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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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Veteran's National Cemetery
"Established immediately after the siege of Knoxville, this cemetery contains Federal casualties from the Battle of Fort Sanders and members of 1st Heavy Artillery, USCT. Open ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN

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Vonore Heritage Museum
"On display are artifacts used by the people of Vonore from the late 1800s through the 1950s. Artifacts include Civil War pieces; WWI and WWII uniforms; trophies; plaques; and pictures from the now-closed Vonore High ...more

City:  Vonore, TN
Phone:  423-884-2989

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Walking Tours of the Historic Homes of Fayetteville
"Maps and home descriptions are available at the Chamber of ...more

City:  Fayetteville, TN
Phone:  888-433-1238

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Wartrace
"This village was headquarters of the Confederate right wing commanded by General William “Old Reliable” Hardee.  ...more

City:  Tennessee Backroads, TN
Phone:  800-799-6131

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Wessyngton Plantation
"One of the great tobacco plantations of the South, Wessyngton was the estate of the Washington family, one of the state’s largest slave owners.  In 1860 the family owned 13,000 acres and their 274 slaves raised 250,000 pounds of tobacco.  Once the occupying armies came, many Wessyngton slaves escaped and joined the U.S. Colored Troops in the region.  This National ...more

City:  Cedar Hill vicinity, TN
Phone:  615-384-3800

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West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
"An Authentic Southern Experience! Just off I-40, Exit 56, (behind McDonald's) in Brownsville, Tennessee, is the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Opened in 1999, the center offers visitors a taste of what West Tennessee has to offer — a staging area for your West Tennessee adventure. Learn more about Brownsville's Historic Homes, the famous "Mind Field," Dunbar Carver Museum, the ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  731-779-9000

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Wheat Community African Burial Ground
"A 1850s slave cemetery with more than 90 unmarked graves. Believed to be part of Gallaner-Stone Plantation, formerly the Wheat ...more

City:  Oak Ridge, TN
Phone:  800-887-3429

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White County Heritage Museum
"Located just one block from the courthouse, this artifact-filled museum features permanent and temporary exhibits that celebrate the rich history of the Highland Rim region of Tennessee, from pottery and music to military and railroads. Open Thurs.-Sat.; free ...more

City:  Sparta, TN
Phone:  931-837-3900

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White House Inn Library & Museum
"Replica of the original White House Inn, a stopover between Nashville and Louisville in horse and buggy days. Museum has antiques and artifacts of White ...more

City:  White House, TN
Phone:  615-672-0239

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White Lightning Trail
"The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. Heading north, you’ll travel along the same route ...more

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Williamson County Convention & Visitor Bureau
"Named to Southern Living's "Best Small Town" top ten list, Franklin is a charming suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. Experience a beautiful blend of upscale urban development and cultural history rich with hip places to shop and eat as well as historic attractions that tell the story of the Civil War's Battle of ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (866) 253-9207

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Wilson County Museum
"Fite/Fess Enden House, built in the Federal style, now holds artifacts from Wilson County's 200-year history. Free ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  615-444-9127

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Winchester, Dechard and Estell Springs
"At Estell Springs (Allisonia during the war) there is a railroad bridge which was the site of the crossing of some of the Army of Tennessee.  Also located there is a  historical marker for the Camp Harris site, a Confederate training camp named after Tennessee’s wartime governor, Isham G. Harris a Franklin County native. Decherd is the site of the engagement ...more

Phone:  800-799-6131

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Winstead Hill
"General Hood's troops formed on Winstead Hill before their great charge at the Battle of Franklin. A memorial to the Army of Tennessee stands on the hill today. The overlook features a large military map and memorials to the Confederate generals who died in this ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (615) 791-1861

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Zollicoffer Training Camp
"This is the site of Camp Zollicoffer, a training base established by the Confederate States army in 1861. Men from Overton and several surrounding counties came here to be organized into companies which were formed into the 28th Tennessee Infantry ...more

City:  Livingston, TN

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Date: Aug 23, 2014
Clayton & Joney Daley CMT's Swamp Pawn
Location: Jefferson City, TN

Date: Aug 15, 2014 - Aug 23, 2014
Wilson County Fair Fiddlers Grove
Location: Lebanon, TN

Date: Aug 30, 2014
33rd Annual Bowen Campbell Auto Expo
Location: Goodlettsville, TN

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