October 2007 CANISTER Newsletter
Website Version of Our Monthly Newsletter
From The Chattanooga Civil War Round Table
|VOLUME XXIV||October 16, 2007||NO. 10|
Visitors & Guests Welcome
|DATE:||TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007||TIME: 7:00 PM|
"VIA THE YAZOO PASS?: GRANT
STRIKES, AGAIN, FOR
DR. TIMOTHY B. SMITH, HISTORIAN, AUTHOR, &
PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE --
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.)|
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Ulysses S. Grant certainly followed that
old adage as he tried first one route and then another as he doggedly sought to wrest Vicksburg
from Southern control. Overland from West Tennessee and Northern Mississippi; via water up the
Yazoo to Chickasaw Bayou; dig a canal; Steel’s Bayou; and, via Yazoo Pass. None of these routes
turned out to be successful; in the end, as we know, he crossed the mighty Mississippi downstream
of Vicksburg and swung in behind the city to besiege it. But, with the earlier efforts, when
they were conceived, they all seemed to have a chance and they certainly would help keep the
Confederates on guard over a vast area, and to Abraham Lincoln and the Northern people, it made
it seem like he was really actively pursuing the conduct of the war. For our speech tonight,
we’ll learn about Grant’s effort to try to get at Vicksburg via the Yazoo Pass. It was the
water route that seemingly offered the greatest promise for success—from the Mississippi
opposite Helena, through Moon Lake, Yazoo Pass, the Coldwater River to the Yalobusha to the
Yazoo and then to the Snyder’s and Haynes’ Bluff area. Maybe he could get at Vicksburg from
the east. Maybe………if the gunboats and transports could navigate this torturous route. The
story of this Grant offensive against Vicksburg is the subject of our talk tonight. In
“Via the Yazoo Pass?: Grant Strikes, Again, for Vicksburg,” Historian, author, and University
of Tennessee at Martin Professor Timothy B. Smith will explain how the combined Army and Navy
operation struggled mightily for success before being defeated by geography and the Confederates.
Grant would have to come another way.
Tim Smith has previously spoken to our Round Table. He is a former Vicksburg National
Military Park and Shiloh National Military Park employee and holds a PH.D. in history from
Mississippi State University. He is the author of The Great Battlefield of Shiloh: Histor,
Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park and Champion Hill: Decisive
Battle For Vicksburg. Presently, Tim is a professor of History at the University of Tennessee
at Martin. Tim, his wife, and daughter, live in Adamsville, Tennessee.
Tim Smith has previously spoken to our Round Table. He is a former Vicksburg National Military Park and Shiloh National Military Park employee and holds a PH.D. in history from Mississippi State University. He is the author of The Great Battlefield of Shiloh: Histor, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park and Champion Hill: Decisive Battle For Vicksburg. Presently, Tim is a professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Tim, his wife, and daughter, live in Adamsville, Tennessee.
REGULAR MEETING PLACE & TIME
After having had “special” meeting places, times, and dates over the last three months, we’re back to normal this month and should be for the coming months. We’re back on the third Tuesday, at 7 PM, at the McCallie School on Missionary Ridge. We’ll look for you at the meeting!
SPEAKER'S FUND SUPPORT OF THE MONTH
There are four items this month for the Speaker’s Fund. The first is a copy of our speaker’s book, Champion Hill: Decisive Battle For Vicksburg. The second item, since it is the 145th anniversary month of that battle, is a copy of Dr. Kenneth W. Noe's wonderful Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle published in 2001 by the University of Kentucky Press. The third item is a copy of Avery O. Craven's Civil War in the Making, 1815-1860. The fourth item is a copy of the Winter, 1999, issue of the Civil War publication Columbiad. 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.
DUES ARE DUE
Please pay your CWRT Dues Year 2007-2008 dues aat this month's meeting or through the mail.
One hundred and forty-four years ago, in late summer and early fall, this region saw great activity and it certainly feels, in some ways, that it did again this late summer and early fall. There have been a lot of WBTS-related activities going on……..more than probably anyone could take in…….although I think the Hay’s tried…….
Some folks attended some of the many programs Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park offered to recognize the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga I know. Anyone see the Western Independent Grays’s Army of Northern Virginia—Army of Tennessee Comparison Living History and have any observations? Anyone make it to the Marsh House event in LaFayette? A few folks listened to the fine Confederate cavalry talks by Myers Brown and Keith Bohannon. Did any go down to the Battle of Allatoona Pass program on Oct. 6 or hear Richard McMurry on the 8th?
In addition, Ed Bearss was back in the area doing six days of tours for a forty-nine person group put together by History America Tours, and fifteen folks of the Cleveland, Ohio, Civil War Round Table spent two days touring the Chickamauga and Chattanooga battlefields, and the Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table spent two days at Chickamauga. Lot’s going on.
ED BEARSS SPEAKS HERE FOR FRIENDS OF MOCCASIN BEND NATIONAL
PARK ON NOVEMBER 5
Retired National Park Service Chief Historian and nationally known battlefield tour guide Ed Bearss will speak here in Chattanooga on Monday, November 5, 2007, at 7 PM in the auditorium of the Tennessee Aquarium at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga. Ed’s speech is the concluding lecture in this year’s Vital Lecture series offered by the Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park. While I don’t have a specific title for his talk at press time, I’m sure it will examine some aspect of the importance of the Civil events in the Chattanooga in the fall of 1863 that help explain just how significant those events are to our nation’s history and hence why what happened on or before Moccasin Bend as a part of those events is so valuable to preserve and commemorate. It should be a treat. The Aquarium auditorium is a nice venue for a talk so come out and get an extra Civil War night in in November.
SYMPOSIUM ON THE 19TH CENTURY PRESS, THE CIVIL WAR, AND FREE EXPRESSION
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Communications’ 15th Annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression will be held November 8 to 10, 2007. The Thursday evening session is at the Sheraton Read House and those on Friday and Saturday in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. Enclosed you will find an early and not yet final version of the schedule of the talks. As always, several look interesting. Members of the Round Table are cordially invited to attend. [NOTE: a link to this schedule is available at: 2007 Symposium Schedule.]
FUTURE ROUND TABLE MEETINGS
November 20, 2007 - To be announced.
UP-COMING LOCAL CIVIL WAR EVENTS OF NOTE
President -- Jim Ogden
Vice President -- Ansley Moses
Treasurer -- Harvey Scarborough|
Secretary -- Neil Greenwood
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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|
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