville Adventure Park.”

“The proposal includes senior living, luxury apartments, townhomes, affordable housing, a farmer’s market at the stadium, artisan retail and studios, restaurants, a hotel, and a wide variety of sports offerings.”

“If you imagine the hill that the main part of the fort sits on as an egg yolk, this development would be like the egg white, seeming to completely surround the fort, except for where the Adventure Science Center sits.”

“In other words, the old Catholic Cemetery and the large City Cemetery annexes that the Union opened during the Civil War would all be gone. And, fine, they’re supposed to be empty anyway, but if I were a developer, I’d put a line in my budget for dead parts removal.”

“More disturbingly and more tragically, this development sits on the site of the contraband camp, the home of thousands of black refugees during the Civil War. As Zada Law pointed out two years ago, there’s been virtually no archaeology done at any contraband camp in Tennessee.”

“We’ve already irretrievably lost whatever was under the Adventure Science Center, but a lot remains relatively undisturbed. Even the parts under the parking lot are just under a parking lot. We have not yet screwed up a crucial bit of Nashville’s African American history, even if we haven’t bothered to explore it like we should. But if we let developers have it, then that history will be lost. Sure, some archaeologists could come in and do history triage to try to learn as much as they could before it’s torn up, but the Civil War isn’t that far down in the ground. We will lose it.”

“And frankly, how much more of our Civil War history do we have to lose? We already put I-440 on top of the Confederate line and built a city on the battlefield. One of the most important battles of the Civil War and we let Franklin and Murfreesboro be the tourist destinations while we metaphorically kick the rug over what’s left of our Civil War sites.”

“Shame on us if we let this development happen.  Shame on us if we knowingly let this history slip away.”

Here is what the proposed development looks like:

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Somewhere in the middle of this monstrosity lies Fort Negley and the visitors center.  Note that the parking for the latter has not been expanded.  It has been proven time and again that history tourism brings in far more money than any other – people have more to spend, stay longer, etc. if you give them something to see and promote it so they know about it.  The traffic count for the area will explode making it even more difficult to get to the fort to visit.  Don’t believe me?  Look at what has happened at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA with the massive growth of Virginia Commonwealth University around it; their attendance has fallen off to the point that they are moving to new quarters down on the James River.

Traffic comes with big cities.  But traffic also drives people away from doing things just so they do not have to deal with it.  People spend enough time in traffic just going to and from work five days a week; they do not want to deal with it on weekends when they want to do something fun.

Ms. Phillips’ article also brings out the tremendous loss of historic ground upon which sits the fort and its surrounding area, which was all part of the fort’s footprint.  Shall Nashville follow the same mistaken path that Atlanta did many years ago by paving over its history from the Civil War?  How does this travesty being proposed in Nashville compare to what is happening just a few miles down the road in Franklin where they lead the nation in reclaiming lost Civil War land and restoring it to how it looked over 150 years ago?  It is a pathetic failure on Nashville’s part.

Like so many other cities, Nashville has lots of places that are basically blight that can be redeveloped into something like in the above drawing; places that are not historic Civil War lands.  How about moving this thing there instead and leave Fort Negley be?

If you want to help stop this development, please contact the Mayor of Nashville, Megan Berry, and the Nashville Metro City Council.  You should also contact the City of Nashville Metro Parks department and let them know how you feel about this.  The city’s web site is www.nashville.govLet them hear the voices of the Civil War community of America and stop this development.

By Greg Biggs (The above is the opinion of Greg Biggs, a member of the Nashville CWRT and not necessarily the opinion of the Nashville CWRT as a whole or the staff of Fort Negley Park, a unit of Nashville Metro City parks.)

Kennesaw State University in Georgia Announces New Seminar – June 2017

General Orders, Headquarters, Kennesaw, Ga., May 2017
Next on the power-packed schedule for 2017 are the Second Annual Vince Dooley Leadership Seminar on June 17 and the ever-popular Collector’s Showcase on July 22. In addition to the legendary coach himself, Craig Symonds highlights the program for the Dooley Seminar, with an examination of leadership exhibited during the crucial D-Day operation in the Second World War, while Dr. Wills will assess unique aspects of Civil War leadership.

Although operating through the University, the Civil War Center depends upon the generous financial contributions of friends and donors to function. We could not offer programs such as these without your support and attendance. This critical assistance builds the foundation for future activities and enables the Center to serve both students and members of the wider public community. We continue to invite you to join or re-enroll in the Kennesaw Corps Annual Membership through which members receive special discounts or admission to many of the Center’s activities. Please plan to join us at all of these events and bring friends so that they can see the enthusiasm and excitement for themselves and enjoy the educational opportunities they provide. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

Kentucky Historical Society Hosts Seminar On Kentucky’s Civil War Governors – June 2017

The Kentucky Historical Society presents:

2017 Civil War Governors of Kentucky Symposium

June 8 & 9

Join us as we bring together noted historians to help chart the future of 19th century historiography in the Upper South. Faculty and graduate students will have a rare opportunity to see new trends and important research questions developing before they are in print.

 

Twelve prominent scholars from universities across the U.S. and Great Britain will gather to present new work from the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition and discuss the new types of analysis that this innovative digital history project will allow historians to undertake.

 

Sessions all day on June 8 and on the morning of June 9 in the historic Old State Capitol will feature discussions centered on new work on warfare, gender, economics, material culture, slavery and more.
Click here for more information about participants and topics.
Workshop Session on the afternoon of June 8 for teachers at all levels and public historians will collaboratively address ways to incorporate CWGK primary sources into creative and innovative classroom activities and exhibits.

