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Eric A. Jacobson to address meeting of Civil War Round Table

Photo Contributed • Eric A Jacobson will speak at an upcoming meeting of the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table.

The Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 12, for a program titled “Stand There and Fight Them: George Wagner and the Battle of Franklin.”

The program will be presented in the Little Theater, Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Please enter the building wearing a mask. Entrance to the Renaissance Center is restricted to the back door. Exit at any door after the program ends. Meeting organizers are looking for more than 50 attendees sitting in the main seating area of the theater (50 maximum allowed on the main floor) and an overflow of attendees sitting in the balcony. Organizers are excited about getting back to a more semi-normal sitting arrangement. Still, all should wear face masks to protect others and themselves. Social seating distancing is required. Temperatures will be checked, and every other row of seats will be taped off in the theater.

Presenting the program will be Eric A. Jacobson, who has been studying the American Civil War for nearly three decades.  A Minnesota native, he lived in Arizona for over a decade.  While there he, along with two other principals, started and ran a small business, which grew to over 150 employees by 2003.  Jacobson 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 which encompassed 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.

Jacobson’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 and Carnton.  His third book, titled “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.

Jacobson has worked with preservations organizations such as the Civil War 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 Wars Trails markers across Middle Tennessee.  He currently serves on the City of Franklin’s Battlefield Task Force and is Franklin’s Charge board member.  He has spoken to dozens of organizations around the country and recently contributed to the documentary “The Civil War: The Untold Story,” which covered the war in the Western Theatre.

He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, not far from the battlefield.

For more information, email [email protected] or call (423) 323-2306.