Tullahoma Unveils Civil war Markers

Nov 8, 2010

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — The first Civil War Trail Marker for Coffee County was placed in the Maplewood Confederate Cemetery in Tullahoma Wed., Nov. 3. Mayor Troy Bisby and Louis Baltz, III from the city of Tullahoma joined Commissioner Susan Whitaker along with Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission member, Dr. Michael Bradley. Commissioner Whitaker serves as the co-chair, along with Dr. Carroll Van West who is Executive Director of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

This Civil War Trails marker denotes the "hallowed ground" at the mass grave area in Maplewood Cemetery where over 500 Confederate soldiers were buried. Tullahoma was the headquarters and logistics center of the Army of Tennessee for the first six months of 1863 following the Battle of Murfreesboro. The Tullahoma Confederate Association continues to maintain the cemetery.

The Tennessee Civil War Trails is part of a multi-state sustainable heritage tourism program that identifies, interprets and creates driving tours of both the great campaigns and the lesser known Civil War sites. With the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the trails program will further highlight Civil War tourism in Tennessee. Through the installation of the marker, Tullahoma will be included in a statewide map-guide and listed on Civil War Trails websites and TDOT rights of way. More than 200 markers will be installed by the end of the year in 77 counties.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development was awarded a two-part federal enhancement grant, totaling $1,080,720, which is an 80/20 match through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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