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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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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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Netherland Inn House, Museum & Boatyard
"Defying time that has touched so much with ruin, the stately historic Netherland Inn rises high above the Holston River. From the 1760s travelers came by wagon down the Island Road to the river bank where they built boats and migrated west. Originally built by William King in 1802 and 1808 for the sole purpose of developing a boat yard ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-246-1104

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New Providence Presbyterian Church, Academy & Cemetery
"This 1780 church was established by Rev. Charles Cummings and Rev. Samuel Doak, founder of Washington College and father of the founder of Tusculum College. The church and Maxwell Academy are registered as Historic Places as well as the cemetery, a resting place for Revolutionary, Civil, and Vietnam War ...more

City:  Surgoinsville, TN

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New Salem Church
"This church, built by Isaac Dockery in 1886, is Sevierville’s oldest surviving public building. Constructed as a Union Church for and by African-American congregations, it remains the only such church in the county. Occupied over the years by different denominations, it originally contained pews and pulpit furniture created by Lewis ...more

City:  Sevierville, TN

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Niota Railroad Depot
"This is the first Tennessee Civil War Trails marker installed in Southeast Tennessee. Tennessee has joined trails that already reach across Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and West ...more

City:  Niota, TN
Phone:  423-568-2584

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Norris Dam State Park Lenoir Museum
"Exhibits display thousands of items of early settlement and everyday life in East Tennessee, German Barrel Organ and Native American ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-9688

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Northwest Tennessee Tourism Council
"Providing tourism info for Kentucky Lake and Reelfoot Lake plus heritage info for other areas. Golf, antiques, arts and crafts, festivals, Civil ...more

City:  Dresden, TN
Phone:  866-698-6386

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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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Oaklands Historic House Museum
"This nationally registered, historic landmark reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-893-0022

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Occupied Chattanooga
"The Tennessee Riverfront here underwent significant change during the war. Confederates built forts near the river beginning in 1862. Union occupiers, arriving in September 1863 constructed saw mills and ship repair facilities on the river. Escaped slaves lived near the river in Camp Contraband and provided labor on Union construction projects. Many in the camp enlisted in the United States ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-643-6081

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Old Deery Inn & Museum
"This 200-year-old+ inn, now a state museum, was a stagecoach stop on Tennessee’s oldest wagon road, the Great Stage Road. Hosting famous guests including Tennessee’s three U.S. presidents and the King of France, the property includes an inn, granny cabin, iron works cabin, kitchen, slave quarters and more. During the Battle of Blountville, women and children sought shelter here, dodging ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  423.323.4660

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Old Gray Cemetery

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-522-1424

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Old Wauhatchie Pike
"A Civil War era road around Lookout Mountain, used for military purposes by both sides, that has been converted into a hiking ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN

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Overton County Heritage Museum
"Renovated jail tells the story of Overton County from early explorers to present. WPA/CCC projects of the 1930s, African-American section, Alpine Institute pictures and artifacts, one room devoted to schools, Civil War and ...more

City:  Livingston, TN
Phone:  931-403-0909

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November 2014


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Date: Jan 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
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Victorian Christmas
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Victorian Christmas
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