At the beginning of the Civil War, Commander Matthew Maury left the U.S. Navy and was initially named chief of sea coast, river and harbor defenses, for the Confederate States Navy.
Maury, who lived in Franklin during his formative years, was sent to England and France as a chief agent in the Confederate Secret Service because of his fame as an explorer charting the world’s oceans and seas. He worked in the shadows procuring ships for the CSA and as an unofficial Confederate diplomat. He was also a cousin of Abram Maury, Franklin’s founder.
Over the last 10 years, Franklin’s Chip Hooper has amassed the largest private collection of Matthew Maury’s papers, which he calls “The Pathfinder Papers.”
Hooper will discuss Maury’s role abroad and will, for the first time, share some of his findings from these papers while introducing original letters and documents to the audience at the Aug. 11 Franklin Civil War Round Table event.
A Middle Tennessee native, Hooper’s great-grandfather, Captain Thomas J. Carothers, served in Company H of the 20th Tennessee Infantry and was severely wounded at the November 1864 Battle of Franklin. Hooper has served on the boards of the Battle of Franklin Trust, The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation and the Maury County Historical Society, and recently received a research grant from The College of William and Mary.
This unique presentation will be open to the public, and will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Carnton’s Fleming Center in Franklin.
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