Written by Jim Ogden, Chattanooga CWRT President
From The Chattanooga Civil War Round Table
|VOLUME XXI||OCTOBER 19, 2004||NO. 10|
Visitors & Guests Welcome
|DATE:||TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2004||TIME: 7:00 PM|
|SPEAKER:||MAURIEL PHILLIPS JOSLYN, HISTORIAN & AUTHOR|
MILLIS-EVANS ROOM, CALDWELL HALL, ACADEMIC QUADRANGLE,
THE MCCALLIE SCHOOL, HISTORIC MISSIONARY RIDGE
(Directions to Caldwell Hall-Enter the McCallie School campus off of Dodds Avenue opposite the end of Bailey Avenue. Take the main drive into the campus and follow the signs for the Academic Quadrangle. There is a parking area there beside the Chapel and you will have passed Caldwell Hall on the right as you approach the parking area. Find a place and park. Caldwell Hall will be behind you as you park. Come in either the first or second floor doors and follow the signs to the Millis-Evans Room.)
William J. Hardee praised him for his "perservering valor;" Bragg complimented
his gallantry, noted he was "sufficiently prudent," and said, "he is the
admiration of his command as a soldier and a gentleman;" President Davis
characterized him as the "Stonewall Jackson of the West." He was an Irishman
from Arkansas who's star rose rapidly; a meteor shining brightly. That certainly
was the case by the fall of 1864. Shiloh; Richmond; Perryville; Murfreesboro;
Missionary Ridge; Ringgold; on many of the fields of battle in the Atlanta Campaign;
at all of these, Patrick R. Cleburne had won fame and added laurels to his reputation.
He, and his men, had done much to make the fighting reputation of the Army of
Tennessee. Now, in the Fall of 1864, 140 years ago, Cleburne, much of his division,
and much of the army, soldiered on, still believing that the cause of Southern
independence was worth fighting for. They didn't know exactly when or exactly where,
but they knew there was more fighting and dying ahead of them. They marched northward,
then westward, then northward again in yet another campaign, part of which
unfolded over the very ground that, in reverse, they had covered in the fifth
and sixth months of the year.
Our speaker this month, Mauriel Phillips Joslyn, will review the career of one of the Confederacy's most noted figures, Pat Cleburne. Most specifically, she will focus on what turned out to be the last months of his life, the Fall of 1864, a period when Irish Arkansan campaigned back into our region and then westward and northward to Franklin. We, from the perspective of hindsight, can see that the end was nearing, but Cleburne soldiered with determination even if it was tinged with resignatioin and foreboding. Come out and learn about the "Stonewall of the West" in the Fall of '64.
SPEAKER'S FUND SUPPORT OF THE MONTH
There are four items again this month for the Speaker's Fund. The first item is a copy of one of our speaker's books. The second item is a copy of Dr. Edwing L. Drake's Annals of the Army of the Tennessee and Early Western History (1878; 1998 reprint). The third item is a framed Great Seal of the Confederacy. The fourth item is five of the issues from 2002 of America's Civil War magazine with articles on such subjects as the 5th New York Zouaves at 2nd Bull Run, cavalry at Gettysburg on July 3, Longstreet vs. Burnside in East Tennessee, and Pickett's Mill. The latter three items were all donated to the Round Table to support the Speaker's Fund. To those donors go our thanks. Proceeds from the Speaker's Fund go toward bringing speakers in from outside the area. Your support of the Speaker's Fund is appreciated.
It is time to pay dues for the Round Table's 2004-2005 dues year. Please do so at this month's meeting or send them in. To those who have paid for 2004-2005, thank you for taking care of this necessary chore in a timely fashion.
12th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE 19th CENTURY PRESS, THE CIVIL WAR, & FREE EXPRESSION
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Department of Communications' 12th Annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression is November 11-13, 2004. I've seen a copy of the preliminary program and it looks like there are some strong papers being presented. Each member will receive a copy of the program in the mail in the coming days. You might consider attending some or all of the sessions. Some in the past have proved quite interesting. Information on specific times and places will be on the flyer.
OFFICERS FOR 2005
It is that time again. Time to nominate officers for 2005. Harvey Scarborough, a former officer and presently our webmaster, has volunteered to serve if nominated.
