Knoxville Civil War Round Table



Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike (on the south side of Kingston Pike, 0.2 mile east of Northshore Drive and just west of Buddy's Bar-B-Q). All meetings are open to the general public, and anyone with an interest in the Civil War, or a specific speaker or topic, is both welcome and encouraged to attend.

A dinner buffet is served at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $15.00 for members and $17.00 for nonmembers. Reservations must be made or cancelled not later than 11:00 am on the day before the meeting. Call (865) 671-9001 to make or cancel reservations.

Roundtable business is conducted at approximately 7:45 p.m.

A guest speaker, normally an author, educator, or historian of national prominence in his or her field, speaks for approximately one hour, on some aspect of the American Civil War.  Additional information about this month's speaker can be found in the current issue of The Scouts Report.This address is followed by a brief question and discussion period. Cost (for those not dining) is $3.00 for members and $5.00 for nonmembers.

The normal schedule of events at each meeting is as follows:

7:00 p.m. - Buffet Dinner

7:45 p.m. - Roundtable Business

8:00 p.m. - Speaker + Questions/Discussion

9:15 p.m. - Adjournment


August 13  Dr. Joan Markel

Archeologist/Historian, “Designing, Digging and

Documenting; Orlando Poe's Fortification Legacy in Knoxville”

September 10  Gerald Augustus

Historian/Author, “The Battle of Campbell’s Station”

October 8  Dr. Earl Hess

Historian/Author, “Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee”

November 12  Edwin C. Bearss

Chief Historian Emeritus NPS, TBA

December 10  Jim Ogden

Chief Historian Chickamauga/Chattanooga NMP, TBA


January 14---RICK HATCHER, Historian, Charleston, Ft. Sumter NP, “Charleston 1863: Ironclad Attacks, Bombardments and Siege”

February 11---AARON ASTOR, Professor Maryville College, “Civil War:

Emancipation and Reconstruction in the Border States”

March 11---BRIAN STEELE WILLS, Director, Center for Study of the Civil War Era, Kennesaw State University, “Hero or Villain: Gen. Forrest’s Attack on Ft. Pillow”

April 8---EDGAR ARCHER, Historian, “The Lion of Whitehall: Cassius Clay”

May 13---JERRY WOOTEN, Manager Johnsonville State Historic Park, “The Battle of  Johnsonville and the Attack of Forrest’s Navy”

June 10---GORDON RHEA, Historian/Attorney, “Charles Wilden Views the Overland Campaign: Wilderness and Spotsylvania”

July 8 ---DR. STEPHEN DAVIS, Historian/Author, “Atlanta: Besieged, Bombarded and Captured”

August 12---R.E.L. KRICK, Author/Historian Richmond NBP, “1864 Battles of 1st and 2nd Deep Bottom”

September 9---EARL HESS, Author/Professor LMU, “Petersburg: The Battle of The Crater”

October 14---ROSS MASSEY, Historian, “The Battle of Nashville”

November 11---ED BEARSS, Chief Historian Emeritus NPS, “Sherman’s March to

December 9---JAMES OGDEN, Chief Historian Chickamauga/Chattanooga NMP, Topic