The Battle of Nashville Monument: A Symposium
Thurs., Nov. 5 and Fri., Nov. 6, 1998

 
The Battle of Nashville Monument Symposium was conducted Nov. 5-6, 1998 at Lipscomb University in Nashville with a host of history experts providing a bounty of information about the restoration and relocation of the monument, the history and meaning of the monument, and plans for future battlefield restoration. The keynote address Thursday night by Dr. James Lee McDonough was insightful and well-received by an audience of more than 100 history buffs. Attendance at Friday's session was sparse but enthusiastic. Due to unavoidable delays, the Rededication Ceremonies, originally slated for Nov. 7, have been postponed, probably until Spring 1999. But those in attendance were privy to a wealth of information concerning the Battle of Nashville, the monument which memorializes it, and plans for the future.

Grateful appreciation to James Summerville was expressed by Wes Shofner, founder and president of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, and by all in attendance. Summerville organized the symposium and, more importantly, is the driving force behind the restoration and relocation of the Battle of Nashville Monument, which will be rededicated at its new location at Granny White Pike and Battlefield Drive in the Spring of 1999.

Information provided at the symposium:

The Keynote Address by Dr. James Lee McDonough was a concise analysis of the factors leading to the decisive Union victory at Nashville over the Confederate forces of Gen. John Bell Hood. Most of the responsibility for the defeat lies with the Confederate general's lack of judgement and courageous, yet reckless character.

The Battle of Nashville, the War's End, and the Rising Aspirabltions of African-Americans

Commemorating the Civil War and the Great War
The uniqueness of the Battle of Nashville Monument and what it symbolizes

Reading by Madison Jones, author of "Nashville 1864: The Dying of the Light"

Recreating the Battle of Nashville Monument
What is being done to save the monument and plans for the interpretive park

A Concise History of the Monument and Efforts to Save It
How the monument came to be, its fall from grace, and its salvation

The Monument and Civic Statuary Today
The status of outdoor sculpture and its place in society

The Monument and Modern Memory: Preserving the Nashville Battlefield and Other Tennessee Civil War Sites
Proposal for a Civil War Protection Plan for Davidson Co., TN

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