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January 2007 CANISTER Newsletter

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VOLUME XXIV January 16, 2007 NO. 1
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(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.)


“God Ordained This War!” So many North and South thought when war erupted in 1861. Evangelical Americans as Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Cumberland Presbyterians saw so much as the direction of Providence. Religion played a much more important part in their world than we frequently recognize. With the growth of the major churches in the decades before the war, it is possible to make a reading of 19th century U. S. history as a great revival interrupted by the war itself and for many soldiers, a great revival put on pause for an occasional campaign or battle. Traditionally, the differences between the religious views of the North and South are emphasized, such as the split of the Methodist Church in 1845. But, other churches did not split, and, when viewed from a national perspective, there was much more in common, particularly in the decades just before the sectional issues became real contentious in the latter 1850s. This is a subject that our speaker tonight, Early National, Civil War, and Religion Historian Dr. Daryl Black has been exploring. Daryl is a previous Round Table speaker and a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga history graduate who then went on to the University of California-Irvine for his graduate work. After a teaching stint at Auburn University, Daryl returned to Chattanooga and is now the Curator of History and Public Programs at the Chattanooga Regional History Museum. While he continues his study of the military history of the war in the Chattanooga area, he also continues to delve into the culture of the United States out of which the war arose, a culture in which religion played a not to be overlooked part. Come out and learn some of the background of a war about which another historian has said, “While God Goes Marching On.”



There are four items this month for the Speaker’s Fund. The first is a copy of A Narrative of the Great Revival Which Prevailed in the Southern Armies by Rev. William W. Bennett, a Confederate chaplain and wartime superintendent of the Soldiers’ Tract Association. The second item is a copy of I’ll Sting If I Can: The Life and Prison Letters of Major N. F. Cheairs, C. S. A. edited by our own Dr. Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes. I include I’ll Sting… this month because we’re on the eve of the 145th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Donelson in which Major Cheairs played an important role and where he was captured the first time. The third item is a copy of another anniversary book so to speak, a 150th anniversary book, America in 1857: A Nation on the Brink by Kenneth M. Stampp. One hundred and fifty years ago this year James Buchanan and John C. Breckinridge became President and Vice President respectively, the Kansas statehood debate still raged, there was the Mormon War, and a TERRIBLE economic crisis that made the sectional tension seem even worse. Win this one and you can read about the year that unfolded a hundred and fifty years ago. The fourth item is all seven issues of Civil War Times Illustrated for 2002 with articles on such subjects as the Robert E. Lee of the movie “Gods and Generals,” the Battle of Stones River, John C. Calhoun, Island No. 10, and Jeb Stuart’s ride around McClellan during the Pensinula Campaign. Three of the four 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.



The new staff at the Chattanooga Regional History Museum is trying to revitalize the David Gray History Fair. As a part of that, they have asked the Round Table to again participate as we used to, that is sponsor a prize or two to recognize the best entry or two related to the Civil War. The History Fair is still tied to the National History Day competition so with only six weeks or so before this year’s fair on March 3rd. I can’t say that we can expect to see a great number of War Between the States related exhibits this year, but if we participate this year and let them know we’d be interested for next year too, I’m sure the fact that the Round Table is sponsoring a special prize for a Civil War theme entry can be included in the literature for 2008’s fair. We can discuss this at the meeting this month.



N. B. Forrest Camp No. 3, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will again hold a Lee-Jackson Banquet to recognize the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson. This year, the banquet has added meaning because it is the 200th anniversary of General Lee’s birth. The banquet will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 7 PM at historic Lee and Gordon Mills in Chickamauga. Mr. Mike Brown of the Rome SCV camp will be the speaker. He will present a program on Washington University President Lee’s tour of Georgia in 1870, just shortly before his death. If you would like to attend, contact N. B. Forrest Camp Adjutant (and Round Table member) Terry Siler at



Last month, December, was the seventh month in the experiment of distributing the Canister by email. I’m still working on learning how to do some things, like inserting graphics and imported text, and last month proved again I’ve still got a few hurdles to overcome since my promised scanning help didn’t pan out (being flat on my back sick for three and a half days didn’t help either). But, maybe on that front I’m about in control of my own resources. I inherited a scanner while traveling through six states to torture relatives by inflicting an eleven year old on them so once I get it hooked and I figure out how to use it, then maybe I can be beyond that problem…… We’ll see.



