November 2011 Symposium

November 11 – 12, 2011

“The War Comes to Tennessee” — A Sesqui-Symposium

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society (BONPS) joined with Belmont Mansion and the Lotz House to bring a significant Sesquicentennial symposium on the Civil War in Middle Tennessee on November 11 and 12 to further commemorate and explore the 150th anniversary of the start of the War.

The symposium began with an opening night reception at the Lotz House in Franklin, Tennessee on Friday, November 11, 2011. Attendees were led on a fact-filled and inspiring  tour the historic Lotz House Museum by its director and former BONPS president, J.T. Thompson.

The formal Symposium kicked off the following morning at Belmont Mansion at 8:00 a.m.  Six guest speakers focused on unique perspectives regarding the Battle of Nashville, Ft. Donelson and Shiloh. The event was moderated by Thomas Flagel, assistant professor of American History at Columbia State Community College.  Panelists included:

  • Thomas Cartwright – Franklin-based historian, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin
  • Tim Johnson, professor of history at David Lipscomb University, who has appeared on the History Channel,C-SPAN and NPT.
  • Carole Bucy, professor of History at Vol State Community College and the newly appointed Metro Historian.
  • James McDonough, noted author of Five Tragic Hours and Nashville: The Western Confederacy’s Final Gamble.
  • Doug Richardson, Park Ranger and Chief of Interpretation at Fort Donelson.
  • Dr. Bobby Lovett, long-time professor of History at Tennessee State University and authored several books on African American history, most notably “African American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1780-1930.”


Ancestor Videos.  In a unique feature of the Symposium, guests were able to videotape their personal stories of ancestors who fought in the Civil War.  Click on the link below to access the videos from the Lotz House website


About the Hosts

Belmont Mansion, an Italianate villa, was constructed between the years 1849 and 1853. Once the summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen and her family, it also served as the temporary headquarters for Thomas Wood, commander of the Fourth Corp of the Union army. Surrounded by lavish gardens, the Belmont Mansion estate originally boasted 36 rooms and 19,000 square feet of living space. It was one of the most elaborate antebellum estates in the South. Belmont Mansion was built, furnished, and landscaped by the Acklens and boasted such luxuries as an art gallery, a bowling alley, and a zoo.

A National Historic Site since 1971, Belmont Mansion currently operates as a house museum, maintained by the Belmont Mansion Association. Belmont Mansion is open daily for guided tours, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For inquiries you may visit our website or call 615-460-5459.

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of historic Civil War sites in Davidson County, Tennessee. The BONPS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with open membership. BONPS has been instrumental in helping preserve Fort Negley, Shy’s Hill, Confederate Redoubt No. 1, and the Battle of Nashville Monument, among other sites. For more information visit:

The Lotz House Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and educating people on the history and culture of the historic Civil War Battle of Franklin, Tennessee in 1864.  The foundation is committed to enriching lives through preserving the stories of the time along with the lifestyle, furnishings and fine art of the period. For more information visit:

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