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Civil War

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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Knoxville National Cemetery
"<p>Union dead from the siege are buried in the Knoxville National ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  800-727-8045

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LaGrange Historic District
"The town of LaGrange was occupied by Union forces, which used several extant buildings, from 1862 to the end of the war. The Immanuel Episcopal Church served as a hospital. Antebellum homes include the birthplace of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, the Queen of the Confederacy. A driving tour brochure is available. ...more

City:  La Grange, TN
Phone:  901-878-1246

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Lane College Historic District
"An historic African-American college supported by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The J.K. Daniels Library boasts an excellent African American Heritage ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  901-426-7500

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Lauderdale County Museum
"The Lauderdale County Museum is housed in the historic Sugar Hill Mansion which was built in 1842. The museum showcases items highlighting the history of Lauderdale County. The building also houses the Lauderdale County Chamber of ...more

City:  Ripley, TN
Phone:  731-635-9541

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Laurel Theater/Jubilee Community Arts
"Today, the Laurel Theater is a performance center and home of Jubilee Community Arts dedicated to traditional music and art forms of the Southern Appalachians. The theater has a capacity of 220 and is also used by and local civic and private organizations for their activities. The theater is open to visitors by appointment and available for private receptions, seminars and ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-5851

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Lawrenceburg Cemetery
"The first city cemetery where George Henry Nixon, who was most notably a Confederate colonel commanding two regiments as well as Chancellor, is buried. Other notables there, including Capt. Thomas D. Deavenport, a sometime member of the General Assembly, are buried ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-6282

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Lawrenceburg Old Jail Museum
"Jail was built in 1893 and used as jail until 1973. Now, it serves as the museum for the Historical ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-6282

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Lebanon Museum & History Center
"Take a walk through Lebanon's history. See displays from prehistoric times through modern day. The Museum is free to the public. It is located in the lower level of the City ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  615-443-2839

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Leiper's Fork
"A picturesque village on the National Register of Historic Places offering the quaintness of the past and the convenience of the present. Local restaurants serve good food and shopping includes antiques, fine art and handmade long ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-591-8500

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Lenox Bridge
"The only surviving "swing span, pony-Pratt through truss" bridge. Built in 1917, it represents the area's transportation ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-285-8188

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Liberty Gap
"General McCook’s Union forces were advancing from Murfreesboro via Fosterville and New Millersburg. General Patrick Cleburne’s Confederate forces defended the gap.  When the fighting began on June 24, 1863, it had been raining hard all morning.  The Confederate pickets in front of Liberty Gap, the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry, allowed themselves to be surprised and driven back almost to the infantry ...more

Phone:  800-799-6131

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Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals
"Liberty; The Saga of Sycamore Shoals - The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee. This is a two-act outdoor drama at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area depicting the settlement of Northeast Tennessee in the 18th century. Here, historic events of national significance took place during this era. These amazing stories are told during Liberty! Please join us as ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  (423) 543-5808

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Limekilns
"Among the best preserved lime kilns in the United States, these five have just been nominated to the National Register of Historic ...more

City:  Erin, TN
Phone:  931-289-5100

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Little River Railroad & Lumber Company Museum
"Restored Shay locomotive, depot, steam sawmill and collection of railroad and lumber company artifacts. Open daily. Seasonal. Free ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-2211

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Livingston Historic Courthouse & Square
"Post-Civil War courthouse reflecting the area's patriotism with monuments honoring the fallen of all wars. Public square features quaint shops. In April 1865, a company of Confederate guerrillas led by Captain John Francis made a raid on Livingston and burned the county courthouse. U.S. authorities had collected information about the pro-Confederate activities of many local residents and this material was stored ...more

City:  Livingston, TN
Phone:  800-876-7393

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