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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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Affair at Travisville
"September 29th., 1861 marks the date of what has become known as the Affair at Travisville. Until the events of this day transpired, people locally had assured themselves that they were too far off the beaten paths to see any fighting. The event of that particular Sunday, one hundred and forty one years ago, represents the first military action in ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  888-406-4704

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
"The site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Born in 1808, Andrew Johnson ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, Tennessee, at age 16, where he became a tailor. Johnson and his wife, Eliza McCardle, had five children. Eliza tutored her husband in arithmetic, algebra, basic literacy and writing skills. Johnson organized ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Attack at Suck Creek
"<p>Early in the siege, the fragile Union supply line ran along the bank of the Tennessee River here and it proved to be vulnerable to Confederate harassment from the other side. On Oct. 8, 1863, Confederates assembled across the river, shooting at the supply trains moving along the river. This action forced the Union supplies to an even more tenuous ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  800-322-3344

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Battery Knob Earthworks
"In early 1863, federal forces under the command of Gen. George Crook built this small fort, which is listed in the National Register, as part of its defense of Carthage as a key river supply point.  It is not open to the public.  rnNear intersection of Hospital Drive and Main ...more

City:  Carthage, TN
Phone:  615-735-2093

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Battle of Fort Sanders

City:  Corryton, TN
Phone:  865-687-2978

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Battle of Hartsville Civil War Driving Tour & Memorial Park
"Across courthouse, signs direct you to trail that overlooks battlefield. Graves of Civil War soldiers and monument with all names ...more

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

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Battle of Hartsville Memorial Park
"17-stop self guided driving tour and Battle of Hartsville Memorial ...more

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

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Battle of Island No. 10 Monument
"This monument commemorates the Battle of Island No. 10, which occurred April 8, 1862. The monument contains a map and a description of what happened at the fort. It was erected by a committee from Lake County, in cooperation with the Tennessee Historical Commission, in 1956. Follow the signs in downtown Tiptonville to find this Civil War site, about a ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  (615) 898-2947

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Battle of Nashville Driving Tour at Shys Hill
"The Battle of Nashville was one of the final large-scale engagements of the Civil War.  Fought on Dec. 15-16, 1864, the Confederacy’s last offensive action finished the Army of Tennessee as an effective fighting force.  The driving tour includes the main points of the Union defenses of Nashville and the Confederate lines of battle. Brochures are available at the Nashville ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 862-7970

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Battle of Nashville Monument
"<p>The 1926 statue by Giuseppe Moretti has recently been restored and rededicated on a small tract of the battlefield where the clash of Dec. 15-16, 1864, took place. Nearby, Confederate forces under General Hood reached their furthest advance in their failed attempt to retake Nashville.  Somewhat unusual in that it was designed to memorialize both Union and Confederate soldiers, this ...more

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

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Battle of Parkers Crossroads Self-Guided Driving Tour
"The Battle of Parkers Crossroads was fought Dec. 31, 1862. The Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Park offers a self-guided driving tour, two miles of paved walking trails with interpretative signs and battlefield ...more

City:  Parker's Crossroads, TN
Phone:  (731) 968-1220

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Battle of Statesville
"Along an old country road (now State Hwy. 267) and the main road leading to Lebanon (U.S. Hwy. 70), the Confederate cavalry of John Hunt Morgan encountered the 101st Indian Infantry and fought a short battle on March 19, ...more

City:  Watertown, TN
Phone:  615-237-0270

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Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery & Park
"Home of Hoover's Gap Civil War Battlefield. Site brochures and interpretive signs of one of the South's earliest Confederate ...more

City:  Beech Grove, TN
Phone:  931-571-7311

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Beech River Cultural Center & Museum
"Chronicles the history of Henderson County. Displays pertain to geology, native inhabitants, early settlers and wars. Reconstructed log cabin ...more

City:  Lexington, TN
Phone:  731-967-0306

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Bell Buckle
"The delightful small town of Bell Buckle dates back to 1852, established by local merchant A.D. Fugitt. Today, it’'s a thriving arts community and home of The Webb School, a renowned preparatory academy. Downtown Bell Buckle has charming rows of eclectic shops, eateries and colorful down-home festivals. Celebrated every year in Bell Buckle is the R.C. & MoonPie Festival, featuring bluegrass ...more

