The Round Table

Divided Loyalties: Life Behind the Lines at January Round Table

 

On Sunday, January 11th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Gregory L. Wade, who will speak on “Divided Loyalties” and the incredible challenges for civilians during the Civil War.

While Civil War battles are well researched, documented and discussed, life behind the lines has not been as deeply explored. The home front was often an atmosphere of divided loyalties and tensions where citizens were not united in their political views. Soldiers home on furlough were often hunted down by neighbors loyal to the other side. Foraging was usually a polite term for “stealing,” with starvation a real threat in many areas of the South before the war ended.

Gregory L. Wade was raised in Chattanooga, where stories from his grandmothers ignited his love of history, especially the Civil War.  After graduation from Middle Tennessee State University, most of his adult life has been in the mid-state area where he is very active in battlefield preservation, especially in Franklin. He has served as president of Save the Franklin Battlefield and currently serves on the board of Franklin’s Charge. He founded the Franklin Civil War Round Table in 2008, which now has over 125 members and presents lectures and tours on mostly Western Theatre topics. He has spoken to numerous history-related groups, including this past April as a guest historian at the Civil War Trust’s annual meeting in Nashville.

Wade published his first historical novel, Broken Valley, in 2014 which deals with a family’s trials behind the lines in the Sequatchie Valley of East Tennessee. He has written as a staff member for the Civil War News for several years and has been published in historical publications such as Sea Classics and North and South. He currently writes a monthly guest column on the Civil War for the Franklin Home Page.  Wade and his wife, Beth, reside in Franklin. He has three children, two of which serve in the military and the other is a police officer.

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 125 members including family and individual memberships.  We appreciate your support and attendance at our programs!

The Battle of Spring Hill at December Round Table

On Sunday, December 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host historian and author Jamie Gillam, who will present a discussion on the Battle of Spring Hill and the controversial events that led up to the Battle of Franklin one day later. Having marched into Tennessee under General John Bell Hood, the [...]

On the Eastern Flank: Attack of the Confederate Right

On Sunday, November 9th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Robert D. Jenkins, an expert on the Army of Tennessee and the Atlanta campaigns, who will speak on the “Attack of the Confederate Right.” This will be the 75th presentation of the Round Table commemorating the attack across the Eastern Flank for [...]

Improbable Civil Warriors: Forrest and Thomas

On Sunday, October 12th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host Dr. Brian Steel Wills, Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw University in Georgia, who will present “Improbable Civil Warriors: Forrest and Thomas.” Dr. Wills has written extensively on the [...]

Confederates in Canada at September Round Table

On Sunday, September 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host Franklin native and retired physicist Dr. Gale Pewitt, who will present “Confederates in Canada: The St. Albans Raid.” The unexpected and successful Confederate attack at St. Albans, Vermont on October 19, 1864 caught the Federal government off guard and shocked [...]

“The Sultana Tragedy” at August’s Round Table

On Sunday, August 10th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Memphis attorney and historian Jerry O. Potter, who will speak on “The Sultana Tragedy.” The greatest maritime disaster in United States history occurred on April 17, 1865, when the Sultana, a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat, exploded, killing an estimated 1,900 of her almost 2,500 passengers. [...]

“The Funeral of General 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 [...]

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 [...]

This website was funded in part by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, a partnership unit of the National Park Service.

Website Designed and Developed by JLB