The next meeting of the Nashville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019, 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.
Our speaker this month is Dr. John Selby of Roanoke, VA. His topic is - “General George Gordon Meade: A Reapparaisal of Leadership”
George G. Meade has not been treated kindly by history. Victorious at Gettysburg, the biggest battle of the Civil War, Meade was the longest-serving commander of the Army of the Potomac, leading his army through the brutal Overland Campaign and on to the ultimate capture of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox. Serving alongside his new superior, Ulysses S. Grant, in the last year of the war, his role has always been overshadowed by the popular Grant. This first full-length study of Meade’s entire two year tenure as commander of the Army of the Potomac seeks to bring him out from Grant’s shadow and into focus as one of the top three Union generals of the war.
John G. Selby is professor of history at Roanoke College and the former holder of the John R. Turbyfill Chair in History at the same. A Civil War scholar, Selby wrote Virginians at War: The Civil War Experiences of Seven Young Confederates and co-edited a large collection of published papers, Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans.
See you Tuesday, August 20th at the Fort Negley Visitors Center at 7 PM for our monthly meeting.