Ed Bearss, Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, speaks to the membership on the historical significance of Shy's Hill.

Outgoing President Doug Jones, left, thanks Ken Flies of Minnesota, who read a proclamation by the Governor of Minnesota naming Feb. 24th as "Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Day" in that state.

Thomas Cartwright of The Carter House museum in Franklin was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in historic preservation and education.

BONPS Historian Ross Massey received the President's Award and shares a humorous moment as outgoing President Doug Jones and new President J.T. Thompson look on.

Mark Zimmerman received the Member of the Year 2004 Award for his work on the BONPS website and the Society's new book, Guide to Civil War Nashville. With him are parents Don and Jetta Zimmerman. He also received an award for service on the BONPS Board.


Historian Bearss expounds on Shy's Hill at BONPS Annual Banquet

J.T. Thompson begins term as new BONPS President

More than 100 members and guests attended the 2005 Annual Banquet of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society at Hillwood Country Club on Thurs., Feb. 24. Mr. Edwin Bearss, Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, presented a rousing speech on the historical significance of Shy's Hill, one of the society's preservation projects.

Outgoing BONPS President Doug Jones, left, is honored for his leadership and work the past two years by new President J.T. Thompson at the BONPS Annual Banquet, Feb. 24, 2005.

The new BONPS Board of Directors for 2005-2007 were announced: J.T. Thompson, President; Doug Jones, Immediate Past President; Jim Kay, Vice President; Sherry Male, Secretary; Ross Massey, Historian; Dr. James Atkinson, David Broemel, Michael Kilbane, Mac Mellor, Bob Notestine and Wes Shofner. New members of the board are Atkinson, Broemel, Kay, and Kilbane. Leaving the board and recognized for their service were Harry Klinkhamer and Mark Zimmerman.

New President Thompson vowed to maintain the momentum generated by BONPS over the past year with several preservation projects (Shy's Hill, Fort Negley, Redoubt No. 1, Kelley's Point) and special education programs and symposiums. Outgoing President Doug Jones was thanked for his impressive work leading the Society the past two years, and in appreciation was presented a bust of Gen. Stonewall Jackson by Thompson.

Thomas Cartwright, curator at The Carter House museum and Civil War site in Franklin, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless efforts on behalf of Civil War preservation and history education.

BONPS Historian Ross Massey was presented the President's Award by Doug Jones, who noted that Massey was personally responsible for locating the Battle of Nashville sites of Kelley's Point Battlefield and Granbury's Lunette, in addition to work on several other historical preservation projects.

Mark Zimmerman was presented the "Member of the Year" Award for 2004. In addition to duties as webmaster, Zimmerman authored the Society's new book, Guide to Civil War Nashville.

Mr. Ken Flies of the Twin Cities Civil War Round Table and the Minnesota State Historical Society read aloud a proclamation by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty designating Thursday, Feb. 24 as "Battle of Nashville Preservation Society Day" in that state. Flies noted that more Minnesotans were killed or wounded at the Battle of Nashville, particularly Shy's Hill, than in any other conflict in the history of the republic.


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