DAR And Great War Commission Partner For Remembrance Month

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

One hundred years ago, United States military forces including Tennesseans in the 30th Division, were engaged in the Great War, having participated in the first assault on the Hindenburg Line at Bellicourt. Thousands of other Tennesseans were being drafted, considering enlistment or preparing to leave home for basic training, often at Fort Oglethorpe. November 2017 has been designated Remembrance Month and the Chief John Ross Chapter, NSDAR and the Tennessee Great War Commission have joined forces to share the stories of Tennesseans and the Great War. 

Great War Remembrance Month began with a commemorative service at the Chattanooga National Cemetery at noon on Nov. 1. Chief John Ross Regent Jessica Dumitru welcomed attendees with a personal connection to the Great War. “My great-grandfather Clifton Apple, originally from Jackson County, Tn., joined the army with his best friend, Smith Stidham, and several of his cousins, including Andy Apple, buried here in the Chattanooga National Cemetery just across the hill. Clifton Apple was a carpenter and a farmer but he understood that evil exists and that, at times, evil threatens our nations and our families. What was a world fight against tyranny became his personal fight against a movement that threatened liberty, equality and justice. He trained here at Fort Oglethrope, shipped out with his friends, fought gallantly and returned home to marry his sweetheart. He, like so many other veterans of the Great War, carried his wounds and his memories, often in silence, until his death.” 

Dr. Michael Birdwell, chairman of the Tennessee Great War Commission, spoke about the first U.S. soldier wounded in the Great War, Tennessean George Ashburn of Fentress County. He then focused attention on the actions of the 30th Division’s 119th Infantry Regiment during the attack on the Hindenburg Line. “Now, with no support, they were surrounded by the enemy and, in the confusion that followed, Sergeant Joseph A. Adkinson of Egypt, Tennessee took action. In the words of his Medal of Honor citation: ‘When murderous machine-gun fire at a range of 50 yards had made it impossible for his platoon to advance, and had caused the platoon to take cover, Sgt. Adkinson alone, with the greatest intrepidity, rushed across the 50 yards of open ground directly into the ace of the hostile machine-gun kicked the gun from the parapet into the enemy trench, and at the point of the bayonet captured the three men manning the gun.’” Dr. Birdwell noted that Sgt. Adkinson was one of the six Tennesseans who became Medal of Honor recipients. 

The Commemoration concluded with the placement of a memorial wreath at the World War I monument in the cemetery and members of the Chief John Ross Chapter planting a bed of ‘WWI Remembrance Red Poppies’ on either side of the Chattanooga National Cemetery’s Holtzclaw entrance. 

Other events during the weekend commemoration included “Over There and Over Here”, a Digitization Project of World War I artifacts staffed by Tennessee State Library and Archives historians and archivists at the Chattanooga Bicentennial Library. The Chief John Ross Chapter, NSDAR also sponsored a Words and Remembrance program of World War I poetry. UTC hosted James McGarth Morris for an evening lecture, An End to the Age of Innocence: How the Great War Forever Changed American Literature, and a follow-up discussion of A Farewell to Arms during the Southern Writers Conference. Mr. Morris’s visit was supported by a display of French and American World War I Posters in the George Connor Special Collections Room at the University. Kelley Wilkerson, TSLA Education Outreach coordinator, facilitated Tennessee and the Great War: A Primary Documents Workshop for area teachers while the Sixth Cavalry Museum at Fort Oglethorpe hosted In the Footsteps of Sergeant York, an exhibit that will remain open until Nov. 30. 

The Chief John Ross Chapter, NSDAR and the Tennessee Great War Commission, along with commemorative partners, will continue to host programs and activities related to The Great War until November 2018. For more information about future events, contact Dr. Birdwell at birdie@tntech.edu or Ms. Dumitru at jmdumitru@gmail.com

Local Trainer Wins National Mustang Competition

Cavin Graham, a local horse trainer from Rocky Face, won the Mustang Magic 2018 Competition Saturday night in Ft. Worth, Texas.   This was an invitation only event that was part of the annual Ft. Worth Stock Show.  Competitors participated in four events over the week to make the top ten.  This is Mr. Graham’s first win.   (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: JEFFERY DEMOND MIREE                              ELIZABETH MICHELE BENFORD 3606 CENTRAL AVE APT A                            18 WHEAT ST CHATTANOOGA, TN 37410   ... (click for more)

Woman Who Took Truck Driver's Blood At Tragic Wreck Scene: "It Was Like Nothing Had Happened"

The woman who took a blood draw from a Kentucky truck driver who had just wrecked and claimed six lives said, "I was thrown by his demeanor. It was like nothing had happened." Lisa Martin told a jury from Nashville on Monday afternoon that Benjamin Scott Brewer kept asking when he could go home. Brewer was eventually allowed to leave, but was later charged and is facing trial ... (click for more)

Haslam Announces "Agressive, Comprehensive Plan" To End Tennessee's Opioid Epidemic

Joined by leadership from the House and Senate and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday announced an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement. TN Together is a multi-faceted initiative that addresses the issue of opioid addiction through ... (click for more)

General Bell: This Government Shutdown Is Outrageous - And Response (2)

The day before yesterday two Army Apache Attack Helicopter pilots were killed in a crash during training at Fort Irwin, Ca.  The pilots and their unit were preparing for a future deployment to combat operations.    As a result of the government shutdown, none of the spouses or families of these pilots will receive a dime from the United States Government in immediate ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Rebranding & ‘Culture’

My grandfather, who ran several very successful businesses, was a very astute fellow. I can’t tell you how many times he said, “The worst thing any salesman who calls on a business can say is, ‘I am here to save you some money.’ That’s not true -- In every instance they are in front of you hoping to make some money for themselves, else they would have never come by.” Another ... (click for more)