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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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LaGrange Historic District
"The town of LaGrange was occupied by Union forces, which used several extant buildings, from 1862 to the end of the war. The Immanuel Episcopal Church served as a hospital. Antebellum homes include the birthplace of Lucy Holcombe Pickens, the Queen of the Confederacy. A driving tour brochure is available. ...more

City:  La Grange, TN
Phone:  901-878-1246

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Lane College Historic District
"An historic African-American college supported by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The J.K. Daniels Library boasts an excellent African American Heritage ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  901-426-7500

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Lauderdale County Museum
"The Lauderdale County Museum is housed in the historic Sugar Hill Mansion which was built in 1842. The museum showcases items highlighting the history of Lauderdale County. The building also houses the Lauderdale County Chamber of ...more

City:  Ripley, TN
Phone:  731-635-9541

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Lawrenceburg Cemetery
"The first city cemetery where George Henry Nixon, who was most notably a Confederate colonel commanding two regiments as well as Chancellor, is buried. Other notables there, including Capt. Thomas D. Deavenport, a sometime member of the General Assembly, are buried ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-6282

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Lebanon Museum & History Center
"Take a walk through Lebanon's history. See displays from prehistoric times through modern day. The Museum is free to the public. It is located in the lower level of the City ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  615-443-2839

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Lenox Bridge
"The only surviving "swing span, pony-Pratt through truss" bridge. Built in 1917, it represents the area's transportation ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-285-8188

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Liberty Gap
"General McCook’s Union forces were advancing from Murfreesboro via Fosterville and New Millersburg. General Patrick Cleburne’s Confederate forces defended the gap.  When the fighting began on June 24, 1863, it had been raining hard all morning.  The Confederate pickets in front of Liberty Gap, the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry, allowed themselves to be surprised and driven back almost to the infantry ...more

Phone:  800-799-6131

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Livingston Historic Courthouse & Square
"Post-Civil War courthouse reflecting the area's patriotism with monuments honoring the fallen of all wars. Public square features quaint shops. In April 1865, a company of Confederate guerrillas led by Captain John Francis made a raid on Livingston and burned the county courthouse. U.S. authorities had collected information about the pro-Confederate activities of many local residents and this material was stored ...more

City:  Livingston, TN
Phone:  800-876-7393

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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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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 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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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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Cumberland Presbyterian Church
"Formed in 1841 and at its present site since 1860, the church’s first home was on a lot purchased for $1,200 from Senator (and later, President) Andrew Johnson. In the wall of the upper right Main Street entrance is a visible Civil War cannonball, fired in September 1864, during the skirmish in which Confederate General Morgan, whose raids terrorized the ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  (423) 638-4119

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Cumberland University
"The audio tour tape “Civil War Trails Across Cumberland County” is available in the office of the county ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  931-484-6165

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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
"Visit the one of the most photographed buildings in Tennessee, the Customs House Museum! First used as a post office and customs house in 1878 to accommodate the flourishing tobacco trade, this architecturally unique structure houses both permanent and rotating exhibits. Located in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  (931) 648-5780

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Dandridge Historic District
"The state’s second-oldest town is charming and well preserved, with a downtown National Historic District that has b o u t i q u e s, antique shops and restaurants. Stop by the 1820 coach house--the Visitor Center--for your go-to first Dandridge stop. Pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour, featuring 21 walkable sites downtown as well as 17 driving ...more

City:  Dandridge, TN
Phone:  865-397-7420

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David Crockett Cabin & Museum
"A replica of Crockett's office, open to the public ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-4231

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David Crockett Cherokee Museum
"A great Cherokee art exhibit; a dinosaur egg found in Lawrence County, history of David Crockett and Lawrence County history exhibit, local art exhibits. A visual arts center showing the renowned play, Unto These Hills and Cherokee ...more

City:  Lawrenceburg, TN
Phone:  931-762-3733

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Davies Manor Plantation
"The Davies Manor Association, Inc., first incorporated in 1977, administers and interprets historic Davies Manor Plantation. This historic property, located in Bartlett, includes the purportedly oldest log home in Shelby County, thirty-two acres of plantation land, and numerous outbuildings. These outbuildings range from a tenant cabin to a commissary to a gristmill to an outhouse. Additionally, the ...more

City:  Bartlett, TN
Phone:  901-386-0715

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Davis Bridge Battlefield
"Generals Sterling Price and Earl Van Dorn met General Ord here after the Battle of Corinth, October 5, 1862. A battle then ensued for the ...more

