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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!

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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.

December News and Meeting Info

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

 

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, December 21st, 2015, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN.  This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue.  Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum.  The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and is always open to the public.  Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

 

Our Speaker and Topic    – “Religion In The Civil War”

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

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

 

Last Month’s meeting

 

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

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

 

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

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

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

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

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

Spring 2016 – James McDonough, historian/author – “General William T. Sherman”  (Based on his new book)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 your name badge with four stars on it will be available at the following meetingIf your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current.  Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature.  Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you!  We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury.  If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings.  Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well.  Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

 

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

 

Nashville CWRT Christmas Party

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Battle of Sugar Creek

 

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

 

Here is the link for online registration: http://www.tcwpa.org/event/three-star-tour-battle-of-sugar-creek-december-12-2015/

Tour Details

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

military historian, Clarksville, TN

 

11:45 AM – Lunch on Your Own

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

3:45 PM – Panel Discussion

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

July Newsletter and Meeting Notice

July 20th, 2015 – Our 76th meeting!!  We continue our seventh year.  

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, July 20th, 2015, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN.  This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue.  Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum.  The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and is always open to the public.  Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

Our Speaker and Topic    – “Yorktown: Where the Revolution and Civil War Overlapped”

 

Union General George McClellan and his large Army of the Potomac (121,000 troops), began its advance up the Virginia Peninsula in March 1862 when his troops were shipped by sea to the area around Fortress Monroe.  After everything was completed, his army headed towards Richmond with the thinking that the capture of the Confederate capitol would end the war.  Holding the lower Peninsula was the small (11,000 troops) of Confederate Gen. John Magruder and his Army of the Peninsula.

Magruder dug a line of entrenchments and forts across the region even using trenches built for the Revolutionary War Battle of Yorktown dubbed the Warwick Line.  McClellan drew up and prepared to lay siege in a set piece fight to drive out Magruder.  With fighting taking place at Lee’s Mills and Dam Number One in early April, McClellan had underestimated Magruder’s defenses.  These events brought a large Confederate reaction as the Army of Northern Virginia, deployed around Richmond and other towns of that area, was sent down the Peninsula to reinforce Magruder.  Eventually, the Confederates forced a siege which played more to McClellan’s strengths as an engineer officer who had brought heavy artillery with him just for that purpose.  New Confederate commander, Gen. Joseph Johnston, decided that the question was the better part of valor and, after sending his supply wagons back to Richmond, slowly withdrew his army to hold in Richmond’s defenses.

The follow up to the fighting at Yorktown, Jamestown, Williamsburg and the Confederate retreat up the Peninsula came in late May when Johnston struck back at Seven Pines.  That battle stopped McClellan but did not defeat him.  That event took place starting in late June when Robert E. Lee struck back in the Seven Days battles finally driving McClellan back from Richmond saving the capitol.

This month’s program offers the twists and turns and events of the fighting at Yorktown.  Teaching us this month is National park Service ranger Robert Dunkerly.  On the staff of the Richmond National Battlefield park in Virginia, he has led tours of Yorktown, Seven Pines sites and other Peninsula sites over the years.

Robert M. Dunkerly is a historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research.  He holds a degree in History from St. Vincent College and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University.  He has worked at nine historic sites, written twelve books and over twenty articles on both the Civil War and Revolutionary War.  His research includes archaeology, colonial life, military history, and historic commemoration.  He is currently President of the Richmond Civil War Round Table, and serves on the Preservation Commission for the American Revolution Round Table-Richmond.  He has taught courses at Central Virginia Community College, the University of Richmond, and the Virginia Historical Society.  Dunkerly is currently a Park Ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park.  He has visited over 400 battlefields and over 900 historic sites worldwide.  When not reading or writing, he enjoys hiking, camping, and photography.

Last Month’s meeting

 

We were indeed lucky to have noted Tennessee based author and speaker Randy Bishop visit with us for the June program.  As always, he informs and entertains and is about the nicest guy you could ever meet.  We look forward to having him back in the future for another program.  If you missed the meeting please check out his several Civil War books including The Tennessee Brigade, Tennessee Confederate Generals and battlefields of Tennessee, Kentucky and other states.

 

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

August 2015 – Greg Bayne, American Civil War Roundtable of the United Kingdom – “Henry Hotze and the Confederate Index; Confederate Propaganda in Britain”

September 2015 – Dr. Sybril Bennett, professor/author, Belmont University – “The Underground Railroad”

October 2015 – Wayne Motts, Director, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA – “The Civil War Through Artifacts”

November 2015 – Gene Andrews, N.B. Forrest Home/historian –“The Confederate States Marine Corps”

December 2015 – Alan Corry, pastor/historian – “Religion in the Civil War”

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

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

Spring 2016 – James McDonough, historian/author – “General William T. Sherman”  (Based on his new book)

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

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

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

 

PLEASE PLAN ON PAYING YOUR DUES AT THE MAY 2015 MEETING SO WE CAN KEEP BRINGING IN GREAT SPEAKERS AND HELP SAVE CIVIL WAR SITES.

