February 2006 CANISTER Newsletter
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From The Chattanooga Civil War Round Table
|VOLUME XXIII||FEBRUARY 21, 2006||NO. 2|
Visitors & Guests Welcome
|DATE:||TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2006||TIME: 7:00 PM|
"THE CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN
IN UPPER HAMILTON COUNTY"
JIM OGDEN, HISTORIAN, CHICKAMAUGA AND
CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
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.)
Fake left; swing deep right. That's what William S. Rosecrans decides to do in an
effort to get Braxton Bragg and the Army of Tennessee out of Chattanooga and hopefully
onto ground more advantageous for Rosecrans for a battle other then the potentially
strong positions for the Confederates immediately around Chattanooga. And, Rosecrans'
plan, initially, largely worked. Thereby, in the plan's execution, an active phase
of military operations were brought right into the upper, more Unionist, part of
Hamilton County. On the north side of the Tennessee, Federal soldiers pulled off a
masterful feint or deception operation; on the south side of the river, much of the
Confederate army wound up being staged for two weeks or so guarding the potential
crossings of the Tennessee and anticipating a major thrust from their enemy across the
river. No big engagement came to pass there because soon Bragg learned he'd been duped,
yet again, and had to withdraw southward rapidly.
In his talk this evening, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Historian (and Round Table President) Jim Ogden will talk about the later August and early September, 1863 aspects of the Campaign for Chattanooga that unfold upstream of the Gateway to the Deep South city. He'll talk about the well conducted Federal deception activities; the reactive massing of Confederate troops, some of the little fights, like the Battle of Mattox's Barn, and other related events. It is a part of what turns out to be the Chickamauga phase of the campaign that is usually overshadowed in the telling when the river crossings at Shellmound, Bridgeport, and Stevenson, and the climbs over the Sand and Lookout mountain ranges begin to be told. It might not be as dramatic, but it is a part of the history that shaped our nation in the area.
TOUR OF PORTION OF LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD
Archeologist Lawrence Alexander is doing a tour of a portion of the Lookout Mountain Battlefield for Reflection Riding this Saturday, February 18, at 10 AM. He will look at the area of the action at the base of northwestern tip of the mountain along Lookout Creek, the area commonly called today Cummings Bottom, the area where Fighting Joe Hooker's feint unfolded to hold John Moore's and much of Edward Walthall's Confederate brigades in position so as to be flanked by Geary's White Stars. It's an area where Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has acquired some property in recent years but which is still hard to visit without a knowledgeable guide. Lawrence has lead archeological excavations of this area. It is the area from which James Walker took the perspective for his paintings of the Battle of Lookout Mountain. If you are interested in attending, meet Lawrence at the Humphrey's House at Reflection Riding, at the end of Garden Road on the west side of the mountain. The tour is free and will last about two hours. If you would like to attend, call Reflection Riding at 423-821-9582, ext. 200, to let them know how many folks will be coming with you. The view from that area is quite interesting.
SPEAKER'S FUND SUPPORT OF THE MONTH
There are four items again this month for the Speaker's Fund. The first is a copy of The Army's Navy Series: Dictionary of Transports and Combatant Vessels Steam and Sail Employed by the Union Army, 1861-1868 compiled by Charles Dana Gibson and E. Kay Gibson. It consists of brief histories of the hundreds of vessels used by the Union Army, mostly on the Western waters, in the prosecution of the war. The Paint Rock, Dunbar, Chickamauga, Resaca, and other vessels used on the Tennessee in the Chattanooga region are included. The second item is a copy of Thomas G. Dyer's Secret Yankees: The Union Circle in Confederate Atlanta. The third item is a paperback copy of John McElroy's Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons, McElroy's memoir of his time in Confederate hands. The fourth item is a copy of the National Park Service handbook for Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial - fifty pages and full of color pictures. All four of the items this month were 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.
DALTON RELIC SHOW
This year's Dalton Civil War Show was February 4-5. Did many folks make it down? See anything interesting? From the couple of people I've talked to, it sounds like it was a pretty good show. That's good to hear given the uncertainty that seemed to have existed about it happening. Let's hope that the new management gives it a long life. We'll look forward to it next year!
THE WAR ON TELEVISION
There are not a great number of WBTS programs on the tube in the coming week or so from what I can learn, but there are a couple:
Feb. 27, 8 AM & 2 PM - Time Machine: A Thirst for Blood and Iron - this program actually about the development of sea power over the course of two centuries but apparently includes a notable section on the Civil War ironclads.
Mar. 1, 6 PM - Conspiracy? Lincoln Assassination
C-SPAN'S BOOK TV
Feb. 20, 11 AM - Thomas Fleming and his Washington's Secret War: The Hidden Victory of Valley FOrge - this is not Civil War, but it is certainly American Military History and many people North and South harkened back to the Revolution and Valley Forge and certainly Washington was the father of the American military traditioin; it might still be an interesting program.
Feb. 20, Noon - Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
Feb. 20, 1:30 PM - David Hackett Fischer's Washington's Crossing - again, not a Civil War one, but I've seen this program and it is good (I've also read the book); it addresses Washington's Trenton and Princeton's campaign.
Feb. 20, 2:30 PM - Neil Dahlstrom's Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission to Destroy the Press
Feb. 20, 3:30 PM - Thomas Reed Turner's Beware a People Weeping and Thomas Goodrich's The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy; both presentations from the 2005 Lincoln Forum.
Feb. 20, 10 PM - Neil Dahlstrom's Lincoln's Wrath: Fierce Mobs, Brilliant Scoundrels and a President's Mission to Destroy the Press
FUTURE ROUND TABLE MEETINGS
March 21, 2006 - Dr. Anthony Hodges
UP-COMING LOCAL CIVIL WAR EVENTS OF NOTE
November 9-11, 2006--14th 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; more details later.
President -- Jim Ogden
Vice President -- Ansley Moses
Treasurer -- Harvey Scarborough|
Secretary -- Neil Greenwood
If you or a friend would like to join the Chattanooga Civil War Round Table, send
your check for dues, made out to Chattanooga Civil War Round Table, to Chattanooga
Civil War round Table, c/o Jim Ogden, 4 Gala Drive, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia 30742.|
Regular Membership $20.00
Senior Citizen (62+) $15.00
Family Membership $30.00|
|The Round Table dues year is October 1 to September 30. Membership fee for new members joining after October is pro-rated, being reduced by $1.50 per month for regular membership, by $2.50 per month for family membership, and $1.00 per month for Senior Citizens and Students. Members up-dating their dues or rejoining are expected to pay the full rate.|
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