I know Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is a long way away from Chattanooga (how many folks have visited there?), but some of the soldiers who fought there eventually wound up fighting here – Gordon Granger (where he also spent time playing artillerist instead of doing what was really expected of him), the First and Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles (before they were “Dismounted”), Bledsoe’s Missouri Battery, Peter J. Osterhaus, and others. And, the way the National Park Service does “public comment” these days, we of the “Civil War community” really need to participate in the National Park Service planning process and offer ideas and comments that go toward helping preserve and interpret the NPS Civil War sites. If we don’t, the local folks who want more ball fields and mountain bike trails will have a lot easier time getting those things, probably at the detriment of the preservation and interpretation of the historic site…….have you tried visiting Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park on a Saturday or Sunday…….AND, within the next year, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will begin the process for a new General Management Plan and if you spend a few minutes on this Wilson’s Creek request, it will start getting you practiced for the “home town” effort. What Wilson’s Creek is soliciting comments on right now is two relatively minor revisions of their own General Management Plan. Wilson’s Creek has recently acquired a few more acres of the battlefield in the Confederate staging area and where some of the early fighting in the battle occurred. They are amending the GMP to bring that area under the same type of management as most of the rest of the battlefield. The other issue has to do with how to handle the recently acquired Sweeney Civil War Museum – keep it in the separate structure where it is; consolidate it with the recently expanded Visitor Center, etc. They’d like folks’ thoughts. To learn more and potentially offer comment, you can find information at Select “Wilson’s Creek NB” in the drip-down list at that site and then “General Management Plan Amendment.” There’s a way to comment right at the site or you can email the Superintendent at (that’s T(underscore)John(underscore)



February 20, 2007 - Keith Scott Hebert, State University of West Georgia, Carrolton, Georgia, "Cass County, Georgia, at War"
March through June 2007 - To be announced.
July 17, 2007 -- IN THE FIELD --
August 2007 - To be announced.
September 18, 2007 - "Wilder and Walker Fight for Alexander’s Bridge,” an evening walking tour on the Chickamauga Battlefield on the evening of the 144th anniversary of those events; more details later.
October through December 2007 - To be announced.



February 3-4, 2007 - Chickamauga Southern National Civil War Show & Sale, Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, Dalton, Georgia
March 15-18, 2007 - Georgia Battlefields Association 2007 Ed Bearss Tour, The Atlanta Campaign, Continued - The Chattahoochee River Crossing, Peachtree Creek, Decatur, for information, see "GBA Tours" or "Annual Tour with Ed Bearss" at or email to
March 16-17, 2007--Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Study Group 2007 Seminar in the Woods; two days of WALKING tours of portions of the Chickamauga Battlefield, this year focusing on portions of the action of September 19, 1863; no cost and you are responsible for ALL of your OWN transportation, food, lodging, etc.; for more information, contact Dave Powell at
March 31, 2007--"The Legacy of Stones River: Remembering the Civil War” Symposium, Historic Civil War Rutherford County Court House, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, sponsored by Stones River National Battlefield and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area; for more information, visit or or
April 7, 2007--Civil War Preservation Trust Park Work Day; volunteer preservation and maintenance activities at a number of area Civil War sites; more details later; see CWPT’s website for information too at
May 28, 2007--Torchlight Tour of the Civil War Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga National Cemetery, Holtzclaw Avenue, 8:30 PM; more details later [see 2006 Torchlight Tour for last year's event]
September 8-9, 2007--Battle of Tunnel Hill Reenactment, Tunnel Hill, Georgia; for more information, see or call 706-876-1571
September 15, 2007--War Between the States day, City of Chickamauga, Georgia
November 8-10, 2007--15th 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.


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