When your dues are paid your name badge with four stars on it will be available at the following meetingIf your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current.  Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature.  Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you!  We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury.  If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings.  Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well.  Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Johnsonville State Historic Park Event – Saturday, July 18th, 2015 Features the One and Only Thomas Cartwright

Company “Aytch” Campfire by the Lake

Johnsonville State Historic Park is proud to feature renowned Civil War historian, Mr. Thomas Cartwright of Brentwood, Tennessee, as he performs an amazing, one-man theatrical performance as Confederate private Sam Watkins in “Company Aytch: A Side Show of the Big Show.”  As a first-person performance, you will be drawn directly into the horrors and even the comedies of the Civil War and get to hear first-hand.  Watkins’ amazing experiences are seen from the eyes of a private soldier during the Civil War.  Please arrive early enough to allow for parking and to get a good seat for the “not to be missed” one time only performance.  The program starts at 8 PM but come early to explore this beautiful and historic state park on the Tennessee River.  For more information call the park at 931-535-2789

The park is located off US Highway 70 at New Johnsonville, TN.  Take I-40 west to Exit 143 and turn right following the signs to New Johnsonville.  If you go to Waverly to reach US 70 be sure to stop and visit their Civil War fort up on the hill above the town.  Then head west on US 70 to the park.

 

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Ranger “Battle Chats” – July 2015 Through September 26th, 2015

 

Join a Park Ranger and learn a bit more about the park, the stories we preserve and share, and the resources we protect for future generations.   Meet the Park Ranger at these locations:

(Program will be cancelled in case of inclement weather, intense heat, or staff shortages.)

11:00 am {Every Day} Stop #4, the River Batteries

3:00 pm {Every Day} The Dover Hotel, Stop #10

1:00 pm Sundays: The Fort Stop #3

1:00 pm Mondays: The Confederate Monument, Stop #1

1:00 pm Tuesdays: Smith’s Attack, Stop #5

1:00 pm Wednesdays: Graves Battery, Stop #7

1:00 pm Thursdays: The National Cemetery / Free-State, Stop #11

1:00 pm Fridays: Smith’s Attack Stop #5

1:00 pm Saturdays: National Cemetery/ Free State, Stop #11

 

 

Atlanta Campaign  Tour Part 2 – The River Line To Jonesboro – October 21st through 25th, 2015

 

Here we go again for the second portion of the Atlanta Campaign tour sponsored by the Lotz House Civil War Museum of Franklin, TN.

The new dates for the tour are Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 through Sunday, October 25th, 2015.  As with last year the tour leaves from Franklin, Tennessee and returns there with parking by the Lotz House as before.  We will tour Joe Johnston’s River Line, Roswell and the Chattahoochie River crossings, the Battles of Moore’s Mill and Peachtree Creek, the Battle of Atlanta,  Ezra Church and Jonesboro. On the way back to Tennessee we will stop at Allatoona Pass battlefield, site of the first battle of Hood’s Tennessee Campaign.

We will also include stops at the Atlanta History Center (one of the finest Civil War museums in the country), the Margaret Mitchell House, the Road to Tara Museum and more.  We will also tour some of Oakland Cemetery where John Bell Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta.  A full itinerary is forthcoming next week for you.

It looks like the prices will be the same as the tour offered in March and I will have these rates sent to you as part of the full tour email.  There is a deadline for doing the tour of September 15 – we need 30 sold and paid for seats for the tour to go.  Refunds are only by substitution of another which you find or if trip does not mature.   There will be rates for single, double and triple room occupancy so you can work that out with friends among yourselves and take the tour together.  We can also post names and contact information of those seeking room mates as well.

Tour guides, as before, will be Greg Biggs and Robert Jenkins.  Bob is THE expert on Moore’s Mill and Peachtree Creek and has done deep research on Ezra Church as well.  He helped us with the Dalton portion of the tour last year.  He has books out on Peachtree Creek and a recent one on Moore’s Mill and the approaches to the Chattahoochee River by Sherman’s army.  Greg has been giving Atlanta tours since 1993 and spent many years walking the fields and has also been published on the campaign.

We will also have three Atlanta historians to speak to us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  We have tentatively scheduled Stephen Davis, noted Atlanta scholar and author (he has a great piece on the Battle of Resaca in the current Blue & Gray magazine in fact) who has written two books on the campaign and is a very entertaining speaker; Brad Butkovich, author of the recent book on the Battle of Allatoona Pass; and Charlie Crawford, president of the Georgia Battlefield Association who will speak to us on efforts to save battlefields in the growing sprawl of Atlanta and other places in Georgia.

So save the date folks!  We look forward to having you join us on the second portion of the Atlanta Campaign tour.  Proceeds will benefit the Lotz House Civil War Museum, a 501 (c) 3 organization.  If interested in the details please send an email to Greg Biggs at – Biggsg@charter.net

Updated Information On Confederate Colonels Now Online

 

Professor Bruce Allardice, author of “Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register” (U. of Missouri, 2008) has posted on his website a list of updates to that book, compiled as new information and new sources have become available.  The book includes short biographies of numerous area colonels, such as David A. Lynn and William A. Forbes of Clarksville, and Randal McGavock of Nashville.  Among the new material is updates on Nashville area colonels, such as William S. Hawkins’ newly discovered place of burial.  The new research adds new detail to the book; adds a “new” colonel (John C. Tracy of MO). Bruce is always seeking new information so if you have something to share that is not in his wonderful nook or on his web site please contact him and elt him know.

