As the nation continues to commemorate the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), the 6th Cavalry Museum will host a lecture series on Saturdays in February at the Catoosa County Library’s community room from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Gerry Depken, local historian and museum board member organized the series to tell about the soldier’s life and experiences rather than the specifics of strategic battles and campaigns.
“How did a soldier enlist? What were the duties of a Cavalry soldier? The important role music and the regimental band played and the history of the Medal of Honor will all be explored with these lectures,” Depken said.
The 6th United States Cavalry in the Civil War, a History and Roster written by Donald Caughey and Jimmy Jones was featured in an earlier lecture. Jones is an active duty cavalry officer who has served two tours of duty in the 6th U.S. Cavalry and visited the 6th Cavalry Museum in May, 2013, for a book signing prior to his deployment to Kuwait. Jones donated copies of his book to the museum and asked that a copy be given to the local libraries.
The 6th Cavalry considers Fort Oglethorpe its home as it was permanently stationed here from 1919 – 1942 at the Army Post at Fort Oglethorpe (1902 – 1947). The regiment’s museum which had been housed at Fort Meade, Md., was permanently moved to Fort Oglethorpe in 1981.
Jerry Trollinger, guest for the Feb. 8 lecture, is a re-enactor who has portrayed Confederate Capt. Stanley Howard of the 10th Tennessee Cavalry, a unit that was under the command of Capt. Howard Trollinger and military leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Capt. Trollinger was a member of the Confederate Army of Tennessee and was severely wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga and sent home to Tennessee to recuperate.
“I portray a captain in the cavalry,” Trollinger said. “I chose the cavalry because that was what my ancestors were involved with. I’m a hands-on person. I felt like I had more to offer that way, by letting people know what it was like for someone who was more or less an average soldier.”
He’ll be doing the presentation, in a period cavalry officer’s uniform and have authentic cavalry equipment to show the audience during his program.
He is retired and serves as a volunteer at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. Trollinger has presented to schools, historical societies and civic organizations.
The lecture is free to the public and a copy of The 6th United States Cavalry in the Civil War, A History and Roster will be given away as a door prize. For more information call the museum at 706-861-2860.
February 8 – Forward, Trot, Gallop, Charge: The Work of the Cavalryman and his Horse – Jerry Trollinger, Cavalry re-enactor
February 15 – Music, Morale and Memories of Home: Till Johnny Comes Marching Home, He’ll Sing of Maryland, My Maryland and Home Sweet Home. – John Carruth, Eighth Regiment Band
February 22 – The Sixth Cavalry exploits of 1863 at The Battle of Brandy Station and History of the Medal of Honor – Jim Wade and George Davenport, Medal of Honor Museum and Chris McKeever, Sixth Cavalry Museum