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VOLUME XXVIII August 16, 2011 NO. 8
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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.)

"The Saratoga of the Confederate States" is how the brochure read for the mineral springs resort located just east of Ringgold, Georgia. There was a large hotel and many pleasant cottages for guests who wished to partake of the medicinal value of such springs as the red, white, and black sulphur springs and the iron, magnesia, and freestone springs. When Chattanooga and the region began to be an important part of the active Confederate war effort in the Spring of 1861 and there was a need for facilities to handle the thousands and thousands of sick Southern soldiers, "The Saratoga of the Confederate States," Catoosa Springs, proved a natural place for the care of some of these sick, and injured. Eventually, the Confederate hospital at Catoosa Springs became a part of an elaborate and well organized system of general hospitals serving the Army of Tennessee. Our speaker this month, Historian Daniel E. Cone, will speak to us about his work on the history of Catoosa Springs and most specifically on the hospital that was located there for more than a year. Historian Cone's work has included making use of the extensive collection of Confederate hospital records at the University of Texas.

Dan Cone is a native of Marietta, Georgia, and is a 1999 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. He is presently a graduate student in Public History at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. One of the projects he has taken on while there is the writing of a brief history of Catoosa Springs, from which our talk this evening comes. Now, he is embarking on his master's thesis, a history of the 66th Georgia Infantry, Dade County James Cooper Nesbit's regiment. Dan is in his second summer as a seasonal interpreter at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and is a member of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta.


There are four items this month for the Speaker’s Fund. The first is a copy of Kate: The Journal of a Confederate Nurse, the journal of Kate Cumming, who served as a nurse at hospitals in Chattanooga and visited others, including the one that is the subject of our talk this month. The second item is a copy of Jeffry D. Wert's From Winchester To Cedar Creek: The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864. The third item is a DVD of a presentation given at the Nathan B. Forrest Camp No. 3, Sons of Confederate Veterans entitled "Longstreet at Chickamauga." The DVD was contributed by the N. B. Forrest Camp. The fourth item is four of the 2001 issues of North & South with articles on Confederate battle flags, infantry tactics, the Battle of Haw's Shop, the cavalry fight at Shelbyville, and Lee at Gettysburg. Three 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.


There have been a number of War Between the States related programs to consider attending in the last month. Did any go up onto the Mountain to see the programs of the 37th Tennessee Infantry at Point Park on July 23 & 24 or down to Newnan to hear the program on the Battle of Brown's Mill on the 24th? Dr. Murray I understand did a great talk on Civil War Medicine at the Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting; did anyone get to hear him? Or did anyone make it out to the "Wilson's Creek at Chickamauga program on the 10th, the 150th anniversary of that HOT Missouri battle? If you did make it to one of those programs or if you attended another event of interest and you are able to be at our August meeting, give us a report. Remember, good intelligence is one of the keys to military success!



Did anyone take any interesting artifacts down to the Hunter Art Museum on July 26 for the visit of the Tennessee State Library and Archives' "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee" artifact digitization project here in Chattanooga. I was able to briefly visit with the TSLA staff early in their visit and saw a couple of interesting things--a late 1862 map of West Tennessee; the bugle and fiddle of an East Tennessee Union cavalryman; an Enfield lock found on Missionary Ridge. It will be interesting to see the result of this visit and their stops in other places as the images start to go up on the web. If you did make it by and are at the August meeting, give us a report.



It's summer and the "summer" staff is on so Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is offering a broader range than at most other times of the year. Regularly scheduled Ranger Tours, Living History presentations, talks on special topics, openings of the Cravens House are just some of programs. The schedule of them is available at:

Special programs are listed by day in the calendar; the daily, regular summer programs are given in the text below the calendar. There's also a new edition of the Battlefield Dispatch, Volume 1, Issue 2. It is available at:

AND, you will soon find at the National Military Park's website the schedule of programs for September 16-20 to recognize the 148th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga.


With yet another postage increase coming or likely, we do need to give some more thought to the mailing of a printed newsletter vs. one that is more exclusively distributed by email. I see almost no printed and mailed Round Table newsletters any more. Our email list is growing too. If you are still getting a printed copy and have email and would be willing to receive it just electronically, please let us know.


September 20, 2011--IN THE FIELD -- 6:30 PM--"'Great Execution and An Advance with a Cheer: The Confederate Reserve Artillery & A. P. Stewart Assault Kelly Field," a walking tour of the action in the Poe Field and the south end of the Kelly Field after the Confederate breakthrough on September 20, 1863; it was one of the few times on the Chickamauga Battlefield that artillery, particularly Confederate artillery, could be artillerist. We'll meet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and then car caravan down to the south end of Battleline Road and walk from there. NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME OF 6:30 PM INSTEAD OF OUR NORMAL 7 PM.
October 18, 2011--To be announced
November 15, 2011--Dot Kelly, Knoxville Civil War Round Table, "Burning Bridges in East Tennessee:
     The Bridge Burners Attack, November, 1861"
December 20, 2011--Ken Dubke, Naturalist & Historian, retired, "From Mankato to Chattanooga: Samuel & Henry Grannis, the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, and Garrison Duty at Chattanooga"