Bruce’s website is www.civilwarbruce.com. The book, loaded with tremendous research and details, is available through the publisher, or Amazon.com.
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

November Newsletter and Meeting Notice

November 17th, 2014 – Our 69th Meeting!! We continue our sixth year!

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Monday, November 17th, 2014, in the visitor’s center of Ft. Negley Park, a unit of Metro Parks, Nashville, TN. This is located off I-65 just south of downtown between 4th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South on Edgehill Avenue/Chestnut Avenue. Take Exit 81, Wedgewood Avenue, off I-65 and follow the signs to the Science Museum. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

Our Speaker and Topic – “The Battle of Franklin; Five Hours Beyond Hell’s Threshold”

We in Middle Tennessee are now entering our second part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Two years ago we commemorated Fort Donelson, the fall of Clarksville and Nashville, various smaller battles and raids ending with the Battle of Stones River. We now are back in the national limelight with John Bell Hood’s Tennessee Campaign of October-December 1864. Within this are battles in Georgia (Allatoona Pass); Alabama (Decatur) and, of course, Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville.

The program this month will focus on the Battle of Franklin, whose five hours of combat are probably the most intense of the entire Civil War. Charge after charge against entrenched Federals, some armed with repeating weapons and backed with artillery, assaulted by the Confederates with little artillery support and single shot muskets. Six generals fell; over 50 regimental commanders, numerous field grade officers and some 7000 plus men before the fighting was over when darkness ended it. The Confederate Army of Tennessee was gutted and Union Gen. John Schofield was able to move his army, its mission of delay accomplished, to the safety of the massive fortifications of Nashville.

Franklin has been the subject of numerous campaign and battle books but this month we will get to hear historian Robert Cross’ interpretation of the battle. Rob has studied this fight for many years as part of his career as a military historian in Middle Tennessee. His impassioned deliver and knowledge of the battle will be on display when he delivers his program to the Nashville Civil War Roundtable this month.

Rob Cross is a military historian, with his area of expertise concentrated on the American Civil War, and the Vietnam War. Since his formal training at the University of Memphis, he has worked in multiple battlefields and Civil War sites including The Carter House, Carnton Plantation, Belle Meade, and Rippavilla Plantation. He has presented programs across Middle Tennessee tom conferences and historical groups and is an experienced tour guide. He is the current Military Historian for Franklin on Foot, and lives in Columbia, Tennessee, where he continues ongoing education in his tradecraft.

Last Month’s Program

We certainly appreciate the fine program by author and historian Scott Sallee on the Civil War in Northeast Missouri and the Palmyra massacre. The Trans-Mississippi theater was important to the war but it little studied by many people today. Thankfully, historians like Scott bring this theater to life via their lectures, research and books. If you were not able to attend this meeting, Scott is a member of the Nashville CWRT and he would be happy to get you a copy of his book on this program and sign it for you. Thanks Scott for the excellent program.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:
December 2014 – Brian Allison , historian – “The USCT Troops in the Battle of Nashville”
January 2015 – James Knight, historian/author – Hood’s Tennessee Campaign” (based on his recent book)
March 2015 – Mark Hoffman, historian/author – The 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics in Middle Tennessee” (from his book)
August 2015 – Greg Bayne, American Civil War Roundtable of the United Kingdom – “Henry Hotze and the Confederate Index; Confederate Propaganda in Britain”

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

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

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

When your dues are paid your name badge with four stars on it will be available at the following meeting. If your badge does not have three stars on it then you are not current. Our dues go to paying for speakers as well as donations for Civil War preservation causes especially those of a local nature. Please be sure to pay your dues so we can offer the best programs possible for you! We also utilize donated items for silent auctions each month to help add to the treasury. If you have something you would like to donate for these auctions, please bring them to the meetings. Books, art, or anything Civil War, works very well. Thanks very much to all of you who have made such donations!

CIVIL WAR NEWS AND EVENTS

Middle Tennessee Civil War 150th Events Across Our Area – November-December, 2014

From Spring Hill to Nashville, Middle Tennessee will have a plethora of events to observe the events of 150 years ago. There’s far too many to list here but visit the websites of these organizations for more details and events:

The Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Mansion in Franklin for tours, events, Ed Bearss dinner and tour and much more. In Nashville, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society will be part of the many events planned including a symposium, tours and more. Visit their web site and those of Belle Meade, Traveler’s Rest, Fort Negley and others for the information and dates that you need to support them.

Short newsletter this month folks due to my work schedule this time of the year. I really need to move the newsletter duties to someone else as I no longer have the time to write it. Hopefully someone can step forward to do so for the sake of our CWRT.