04 March 2007 by Published in: General musings 8 comments

This coming Saturday, March 10, is not only the 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads, it’s also the day of the Third Annual Nashville Civil War Conference. The conference, which focuses on Western Theater cavalry operations, will be held at Traveller’s Rest Plantation. I will be speaking on Union cavalry operations. Since it’s such a broad topic, I’m going to focus more on personalities and give a broad overview of the operations.

Quite coincidentally, that same night, March 10, the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Nashville Predators at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Music Town.

So, I will get to spend the day talking about my favorite subject, and then after the conference ends, we will be heading to the hockey game. And then on Sunday, I get to do some battlefield stomping before coming home.

It’s the perfect convergence of two of my very favorite things. Life is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Steve Basic
    Mon 05th Mar 2007 at 12:10 am


    ๐Ÿ™‚ What you posted is utopia to me…Civil War and a hockey game to boot on the same day?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a safe trip, and am jealous here in the Garden State. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,


  2. Ray Todd Knight
    Mon 05th Mar 2007 at 4:06 pm

    I bought my ticket today and am really looking forward to it. Should be an interesting day.

  3. Mon 05th Mar 2007 at 4:44 pm


    I will see you there. Be sure to come say hello.


  4. Mon 05th Mar 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Eric,
    I’m very much enjoying reading your book, “Plenty of Blame To Go Around”, as well as reading the history on this blog. Being from Rockville,Md, I particularly enjoyed the Rockville section of your book-, I’m trying to figure out where the actual “bend in the road/wagon pileup site” was. Rockville PIke has really changed. Five miles out is in present day Bethesda. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I too, am a huge hockey fan, albeit a Washington Capitals fan. Doug McLean was our Assistant Coach, when I was a teenager.
    Today, I ordered your “Gettysburg’s Forgotten Calvary Battles” book. I’ve been studying the Fairfield fight, since this is where another one of my passions comes in; skiing. Fairfield is where Ski Liberty is located. And until recently, I was unaware of the specifics of The Ski Liberty-area history!


  5. Don
    Tue 06th Mar 2007 at 8:40 am

    I’m an avid book collector and wanted to know if you had heard of anything about to be published that you think will be good? I didn’t even realize there was a confrence like the one you mentioned in your post. It seems to me there are plenty of subjets concerning the cavalry in the west that deserve full length study.


  6. Tue 06th Mar 2007 at 10:38 am


    Thanks for writing–I am pleased to hear that you’re enjoying the book.


  7. Tue 06th Mar 2007 at 10:39 am


    There isn’t much, which is the problem. The Western Theatre is badly underrepresented, and that’s a shame.


  8. Don
    Tue 06th Mar 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Hello Eric

    Thanks for the reply. I guess there are at least a few recent Confederate biographies. I’ve read the bio of Tyree Bell – Hughes. I’ve also got a copy of the recent Basil Duke biography, just not gotten to it. One for sure I want to read is Longacre’s biography of Joe Wheeler. I find Wheeler interesting even though his record isn’t very impressive. Hopefully, The Western Theatere will continue to draw writers attention and result in more books worth reading.


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