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VOLUME XXVIII December 20, 2011 NO. 12
D E C E M B E R    R O U N D    T A B L E    M E E T I N G



“From Mankato to Chattanooga:
    Samuel & Henry Grannis, the
        1st Minnesota Heavy
            Artillery, & Garrison
                Duty at Chattanooga”

KEN DUBKE, Naturalist, Historian, & Park Ranger (ret.)


(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 to park. Caldwell Hall will be behind you as you park. Come in either the first or second floor doors and follow the signs up to the second floor and the Millis-Evans Room.)

The War of the Rebellion, the War Between the States, the Civil War, the War for Southern Independence...........a "war of wars" or a "war with many wars"..........there are MANY ways to look at our nation's transformative yet tragic era that was unfolding 150 years ago. We tend to focus on the big events, the election of 1860, the Secession Crisis, the big battles of Manassas, Antietam, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Spotsylvania, etc., the surrender at Appomattox. For us of the Chattanooga-region, we often dig deeper for some of the smaller details of the important events that happened here in the shadow of Lookout Mountain. But, even if we do, the story here is so rich and textured and complex that there are still aspects to which we seemingly never get; there is always something to be learned. Our program this month fits into several of the categories above. It includes one or several wars within a war and certainly some Chattanooga area history that is usually given only limited attention.

While the Kentucky and Maryland campaigns were unfolding in the Fall of 1862, another war was fought in Minnesota: The Sioux Uprising. Brought on in part by the distraction of the Civil War, this Indian War led to the deaths of several hundred and caused the Lincoln administration to have to divert troops to the Minnesota frontier. For Minnesotans in the state and in the Union armies, it was at its height a war that temporarily overawed the main war. Some Minnesota Civil War soldiers saw their first service not against Rebels, but against Indians. The subjects of our talk tonight experienced this war within the war.

And, when they became Minnesota Civil War soldiers, they experienced a part of Chattanooga's Civil War history about which there is still a lot to learn. They were members of the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, a unit organized in the latter part of 1864 and early 1865 when the common view is that the war was winding down. Ordered to Chattanooga to be part of its garrison, the regiment did duty in Chattanooga for a third of a year or so beyond the "end of the Civil War." Often not noted, men of the regiment people one of the iconic images of Civil War Chattanooga (see below).

Our talk this evening, "From Mankato to Chattanooga: Samuel & Henry Grannis, the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, and Garrison Duty at Chattanooga," will focus on these aspects and more.

Ken is a descendant of the Grannis family. A naturalist and a birder, Ken is a retired National Park Service Park Ranger and presently lives on Signal Mountain. Ken served both at Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain and was heavily involved in the effort, supported by the Round Table, that resulted in James Walker's grand 13 x 30 foot "The Battle of Lookout Mountain" painting being displayed in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park's Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center.


There are four items this month for the Speaker’s Fund. The first is a copy of the recently published Chattanooga Refugees From War: 1863-1864: The Diary of Miss Josephine H. Hooke edited by E. Raymond Evans and David Scott. The second item is a copy of the biography Jubal: The Life and Times of General Jubal A. Early, CSA by Charles C. Osborne (interestingly, Early resigned from the pre-Civil War Untied States Army while stationed at Ross's Landing in 1838 during the Cherokee Removal). The third item is a recently released CD The 1861 Project, Volume 1--From Farmers to Foot Soldiers, new music inspired by the Civil War era and written and recorded in Nashville. The fourth item is four issues of North & South from 2002 with articles on Cold Harbor, Brandy Station, Wauhatchie, and Antietam. 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 lot of War Between the States related programs to consider attending in the last month. On November 19-20 and 24-27 there were all the walks, talks, and demonstrations at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park commemorating the 148th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga (November 23-25, 1863). I'm sure some folks attended one or more of those programs. Those who did, make a report if you would since this year there were so many programs it wasn't possible to attend them all. Did any attend Dr. Bradley's talk at the N. B. Forrest Camp meeting? Did anyone go up to Franklin for the Middle Tennessee Civil War Show and Sale and try to see everything on all 1,000 tables? 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 November meeting, give us a report. Remember, good intelligence is one of the keys to military success!


It is dues time. For those who have paid for the Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012 Round Table dues year, thank you. If you have not yet paid for the new year, please do so this month or next.


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.


January 17, 2012--Dr. John Fowler, Bandy Heritage Center, Dalton College, "Bloodied Across the Cumberland: East Tennessee's 19th Tennessee Infantry, C. S. A., & the Mill Springs Campaign"




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
NEW--December 16-17, 23-24, 2011--Marsh House Victorian Candlelight Christmas, LaFayette, Georgia, 6-8 PM, 706-638-5187,

2012 & Beyond Entries
NEW--thru January 12, 2012--"Why Lincoln Matters: Lincoln, The Constitution, and the Civil War" Special Exhibit, East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, for more information email or see or call 865-215-8824
NEW--January 8, 2012--Discussion and special showing of the movie The Conspirator about the Lincoln assassination co-conspirator Mary Surratt led by Lincoln Memorial University adjunct professor William E. Hardy, East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, 2 PM, free; for more information email or see or call 865-215-8824
NEW--February 4-5, 2012--Chickamauga Civil War Show and Sale, Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Georgia, 9-5 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday, $8,
NEW--February 4, 2012--Dalton College's Bandy Heritage Center Spring, 2012 Civil War Lectures, to be held in conjunction with the Chickamauga Civil War Show and Sale at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center; more details later
March 9-10, 2012--Chickamauga Study Group "Seminar In The Woods;" more info later; email Dave Powell at for additional information [see Agenda]
NEW--March 9-12, 2012--Georgia Battlefields Association 2012 150th Anniversary Tour: Savannah--Fort Pulaski, Fort Jackson, Fort McAllister, Savannah History Museum, and more, but without Ed Bearss (who was already committed to another 150th Anniversary event, in North Carolina); $395; for more information, see
October 26-27, 2012--The Battle of Stones River 150th Anniversary Symposium; scheduled speakers include Dr. Larry Daniel, Dr. Earl J. Hess, Richard McMurry, Jim Lewis, Antionette Van Zelm, Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley; $20.00 admission fee includes lunch; for more information, call 615-893-9501
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
November 7-9, 2013—21st 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 6-8, 2014—22nd 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 5-7, 2015—23rd 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


April 18, 1865

August 11, 1865

1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery Men, 100-lb. Parrott Battery, Battery Coolidge, Cameron Hill, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain in distance


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

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