The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 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 - “The 1913 Gettysburg Reunion”
Civil War veterans held reunions on both sides in the years after the Civil War. Some were held on battlefields; some helped create our National Battlefield parks, and some were healing moments for each side. What we call PTSD today was unknown back then and trauma from battle was a large problem with many of the same ramifications our troops have today.
The Gettysburg reunion of 1913 was a key reunion in that it was among the first to try and cope with battlefield trauma. There had been Gettysburg reunions prior to this but, as we will learn, this reunion was different. Our speaker, Thomas Flagel, has made this a center piece of his new book, War, Memory and the 1913 Gettysburg Reunion, which he will have for sale at this meeting.
Thomas Flagel has spoken to us before. Dr. Thomas Flagel is an associate professor of History at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He holds degrees from Loras College (B.A. History), Kansas State University (M.A., European History), Creighton University (M.A., International Relations), Middle Tennessee State University (PhD., Public History) and has studied at the University of Vienna.
See you Wednesday, July 17th, for our monthly meeting.