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Nashville TN CWRT - October meeting

October 17th, 2017 – Our 103rd meeting!! We continue our seventh year.

The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Tuesday, October 17th, 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.

Tuseday is our new meeting night. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM and is always open to the public.

Our Speaker and Topic - “The Cumberland River: Avenue For Middle Tennessee and the Civil War”

The river system of mid-America carried people and commerce across the nation. Flatboats and later steamboats greatly expanded America. The coming of the railroads added to this expansion as well as big increases in commerce. The Cumberland River in Tennessee was not only an avenue of commerce but also one of invasion. In 1862, the Federals would advance up this river taking forts and cities, including Nashville. Later, the river would be a vital part of the Union supply line for the fighting not only in Tennessee but also Alabama and Georgia. This program teaches the history of water commerce as well as the expansion of railroads and how both played into the Civil War in Tennessee for both sides.

Our speaker this month is Greg Biggs, an officer of the Nashville CWRT and president of the Clarksville CWRT. Greg has been a military historian for over 50 years beginning with the ancient Greeks through the modern era. He specializes in the musket era from Frederick the great through Napoleon to the Civil War as well as World War 2, armor tactics and history and 18th and 19th Century military flags.

We hope you join us for this informative program.