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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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Top Secret Trail
"Top Secret is waiting for you: a trail of secrets hidden among the scenic wilds of the Upper Cumberland Plateau. Immerse yourself in early Knoxville history by touring Blount Mansion, James White Fort and Bleak House, General Longstreet’s 1863 Battle of Knoxville headquarters. You’ll surely find the perfect souvenir at one of the many antique galleries along Kingston Pike and ...more

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Town of LaGrange
"LaGrange was occupied by Federal troops from 1862 until the Civil War ended.  In 1863, Grierson’s Raid – a daring raid through Mississippi carried out by U.S. cavalry under the command of Col. Benjamin H. Grierson – originated here.  The Immanuel Episcopal Church located in LaGrange was a hospital.  Open daily during daylight hours.  Pick up driving tour brochure at ...more

City:  LaGrange, TN
Phone:  901-878-1246

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Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
"The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the removal of the Cherokee and the paths that 17 Cherokee detachments followed westward. Today the trail includes about 2,200 miles of land and water routes, and traverses portions of nine ...more

City:  Multi-city, TN
Phone:  (505) 988-6888

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Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
"The plantation home of John Overton, Travelers Rest preserves 200 years of Nashville's historic past, from frontier to Civil War to ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  866-832-8197

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Treasures and More on 64
"Find the treasures of Franklin, Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln and Wayne counties on Highway ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN

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Trinity Episcopal Church
"This congregation began in 1859, started by a missionary from Alabama. The first services were held in the courthouse, and the small group consisted only of women its first year. This Gothic Revival building dates back to 1874. “I commenced services here in January last and found few acquainted with our Prayer Book or Church,” wrote the Rev. Thomas A. Morris ...more

City:  Winchester, TN
Phone:  931-967-0898

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Trousdale Place
"This historic home of former Tennessee Governor William Trousdale was built around 1813 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house contains original Trousdale furniture and a small Confederate ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  615-452-5648

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Tullahoma Campaign Civil War Driving Trail
"The Tullahoma Campaign of 1863 is often overshadowed by the simultaneous events of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, even though the results were strategically more significant than Gettysburg and tactically equivalent to Vicksburg. With the loss of manpower, agricultural staples, the industrial base and, most importantly, the Chattanooga rail center, the Tullahoma Campaign was the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Follow ...more

City:  Multi-city, TN

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Tullahoma Confederate Cemetery
"Over 400 soldiers who died in military hospitals are buried here. ...more

City:  Tullahoma, TN

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Tusculum College
"Founded in 1794, this is Tennessee’s oldest college, the nation’s 28th oldest, and the oldest co-ed Presbyterian-affiliated school in the world. Samuel W. Doak, son of Presbyterian minister and Washington College Academy founder Samuel Doak, started this 140-acrecampus, later named Tusculum College. During the Civil War, its buildings served as barracks for soldiers. Today, this private college has around 1,500 ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-636-7300

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Twin Cities' Railroad & Textile Museum
"Showcasing history, both oral and local, industry, area centennial celebration and Banana ...more

City:  South Fulton, TN
Phone:  (731) 479-7029

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U.S. Custom House & Museum
"<p>Now home to the East Tennessee Historical Society, the old Custom House was finished as a major federal office building in ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  423-544-4262

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Unicoi Turnpike Trail
"The Unicoi Turnpike Trail is a trade and war path that predates written history. The places, events, and people associated with the trail are linked to the nation's ...more

City:  Etowah, TN
Phone:  (187) 751-0576

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Union Monument
"<p>On the grounds of the courthouse is a marker signifying that here was the location of the Unionist Convention, which opposed joining the Confederacy and advocated the creation of a new Unionist ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN

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Upper Cumberland Tourism Association
"The Upper Cumberland is the "somewhere" you've been looking for. It is a place to relax and reflect, to become acquainted with the real Tennessee. Enjoy breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling lakes, lush hills and historic town squares…Follow our winding roads to antique shops, arts and crafts stores, quilt trails and shows, and gourmet eateries. Trace your family’s history in heritage museums. Stay ...more

City:  Cookeville, TN
Phone:  (800) 768-7066

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