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Clarksville TN Civil War Roundtable - June 2022


The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 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 – “John Wilder’s Lightning Brigade

John Wilder, born in New York and descendant of a Revolutionary war soldier and a father who fought in the War of 1812, is an example of a citizen-solider who by basis of his intelligence and vision, rose to become one of the most notable commanders of mounted troops in the Civil War.

Wilder's Brigade is one the legendary brigades of the American Civil War and the unit impacted and entire campaign in the summer of 1863 and subsequently played a major role in the Battle of Chickamauga. But the actions of the brigade simply reflected the leadership and ingenuity of its commander, John Thomas Wilder. This program will explore Wilder as a leader, the brigade's impact on the battlefield and the technology that revolutionized warfare.

Our speaker this month is Myers Brown who has been with us before and is one of the most noted Civil War historians in Tennessee. A native of Old Hickory, Tennessee. He received his B.A. in history from Oglethorpe University and his M.A. in public history from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a Fellow and a current officer of the Company of Military Historians and is on the advisory boards for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association.

Currently, Myers is Director of Archival Collection Services and Chief Historian at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Prior to joining the Tennessee State Library and Archives, he served as a curator with the Tennessee State Museum, the Alabama Historical Commission, and as Curator of Military History at the Atlanta History Center. He also served as the chairman of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

He is the author of two books: Images of Tennessee’s Union Cavalrymen was published in December 2008, and Images of Tennessee Confederates in April 2011. He served as editor of the Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Volume 5, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Cavalry in West Tennessee, published in April 2013.

We hope you can join us for this program.