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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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Long Island of the Holston
"Long Island was sacred ground of the Cherokee Nation. "The rendezvous place" for settlers and muster grounds for colonial ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  800-743-5282

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Longstreet's Billet
"“Billet” means quarters or place to which one is assigned. During the Civil War, Lieutenant General Longstreet’s Corps occupied this house in the winter of 1863-64 with the mission of securing East Tennessee for the Confederacy. This site is currently being restored as a ...more

City:  Russellville, TN

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Lotz House
"The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-790-7190

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Loudon County Museum / Carmichael Inn
"Museum includes Civil War exhibits showcased in the Carmichael Inn, a circa 1810 two-story log cabin used as a stagecoach inn. A self-guided tour of downtown Loudon and the county tells of the town’s early years and Civil War history.  Open daily. Admission is ...more

City:  Loudon, TN
Phone:  865-458-1442

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Lynchburg Old Jail Museum
"Old Jail Museum is located off the square in Lynchburg. Built in 1893 and used as a jail until 1990. Houses artifacts from the ...more

City:  Lynchburg, TN
Phone:  (931) 759-4111

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Lynnville Historic Downtown
"A quaint village with 59 homes and businesses on the National Historic Register. It has shopping, restaurants and a theatre. A railroad museum is housed in a reproduction depot. Tour a steam locomotive, passenger car and ...more

City:  Lynnville, TN
Phone:  931-527-3158

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Mabry-Hazen House Museum
"The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on five acres atop Mabry Hill and includes the four-acre Civil War Bethel Cemetery. This stately, elegant home of the Victorian and Civil War periods showcases one of the largest collections in America containing original artifacts including china, silver, crystal, and antique furnishings. Built in 1858 ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-8661

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Macon County Courthouse Square
"Macon County did not have any significant Civil War battles, but consistent guerrilla action resisted the federal occupation from 1862 to 1865.  One federal raid on October 30, 1862, led by the 4th Kentucky Cavalry, captured a Confederate colonel and other Confederate soldiers and sympathizers in Lafayette.  Another engagement on May 12, 1863, near the Williams community involved the Federal ...more

City:  Lafayette, TN
Phone:  615-666-2363

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Magevney House
"Note: Temporarily Closed Home to pioneer schoolmaster, Eugene Magevney, this charming cottage built in 1836 offers a glimpse into the lives of early Memphis ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-523-1484

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Main Street Collierville
"Non-profit organization that focuses on preservation of the Town Square and historic district. Coordinates local community events and ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-853-1666

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Main Street McMinnville
"Main Street McMinnville is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the revitalization and development of downtown McMinnville. Their vision of historic downtown McMinnville is to create a safe, culturally rich and architecturally preserved downtown which is vibrant and eye-appealing, family and community oriented, and commercially viable. Their mission is to establish a partnership between the public and private sectors dedicated ...more

City:  McMinnville, TN

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Mallory-Neely House
"Note: Temporarily Closed This Italian villa mansion, built in 1852, stands as a time capsule of the late Victorian-era lifestyle of Memphis' wealthy cotton ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-523-1484

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Manchester
"Old Stone Fort State Park located in Manchester is known as an Indian ceremonial site and contains the remains of a war-era powder mill.  Also in Manchester, is the Old City Cemetery where thirty Confederate graves have been re-discovered.  ...more

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  800-799-6131

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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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Matt Gardner Homestead Museum
"House Museum and Farmstead The Matt Gardner House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 as a significant farmstead associated with African American heritage, agriculture, commerce, and architecture from 1870 to 1942. The farm provides for the interpretation of a variety of significant historical topics, including slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, education, religion, architecture, and agriculture. The house is ...more

City:  Elkton, TN
Phone:  (931) 468-0121

Tennessee Heritage Civil War Trails

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Date: Oct 4, 2014
Candlelight Cemetery Tour
Location: Gallatin, TN

Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
9th Annual Days Gone By Tractor Show & Threshing
Location: Portland, TN

Date: Oct 4, 2014
Main Street Festival
Location: Gallatin, TN

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