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Tennessee's Civil War history is a study in contrasts: a secessionist state with staunch Union loyalties, divided cities held by both Union and Confederate troops, constant danger and hardship, and nagging uncertainty about friends, neighbors and families, about who was friend or foe.

Tennessee's Civil War tale is one of divided loyalties, crucial battles, and the wide-reaching devastation of "total war." People throughout the state were completely immersed in the economic, social, and physical effects of the conflict, subject to violence and terror, disease and malnutrition, heartbreak and loss, and military rule by both sides. Many grim reminders of the war—as well as hopeful symbols of heroism and kindness—stand today as testament to the war's far-reaching toll.

Use these links to learn more about trails, markers and other interpretive sites; battlefields, and the many Civil War-related museums and other attractions designed to help travelers understand the legacy of the war in Tennessee.

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Mary Kate Patterson Home
"West of the Nashville turnpike stands the home of Mary Kate Patterson, a Confederate spy. She assisted Capt. Henry B. Shaw's Coleman's Scouts, a Confederate cavalry unit and spy network that served the Army of Tennessee, from 1862 to 1865. She befriended Federals and obtained passes to Nashville, where she secured supplies and messages to smuggle to the Scouts in ...more

City:  La Vergne, TN

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McGavock Confederate Cemetery
"Nation's largest private Confederate cemetery holds remains of 1481 Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War Battle of ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-794-0903

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Memphis National Cemetery
"Drive or walk around the grave sites of veterans while learning local history dating back to the Civil War.  Of the 13,965 soldiers buried at this site, 8,866 are unknown.  Other burials include those from the USS Sultana, which sank in April, 1865 and ranks as one of the nation’s deadliest maritime disasters with 1,700 soldiers and crew lost.  Open ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-386-8311

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Missionary Ridge Tunnel
"This slave-built engineering marvel is the site of frequent train tours by the Tennessee Valley Railroad ...more

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Mount Olivet Cemetery
"This cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers.  The Confederate Circle Monument marks the remains of individuals of all ranks.  Mount Olivet is also the burial place for seven generals, including Benjamin F. Cheatham and William B. Bate.  There is an annual tour of the cemetery with living history.  Open daily.  Admission is free. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-255-4193

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Mount Pleasant
"Hood’s Army of Tennessee marched through here on the way to the Battle of Franklin, and following that battle Patrick Cleburne and other Generals killed at Franklin were buried at Saint John’s Chapel.  Saint John’s Chapel and Cemetery, and the Mount Pleasant Phosphate Museum are all open to the public as elements of the Tennessee Antebellum Trail. ...more

City:  Mount Pleasant, TN
Phone:  800-381-1865

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Mountain Home, Union Obelisk Monument and National Cemetery
"<p>Mountain Home was built as a retirement home for Union veterans in ...more

City:  Mountain Home, TN
Phone:  (423) 979-3535

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Myers Training Camp
"Near here was located Camp Myers, one of two Confederate training camps established in Overton County in the opening months of 1861. Once Tennessee left the Union in June 1861 Camp Myers was established for a dual purpose. One purpose was to serve as a training camp for men recruited locally for Confederate service. The second was to serve as ...more

City:  Monroe, TN

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Nashville National Cemetery
"There are 12,769 Union army Civil War-era soldiers buried at the National Cemetery. In addition, there are 4,131 unknown soldiers buried in the ...more

City:  Madison, TN
Phone:  615-860-0086

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Nashville Old City Cemetery
"General Richard S. Ewell and other notables are buried in the Nashville Old City Cemetery. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN

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Natchez Trace Parkway
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway and Byway commemorates the ancient trail used by animals and people that connected portions of the Mississippi River to the salt licks in central Tennessee. It took “Kaintucks” about 30 days to walk along the Trace, carrying goods to sell at the port of New Orleans. Numerous short hiking trails are some of the ...more

City:  Pasquo, TN
Phone:  800-305-7417

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Natchez Trace Wine Trail
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to today's central Tennessee. The Tennessee cities along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway are Nashville, Franklin, Leiper's Fork and Brentwood. Visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Along the Trail, enjoy ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (800) 305-7417

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Nathanael Greene Museum
"The Nathanael Greene Museum is a Greene County Museum dedicated to preserving our heritage. The museum was begun in 1983 and incorporated in 1986. At present the museum consists of ten galleries and numerous independent exhibits. The Museum is named for the outstanding Revolutionary War general under whom many Greene Countians served, and for whom the town and county are named. Inside ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-636-1558

