An Overview of the Civil War with an Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County, presented by Thomas Potter


Thomas Potter, local attorney, will speak at the Fentress County Historical Society’s May program.  His topic will be An Overview of the Civil War with an Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County.  

The program will be presented in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse, Thursday, May 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm.  Mr. Potter, who is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law, received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.  Having been interested in the Civil War since high school, he found that being surrounded by many sites significant to the history of that war was a strong incentive to learn more about this period in Tennessee history.  He soon became knowledgeable enough about sites such as Stones River Battlefield, the Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery, the Franklin Battlefield and others, to take visiting friends and Relatives on informal tours. His interest in Civil War history has continued till today; and he is an avid reader of such authors as Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, Thomas Cartwright, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin, Eric Jacobson, who is also nationally recognized as a Civil War historian and scholar, and, of course, Shelby Foote, whose massive Civil War trilogy, The American Civil War, is a must-read for serious students of that war.  

Besides sharing information gained from time spent exploring significant Civil War sites in Tennessee and years spent reading the works of authors knowledgeable about the subject,  Mr. Potter will also discuss how this war affected Fentress County and the locations of some of our own important sites and the events that took place there.  Thomas Potter is married to Nancy, his wife of thirty-eight years.  They have two daughters, both of whom, like their father, are graduates of Middle Tennessee State University.  He is a Rotarian and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fentress County Historical Society.  In addition to adding to his knowledge of the Civil War, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, camping and target shooting.

The Fentress County Historical Society invites everyone to come out to the Fentress County Courthouse, Thursday, May 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm for the program, Overview of the Civil War with Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County, presented by Thomas Potter.  There will be opportunities to ask question and a list of books about the war will be available.  Refreshments will be served.