September events for 'John Sevier' and 'Onward Southern Soldiers'

Traci and I are so grateful for the positive response we've received for our latest book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, and for the continued interest in our first title, Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War. As a result, our calendar of speaking events has filled up fast, and our book tour in support of both titles has kept us on the road for much of our spare time. Blog posts on The Posterity Project have been far and few between lately, but I've enjoyed taking this time off from writing on the blog to meet with folks face-to-face and to engage with our readers in person. Besides, isn't this what "social networking" is really all about -- real connections with real people? While I truly enjoy writing, this brief hiatus from the pen has been a welcome break from my normal routine.

Visit our "Events" page for a list of upcoming lectures and book signings.

As the seasons change and the leaves fall to the ground, life slows down a bit, but our book tour marches on at a hectic pace. I plan to resume a more regular blogging schedule in the weeks to come, but in the meantime, look for us at the following venues during the month of September:

  • On Monday, September 8th at 6:30 p.m. CT, we're honored to have the opportunity to speak to students and faculty at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, to discuss the life and legend of John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero. I am especially grateful to Dr. Mark Cheathem for extending this invitation to us. Dr. Cheathem has been blogging on the Jacksonian America blog for four years now, and has established himself as an authority on Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonian era of American history through his scholarship. In his latest award-winning book, Andrew Jackson Southerner, Cheathem argues for a reassessment of long-held views of Jackson as a backwoodsman and frontier hero, suggesting that in fact “Old Hickory” lived as an elite southern gentleman. John Sevier's rivalry with Andrew Jackson is, of course, a significant episode in the life of John Sevier, which I explore in my book. I expect this will be a topic of interest during the talk, so I hope you'll make plans to join us for this lecture and book signing. This event takes place in Labry Room 130 (a.k.a. the "Tiered Classroom") on the campus of Cumberland University. Visit the "History at Cumberland University" blog for additional information.

  • On Thursday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. CT, we join members of the General Joseph E. Johnston SCV Camp 28 in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War. The camp meets at the Shoney's Restaurant on 365 White Bridge Road in Nashville, Tennessee. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. This meeting is open to both SCV members and to the general public, so I hope you'll make plans to join us for this dinner-time gathering.

  • Shortly thereafter, we take part in the Belmont Mansion's observance of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Nashville with a lecture and book signing in support of Onward Southern Soldiers at the mansion on the campus of Belmont University on Tuesday, September 16th at 5:00 p.m. CT. Throughout the month of September, Belmont Mansion will host several lectures commemorating the Civil War Battle of Nashville -- a battle that several soldiers recalled in their personal diaries and memoirs which we chronicled in Onward Southern Soldiers. Religion heavily influenced how these soldiers coped with the battle and how those who survived remembered it. We hope you'll mark your calendars for this special occasion and join us for this lecture and book signing.

  • Last, but certainly not least, we visit Clarksville, Tennessee on Tuesday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. CT for a lecture and book signing for John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero at a meeting of the Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution, Captain William Edmiston Chapter. The DAR played a significant role in how writers, scholars and Revolutionary War veterans and their descendants remembered John Sevier's life. In fact, a chapter in my book details some of these efforts of remembrance. This is our first lecture before a DAR audience on this topic, so I'm excited to present John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero on this occasion, and I'm grateful to the Captain William Edmiston Chapter's leadership for extending this kind invitation. This event takes place at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library on 350 Pageant Lane in Clarksville.

As you can see, September is a busy month, and the following months promise to be busy as well with several events scheduled, including an appearance at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. Stay tuned to The Posterity Project for details on these upcoming appearances and visit our "Events" page for additional information.

Gordon Belt is an information professional, archives advocate, public historian, and author of The History Press book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, which examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee.