The Inland Empire Civil War Round Table was instrumental in forming the 

African Americans in the Civil War Era Round Table.  

Its website is

Our next presentation, "The Battle of Franklin and the Struggle with Our Past," will be on Zoom on Wednesday, July 24th, at 6:15 Pacific Time.

Guest Speaker,  Author, and Chief Executive Officer of 

The Battle of Franklin Trust, Eric A. Jacobson.

Library of Congress

Eric A. Jacobson

The late afternoon Confederate charge at Franklin on November 30th, 1864, was larger, longer, and deadlier than Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg.

Eric A. Jacobson has been studying the American Civil War for over three decades.  A Minnesota native, Eric lived in Arizona for over ten years.  While there, he and two other principals started and ran a small business, which grew to over 150 employees by 2003.  Eric left Arizona to pursue other interests and relocated to Middle Tennessee in 2005.  He is the author of For Cause & For Country: A Study of the Affair at Spring Hill and the Battle of Franklin, a project encompassing nearly 10 years.  The book was published in March 2006 and is considered by some to be one of the most important books ever written about the 1864 Tennessee Campaign.


Eric’s second book, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, was published in April 2007.  He is the Chief Executive Officer of The Battle of Franklin Trust, which manages the Carter House, Carnton, and Rippa Villa.  His third book, entitled Baptism of Fire, which details the roles of three Federal regiments at the Battle of Franklin, was released in September 2011.  He is currently working on his fourth book.


Eric has worked with preservation organizations such as the American Battlefield Trust, Franklin’s Charge, the American Battlefield Protection Program, the National Park Service, and Save The Franklin Battlefield for over a decade to reclaim and preserve important sections of the Spring Hill and Franklin battlefields.  He was also one of the driving forces behind the installation of dozens of Civil War Trails markers across Middle Tennessee.  Eric served for many years on the City of Franklin’s Battlefield Task Force and was a longtime member of the Franklin’s Charge board.  He has spoken to dozens of organizations around the country and also contributed to the documentary The Civil War: The Untold Story, which covered the war in the Western Theatre.  In recent years he was among those who worked with the City of Franklin on the Fuller Story project, which has helped to tell more of the African American experience during and after the Civil War.


He lives in rural Maury County, Tennessee, with his wife Nancy.

If you missed the presentation you can watch it by clicking on the link below.

Dwight T. Pitcaithley, former National Park Service

chief historian, will address ‘Slavery and Secession’ at

June 26 program commemorating Juneteenth

The Lincoln Memorial Shrine, in partnership with the Inland Empire Civil War Round Table and the African Americans in the Civil War Era Round Table, will present a June 26 program on Slavery and Secession by Dwight T. Pitcaithley, Ph.D., former chief historian for the U.S. National Park Service --

where he will share his extensive research into the records from the secession

winter of 1860-61; and answer “Why did the South secede?”

Dwight T. Pitcaithley, Ph D.

Dr. Pitcaithley, who is Professor Emeritus of History at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, will summarize

his two-decade examination of the secession movement’s official records, which he says “clearly reveal the

motivations of the South’s promoters of disunion.”

This documentation includes elected officials’ speeches and debates recorded in the Congressional Globe, and

proceedings of state legislatures, secession conventions, and the Peace Conference held in February 1861 in

Washington, D.C.

Bill Gwaltney, president of the new African Americans in the Civil War Era Round Table, calls Dr. Pitcaithley “a riveting presenter,” who “is a rare combination of wit, deep knowledge, humor, focus, and passion.”

Mr. Gwaltney, who has been “in and around the world of public history for decades,” served 35 years in a variety

of positions with the National Park Service.

The AACWERT is a nonprofit, educational organization, which provides a virtual forum on the history of African

Americans during the period 1850 to 1877, as it relates to enslavement, enlistment and emancipation.

Dr. Pitcaithley worked for the National Park Service for 30 years; he retired in 2005, after serving a decade as

chief historian. He is author of: U.S. Constitution and Secession: A Documentary Anthology of Slavery and White

Supremacy (2018); and is a co-editor of The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic

Preservation, and Nature Conservation (2006).

He also has contributed chapters to numerous publications, including: Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff

of American Memory (2006); Preserving Western History (2005); Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American

Landscape (2001); and Seeing and Being Seen: Tourism in the American West (2001).

Dr. Pitcaithley has received numerous honors, including the Organization of American Historians Distinguished

Service Award. He also is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, and a recipient of an honorary

Doctor of Laws degree from the University of North Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in

1970, and a Master of Arts degree in 1971, both from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales; and a Ph.D. in

History in 1976 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

“The Inland Empire Civil War Round Table is excited to be a contributing partner of the June 26 program celebrating Juneteenth,” says IECWRT President Mike Hoover. “Together, with the Lincoln Memorial Shrine and the African Americans in the Civil War Era Round Table, we welcome Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, and look forward to his presentation on ‘Slavery and Secession.’”

The presentation’s recording will be posted within a few days at: For more information, call the library’s Heritage Room at (909) 798-7632; or