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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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Riverside Cemetery
"Self-guided tour of resting place for 140 unknown and 40 known Confederate soldiers. Founded in 1821. Thirty acres of statues, monuments, and ...more

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

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Robert L. Caruthers House
"This imposing mansion, which now houses a local funeral home, was the Civil War-era residence of Robert L. Caruthers.  Caruthers was elected governor of Tennessee in 1862, but was unable to take office due to the federal occupation and the appointment of Andrew Johnson as federal Military Governor.  The politically prominent Caruthers later served in the Confederate legislature and helped ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  800-789-1327

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Robertson County Courthouse Square
"Springfield, a major tobacco center, was also an occupied town for most of the Civil War.  Federal troops arrived in the spring 1862 and quickly garrisoned the town, especially around the county courthouse that stood on a high hill overlooking the railroad tracks.  By late 1863, a training camp for U.S. Colored Troops operated in Springfield. In 1864, the 15th ...more

City:  Springfield, TN
Phone:  615-384-3800

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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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Rome Ferry
"This historic ferry crossing, established in 1830 provides one of the best views of the Cumberland River. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry used it to escape federal soldiers during a May 1862 raid, but in their haste they abandoned their mounts.  Nearby are the graves of John Grissim, Thomas A. Grissim, and Wilson Hankins, who were killed by federal soldiers in ...more

City:  Rome, TN
Phone:  615-735-2093

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Ross's Landing
"This newly renovated park across from the Tennessee Aquarium features a river pier, a marina, a natural amphitheatre and the Chattanooga Green which is used for small festivals, concerts and for park users to capitalize on a great view of the river. There is a public boat landing area here. As a performance venue, Ross's Landing's main stage is the ...more

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

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Rossville Historic District
"The buildings and homes that contribute to the beautiful Historic District of Rossville date from before the Civil War to 1945. Every June, the Historic District Association sponsors its Tour of Homes. Park near the gazebo and stroll around the area for your own impromptu walking ...more

City:  Rossville, TN
Phone:  901-853-4544

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Ruby Falls
"On the fun-filled and educational tour, see intriguing formations and walk behind the sparkling waterfall. Millions of visitors visit this thundering 145-foot waterfall located on Lookout ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (800) 755-7105

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Russellville Methodist Church
"The church served as a Confederate hospital.  One  half mile north of the church are the ruins of Cairn’s Mill, where corn was ground for Confederate General James Longstreet’s ...more

City:  Russellville, TN
Phone:  615-532-1550

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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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Ryman Auditorium
"Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, the Ryman has an impressive country music origin. As home to the Grand Ole Opry, the building gained nationwide recognition. From 1943-74, artists including Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley could be found on the Ryman stage. In 1974, when the Opry moved to the new Grand ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-889-3060

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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

Tennessee Heritage Civil War Trails

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