2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: The Last Campaign in Tennessee

Nov 13 - Nov 14, 2014

All Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sponsored events are free and open to the public.

Registration is now open for Tennessee’s 2014 Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event which remembers the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. Titled “The Last Campaign in Tennessee,” the commemoration will take place on November 13-14, 2014 in Franklin and surrounding historic sites.

The event will feature educational symposiums, book signings, a Sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts from the Battle of Franklin, musical presentations and living history demonstrations, Confederate and Union.

To register for the 2014 Signature Event, email tn.civilwar150@tn.gov or call the registration line at 615-532-7520.

The Signature Event is jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Franklin150.

Check out Tennessee’s Civil War 150 app featuring people, places and artifacts that tell Tennessee’s Civil War story. This complimentary app is available on www.tncivilwar150.com.

For more information regarding 150th Battle of Franklin events visit http://www.franklin150.com .

2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial 
Signature Event

November 13-14, 2014
Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee
November 13: 10 am - 2:30 pm; November 14: 9 am - 1 pm
Location:  Williamson County Archives
                 611 Main Street, Franklin
Every family has a story. Share yours. Looking Back: the Civil War in Tennessee provides Tennesseans the opportunity to have their Civil War manuscripts, artifacts and photographs digitially copied in locations convenient to their homes. The Tennessee State Library and Archives will digitally preserve photos and memorabilia to create a permanent, public archive online at http://www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/. Attendees are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Tennessee Library at Archives staff, however walk-ins are welcome. Sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum.

November 13, 2014
Teaching with Primary Sources - MTSU
Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Location:  Eastern Flank Event Center
                1368 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin
Workshop open to K-12 educators. Sponsored by MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  To register contact Kira Duke at kduke@mtsu.edu. (agenda available on tncivilwar150.com)

November 13; 8 p.m. CT
The Guitar and a Pen Old Time Radio Hour
The Civil War Comes to Franklin Show
Location: The Franklin Theatre
                419 Main Street, Franklin

Admission $10 per person; all profits go toward purchase of The Carter House Front Garden Plot.

The special radio show is sponsored by Franklin 150 www.franklin150.com. Ticket information will be available soon.

November 14, 2014
Opening Ceremony
Location:   The Factory, Liberty Hall
                230 Franklin Road, Franklin
The Signature Event takes place at The Factory, a wonderfully restored historic building that serves as a community center for Franklin and the surrounding area. The event will begin with music from the New Hope Academy Choir, a Pre-K to 6th grade children's choir known for their inspiring musical performance.

Susan H. Whitaker, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will kick-off the official Opening Ceremony which will include special presentations and remarks.

Posting of the Colors for the United States of America and the State of Tennessee
Tennessee National Guard

Posting of the Colors for the United States of America and Sons of Confederate Veterans
Company A, 13th United States Colored Troops
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Governor Bill Haslam, State of Tennessee (invited)
Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian
O. Jim Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (invited)
County Mayor Rogers C. Anderson, Williamson County
Mayor Ken Moore, City of Franklin

Afternoon sessions include discussions by Civil War experts on The Last Campaign in Tennessee.

Damian Shiels, Irish historian and author
Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian
Dr. Shanna Jackson, Dean, Columbia State Community College
Dr. Chris Losson, historian and author
Dr. James McDonough, historian and author
Nicole Moore, public historian
Bill Radcliffe, 13th USCT Infantry
Wiley Sword, historian and author

November 14, 2014 - The Factory in Franklin, TN
Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit sponsored by the Tennessee State Museum
This special Civil War exhibit will be a two-part exhibit focusing on the battles of Franklin and Nashville.  The first part includes items belonging to Confederate generals Patrick Cleburne, Otho Strahl, and George Gordon. After the battle, General Cleburne's lifeless body was found on the field at Franklin with a kepi hat covering his face. This kepi will be on display. Visitors may also see the uniform coat of Dyersburg, TN reisdent General Strahl, who was killed while attacking a federal fortification at Franklin. The exhibit will feature sword and scabbard owned by Giles County native General Gordon, who was captured after being wounded at Franklin. A rare framed composite photograph of Confederate cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest and his staff officers will be on view.

In addition, items related to Nashville Union commander Major General George H. Thomas, including a medal made by Tiffany & Co. commissioned in his honor by the State of Tennessee will be on display. Items from Union soldiers such as Lieutenant Colonel Edgar D. Swain will portray the experiences of federal soldiers in this campaign. African American Union soldiers had important roles in the Battle of Nashville, as well as the 13th United States Colored Troops original regimental battle report and a Springfield rifle, illustrating the type of firearms used by many USCT soldiers.

The exhibit will highlight the experiences of local women. Visitors will see a colorful sampler made by Williamson County resident Sara Ann Brown Morton and a photograph of Mary I. Rowlette Hughes. Her husband John served with the 4th Tennessee Cavalry, C.S.A. and was seriously ill during the war with typhoid fever. After her husband's death, Hughes successfully applied for a state Confederate widow's pension.

The Tennessee State Museum will display panels from its award winning traveling exhibit, Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee, funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. This traveling exhibit explores the development and impact of mounted warfare in Tennessee during the Civil War. 

You will not want to miss this special exhibit only available for viewing in Franklin during the 2014 Tennessee Signature Event.  Please review the downloadable files on tncivilwar150.com for a complete list of artifacts to be included in the exhibit.  

Additional sesquicentennial "ticketed" events sponsored by Franklin 150 include:

November 14, 2014; 8 p.m. CT
For the Garden
A benefit for the acquisition of the Carter Garden Plot featuring Alison Brown, Claire Lynch and friends.
Location:   The Franklin Theatre
                419 Main Street, Franklin
The special concert is sponsored by Franklin 150 www.franklin150.com. Pricing and ticket information will be available soon.

November 15-16, 2014
150th Battle of Franklin Re-enactment
Location:   Carnton Plantation
                1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin
Make plans to stay in Franklin and enjoy a re-enactment of the Battle of Franklin at Carnton Plantation www.franklin150.com.