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Nashville CWRT - August meeting

Hello everyone,

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.