thru August 28, 2011--"BETWEEN THE STATES: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR," from the George Eastman House Collection, Rochester, New York; displayed at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga. The exhibit includes images from Alexander Gardner's Photographic Sketchbook of the War, a Mathew Brady Gallery Album, and shots by George Barnard, Timothy H. O'Sullivan, and others; more details later
thru September 4, 2011--"Mort Kunstler's Civil War Art: For Us the Living," forty of this Civil War print artist's original works that trace the corse of the war, including preliminary sketches, documentary photographs, studio artifacts, and other objects Kunstler uses to create his images; Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, Georgia 30120, 770-387-1300,
thru September 30, 2011--"WAR IN OUR BACKYARDS" EXHIBIT, ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER; includes large Wilbur Kurtz wall maps of the battles around Atlanta, some Kurtz paintings, wartime maps, postwar maps of the fortifications, and George Barnard's photos of wartime Atlanta. There's also some furniture from some homes occupied by Union officers in the fall of 1864. A video presentation of some of the Barnard images even allows for some to be seen in 3D effect. For more information, see
thru October 7, 2011--Special Exhibit, "In Their Own Words: Letters and Stories from the Civil War," Bartow County History Museum, 4 East Church Street, Cartersville, Georgia; built around the letters of the Young family, which included Confederate General P. M. B. Young, of Cass, now, because of what happened 150 years ago on the date of our July meeting, Bartow County. For more information, see or call 770-382-3818
thru 2011—"Conquered Banners: Georgia's Civil War Flags" Exhibit, Georgia Historical Society Headquarters, 501 Whitaker Street, Savannah; because of the fragile condition of the flags, any one flag will only be on display for three months so a number of flags from the Historical Society's own collection and the collection of Fort Pulaski National Monument will be rotated through over the year; hence, if you go to the Savannah area off and on during the year, you could stop in and see different flags in display; flags include ones from the Pulaski Guards, Savannah Guards, 1st Georgia Regulars; for more information, go to
September 6-7, 2011--Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission 1861/2011 Seminar, "The First Shots of Tennessee's Civil War," Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville; Dr. Gary Gallagher of the University of Virginia, Dr. Charles Bryan of the Virginia Historical Society, and Dr. Larry Whiteaker of Tennessee Tech University are amongst the speakers; is one of the speakers; for more information, email or call 615-532-8077 or or 615-741-9004 or see
NEW--September 16-20, 2011--148th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Chickamauga, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park; for more information, see
September 24, 2011--National Park Service Fee Free Day; if you've got guests in town or you yourself haven't been to Point Park on the Lookout Mountain Battlefield in a while or you want to travel to another National Park Service Civil War area that normally charges a fee, this will be a Fee Free Day in honor National Public Lands Day
NEW--September 25, 2011--Tour of Old Downtown Decatur, Alabama, and the scene of the Battle of Decatur, October, 1864; 1:30 PM CT; sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table, Huntsville, Alabama; led by Morgan County, Alabama, Historian & Archivist John Allison; free, but pre-registration requested, or 256-890-0890
NEW--September 26, 2011--Attorney, Author, and Historian Dr. Stephen Dennis speaks at Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park 2011 Vital Lecture, Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium, 7 PM; Dr. Dennis, a LaFayette, Georgia, native and Baylor School graduate, is the author of a recent history of early LaFayette, and is working on a subsequent volume on that town as well as one on the Union occupation of Chattanooga during the Civil War. For more information, see or call 423-785-3030.
September 29, 2011--"In Their Own Words," lecture by Bartow County History Museum Director Trey Gaines, looking more closely at their featured special exhibit (see above) "In Their Own Words: Letters and Stories from the Civil War;" Bartow County History Museum, 4 East Church Street, Cartersville, Georgia, 7 PM; for more information, see or call 770-382-3818
October 8, 2011--2011 Nathan B. Forrest Seminar, this year in Tullahoma, Tennessee, and focusing on "The Men Around Forrest"--Colonel J. W. Starnes, George G. Dibrell, David C. Kelley; more information later; contact
NEW--October 10, 2011--Civil War Musician Bobby Horton & the Chattanooga Boys Choir performs "Songs and Stories of the Civil War" as part of Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park 2011 Vital Lecture Series at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium, 7 PM; Bobby Horton is the pre-eminent Civil War musician and musical historian. For more information, see or call 423-785-3030.
NEW--October 18, 2011--"Civil War Voices," live musical production, Princess Theatre, Decatur, Alabama, 7:30 PM CT; see
October 21-23, 2011--"The Road to Kennesaw--Sherman and Johnston in North Georgia, May-June, 1864," a tour of the Atlanta Campaign battlefields from Ringgold to Dalton to Resaca to Pickett's Mill to Kennesaw, led by Historian and Author Greg Biggs for the Tennessee Valley (Huntsville) Civil War Round Table; the TVCWRT is opening this to interested members of other Round Tables; many of you all have heard Greg Biggs speak so you know he'll be a good battlefield guide. There are, of course, fees; for more information, contact Kent Wright at 256-890-0890 or
November 10-12, 2011—19th 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; for more information, see or, or call 423-425-4219
November 11, 2011--National Park Service Fee Free Day; if you've got guests in town or you yourself haven't been to Point Park on the Lookout Mountain Battlefield in a while or you want to travel to another National Park Service Civil War area that normally charges a fee, this will be a Fee Free Day in honor of Armistice/Veterans Day
November 15-19, 2011--Grant's Road to Destiny Part 10: The Battles for Chattanooga Tour conducted by the Blue & Gray Education Society with Brigadier General Parker Hills, U. S. Army (ret.) as guide and instructor; fee; for more information see or email
December 2-3, 2011--Middle Tennessee Civil War Show and Sale, formally in Nashville, now at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park, just off I-65 at Exit 61, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, Tennessee; Saturday 9-5 CT, Sunday 9-3 CT; over 1000 tables of Civil War items displayed and for sale; $8 for adults; see
March 9-10, 2012--Chickamauga Study Group "Seminar In The Woods;" more info later; email Dave Powell at for additional information
November 8-10, 2012—20th 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; for more information, see or, or call 423-425-4219


President -- Jim Ogden
Vice President -- Ansley Moses
Treasurer -- Harvey Scarborough
Secretary -- Neil Greenwood

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