A place for the writings of the Association of Sultana Descendants and Friends. This will be the home for the new online Newsletter as well as a place for us all to write and interact with one another in all things regarding the Sultana.
This is a reunion photo of survivors of the 3rd Tenn. Cavalry Reg. (US) meeting in Knoxville in the late 1890s. The original photo was owned by the son of one of the survivors. The son’s name was Si Keeble and that’s his dad, Pleasant Keeble, sitting on the first row to the extreme right holding a scroll in his hand. This Photo “Courtesy of Norman Shaw and the Keeble family”
Here’s a summary of schedule events for the Franklin Sultana reunion. Since we meet only one time each year, I try to include as many interesting events, speakers, etc., as possible during our short time together. – Norman
A. FRIDAY EVENING TALKS–6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
I know you will enjoy these three speakers:
Eric Jacobson (30 minutes)–is the CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust that was created a few years ago as an umbrella organization under which the Carter House and the Carnton Mansion operate. Eric has written at least two books about the fight at Franklin on November 30, 1864, and is one of the most knowledgeable individuals on the battle. Visit http://boft.org/ Read More…
The day has arrived that I am sending you a list of activities, with some short descriptions, and costs for the upcoming Sultana reunion on Friday and Saturday, April 21st and 22nd, at Franklin, TN!
In a later message, I will give you more details about each reunion activity/event.
I’m guessing that most are not that familiar with the terrific CW battle fought at Franklin late in the war on November 30, 1864, with a huge loss of life for the attacking Confederate forces under commander Gen. John Bell Hood. You should be able to find a great deal of information on-line, including web sites of local CW preservation organizations such as Save the Franklin Battlefield (STBF) or The Battle of Franklin Trust.
Also, since the Civil War Trust has been involved in several important preservation projects there over the last decade or so, you will find a variety of information on their web site.
Below is the list of activities we will participate in during the reunion weekend Read More…
I have booked 20 rooms at the Best Western in Franklin, 1308 Murfreesboro Road, 37064, for the 2017 Sultana reunion! To make reservations, call the motel at 615-790-0570 and ask for rooms under the “Sultana Association”. The rooms have been recently renovated.
It’s a challenge to find a moderately priced motel that has a meeting room large enough to hold about 70 people, but this one does! Our Friday night talks will be held in the motel’s meeting room. I already have 3 good speakers lined up! Read More…
The 29th Annual Reunion of Sultana Descendants and Friends met in Knoxville, this last weekend (April 22-23, 2016) and was a big success, with more than 80 people attending. We gathered at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Maryville Pike, south of Knoxville, where Sultana survivors met until they …
Here’s details about this year’s annual reunion of the Association of Sultana Descendants and Friends to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, April 22nd, and Saturday, April 23rd.
I have booked a block of rooms for the attendees at the recently remodeled (2014) Holiday Inn at Cedar Bluff, just west of downtown on I-40/I-75.
The room rate for the Sultana Association is $99 + tax per room (normally $149 + tax). Included in the special rate is a free hot breakfast (not a Continental breakfast) for each room occupant.
For reservations you can call the hotel direct, or use the 800 number, both listed below. Be sure and mention that you are with the Sultana Association. For online reservations use the link below. Please make your reservations by April 1st. >> Read More…
For those who don’t know, our reunions for descendants and friends had it’s first reunion, informally, at the beautiful Sultana monument in South Knox County in 1987 followed by our first formal reunion in 1988, 28 reunions ago!
We then met in Knoxville for the first 14 years before holding reunions at sites related to the Sultana story. Our first “away” reunion was in Vicksburg, MS, our first of 3 eventual reunions at that location. Some other cities where we held our annual gatherings are Memphis, Chattanooga, and Franklin in Tennessee; Mansfield and Cincinnati in Ohio; Athens, AL; and, of course, in Marion, AR, this year.
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The annual Sultana Reunion, which remembered the disaster which happened 150 years ago, was held this year in Marion Arkansas, April 23 – 27. It was an astounding success! We were warmly welcomed with banners and signs posted throughout the city, and all events were carefully planned and executed by …
Pam Newhouse, editor of the Sultana Remembered was interviewed by a NPR radio reporter out of Cincinnati. It will air on Monday, April 27th, the 150th anniversary of the disaster, on WVXU during the morning news show. You can also listen online at http://wvxu.org/
This time next week, I will be driving to Marion, AR, for the 2015 Sultana Reunion–can you believe it’s almost here?! I know many will be traveling that same day with others expecting to arrive on Friday.
As you know, the Town of Marion has done an enormous amount of planning and work to put together the events for the reunion weekend. In addition, I’ve included a few more activities that I feel you will enjoy.
Here are the details:
1) Thursday evening get together, start 7 p.m.–This will in the large meeting room at the Hampton Inn. It will already be set up for a seminar the next day, but the good thing is we can use the tables and chairs as long as we leave the room the way we found it.>> Read More…