Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 04/15/04

National Battlefield Preservation Group Hosts Annual Conference in Nashville

Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists will invade the Tennessee capital in April.

(Nashville, Tenn.) - Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists from around the country will converge on Nashville this month as part of the Civil War Preservation Trust's (CWPT) annual conference. The 4-day event will be held at the beautiful Renaissance Nashville Hotel in downtown Nashville from April 22 through 25, 2004.

The purpose of the conference is to give CWPT members an opportunity to celebrate the organization's successes while learning about Central Tennessee's rich Civil War heritage. The conference is made possible in part by a generous contribution from The History Channel.

Participants in the conference will be treated to tours and presentations by some of the most accomplished Civil War historians and authors in the nation. The distinguished roster of speakers includes: Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service; Thomas Cartwright of the Carter House Museum in Franklin, Tenn.; and authors Richard McMurry, Wiley Sword and Brian Steel Wills.

The theme of this year's conference is "Hood's Last Hurrah," which refers to Confederate General John B. Hood's ill-fated attempt to recapture Nashville in the waning months of 1864. Hood's defeat by Union forces commanded by General George Thomas was one of the most decisive of the war.

The high point of the conference will be a banquet and awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 24 at the Renaissance Hotel. Among the recipients of the awards to be presented that evening will be Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell. Mayor Purcell is being recognized for his outstanding work on behalf of Fort Negley, one of Nashville's few remaining Civil War forts.

WHAT: CWPT Annual Conference and Banquet

WHEN: April 22 through 24, 2004

WHERE: Headquarters for the Conference will be the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, downtown Nashville.

With 50,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. CWPT's website is located at



  • Jim Campi (CWPT)
    (202) 367-1861


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