Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table

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A Vast Sea of Misery and A Strange and Blighted Land

A Vast Sea of Misery, A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1 – November 20, 1863, by Gregory A. Coco, El Dorado Hills:  Savas Beatie LLC, 2017, a Tennessee Valley Civil War... Continue Reading →

The War Outside My Window

The War Outside My Window. Edited by Janet Elizabeth Croom. Savas Beatie, 2018.418 pages. Review by former President, John Scales    The War Outside My Window is a very interesting and entertaining find, a diary written by a teenage boy who... Continue Reading →

“Atlanta Campaign; Peach Tree Creek to the Surrender”, Dr. Stephen Davis

On 14 June, Dr. Stephen Davis speaks on the “Atlanta Campaign; Peach Tree Creek to the Surrender”.  Dr. Stephen Davis is no stranger to the TVCWRT and always provides stimulation presentations. A longtime Atlantean, he has been a “Civil Warrior” since... Continue Reading →

Silent Sentinels

Silent Sentinels, A Reference Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg, by George W. Newton, El Dorado Hills:  Savas Beatie LLC, 2017, A Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table review by Emil L. Posey, In the US Army, Field Artillery is... Continue Reading →

“The Battle of Port Royal”, Mike Coker

Mike Coker describes the battle of Port Royal; On Nov. 7, 1861, a massive U. S. Naval fleet and U. S. Army expeditionary force sailed into Port Royal Sound, South Carolina defeating the outnumbered and outgunned Confederates defending Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard. ... Continue Reading →

Death, Disease, and Life at War

Death, Disease, and Life at War, The Civil War Letters of Surgeon James D. Benton, IIIth and 98th New York Infantry Regiments, 1862 – 1865, by Christopher E. Loperfido, 139 pages, Savas Beatie, 2018, a Tennessee Valley Civil War Round... Continue Reading →

“The Bloody Fifth”

“The Bloody Fifth”, The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood’s Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, Volume 2: Gettysburg to Appomattox, by John F. Schmutz, 367 pages, Savas Biety, 2017, a Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table review by Arley McCormick.... Continue Reading →

Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table’s 25th Anniversary: Book Sale, Music, Dessert

Plan to join us and bring friends to our special monthly meeting on Thursday evening, May 10. It's our 25th anniversary! Come early and stay late! Wear your period dress! Who: Our meetings are free and open to the public.... 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 →

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