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National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History
"Medal of Honor recipient memorabilia, pictures, citations and award history. And displays of other historical military artifacts and ...more

City:  Hixson, TN
Phone:  423-394-0710

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Oak Ridge Driving Tour
"Discover the WWII secret city while visiting landmarks and attractions that tell the story of Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project and how 75,000 people kept the making of the Atomic Bomb a secret from the world. CDs and tapes for rent or ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  800-887-3429

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Downtown Dandridge Self-Guided Walking Tour
"Start by picking up the self-guided brochure for the walking tour at the 1820 Dandridge Visitor Center coach house. You have the opportunity to see 21 walkable sites downtown, as well as 17 driving sites nearby. Among the 21 sites that make up the walking tour are these must-see stops in this charming town: The Jefferson County Courthouse (1845) is home to ...more

City:  Dandridge, TN
Phone:  865-397-7420

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Downtown Dickson
"Visit the new city park, eight antique malls and historic buildings. Over 50 retail stores surround the railroad built by Civil War ...more

City:  Dickson, TN
Phone:  877-718-4967

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Downtown Greeneville Historic District
"Bricked sidewalks lined with historic homes. Features the 4 corners of Andrew Johnson, tailor shop and museum, early home, statue and birthplace ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-4111

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Downtown Historic Hartsville
"1905 courthouse, gazebo, old stores, monument to all veterans. Welcoming buildings invite you to visit and sit a spell. Living history museum showing how the tobacco farmers lived in the 1930s. Complete farm ...more

City:  Hartsville, TN
Phone:  615-374-9243

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Downtown Presbyterian Church
"Founded in 1816, this site has hosted a sword presentation to Andrew Jackson, witnessed the inauguration of President James K. Polk and is still used as a church and occasional concert hall today. Considered a national landmark as of the few examples of Egyptian Revival architecture in the U.S., capitol architect William Strickland also designed this building. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-254-7584

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Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Historic Site
"A 32-acre park for hiking and 5,000 square-foot museum of coal mining history and coke ovens operation of 100 years ago. Many artifacts. Bluegrass festival the first Friday and Saturday in ...more

City:  Dunlap, TN
Phone:  423-949-3483

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Duval-Groves House and camp Trousdale
"During the Civil War, Louisville and Nashville Turnpike was a major thoroughfare for Federal and Confederate troops.  Camp Trousdale, a training camp for Confederate troops, was located along the turnpike just north of the Duval-Groves House, which was built in the 1850s. A 1909 account of the Trousdale campsite in the Confederate Veteran noted that a “fine brick house that ...more

City:  Portland, TN
Phone:  888-301-7866

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Dyer County Museum
"Exhibits include the Timmerman Dollhouse Collection as well as Civil War and other military artifacts, local photos and ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-286-3611

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Dyersburg Cemetery
"Brigadier General Strahl is buried in the Dyersburg Cemetery.  Strahl is buried in a prominent grave at the top of the hill which is marked by an original 32-pounder smoothbore gun from the Confederate Mississippi River ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN

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East Tennessee History Center
"Begin your exploration of the region's history at the East Tennessee History Center. Located here are the McClung Historical Collection, a premier genealogical research library, the Museum of East Tennessee History covering 300 years of life in the region, the offices of the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Knox County Archives, with records dating to ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 215-8824

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Eastern Flank Battlefield Park
"This open ground is known as the eastern Flank Battlefield Park, formerly the Country Club of Franklin, the 112-acre site was purchased through a public/private partnership and is the largest battlefield reclamation in the ...more

City:  Franklin, TN

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Elizabethton Walking Tour
"A self-guided walking tour. Tour the historic structures along this mainly level route. Shop and eat in the historic downtown area. Brochures available at the Chamber of ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-547-3852

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Fairfield
"In Fairfield, the yellow house on the left at five miles from Beech Grove is a silent witness to the Tullahoma Campaign.  It is the oldest remaining structure in the community and is a private residence.  A historical marker indicates the camp location of General William Bate’s Confederate ...more

