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


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. «Read the rest of this article»


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