On Sunday, November 13th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present author, teacher and historian Randy Bishop, who will speak on the Tennessee Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia.
Leaving their families in Middle Tennessee, the soldiers of the Tennessee Brigade participated in the major Civil War battles of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. With regiments raised before Tennessee’s secession, the brigade saw action at Seven Pines, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Spotsylvania. It suffered the first Confederate casualty at Gettysburg and was the guiding unit during the third day’s assault on the Federal positions. The brigade survived Petersburg’s trenches only to surrender a fraction of its once-mighty ranks at Appomattox.
In addition to his 2005 book, “The Tennessee Brigade,” Bishop has also written “Tennessee’s Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation.” He will speak to preservation efforts in both Tennessee and northern Mississippi.
An accomplished educator, Bishop is a teacher at Middleton High School, where he has six times been recognized as “Teacher of the Year.” He serves as an adjunct professor of history at Jackson State Community College. Bishop earned his B.S. from Union University and his M. Ed. from the University of Memphis.