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Nashville TN CWRT - December meeting


The Nashville Civil War Roundtable announces its December 2019 program and speaker. The meeting is always open to interested members of the public.

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

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

Our speaker this month is Mark Zimmerman. His topic is - “Iron Maidens and the Devil's Daughters: US Navy Gunboats versus Confederate Gunners and Cavalry on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, 1861-1865”

Gunboats versus cavalry? Preposterous! This unique form of Civil War combat is covered extensively for the first time in our program this month, "Iron Maidens and the Devil's Daughters". This will detail the clashes between Federal gunboats, including ironclads, and Confederate cavalry on the twin rivers of invasion into the heartland. The program will also explore the US river gunboat flotilla (its creation, its commanders, its vessels) and subsequent joint navy-army invasion of Middle Tennessee up the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Such engagements as the naval battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson and the remarkable and daring Phelps Raid; the capture of Clarksville and Nashville; the little-known first battle of Shiloh; the strange Duck River Affair; Federal counterinsurgency measures; convoy operations; and the brilliant raids of 1864 by Nathan Bedford Forrest, including Eastport, Paris Landing, Reynoldsburg Island, Johnsonville, and Bell's Bend near Nashville, are allpart of this interesting program.
Mark Zimmerman is a retired newspaperman and publications manager who resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and produces illustrated history books and guidebooks for enthusiasts. He is a member of several historical preservation organizations. He is the president of Zimco Publications LLC. Mark is now a proud member of the Tennessee Squire Association, Lynchburg as well as the Nashville Civil War Roundtable.

See you Tuesday, December 17th at the Fort Negley Visitors Center at 7 PM for our monthly meeting.

Greg Biggs
Nashville CWRT