City:  Pocahontas, TN
Phone:  731-658-6554

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Debow House
"East of Hartsvile, on a prominent hill overlooking Highway 25, sits this National Register-listed Victorian home.  Local leaders met here in 1870 and set the boundaries for the new county of Trousdale, one of the state’s Reconstruction-era counties.  The house is not open to the ...more

City:  Hartsville vicinity, TN
Phone:  615-374-9243

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Denmark Presbyterian Church
"The oldest Presbyterian church in west Tennessee was founded on Cub Creek in 1821, before the town was settled. The congregation moved to Denmark but outgrew its home at a Baptist school. Using slave labor, the Snipes brothers had the church built in just six days in 1854, and the church was ready for worship the next Sunday. It originally also housed Masonic Lodge ...more

City:  Denmark, TN

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Dickson-Ledbetter-Sparks Home
"A historically registered home, probably built in the early 1800s. Believed to have served as the Perry County Court in the ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-5011

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Dickson-Williams Mansion
"Wealthy Irish immigrant William Dickson used a team of highly skilled Irish artisans and slaves to build this high Federal style mansion in 1821 for his only child, Catherine. In 1823 Catherine and her new husband, Dr. Alexander Williams, began a life of lavish entertaining. Guests at the mansion included three presidents, the Marquis de Lafayette, and David Crockett. The house ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-787-0500

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Discovery Museum of West Tennessee
"This museum is a great resource for those interested in the Civil War sites in Jackson and West Tennessee. Plans are underway for a exhibit showcasing the great talent of West Tennessee musicians. The facility is available for rental and provides an attractive venue for ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  (731) 410-8621

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Doak House Museum
"Original home of Samuel Witherspoon Doak. Museum depicts the role the Doak family played in the religion and education of the people of the Southwest ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  800-729-0256

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Doe Creek School and Cemetery
"This cemetery is located on Doe Creek Road several miles south of Scotts Hill. It originated as a Kennedy family cemetery created just after the Civil War but later became a community church cemetery. The adjacent log church, later used as a school, is in ruins. The cemetery is very interesting. The core of the cemetery retains a nineteenth century ...more

City:  Sardis, TN
Phone:  (731) 549-3175

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Nathanael Greene Museum
"The Nathanael Greene Museum is a Greene County Museum dedicated to preserving our heritage. The museum was begun in 1983 and incorporated in 1986. At present the museum consists of ten galleries and numerous independent exhibits. The Museum is named for the outstanding Revolutionary War general under whom many Greene Countians served, and for whom the town and county are named. Inside ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-636-1558

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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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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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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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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 Graveyard Memorial Park
"Dedicated in 1969, was a pilot project in urban beautification. Cemetery was used from 1817-1883. The renovation project included the locating and charting of all gravesites, cleaning and mounting gravestones, and landscaping and lighting the grounds. Contains the graves of many early settlers. Open all year. ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Old Gray Cemetery

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

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
"The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail follows the Revolutionary War route of Patriot militia men to the battle of Kings Mountain in ...more

Phone:  864-936-3477

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Paris Historic Downtown
"Unique shops and cafes surround one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee with antique stores and walking tours of the historic downtown ...more

City:  Paris, TN
Phone:  731-642-1030

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Parkers Crossroads Battlefield
"The battle was fought on Dec. 31, 1862. Union forces sought to capture Confederate troops on their return from their first West Tennessee raid. When Confederate General Forrest found himself caught between two Union forces, he ordered his troops to “charge both ways” and made a successful escape. Seven marked sites can be visited on a self-guided ...more

City:  Parkers Crossroads, TN
Phone:  (731) 968-1191

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Pilot Knob/Nathan Bedford Forest State Park
"Tennessee River Folklife Museum sits atop the highest point in West Tennessee. Displays, exhibits and programs offered. Wildlife ...more

City:  Eva, TN
Phone:  800-714-7305

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Point Park
"Point Park commemorates the 1863 battles for Chattanooga. Point Park Visitor Center houses the James Walker Painting, "Battle of Lookout ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-7786

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Rice 18th Century Gristmill
"The Rice Family operated the mill in Union County from 1798 - 1935 when TVA moved it to Norris Dam. During the summer the mill grinds ...more

City:  Lake City, TN
Phone:  865-494-0720

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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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