Friday, January 16, 2009

Battle Still Being Fought at Cedar Creek

The year may be 2009, but the battle continues at Cedar Creek. The foes this time are the CWPT and a mining operation.

Jim Lighthizer has issued an appeal for help to preserve this important site.

Please see the following links for more information

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Granbury's Texas Brigade Subject of Lundberg Book

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending our first Dallas Civil War Roundtable meeting on Wednesday January 14th.

The speaker was Dr. John Lundberg, Assistant Professor of History at Houston Baptist University, who spoke on Granbury,s Texas Brigade. Dr. Lundberg provided a review of the transistion of the units that composed the brigade from raw recruits to their designation as "The Color Brigade" of the Army of Tennessee.

He traced the unit's roots from the measles that decimated the ranks of young recruits to the dessertion of disgruntled cavalry who left after being converted into infantry. Lundberg 's extensive research indicated that the former cavalrymen were under considerable pressure because they were ten years older than their infantry peers and more than half were married men with responsibilities.
Dr. Lundberg described how the units suffered through capture at Fort Donelson and Arkansas Post and incarceration at some of the north's worse prison camps to the destruction at Franklin, Nashville and surrender in North Carolina.

Through the unit's history they served under Hiram Granbury and from whom the brigade acquired its name.

Dr. Lundberg's was a summary of his doctorial thesis which is being published by LSU Press. Students of Texas Civil War history will want to add this volume, Granbury's Texas Brigade, C.S.A: The Color Brigade of the Army of Tennessee, to their collection.

For more information on General Granbury, please read Our Hero General Hiram Brinson Granbury.

The Dallas Civil War Roundtable was established in 1987 and meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Divine Coffee Shop in Dallas. This is a fine group of scholars and historians with a first rate schedule of speakers. Its hard to imagine doing better than Ed Bearss who will be speaking on February 10th. I don't know his topic, but it seems that Fort Donelson would be fitting.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Battle of Mill Springs

The 147th Battle of Mill Springs will be honored on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Zollicoffer Park in Nancy, KY.
The Mill Springs Battlefield Association is an excellent example of how an organization can work to preserve a Civil war battlefield. The association gets high marks for its annual events and e-mail outreach program.

If you can't make the ceremony, please plan to visit the battlefield and museum this year.

I hope my pictures and description will whet your appetite.