News & Events

A Surgeon’s Life Aboard USS Monitor

Mark Laubacher will present Thursday, June 21st on a surgeon’s life aboard the USS Monitor. Mark Laubacher, RN, paramedic, is a Certified Specialist in Poison Information since 1992 at the Central Ohio Poison Center located at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

Fort Negley Civil War Seminar

Fort Negley Civil War Seminar – The 153rd Anniversary of the Tennessee Campaign of 1864.

Please join the Fort Negley Civil War Seminar as it examines aspects of the Tennessee Campaign of 1864, when Confederate General John Bell Hood brought the Army of Tennessee into their namesake state to try and capture Nashville and perhaps move into Kentucky from there. Five scholars will offer programs that tie into this campaign from a lesser known aspect. The following historians will take part that day:

  • Dr. Thomas Flagel – Columbia State College – This Landscape Transformed: Union Fortification of the Western Theater of the Civil War
  • Greg Biggs – Clarksville/Nashville Civil War Roundtables/author/historian – Stopping Hood: The U.S. Navy In The Tennessee Campaign
  • Brian Allison – author/historian – topic TBA
  • Dr. Bobby Lovett – author/historian – topic TBA but probably an aspect of the United States Colored Troops at Nashville
  • John Scales – Brig. Gen. U.S. Army (ret.)/historian/author – Hood’s Retreat From Nashville (Gen. Scales will have his brand new book analyzing the military career of Nathan Bedford Forrest for sale at this event!)

The event begins at 9 AM and concludes at 4 PM. The programs will be held at the Fort Negley Visitors Center, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN. This is not far off I-65 just south of downtown Nashville. Admission is free and seating is limited.

Little Egypt Goes to War

January 19th’s meeting will feature Joshua Claybourn presenting on the 80th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment and its first commander, Colonel Thomas G. Allen. The regiment was composed of ten companies that drew primarily from eight southern Illinois counties. Over the course of the war the regiment traveled approximately 6,000 miles, and was in over 20 battles. This presentation will provide an interesting overview of how the regiment formed and background on its first commander. Col. Allen’s brief career leading the 80th Illinois provides a unique view of a commander who struggled to comprehend basic military command, frequently complaining and obsessing over political intrigue and perceived conspiracies against him.


Joshua Claybourn is an attorney and author. He is past chairman of the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable and serves in a number of leadership capacities with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW). In 2014 he organized a local camp of the SUVCW, John W. Foster Camp No. 2, and is also the past National SUVCW Assistant Counselor and Signals Officer.

Joshua has served on the boards of several other historical groups and associations. He was previously on the board of directors for the Newburgh Museum, Vanderburgh County Historical Society, and is past president and trustee of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. A graduate of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and Kelley School of Business, he was named by Indiana Lawyer as one of the state’s “Up and Coming Lawyers.”

Andrew Brookman

Andrew Brookman, a former member of the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable, has passed away. He was an active member in our group for several years and attended meetings and events regularly. He enjoyed everything related to the Civil War. Click here to view his obituary. Andrew’s family is asking friends and family to consider making donations to causes that were important to Andrew’s life, including the Civil War Trust. There will be a gathering and visitation from 3 until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, Indiana.