City:  Tennessee Backroads, TN
Phone:  800-799-6131

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Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens
"Tour shop, eat and laugh at the Victorian mansion where history is fun. The 10,000 square foot mansion, built by Gorilla Pants manufacturer Clay Faulkner in 1896, boasts Biltmore-like systems, a friendly ghost and museum-quality antiques. Guided mansion tours, lunch in the Victorian Tea Room, and shopping for 1890s treasures in the Victorian Gift Shop offered daily for walk-ins. ...more

City:  McMinnville, TN
Phone:  931-668-4444

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Falls Mill & Country Store
"Nestled in a lush green cove along the banks of beautiful Factory Creek stands historic Falls Mill. Built in 1873 as a cotton and woolen factory, the mill was later converted for use as a cotton gin, then as a woodworking shop. Today the water wheel powers millstones that grind cornmeal, flour, and grits. Falls Mill is open to the public ...more

City:  Belvidere, TN
Phone:  931-469-7161

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Rogersville Historic District
"National Register Historic district referred to as "Tennessee's largest collection of Federal-type architecture," dating from ...more

City:  Rogersville, TN
Phone:  423-272-2186

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Rutherford County Courthouse & East Main Street Historic District
"Built in 1859, this pre-Civil War structure is still a working county building. This was the site of General Morgan's raid before ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-895-1887

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Salem Cemetery Battlefield
"A self-guided tour amid the monuments honoring Union and Confederate soldiers killed in the December 19, 1862 battle near Jackson. Approximately 1,000 soldiers were engaged in the battle between General Forrest's cavalry and Union troops. Welcome Center, three tour stops, battle map inlay, five monuments and historical cemetery with reference to David ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-424-1279

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Sam Davis Home and Museum
"Featuring a historic site with 1860s home, Middle Tennessee museum and outbuildings. Learn the story of Civil War hero Sam Davis, called the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." The Sam Davis Home is one of Tennessee’s most significant Confederate memorial properties. Samuel (“Sam”) Davis, born here in 1842, enlisted in the Rutherford Rifles (Co. I, 1st Tennessee Infantry) in 1861 and ...more

City:  Smyrna, TN
Phone:  615-459-2341

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Sam Davis Museum
"Self-guided tour of sites relating to the capture and hanging of the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." From public square monument to site of ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Sam Davis Trail
"A four-stop tour - site of capture with monument, site of execution with museum, cemetery where he was briefly buried and life-size statue in town ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Sam Houston Schoolhouse
"Houston, the only person in U.S. history to be elected governor in two different states (Tennessee and Texas), moved to Maryville when he was 14 years old. At 16, he ran away from home and was adopted by the Cherokee nation. He returned to Maryville at age 19 and founded the first school built in Tennessee. He served with distinction in ...more

City:  Maryville, TN
Phone:  865-983-1550

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Shiloh Civil War Relics & Museum

City:  Shiloh, TN

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Shiloh National Military Park
"Established in 1894 to preserve the scene of the first major battle in the Western theater of the Civil War, Shiloh is considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the Nation. Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862 battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby ...more

City:  Shiloh, TN
Phone:  731-689-5696

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Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate)
"A white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-527-3427

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Sleepy John Estes House
"Sleepy John Estes, an American bluesman, was also a legendary guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Born in Ripley, Tennessee, Sleepy John's family moved to Brownsville, Tennessee, when he was 16. His father was a sharecropper who also played guitar, and Sleepy John took a cue from him. Due to an accident in a baseball game, Sleepy John lost sight in his ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  (731) 779-9000

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Smith County Heritage Museum
"The Smith County Heritage Museum is located in Carthage, in the former W.E. Stephen's Building, one of the first manufacturing companies in ...more

City:  Carthage, TN
Phone:  615-735-1104

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Soldier in Grey
"Dedicated on April 6, 1905, on the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh. The hand-chiseled granite monument stands guard on the courthouse lawn at the center of Historic Court ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-286-7800

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Southeast Tennessee Civil War Trail
"Southeast Tennessee's Civil War Trails, Fighting for the Rails brochure provides a designated path for southeast Tennessee travelers to follow as they explore sites associated with the American Civil War in Tennessee. The brochure has 47 sites and covers 10 counties. Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association (SETTA) worked in conjunction with Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Historic Preservation and ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 424-4267

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Spring Hill Battlefield
"Interpretative walking trail at site of one of the most controversial events of the Civil ...more

City:  Spring Hill, TN
Phone:  888-852-1860

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