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Clarksville TN CWRT - March meeting


March 15th, 2017 – Our 154th meeting. We continue our eleventh year!

The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Tennova Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall. 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 - “Days of Darkness: Nashville's Postwar Crime Wave of 1865”

Students of the Civil War more often than not focus on battles and leaders during the war. Some also look at taking cities or regions or guerrilla war or cavalry raids, railroads etc. Few look at how the war affected a certain town or city especially after the war was over. Fortunately, this month’s program will looks at a city just down the road from Clarksville; the Tennessee state capitol of Nashville.

Like most conflicts, the end of the Civil War was neither simple nor painless. In the winter of 1865 the military and civil authorities of Nashville were pushed to their breaking point by an unprecedented outbreak of violent crime. Bringing law back to the city would require a remarkable partnership between the occupied and the occupiers. This month’s program, by Nashville historian Brian Allison, will examine how this did and did not work as well as the repercussions involved.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Brian Allison grew up fascinated by the rich historical heritage of the area around him. A graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, he has worked in the history field for the better part of two decades, most recently as the curator at Travellers Rest in Nashville. He is currently working as a writer, museum designer, and in documentary films. He is the author of Murder and Mayhem in Nashville, due to be published by The History Press in October, 2016. Brian will have his book at this month’s meeting for sale.

This is a really fascinating program so don’t miss it!