Clarksville Civil War Roundtable Meeting

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Date(s) - Wednesday 05/15/2013
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bone & Joint Center


The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Gateway Hospital. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall.

The meeting begins at 7:00pm and is always open to the public.  Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

Topic: “Johnsonville, TN: The End of the Line, November 4th, 1864”

The Tennessee River town of Johnsonville, Tennessee, was developed as a major supply depot for the Union Army to help supply the massive Nashville Depot.  Its creation came about due to Confederate raids on steamboat traffic on the Cumberland River (which was smaller in size) and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.  Both were quite vulnerable and both were often closed to Union supply traffic. Fortifications and massive docks and warehouses were built to handle the huge volume of supplies coming in from up north. It is because of the importance of the town and its supply hub that it drew the attention of famed Confederate cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest in November 1864.

Forrest believed that William T. Sherman, then embarking on his March to the Sea, drew his supplies from Johnsonville and Nashville and if he could smash this depot Sherman would be forced to retire. Forrest attacked the depot on November 4th, 1864 and while destroying millions of dollars in supplies, sinking transports and doing other damage, it did not stop Sherman, who had cut himself off of the supplies coming from Tennessee.

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