FUTURE ROUND TABLE MEETINGS
November 16, 2004 - To be announced
April 19, 2005 - Celeste Dixon, Park Ringer, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, "Appomattox"
May 17, 2005 - Evan Jones, University of Virginia, "Going Home: Soldiers become Civilians"
UP-COMING LOCAL CIVIL WAR EVENTS OF NOTE
November 11-13, 2004--12th Annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression, sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Department of Communications; see flyer with program schedule being mailed to each member
February 5-6, 2005--Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, I-75 Exit 333, Walnut Avenue, Dalton, Georgia, 9-5 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday; more details later
|From Mauriel Phillips Joslyn's "'A Moral A Meteor Shining Brightly: Essays on Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne (1997), pp. 192-3|
As amiable as he was most of the time, he had a characteristic Irish temper and obviously showed a human range of emotions. Lanford noted: "His anger rarely went further than reproof on the spot, and was never vindictive or vengeful." But Leonard Mangum remembered it a little differently: "The most quiet of men and incapable of bravado, he was grnad in the energy of his anger when aroused, quick as lightning in execution, and indifferent to all consequences." He had obviously seen the "consequences." Cleburne could be very temperamental. One incident was related by Hamp Cheney of Brown's staff, upon his request for leave when Cleburne was in temporary command of Hardee's Corps. Cleburne had evidently become annoyed with so many leave requests, and Cheney's was the last straw:
Upon my arrival I found that General Hardee was absent and General Cleburne was temporarily in command of the corps. My heart sand within me when informed of this fact, for well I knew what a strict disciplinarian [he] was. . .It occurred to me that my friend Captain Buck, who was his assistant adjutant general might be able to help me. . . . I asked that he would present communication to the General and urge its approval . . . His reply was that he regretted to deny me, but the General was in a fearful humor, and he disliked to tackle him . . . I then turned to my old-time friend, Dr. John
Erskine, corps surgeon. . . The doctor replied that he would do anything for me that he could, but that he would as soon attack a lion in his lair.
Cheney entered Cleburne's tent:
I found the General lying on his back upon a pallet spread upon the ground with a large book across his breast . . He simply stared at me with his cold gray eyes without saying a word. I stepped forward, dropped on one knee beside him, and placed my application between his eyes and the book. Without a word being spoken, he struck the paper a violent blow, knocking it from my hand and across the tent. I was so angered at this insult that it was with the greatest difficulty I could refrain from taking him by the throat and choking him to death.
Cleburne proceeded to chide Cheney for asking leave and replied "with a strong Irish accent, 'Do you know, sir, that your command sends more of these communications to these headquarters than any other command in the army?'" After some arguiing, Cheney reminded Cleburne that he had fought beside him at Shiloh, and after some excited reminiscences on the gallant way his soldiers fought that day, the General allowed Cheney more leave than he requested.
Two inserts were in this month's issue. These can be viewed at: October Inserts.
The first insert, a copy of the flyer by Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, covers the events scheduled for October 29-31, 2004.
Battle of Nashville - A Symposium Commemorating the 140th Anniversary
co-hosted by Travellers Rest, the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society,
and the Metro Historical Commission.
Registration for the Symposium may be purchased for all three days of the
entire event, or on a per day basis. Ticket prices per person for the
Battle of Nashville Symposium are $80 for all events or $25 for the Friday
evening reception, $35 for Saturday’s roundtable discussions, and $35 for
the Sunday tours. Prices listed include lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Registration for the Symposium may be purchased for all three days of the entire event, or on a per day basis. Ticket prices per person for the Battle of Nashville Symposium are $80 for all events or $25 for the Friday evening reception, $35 for Saturday’s roundtable discussions, and $35 for the Sunday tours. Prices listed include lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, and the latest events scheduled, check out their website at: Travellers Rest Plantation.
The second insert, a copy of the flyer by the Tennessee Historical Society, covers the events scheduled for December 10-11, 2004.
The Battle of Nashville, December 1864 - 140th Anniversary Symposium
co-hosted by the Tennessee Historical Society and the Battle of Nashville
Registration for the Symposium is $15 and participants are strongly encouraged
to pre-register, as space is limited.
Registration for the Symposium is $15 and participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register, as space is limited.For more information, and the latest events scheduled, check out their website at: Tennessee Historical Society.
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