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The Fort Donelson Civil War Round Table to feature talk by Dr. Michael R. Bradley

Posted By Bill Larson On Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 10:10 pm In Arts and Leisure | No Comments

Forrests Fighting Preacher: David Campbell of Kelly of TennesseeOn October 20th at 7:00pm, the Fort Donelson Civil War Round Table speaker  will be Dr. Michael Bradley.  His topic will be his new book,  “Forrest’s Fighting Preacher: David Campbell Kelley of Tennessee”. Dr. Bradley has written several books focusing on the Middle Tennessee area during the Civil War.

Every leader needs a trusted confidant. For Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the Civil War’s greatest military minds, that man was David Campbell Kelley. Kelley began adulthood in the clergy, serving for two years as a missionary in China and returning home just a year before the Civil War. He then raised a company of cavalry from his family’s large congregation that became part of Forrest’s original regiment. Kelley quickly became Forrest’s second in command, assisting in some of his most daring engagements, offering support in key decisions and serving as his unofficial chaplain. Following the war, Kelley returned to preaching, helped establish Vanderbilt University and launched a campaign for governor of Tennessee. Now, for the first time, author Michael R. Bradley brings Kelley’s dynamic life to the fore.

Michael R. Bradley earned a Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University in 1970. He taught at Motlow College, near Tullahoma, Tennessee, for 36 years prior to his retirement in 2006. He continues to write and speak to groups interested in history.

The Fort Donelson Civil War Round Table meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the Month and begin at 7:00pm in the Cumberland Room at the Stewart County Visitors Center in Dover, Tn. Bring A Friend!


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  • October 20th – Dr. Michael R. Bradley on “Forrest’s Fighting Preacher: David Campbell Kelley of Tennessee”
  • November 17th – Gregg Biggs on “From Secession to War – The Confederate Flags of 1861”
  • December 15th – Myers Brown on “Images of Tennessee Confederates” – Book Signing

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