Symposium Spotlight: William Lee White and the Battle of Franklin

As we close in on our annual symposium, we like to highlight the speakers that we have invited to present at the event.

leewhite-biopicWe are excited to welcome William Lee White to this years symposium lineup. Lee is traveling in from the western reaches of the Emerging Civil War realm.

An early contributor to Emerging Civil War, Lee has penned Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale: The Battle of Chickamauga for the Emerging Civil War Series.

Lee will present one of our four Western Theater topics.

Controversy has swirled around General John Bell Hood and his command decisions while at the head of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Hood’s decision to attack at Franklin remains one of the most storied chapters in that army’s history, and one of the most controversial assaults of the war. Lee’s presentation is entitled, “Death of an Army” The Army of Tennessee Assault’s at Franklin.”  

According to Lee:

“That great attack on the late Indian summer afternoon of November 30, 1864, has been regarded as the ‘Death of an army.’ Covering over two miles of open ground, the ‘Army of the Heartland,’ made its final, desperate assault, against a heavily fortified foe. It became the stuff of legend, with the death of six Confederate generals, and thousands of the last die-hard men the Confederacy had.”

Lee is currently a Park Ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. He has contributed to the Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland Series for Southern Illinois University Press; and is putting the finishing touches on his latest addition to the Emerging Civil War Series title, Let Us Die Like Men: The Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864.

We hope that you will join us August 5-7, 2016 at the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

The battlefield at Franklin. (From Battles and Leaders of the Civil War.)



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