The Round Table

“The Funeral of Leonidas Polk” at July Round Table

 

On Sunday, July 13th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present The Carter House’s Alan Corry, who will present “The Funeral of General Leonidas Polk.”

Corry earned his Bachelors from Sam Houston State University and his Masters in Counseling and Christian Education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.An ordained minister, he has served on several church staffs in the South and joined the Carter House in 2007, serving as the Community Relations director. Corry established Time Capsule Ministries to recreate historical sermons from the 1830’s to Reconstruction and engage audiences with inspiring messages and dramatic reenactments.

The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge and meets each month at the Franklin Police Headquarters’ Community Room at 900 Columbia Avenue. For more information, email fcwrt@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.franklinscharge.com/round-table.

The Franklin Civil War Round Table official membership is now over 100 members including family and individual memberships.  We appreciate your support and attendance at our programs!

Citizen-General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin

On Sunday, June 8th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present retired diplomat and author Dr. Gene Schmiel, who will speak on “Citizen-General Jacob Cox and the Battle of Franklin.” Jacob Donson Cox, with a degree in theology from Oberlin College and a practicing lawyer, joined the Federal service at the [...]

Heritage Tourism at April Round Table

On Sunday, April 13th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Commissioner of Tourist Development Susan Whitaker, who will speak on the impact of heritage tourism in Tennessee. As the co-chair of Tennessee’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Whitaker is a strategic part of the planning and overseeing of Tennessee’s 150th Civil [...]

Forbidden, Hidden and Forgotten: Women in the Ranks

On Sunday, March 9th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author and educator Shelby Harriel who will speak on “Forbidden, Hidden and Forgotten: Women in the Ranks” during the Civil War. The wartime experiences and sacrifices of women were often similar to their male counterparts. There are many documented cases [...]

“The Destructive Impact on Familes” at February Round Table

On Sunday, February 9th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author and educator Amy Murrell Taylor who will speak on “The Destructive Impact on Families” during the Civil War. Amy Murrell Taylor is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky.  She graduated from Duke University and received her [...]

Shiloh: The Union Left, The First Day

On Sunday, January 12th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present former Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent, Woody Harrell who will speak on “Shiloh: The Union Left, The First Day.” Confederate success at Shiloh depended on pushing to the Tennessee River, then turning north to drive General Grant from Pittsburg Landing.  [...]

December 17th, After Nashville

On Sunday, December 8th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Greg Wade, who will speak on “December 17th, After Nashville.” After Confederate General Hood dashed his army on the works at Nashville in December 1864, most books on the Army of Tennessee and the 1864 Tennessee campaign end, almost as [...]

Civil War Veterans at Rest Haven Cemetery

On Sunday, November 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present historian and author Stewart Cruikshank who will speak on “Civil War Veterans at Rest Haven Cemetery.” The Rest Haven Cemetery, located just off Hillsboro Road in Franklin, was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Many of the [...]

Failure at the Top: Why the Confederates Quit at Nashville

On Sunday, October 13th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Jim Kay who will speak on “Failure at the Top: Why the Confederates Quit at Nashville.” After a devastating loss of men and materials at the Battle of Franklin, General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee was virtually destroyed at [...]

Franklin Civil War Round Table co-sponsors Ed Bearss event

On Thursday, August 22 at Franklin’s Lotz House Museum, the Franklin Civil War Round Table co-sponsored “Dinner on the Battlefield and a Twilight Tour of the Franklin Battlefield” with American icon Ed Bearss. A capacity crowd enjoyed a wonderful Southern supper and an opportunity to tour the battlefield encompassing The Lotz House, Cotton Gin, and [...]

The Battle of Rains’ Cut

On Sunday, August 11th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Brian Allison who will speak on “The Battle of Rains’ Cut.” On the first day of the 1864 Battle of Nashville, General George Thomas ordered a diversionary action on the far Federal left, near present day Polk Avenue in Nashville. [...]

The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General

On Sunday, July 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Stephen “Sam” Hood who will speak on “The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General.” Hood, a descendent and vigorous defender of Army of Tennessee General John Bell Hood, a few months ago discovered a cache of formerly unknown [...]

“Conflicted Friendships: John Bull, Uncle Sam and King Cotton – Union and Confederate Naval Strategies” at June’s Round Table

On Sunday, June 9th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Kent Wright who will speak on “Conflicted Friendships: John Bull, Uncle Sam and King Cotton – Union and Confederate Naval Strategies.” The first shots and the final shots of the American Civil War were fired from cannon aboard naval vessels. [...]

THe Lotz House: Beauty and Tragedy

On Sunday, April 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present JT Thompson, Executive Director of the Lotz House, who will speak on “The Lotz House: Beauty and Tragedy.” The Lotz House, built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Lotz, is a stunning example of craftsmanship seldom seen today.  And while [...]

Round Table to Tour Parkers Crossroads Battlefield

Franklin Civil War Round Table members are invited to participate in an on-site tour of the Parkers Crossroads battlefield, Saturday, April 13th. This is a special event sponsored by the FCWRT.   Our friends with the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table (Huntsville) will also be participating. There will be a caravan leaving from the new [...]

What the Yankees Did to Us at March’s Round Table

On Sunday, March 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Dr. Steve Davis who will speak on “What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta.” In late July 1864 General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union army surrounded the city of Atlanta. After a prolonged shelling by artillery, [...]

