September 2008 CANISTER Newsletter
Website Version of Our Monthly Newsletter
From The Chattanooga Civil War Round Table
|VOLUME XXV||SEPTEMBER 16, 2008||NO. 9|
|DATE:||TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008||TIME: 6:30 PM|
"ARTILLERY AND THE MOUNTED
SERVICE AT CHICKAMAUGA"
|SPEAKER:||RICHARD MANION, PROFESSOR & HISTORIAN|
Meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center on the LaFayette Road
William Rosecrans might have had an effective field force of 70,000 men at the beginning of his
Campaign for Chattanooga's most active phase in the summer of 1863, but there were 45,000
horses and mules to accompany that force into the field as well. Those thousands of animals
gave mobility to the officers and cavalrymen, but mostly they made mobile the guns and vehicles
of Rosecrans dozens of artillery batteries, and, most importantly, they, the mules, hauled and
delivered the critical sustaining supplies for the army. It was an assemblage of horse and mule
flesh unlike almost anything that had ever been seen. Handling, maintaining, and caring for those
critical assets is an aspect often overlooked. In our program tonight, Historian, professor, and
horseman Rick Manion will focus on the traditions and practices of artillery horses and how they
served a battery. It will be a walking and driving tour that will tell stories of artillery and the mounted
service during the Battle of Chickamauga. You'll visit several field artillery battery engagement sites,
and learn about how the batteries' animals both helped to shape the battle and how they were effected
by it too. Moderate walking distances from where your vehicles are parked at each stop will be covered.
Please wear sturdy shoes, bring a bottle of water, and a flashlight.
Rick Manion is a historian, former museum curator, tour guide, and is now a college U. S. History and Western Civilization instructor at several institutions, including Dalton State College. Additionally, he has been a valuable volunteer at Chickamauga Battlefield conducting programs in several formats. He has previously spoken to the Round Table on the subject of Northwestern Ohio in the Civil War. Rick, his wife Judy, and his horses, and a dog, live in McLemore's Cove.
IN THE FIELD ! ! !
As this night is the anniversary of one of the days immediately leading up to the Battle of Chickamauga, in fact the day on which Bragg began to issue the orders for the operation that he put into execution on the 18th, after postponing it from the 17th, the operation that directly resulted in the Battle of Chickamauga, we'll recognize that anniversary date by meeting on the grounds hallowed by the men of the Army of Tennessee and the Army of the Cumberland 145 years ago in just two, three, and four days. Make sure you note the special PLACE and TIME:
Also, because the program is partly a car caravan style tour, if you can car pool to the battlefield or certainly consolidate into few vehicles after reaching the Visitor Center, it would be a big help.
SPEAKER'S FUND SUPPORT OF THE MONTH|
Because we'll be in the field this month, there will be no Speaker's Fund. Look for it again next month.
BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA ANNIVERSARY
We're in the midst of the 145th anniversary of the events that unfold to bring on the Battle of Chickamauga. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has a full slate of programs to recognize many of those events and the schedule of them is below. Don't forget also, that there is the large re-enactment of the battle down in McLemore's Cove put on by the private group. Information on it is in the calendar below too.
[Webmaster's Note: the Park's schedule was included in this issue of Canister. For website purposes, it has been detached and placed on its own page at: The NPS's 145th Anniversary Programs of the Battle of Chickamauga.]
[Webmaster's Note: this anniversary weekend, in addition to the National Park Service's 145th Anniversary Programs, there will be a Civil War reenactment of The Battle of Chickamauga that will take place south of the actual battlefield in McLemore’s Cove/Kensington, Walker County, Georgia. This activity is NOT a National Park Service sponsored event and does NOT take place on today's Chickamauga Battlefield Unit. Please check the www.BattleofChickamauga.net website or call 1-800-624-0281, ext. 327 for information and for tickets.
FUTURE ROUND TABLE MEETINGS
October 21, 2008 - To be announced.
TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL LICENSE PLATE AVAILABLE
In June, 2007, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a special Tennessee license plate to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Proceeds from the sale of the plate will go to support Civil War preservation activities in Tennessee through the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. Actually implementing the plate’s use requires 1,000 pre-orders by June, 2008. For more information, see the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association website, www.tcwpa.org or email email@example.com.
UP-COMING LOCAL CIVIL WAR EVENTS OF NOTE
October 4-5, 2008—"The Battle of Fort Sanders," a chance to visit the FULL scale reconstruction of
the northwest bastion of Fort Sanders that was built for the filming of the new interpretative movie at the McClung Museum
in Knoxville; climb up on the parapet and imagine being a sentry; look down into the bottom of the ditch twenty feet below
and imagine being one of the Georgians who attempted, unsuccessfully, to assault the fort; from Knoxville, go out Rutledge
Pike about 12 miles and turn left onto Circle Road; go to the end of Circle Road and turn right onto Washington Pike; go
100 yards and turn right into the entrance of the site. For more information, see
September 17-18, 2008—Andrew Johnson Bicentennial Symposium, Tusculum College, Tusculum, Tennessee, featured historians include Dr. Paul Bergeron, University of Tennessee (ret.), long time editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson, and Dr. Eric Foner, Columbia University; more details later at www.tusculum.edu
September 19, 20, & 21, 2008—Reenactment of the Battle of Chickamauga, to be held in McLemore’s Cove, Kensington, Walker County, Georgia; for information and for tickets, see www.BattleofChickamauga.net or call 1-800-624-0281, ext. 327
October 4-5, 2008—Commemoration of the 144th Anniversary of the Battle of Allatoona Pass, Allatoona Battlefield,
part of Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Cartersville, GA 30121; I-75 Exit 285; battlefield tours and Living History
Demonstrations; 10-5 each day; for more information, call 770-975-4226
November 8-9, 2008—Civil War Naval History Symposium, Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum,
1002 Victory Drive, Columbus, Georgia 31901, 706-327-9798, www.portcolumbus.org
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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