City:  Bell Buckle, TN
Phone:  (800) 799-6131

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1860s Living History Celebration
"June 11 – June 12rnCivil War battles and scenarios, living history, period settlers, food vendors and a period ...more

City:  Lebanon, TN
Phone:  615-754-9089

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Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum
"Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is one of Harrogate's finest attractions. Home to one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country, The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum offers something for every Abraham Lincoln enthusiast. View many rare items such as the cane Lincoln carried on that ...more

City:  Harrogate, TN
Phone:  800-325-0900

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Affair at Travisville
"September 29th., 1861 marks the date of what has become known as the Affair at Travisville. Until the events of this day transpired, people locally had assured themselves that they were too far off the beaten paths to see any fighting. The event of that particular Sunday, one hundred and forty one years ago, represents the first military action in ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  888-406-4704

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Allandale Mansion
"Reserve the mansion or one of the barns for a wedding reception, dinner party, anniversary, birthday, tour, or special ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  423-229-9422

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
"The site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Born in 1808, Andrew Johnson ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, Tennessee, at age 16, where he became a tailor. Johnson and his wife, Eliza McCardle, had five children. Eliza tutored her husband in arithmetic, algebra, basic literacy and writing skills. Johnson organized ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Anna Mary Dowden House Museum
"This museum contains a vast collection of artifacts and historical accounts pertaining to the events and people of the area since its ...more

City:  Ridgetop, TN
Phone:  615-851-9468

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Appalachian Caverns
"Offering an hour guided tour through beautiful formations and bridges. Historical site used during the Civil War as a hospital. Campsites available. Come visit with us and take a timeless stroll through the ever-changing caverns. Enjoy a picnic at our picnic area or camp in the campground. For the more adventurous, sign up for an Explorer Tour or Wild Tour ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  423-323-2337

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Appalachian Caverns and Campground
"Offering an hour guided tour through beautiful formations and bridges. Historical site used during the Civil War as a hospital. Campsites and picnic areas are ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  (423) 323-2337

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Appalachian GhostWalks
"Appalachian GhostWalks' Smoky Mountain Tennessee Ghost and History Tours are lantern-led by real, professionally Certified Ghost Hunters who recount "spine-tingling" stories of real history and real ghosts - bring the whole family, or tour group on a Tennessee "Haunted Vacation" with Appalachian GhostWalks' Tennessee Ghost Tours and Tennessee History Tours. "Appalachian GhostWalks" has designed tour packages to help save you money ...more

City:  Jonesborough, TN
Phone:  (423) 743-9255

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Ardmore City Hall
"Ardmore is located in two states and four counties; Giles and Lincoln Counties in Tennessee and Limestone and Madison Counties in Alabama. It has grown from a one store-house built in 1911 to a thriving town of businesses, churches, schools, and a factory. It also has its own fire and police department and sports ...more

City:  Ardmore, TN
Phone:  256-423-7588

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Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
"The Armstrong-Lockett House built in 1834 just west of downtown Knoxville, this southern antebellum home was once the centerpiece of a 600 acre working farm and is named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River. Meticulously restored in 1977, Crescent Bend is furnished with Eighteenth Century antique furniture, decorative arts, and an outstanding collection ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-637-3163

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Arrowheads to Aerospace Museum
"Museum spans time from before five native American tribes traversed the area through the opening of AEDC. Exibits Include : Military,Lionel Trains, Buttons, Quilts, Teapots, Toys, Nativities, Apothecary, General Store and Gift Shop. Visit us on facebook at(coffeecounty/manchester/tullahoma ...more

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  931-723-1323

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Arts Center of Cannon County
"The award winning Arts Center of Cannon County is a unique model for rural arts organizations. Situated in an under served rural area in a town of 2,000 and a county of 12,000, The Arts Center annually commands a worldwide audience of 40,000 through its facility and more than 100,000 through web sites, publications and recording projects. Drawing ...more

City:  Woodbury, TN
Phone:  (800) 235-9073

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Ashland City/Cheatham County Historic Town Square
"Two-story, brick courthouse completed in 1869. Now a national register historic landmark centered in a traditionally Southern public ...more

