Civil War Symposium – Ramay/Macatee Speaker Series

Presented by:

The Bridge Street History Center

Saturday September 21, 2019
at Granbury Live on the Historic Square in Granbury, TX

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The Confederate attempt to break out towards Nashville, February 15, 1862.

The Overview:

Learn from a “Dream Team” lineup of four nationally known Civil War professors, historians and authors who be speaking at an all day symposium format event. Dr. Brian S. Wills, Dr. Brooks D. Simpson, Dr. Charles D. Grear, and Dr. Steven E. Woodworth will be available to sell and sign selected books after their respective lectures.  The topics being presented are relevant to the Western Theater, Texas units and even our town’s namesake, Gen. Hiram B. Granbury, who was captured at the Battle of Fort Donelson while serving as a Major in the 7th Texas Infantry.

The Details:

Tickets $50.00 (all day admission)

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The New Granbury Live     110 Crockett St      Granbury, TX 76048

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The Speakers:

Steven E. Woodworth

Topic:  “Storming the Fortress:  C.F. Smith’s Charge on the Confederate Right”

Steven E. Woodworth received his B.A.in1982 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Ph.D. in1 987 from Rice University in Houston,Texas. After teaching at smallc olleges in Oklahoma and Georgia, he came to Texas Christian University in 1997 and is now a professor of history there. Over the years he has authored, co-authored, or edited thirty-two books, including Manifest Destinies: America’s Westward Expansion and the Road to Civil War(2010), Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865(2006),While God Is Marching On:The Religious World of Civil War Soldiers(2001),and Jefferson Davis and His Generals: The Failure of Confederate Command in the West(1990).

Charles D. Grear

Topic: “This Time of Our Ill Success and Defeat: Texans Reaction to the Battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson”.

Charles D. Grear is a Professor of History and Online Manager at Central Texas College. He received his B.A. from McMurry University (1999), M.A. from Texas Tech University (2001), and Ph.D. from Texas Christian University (2005). A specialist in Texas and Civil War history, he has authored/ edited nine books including Texans and War: New Interpretations on the Military History of the Lone Star State (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), Why Texans Fought in the Civil War (Texas A&M University Press, 2010), Beyond Myths and Legends: A Narrative History of Texas (Abigail Press, 2008), The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone Star State (University of Arkansas Press, 2008). Additionally, he is co-editing with Steven E. Woodworth the Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland Series with Southern Illinois University Press. Dr. Grear is a recipient of the Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellowship in Civil War Texas History for the Texas State Historical Association, the fellowship to the 2007 West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, and the Burney Parker Research Fellowship for the Texas Collection at Baylor University

Brooks D. Simpson

Topic:  “The Making of an American Hero: Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Henry and Donelson”

Brooks D. Simpson is ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. A graduate of the University of Virginia (BA, 1979) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, 1982; PhD, 1989), he had written extensively on nineteenth-century American history, specializing in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Most recently he has served as an editor of the Library of America’s series on the Civil War and Reconstruction among the books for which he is best known is Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865 (2000) and The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory (2011)

Dr. Brian S. Wills

Topic: “Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Donelson Dilemmas.”

Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.  Dr. Wills is a member of the Georgia Civil War Commission and current President of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. He is also the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War. His latest publication is Inglorious Passages: Noncombat Deaths in the American Civil War (Kansas, 2017) received the 2018 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award winner for the best book on a Civil War topic for the year 2017 presented by the Atlanta Civil War Round Table. His biography of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, A Battle From the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest (HarperCollins) is currently in reprint as The Confederacy’s Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest (Kansas). This work was chosen as both a History Book Club selection and a Book of the Month Club selection. His other titles include The River was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow (Oklahoma, 2014); Confederate General William Dorsey Pender: The Hope of Glory (Louisiana State University, 2013); George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel (Kansas, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2013 Harwell Award; Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006); The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia, (Virginia, 2001) and an updated edition of the James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., Civil War Sites in Virginia (Virginia, 2011). In 2000, Dr. Wills received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia, one of eleven recipients from all faculty members at public and private institutions across the state.

The Schedule:

8:30-9:00    Registration

9:00-9:15    Welcome

9:15-10:00    Dr. Brooks D. Simpson: “The Making of an American Hero:  Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Henry and Donelson”

10:00-10:15    Questions & Answers

10:15-10:30    Break/Book Signing

10:30-11:15    Dr. Charles D. Grear: “This Time of Our Ill Success and Defeat:  Texans’ Reactions to the Battles of Fort Henry and Donelson”

11:15-11:30    Questions & Answers

11:30-12:00    Book Signing

12:00-2:00    Lunch

2:00-2:45    Dr. Brian S. Wills: “Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Donelson Dilemmas”

2:45-3:00    Questions & Answers

3:00-3:15    Break/Book Signing

3:15-4:00    Dr. Steven E. Woodworth: “Storming the Fortress:  C.F. Smith’s Charge on the Confederate Right”

4:00-4:15    Questions & Answers

4:15-4:45    Book Signing