On our way to Ridgetop...

On Sunday, September 16th at 2:00 pm, Traci and I are visiting Ridgetop, Tennessee to speak to the Ridgetop Historical Society about our book, Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War.

The Ridgetop Historical Society meets at the historic Wilson House, built in 1895 and purchased by the City of Ridgetop in 2006 for use as a park and historic site. The Wilson House is located inside Ridgetop Station Park on 24 acres of beautiful rolling hills and scenic landscapes at 1954 Woodruff Avenue, Ridgetop, TN 37073.

We're looking forward to spending our Sunday afternoon in Ridgetop, and we hope you'll join us there!


ONWARD SOUTHERN SOLDIERS: RELIGION AND THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE IN THE CIVIL WAR (The History Press, August 2011 - 128 pp. Over 45 images. $19.99 plus $5.00 shipping/handling)

The Civil War was trying, bloody and hard-fought combat for both sides. What was it, then, that sustained soldiers low on supplies and morale? For the Army of Tennessee, it was religion. Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War explores the significant impact of religion on every rank, from generals to chaplains to common soldiers. It took faith to endure overwhelming adversity. Religion unified troops, informing both why and how they fought and providing the rationale for enduring great hardship for the Confederate cause. Using primary source material such as diaries, letters, journals and sermons of the Army of Tennessee, Traci Nichols-Belt, along with Gordon T. Belt, presents the history of the vital role of the army’s religious practices.