Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table

Education and Preservation

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table Celebrates Twenty-Five Years

Let’s celebrate together at our May General Meeting! Come out on May 10th at 6:30PM and celebrate our successful quarter-century of education and preservation. Our monthly meeting will be followed by a party including Civil War Period Music, Cake Cutting,... Continue Reading →

The Generals of Shiloh, Character in Leadership, April 6 – 7, 1862

Author Larry Tagg introduces the General Officer leadership in the Army of the Tennessee, the Army of Ohio, and the Army of the Mississippi in the context of the Battle at Shiloh. General Ulysses Grant, General Don Carlos Buell, General Albert Sidney Johnston, General P.G.T. Beauregard, General Braxton Bragg, General Leonidas Polk were mostly inexperienced commanders of large formations in battle. But, what of the other Generals that fought?

Under the Crescent Moon: With the XI Corps in the Civil War, Volume I.

Under the Crescent Moon is the first volume of a history of the famous, or infamous, Union army corps that somewhat unfairly received the blame for the collapse of Union lines at Chancellorsville and during Gettysburg’s first day. The purpose of the author is clear: remove the stain associated with the corps by blaming its commander O. O. Howard and anti-German (“Dutch”) prejudice for its sullied reputation.

The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave (vol. 2) and Barren Victory (vol. 3)

Author David Powell has completed the second and third volumes in what is considered the best in-depth study of the Chickamauga Campaign. These are The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave, and The Chickamauga Campaign: Barren Victory. Powell’s magnificent study fully explores the battle from all perspectives and is based upon over fifteen years of intensive study and research that has uncovered nearly 2,000 primary sources from generals to private, all stitched together to relate the remarkable story that was Chickamauga. Using a plethora of first-hand accounts and regimental studies, many of which have never been heard of or read about, Powell takes the reader on a journey into the soldier’s lives and actions during their time in Tennessee and Georgia in 1863.

The Overland Campaign of 1864

As described by Gordon Rhea in the Spring 2014 issue of Hallowed Ground, “The Overland Campaign, some 40-odd days of maneuver and combat between the Rapidan and James Rivers, pitted the Civil War’s premier generals — Lt. Gen Ulysses S. Grant for the Union, and Gen. Robert E. Lee for the Confederacy — against one another in a grueling contest of endurance and guile.”  A native of East Tennessee with a BA in history with honors from Indiana University, an MA in American History from Harvard University, and a JD from Stanford University Law School, and currently a practicing attorney, Rhea wrote a series of five books that currently serve as the definitive account of that campaign.  Each of the books were published by the Louisiana State University Press in Baton Rouge, LA. Here is a guest review of the series by a friend of the TVCWRT, John Howard Oxley, “with [his] reactions and conclusions”.

“How An Irregular Navy Shaped the Entire War”, Kent Wright

Privateers, the “militia of the sea,” initiated by Jefferson Davis alone, jolted the entire world to attention and forced Uncle Sam and John Bull to make instant policy decisions which impacted literally every industrialized nation. Davis’s private sea wolves proved... Continue Reading →

The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865.

The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865. Brig. Gen. (ret.) John Scales. Reviewed by David Lady, Tennessee Valley Civil War Roundtable We are a most favored Round Table, to have as one of our members a... Continue Reading →

March 8th Round Table Meeting: Debbie Watts, “Captain Ryman”

On Thursday, March 8, it will be a special treat for the TVCWRT. An Award-winning actor/playwright/director Tom Dolan and author/musician/educator Debbie Mathis Watts portray Music City’s Legend Captain Tom Ryman and Bettie Baugh Ryman in the multi-media musical stage play "The... Continue Reading →

TVCWRT Little Round Table for 22 Feb 2018

The Little Round Table will review the first four months of the Secession Crisis (Dec 1860-March 4, 1861. Our focus will be on the actions of the seceding states to establish their government, the inaction of the Buchanan Administration to... Continue Reading →

February 8, 2018 Round Table Meeting: Ed Kennedy, “Horses in the War Between the States”

In 1943, the U.S. Army dismounted its two horse cavalry divisions with their supporting horse-drawn field artillery units. This was in the middle of WWII. Only one year earlier, the 26th U.S. Cavalry had conducted the last combat cavalry charge... Continue Reading →

Trapped in the Crossfire

   This is not just a story of the Civil War in North Alabama, it is a story about a family’s struggle to survive. Perry and Sara Williams, Christians branded abolitionists, choose the hardship and anticipation of migrating west to Sand Mountain, North Alabama to avoid the hostility resonating around their home in South Carolina only to be antagonized by southern patriots that steal their livelihood and men to fight a war they didn’t want.

Southern Reconstruction

Historians reinterpreted Civil War Reconstruction over the past fifty years. Shortly before the Centennial, it was commonly believed that the chief aim of the Republican-dominated Congress was to ensure lasting party control over the federal government by creating a reliable voting bloc in the South for which improved racial status among blacks was a coupled, but secondary, objective. By the Sesquicentennial, however, it had become the accepted view that Republicans were primarily motivated by an enlightened drive for racial equality untainted by anything more than negligible self-interest. Consequently, the presently dominant race-centric focus on Reconstruction minimizes political and economic factors that affected all Southerners regardless of race.

Meade and Lee after Gettysburg

Meade and Lee is the first volume of a projected three-volume set, covering the war in Central Virginia during the late summer and autumn of 1863. The other two volumes will cover the campaign of Bristoe Station and the abortive campaign of Mine Run. This work provides a detailed account of the movements, skirmishes, and other small actions that occurred immediately after Lee’s Army had retreated across the Potomac into Virginia.

Battle Above the Clouds

For the Civil War enthusiast as well as those casually interested only because it is close to home, reading, digesting, and following the route of the events from Bridgeport, Alabama to the top of Look Out Mountain is a long day trip that will leave the traveler amazed, fully satisfied, and in awe of the challenges adversaries faced in terrain, much of which remains as it was in 1863.

The Maryland Campaign of September 1862: Volume III

This is the third and final volume of an exhaustively researched analysis of the Maryland (or Antietam) Campaign of the American Civil War. All three volumes provide very valuable details and thought-provoking interpretation and are highly recommended to Civil War students.

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