The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, a non-profit educational organization, engages throughout the region to develop a deeper, informed understanding of the issues, personalities, and events of the American Civil War era. Our goal is to learn, understand, and communicate the history of the American Civil War.
We study and strive to stimulate interest in the American Civil War to better promote and understand this seminal event in American history.
The preservation of Civil War battlefields and structures is a pre-eminent consideration of our operations. We give priority to regional needs but are willing to contribute nationwide as needs warrant.
We are a non-partisan organization. Whatever our emotional allegiance to the particular side of an issue or topic, our activities and publications carefully examine the documents, the sites, and other sources in order to understand and present a well-rounded synopsis concerning the facts about any event, person, and locale.
We seek to create, strengthen, and expand a network of neighboring Round Tables and other, history-based area organizations with whom we can cooperate and synergize our efforts in order to accomplish more than if we worked individually (i.e., believing in that old adage of the total being greater than the sum of the parts).
We strive to expand our membership, both in total numbers and demographic diversity.
We seek to educate those in the broader Tennessee Valley area about the American Civil War. We do this through our monthly meetings (i.e., presentations), field trips, seminars, publications, public relations, and community outreach and events.
Our Board of Directors
David Lady, President
David Lady 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 the Civil War, and ancestors fought on both sides during the war. His interest in the era began as a child, thanks in part to visits to Gettysburg and Virginia’s battlefields, and partly due to his reading 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 articles in the Huntsville Historical Review as well as Army Professional Journals, and has contributed articles to two TVCWRT publications. He has led groups of soldiers and civilians on battlefield tours and military ‘staff rides’ of Gettysburg, Fort Donelson, and Chickamauga. He is currently serving as President, Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, and as Secretary/Facilitator for the Little Round Table Discussion Group.
Beth Altenkirch, Treasurer
Beth Altenkirch joins the board as the Treasure. Beth is originally from the Midwest, is a Purdue alumna, has lived in various parts of the country, and moved to Huntsville six years ago from New Jersey. She’s always had an appetite for history, joined the TVCWRT last year and thoroughly enjoys the monthly programs. While she can contribute nothing to the “historical” aspects of the Round Table, she is a bean counter and can handle the treasury. Her husband Bob is president of UAH and together they spend most of their time in the wealth of activities on campus.
Jonathan Creekmore, Secretary and Website Manager
Jonathan Creekmore is originally from Mississippi but has spent his adult life living right here in the Tennessee Valley with his wife and daughter. He has a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has made a career out of securing defense software systems. His passion for American history in general, and the Civil War specifically, began when the Ken Burns documentary first aired when he was a lad of ten. Since then, his studies have been tracing the threads of the sectional conflict forward from the founding of the nation, with the goal of seeing how those threads still resonate today. He has been a member of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table since mid-2017 and is currently serving as the Secretary of the Board and Website Manager.
John Scales, Former President, Field Trip Coordinator and Acting Programs Officer
Edwin “Ed” Kennedy, Communication Officer
Robert Hennessee, Preservation Officer
Robert Hennessee became interested in the Civil War when his family moved to the Richmond, VA area when he was six. They visited local battlefields and the Confederate White House. Later, they moved to Maryland and visited the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields. As an adult, Bob lived in Charleston, SC where he visited Ft. Sumter. Later, he moved to Washington, DC area where he visited Bull Run, Chancellorsville and other Civil War sites. During that time, he joined the Stuart-Mosby Society. He is particularly knowledgeable about Stonewall Jackson, Mosby and Stuart. Bob joined the TVCWRT in 2014.
He recently retired from the Army Corps of Engineers and operates an energy consulting business, Hennessee Associates.
Kevin Rodriguez, Membership Officer
Arley McCormick, Newsletter Editor
Arley McCormick is originally from North Missouri. He has a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in Public Administration and he is a former soldier and consultant. His articles have appeared in the U.S. Army Military Review published at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Old Tennessee Valley Magazine and Mercantile Advertiser and he contributed to the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table’s first book “13 Wore Gray and the Rest Blue”. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, the Board of Directors of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society as the Huntsville The Early Works Board of Directors, and is a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Alabama Bicentennial Committee. He and his wife, Lynda, a native of New Hope, Alabama, live in the Huntsville, Alabama area.
Emil Posey, Former Vice President, Stage Manager
Emil Posey retired from NASA/George C. Marshall Space Flight Center on December 27, 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; is a former president of the Huntsville chapter of the National Contract Management Association, and is a life member of the Special Forces Association. His work history spans almost 45 years of military and civilian service to our country. He is a member of Elks Lodge 1648 (Huntsville, Alabama) and the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society. He is a dedicated bibliophile, and is a (very) armchair political analyst and military enthusiast.
April Harris, Academic Outreach Advisor
John A. Allen, Former President
Carol Codori, Former President
John Mason, Former President
Kent Wright, Former Programs Officer
Mark Hubbs, Former Preservation Officer and co-founder