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Civil War Round Table will discuss Confederate retreat through Brentwood hills


Civil War Round Table will discuss Confederate retreat through Brentwood hills

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Author and historian Joe Johnson will speak on “Order Out of Chaos: Retreat Through the Gap at Nashville.” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, , at the Franklin Civil War Round Table.

Author and historian Joe Johnson will speak on “Order Out of Chaos: Retreat Through the Gap at Nashville.” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, , at the Franklin Civil War Round Table.

On the second day of the Battle of Nashville, with Confederate troops arrayed in a line stretched too long and too thin to hold, the federal attack sent the once-proud Army of Tennessee into a chaotic, running retreat. While the main body withdrew southward down Franklin Pike, a little-known drama was unfolding among the men of the Confederate left, who had been cut off by the Union swarm. Johnston will tell the story of the Arkansas brigadier with a cool head, who led a textbook fighting retreat through a gap in the Brentwood hills that saved thousands of Confederate soldiers.

Johnston is a regular contributor to numerous history publications including America’s Civil War, the Wild West and U.S. Naval History. He has recently published through the Missouri History Museum details of Wild West vigilantism which played a major role during the Civil War in Missouri.

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and meets each month at Carnton Plantation’s Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. For more information, email fcwrt@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.franklinscharge.com/round-table.

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