 

Lunch & Reception included in ticket price will give guests the opportunity to interact and network with symposium participants.

 

The keynote speaker is Edward L. Ayres.

 

$25 KHS Members and Students* | $30 Others Price includes box lunch and evening reception.   Reservations required by 5 p.m., June 5.  Call 502-564-1792, ext. 4408

 

The Kentucky Historical Society is located at 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort KY 40601

KHSMedia@ky.gov  (502) 564-1792

January Meeting Notice and Newsletter

January 16th, 2017 – Our 94th meeting!!  We continue our seventh year. 

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, January 17th, 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  – “Washington County, Virginia In The Civil War”

 

If you take a drive up I-81 in East Tennessee, once you cross into Virginia at Bristol you are in Washington County.  The county seat is Abingdon.  Tied to Tennessee both geographically and via the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, the history of this region is very much the same on both sides of the state line.  Ten companies would recruit from Washington County and serve in the Army of Northern Virginia among other commands.  The county also turned out six Confederate generals, including former Secretary of War John Floyd, who commanded the Confederate garrison at Fort Donelson.  Others include William E. “Grumble” Jones and Joseph E. Johnston.

 

The county also became a vital region for resources and supplies for the Confederate military and included, besides crops and animals, the salt from the mines at Saltville, Virginia.  This made the county a target for Union cavalry raids and some smaller battles of the war with Union officers George Stoneman, Alvan Gillem and Stephen Burbridge all taking part.  Additionally, Abingdon would become the headquarters for a Confederate departmental command.

 

Speaking to us this month on Washington County in the Civil War is Michael Shaffer, from Kennesaw, Georgia.  He holds BA and MA degrees in Military History and serves on the board of the Chattahoochee River Line Historic Area as well as being a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater and is the consultant for the Friends of Camp McDonald, which was a major Georgia troops training camp in Kennesaw.  Michael writes a regular column for Civil War News and is also an instructor at Kennesaw State University in the Civil War field and lectures across the country.

 

He is also the author of the book, “Washington County in the Civil War,” and will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting.

 

Please join us as Michael Shaffer takes us to neighboring Virginia and tells us of the events in Washington County from 1861 to 1865.

 

 

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

Unfortunately, Dr. James McDonough had to cancel due to illness last month and we hope to have him later this year.

 

Our own Krista Castillo gave us a fine program comparing and contrasting women in the Civil War era and World War One.    The changes in American society in the Civil War with so many women going to work in ordnance and quartermaster facilities in addition to becoming nurses changed the social structure of the time.  Women indeed showed they could do a number of jobs outside of the home – and this did not count the women who ran family farms while their husbands were in the military.  It set the tone for World War 1, where women not only did many of the same jobs as those in the Civil War, but they also served in the military itself in a number of positions that freed up men for the combat arms.  The program was well detailed with slides including a number of World War One propaganda posters that featured women urging them to step up to the defense of their nation.  Well researched and presented, Krista did a fine job of connecting the women of the two eras.  Thanks for stepping in on very short notice.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

February 2017 – Brian Allison, historian/author – program based on his upcoming book, “Murder And Mayhem In Nashville.”

March 2017 – Phillip Whiteman, historian, Marietta, GA. – “The Civil War Sutler – Shyster or

Shrewd Businessman?”

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

 

MEMBERS AND DUES – The membership has decided that every May will be our fiscal year.  Please plan on taking care of your membership renewals at this meeting.  The annual dues structure for the Nashville CWRT is as follows:

 

Single membership – $20
Family – $30
Military – Active duty and Veterans – $15
Military Family – Active duty and Veterans – $25
Student – $10
Senior (age 60 plus) – $15
Senior couple – $20

 

Your dues for the 2015-2016 fiscal year are now due.  Please plan on paying them at this month’s meeting if you have not already.  Your dues go to bringing in our speakers, donating to causes, etc.  If you are current you will have four stars on your name badge.

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES AT THIS MEETING 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

 

Want A Tour of the Shiloh Battlefield?  Try David Stewart.

 

If you are heading to Shiloh National Military Park and want something much more than driving around that wonderful site with the Park Service brochure, then a personal guided tour is the thing for you.  David Stewart, of Collierville, TN, offers guided tours of this wonderful battlefield and has been doing so for quite some time.

 

For information about his tours, which include more than Shiloh (like Gettysburg, Brice’s Crossroads and more), what they entail and costs, please visit his web site at – www.shilohcivilwartours.com.  A schedule of group tours and their locations is also posted on the web site.

 

The Civil War On Television (Courtesy of the Cleveland CWRT newsletter)

 

Here’s some Civil War TV programs for your enjoyment.  Nice to see these – hope we can get even more!

 

Antiques Roadshow: The Civil War Years – Artifacts: WVIZ/PBS Monday, January 23, 2017 (8 PM and 3 rebroadcasts)

 

Lincoln Assassination: American Experience (PBS.org) will broadcast “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln” on January 17, 2017 at 8 PM (ET).

 

More Civil War Television That You Can Watch On Your Computer (Courtesy of the Des Moines, IA CWRT newsletter)

 

C-Span does regular interviews with all sorts of authors including noted Civil War historians.  Please find here a link to the broadcast of Dr. Earl Hess, noted author and professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University in East Tennessee on “Civil War Weapons and Tactics.” This is based on his recent book on the topic which continues the trend of challenging the myth of the rifle musket as being the cause for so much slaughter in the war.

 

https://www.c-span.org/video/?416997-4/civil-war-infantry-tactics-weapons

 

You might spend some time on their web site for other Civil War programs they offer.