Robert Smalls and the C.S.S. Planter at February’s Meeting

On Sunday, February 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present FCWRT member and Battle of Franklin blogger Kraig McNutt to speak on “Robert Smalls and the C.S.S. Planter.” Robert Smalls’ remarkable escape from slavery came when, as a ship’s pilot he escaped with other slaves out of Charleston Harbor in [...]

Battle of Chickamauga at January’s Round Table

On Sunday, January 13th at 3 P.M., Chickamauga National Park Ranger Jim Ogden returns to the Franklin Civil War Round Table to present his interactive “Battle of Chickamauga.” His presentation last year of “Campaign to Chickamauga” was very well-attended and received. The Battle of Chickamauga is considered by many to be a lost opportunity for [...]

The War of 1812 and the Civil War at December’s Round Table

On December 9, 2012, at 3:00 p.m., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Myers Brown, curator of extension services at the Tennessee State Museum, who will speak on “The War of 1812 and the Civil War.” Tennessee played a major role in the War of 1812, which propelled Tennesseans including Andrew Jackson, Sam [...]

Award-winning Author Peter Cozzens at November’s Round Table

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present award-winning author Peter Cozzens, who will speak on the Cahaba Prison. The Cahaba Prison was established in Cahaba, Alabama June 1863 in a brick cotton warehouse above the banks of the Alabama River. It was intended to house only [...]

J.D.B. De Bow: An Old New South at October’s Round Table

On Sunday, October 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Dr. John F. Kvach of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) who will discuss the importance of J.D.B. De Bow, the antebellum South’s most influential editor. De Bow was one of the region’s most fascinating and influential individuals as [...]

“Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest” at September’s Round Table

On Sunday, September 9th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present its 50th Roundtable event. Author Jack Hurst will speak on his recent work, “Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest – Shiloh, Vicksburg and Chattanooga.” Hurst will look at the Civil War’s Western theater through two great leaders, Ulysses S. Grant [...]

Campaign to Chickamauga at August’s Round Table

On Sunday, August 12th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host Chickamauga National Park Ranger Jim Ogden, who will present his interactive “Campaign to Chickamauga.” The Battle of Chickamauga is considered by many to be a lost opportunity for the Confederacy when Confederate forces defeated the Federals in an epic battle [...]

Forrest’s Fighting Preacher at July’s Round Table

On Sunday, July 8th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author and historian Dr. Michael Bradley, who will speak on David Campbell Kelley, a prominent Methodist who served as a Colonel under Bedford Forrest during some of their most dramatic campaigns and the subject of his latest book, Forrest’s Fighting [...]

Co. Aytch Redux: More Sam Watkins at Junes’s Round Table

On Sunday, June 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author Ruth Hill McAllister, who will speak on her great-grandfather and his inimitable Co. Aytch, considered by many historians as one of the best first-person accounts of a common soldier’s war experiences. Ken Burns, known for his famous PBS historical [...]

Champ Ferguson: Tennessee’s Perfect Guerilla at April’s Round Table

On Sunday, April 15th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author and historian Dr. Brian McKnight, who will speak on Champ Ferguson and other guerillas active in Tennessee during the Civil War. Depending on one’s historical perspective, Confederate guerilla Champ Ferguson was either a ruthless murderer or a legitimate solider [...]

Franklin Civil War Round Table to Meet at Historic St. John’s Church

On Sunday, March 11th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will is presenting a tour and lecture of St John’s Church, just outside Columbia, Tennessee. Maury County historian, Bob Duncan, will speak on the church’s history, its involvement with the Polk family including Bishop General Leonidas Polk, and as a final resting [...]

Franklin Civil War Round Table to Meet at Historic Courthouse

On Sunday, February 12th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will provides members and the general public a unique opportunity to learn more about Williamson County’s Historic Courthouse in the facility’s refurbished main court room.   Heritage Foundation historian Rick Warwick will discuss some of the events witnessed by this Greek Revival structure [...]

Confederate Cavalry in the Battle of Nashville at November’s Round Table

On Sunday, January 8th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author and historian Ross Massey, who will speak on Confederate  General James Chalmers and his cavalry at the December 1864 Battle of Nashville. Major General James R. Chalmers and his seasoned division of cavalry fought along Charlotte Pike on the [...]

The Tennessee Brigade at November’s Round Table

On Sunday, November 13th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author, teacher and historian Randy Bishop, who will speak on the Tennessee Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. Leaving their families in Middle Tennessee, the soldiers of the Tennessee Brigade participated in the major Civil War battles of Lee’s [...]

Battle of Perryville at September’s Round Table

On Sunday, September 11 at 3 P.M., in the Community Room of the Franklin Police Department on Columbia Pike in Franklin, the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author Christopher Kolakowski, who will be speaking on the Battle of Perryville. The 1862 Battle of Perryville was the largest battle in the state of Kentucky [...]

Isham G. Harris: Tennessee’s War Governor at August’s Round Table

On Sunday, August 14 at 3 P.M., in the Community Room of the Franklin Police Department on Columbia Pike in Franklin, the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author and Chairman of the Tennessee Historical Commission, Sam Davis Elliott, who will speak on “Isham G. Harris: Tennessee’s War Governor.” Born in Middle Tennessee, Harris [...]

Lee and the Retreat from Gettysburg at July’s Round Table

On Sunday, July 10 at 3 P.M., at the Williamson County Library in Franklin, the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Lexington, Kentucky author, Kent Masterson Brown, who will speak on “Lee and the Retreat from Gettysburg.” Much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg but very little about those dramatic days that [...]

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