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"Nashville Civil War" Seminar at Traveller's Rest

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    Nashville Civil War Seminar at Traveller s Rest Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum will host the 2nd Annual Nashville Civil War Symposium on March 11,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2006

      "Nashville Civil War" Seminar at Traveller's Rest 

      Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum will host the 2nd Annual Nashville Civil War Symposium on March 11, 2006. The topic of debate will be the significance of the combined Union victories of July 4, 1863: Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Tennessee’s own Tullahoma Campaign. The symposium is sponsored by the Tennessee National Civil War Heritage Area, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, The Metro Nashville Historical Commission, Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage, and Travellers Rest.

      An all-star lineup of Civil War historians will speak on the three Union victories and will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the significance of the campaigns in determining the outcome of the war.

      “The interest in Civil War history has really grown in Nashville in the past several years. This year’s symposium gives us an opportunity to more fully appreciate the role of Tennessee in the outcome of the war by placing the Tullahoma Campaign in the context it deserves as a significant Union victory. It is too often overshadowed by Vicksburg and Gettysburg,” says David Currey, Travellers Rest Executive Director. “The historians we have invited to speak will also have some interesting things to say about Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and their larger meaning in the war. I think the audience will be surprised by their analysis.”

      Among the scheduled speakers is Kent Masterson Brown whose new book, Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign (2005), has raised some eyebrows on the true intentions of Lee’s northern campaign. Brown is a practicing lawyer in Lexington, KY, and Washington, DC, and the First Chairman of both the Gettysburg National Military Park Advisory Commission and the Perryville Battlefield Commission. He is the creator of the Filson Civil War Field Institute.

      Also on hand will be Dr. Timothy B. Smith, historian at Shiloh National Military Park. He is the author of Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg and This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park. His new book is titled The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield.

      Finally, Steven Woodworth, the author of numerous books on the Civil War--including Six Armies in Tennessee, Beneath a Northern Sky: A Short History of the Gettysburg Campaign, and Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865--will discuss the state of the war in mid-1863. He currently teaches history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

      The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at Travellers Rest. To register go to www.travellersrestplantation.org and download a registration form. The registration fee of $35 includes lunch at Travellers Rest and a tour of the historic Overton home. For more information please call Travellers Rest at 832-8197 or visit our website at www.travellersrestplantation.org.

      About Travellers Rest – Begun in 1799, Travellers Rest was originally the home of Judge John Overton and his descendents. During the Civil War the house served as Confederate headquarters for the Army of Tennessee for two weeks prior to the Battle of Nashville. The oldest historic house in Nashville open to the public as a museum, Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum is a non-profit organization that provides tours, special events and exhibits, and educational programming for learners of all ages. The museum is located at 636 Farrell Parkway, just south of downtown Nashville off I-65.

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