To commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Nashville, the Tennessee Historical Society and the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society are hosting a symposium to present new examinations, as well as assessments of past historiography, of the 1864 Atlanta-Nashville campaign and the late Civil War experience in Middle Tennessee and the western theater.
It is impossible to question that Nashville was a decisive battle. An examination of all the facts, it is believed, provides inescapably convincing evidence that it was the decisive battle of the war. Stanley F. Horn, The Decisive Battle of Nashville (Baton Rouge,1956)
The symposium will be organized around the themes of the context of the battle, the campaign and battle themselves, and their aftermath and legacy. Prospective topics include but are not limited to:
the progress of the war in 1864
public mood regarding the war
the occupation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
strategy and tactics
soldiers and their units
USCT and contrabands
the extent of the battleˇ¦s decisiveness
fate of the Army of Tennessee
remembrance and commemoration
preservation efforts and issues
The Tennessee Historical Society will consider the papers presented at the symposium for publication in a special issue of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly in 2005.
Proposal are welcomed from academic, public, and private historians and from students. Please submit an abstract no longer than 250 words and c.v. or resume with complete contact information, including mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Presentations should conform to a twenty-minute format.
Mail submissions to the address below. For questions and comments, please e-mail.
Submission deadline: December 3, 2003.
Ann Toplovich, Executive Director
Tennessee Historical Society
War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243-0084
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