Stopping Hood: The US Navy in the Tennessee Campaign
October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Tennessee Campaign of October-December, 1864 is remembered today because of its land battles. Allatoona Pass, Decatur, Alabama, Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville, in Tennessee, are the aspects most often studied by modern historians of the campaign. The U.S. Navy’s role in the campaign is glossed over or left out entirely, yet the warships and transports of the river fleet played vital roles at Guntersville and Decatur, Alabama, as well as at Nashville. Their presence on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers forced the Confederates to place their pontoon bridge at Tuscumbia, Alabama, where they prevented Hood from crossing north of Nashville via the Cumberland River. Veteran naval commanders and gunboats, including ironclads, were the backbone of the fleet that helped assist the Union defense of Middle Tennessee as well as transporting the Right Wing of the XVI Corps to Nashville itself from Missouri. These ships were also very much part of the pursuit of Hood’s defeated army.
Our October 18th program will examine these naval aspects and bring them more into the discussion of this campaign. Our featured speaker will be Greg Biggs, a long-time member of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable. Mr. Biggs has been a student of military history from the Spartans through modern times for over 45 years. His Civil War articles have been published in Blue & Gray magazine, Civil War Regiments journal, North-South Trader, Citizen’s Companion, and local publications. He also has an essay in the recent book on the Tullahoma Campaign and is working on first person accounts of that campaign as well as a unit history of the 83rd Illinois Infantry. Greg is also a Civil War flags historian and has consulted with a number of museums and authors and has presented flags programs to the Museum of the Confederacy and the National Civil War Museum among others. He has also assisted the Civil War Trust in securing flags for their web site. Greg has lectured across the country on Civil War topics primarily on flags and the Western Theater as well as the Revolutionary War. Greg leads tours of the Fort Donelson Campaign, the Tullahoma Campaign, the Atlanta Campaign and Where The River Campaigns Began: Cairo, IL to Columbus/Belmont, KY for Civil War groups, individuals and U.S. Army Staff Rides. He is the president of the Clarksville Civil War Roundtable and an officer of the Nashville CWRT. He lives in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife Karel, a 7th Grade science teacher, and their four cats named for Confederate cavalrymen.