City:  Ashland City, TN
Phone:  615-792-3623

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Attack at Suck Creek
"<p>Early in the siege, the fragile Union supply line ran along the bank of the Tennessee River here and it proved to be vulnerable to Confederate harassment from the other side. On Oct. 8, 1863, Confederates assembled across the river, shooting at the supply trains moving along the river. This action forced the Union supplies to an even more tenuous ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  800-322-3344

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Affair at Travisville
"September 29th., 1861 marks the date of what has become known as the Affair at Travisville. Until the events of this day transpired, people locally had assured themselves that they were too far off the beaten paths to see any fighting. The event of that particular Sunday, one hundred and forty one years ago, represents the first military action in ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  888-406-4704

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
"The site marks the home of the 17th president, who succeeded Lincoln and oversaw Reconstruction. Born in 1808, Andrew Johnson ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, Tennessee, at age 16, where he became a tailor. Johnson and his wife, Eliza McCardle, had five children. Eliza tutored her husband in arithmetic, algebra, basic literacy and writing skills. Johnson organized ...more

City:  Greeneville, TN
Phone:  423-638-3551

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Appalachian Caverns and Campground
"Offering an hour guided tour through beautiful formations and bridges. Historical site used during the Civil War as a hospital. Campsites and picnic areas are ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  (423) 323-2337

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Appalachian GhostWalks
"Appalachian GhostWalks' Smoky Mountain Tennessee Ghost and History Tours are lantern-led by real, professionally Certified Ghost Hunters who recount "spine-tingling" stories of real history and real ghosts - bring the whole family, or tour group on a Tennessee "Haunted Vacation" with Appalachian GhostWalks' Tennessee Ghost Tours and Tennessee History Tours. "Appalachian GhostWalks" has designed tour packages to help save you money ...more

City:  Jonesborough, TN
Phone:  (423) 743-9255

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Battle of Fort Sanders

City:  Corryton, TN
Phone:  865-687-2978

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Battle of Franklin Trust
"The Battle of Franklin Trust is dedicated to a better understanding of the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War. Two historic landmarks witnessed the carnage first hand: The Carter House and Carnton ...more

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

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Battle of Hartsville Civil War Driving Tour & Memorial Park
"Across courthouse, signs direct you to trail that overlooks battlefield. Graves of Civil War soldiers and monument with all names ...more

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

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Battle of Hartsville Memorial Park
"17-stop self guided driving tour and Battle of Hartsville Memorial ...more

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

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Battle of Nashville Driving Tour at Shys Hill
"The Battle of Nashville was one of the final large-scale engagements of the Civil War.  Fought on Dec. 15-16, 1864, the Confederacy’s last offensive action finished the Army of Tennessee as an effective fighting force.  The driving tour includes the main points of the Union defenses of Nashville and the Confederate lines of battle. Brochures are available at the Nashville ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 862-7970

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Battle of Parkers Crossroads Self-Guided Driving Tour
"The Battle of Parkers Crossroads was fought Dec. 31, 1862. The Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Park offers a self-guided driving tour, two miles of paved walking trails with interpretative signs and battlefield ...more

City:  Parker's Crossroads, TN
Phone:  (731) 968-1220

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Battle of Statesville
"Along an old country road (now State Hwy. 267) and the main road leading to Lebanon (U.S. Hwy. 70), the Confederate cavalry of John Hunt Morgan encountered the 101st Indian Infantry and fought a short battle on March 19, ...more

City:  Watertown, TN
Phone:  615-237-0270

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Battlefield Campground
"They have a wonderful area for enjoying a trip to see the history of the Battle at Shiloh National Military Park. Everyone is welcome and they truly enjoy all the ...more

City:  Shiloh, TN
Phone:  731-689-3098

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Beck Cultural Exchange Center
"Learning museum of African-American history and culture that researches, collects, conserves and exhibits achievements of ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-524-8461

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Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery & Park
"Home of Hoover's Gap Civil War Battlefield. Site brochures and interpretive signs of one of the South's earliest Confederate ...more

City:  Beech Grove, TN
Phone:  931-571-7311

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Beech River Cultural Center & Museum
"Chronicles the history of Henderson County. Displays pertain to geology, native inhabitants, early settlers and wars. Reconstructed log cabin ...more

City:  Lexington, TN
Phone:  731-967-0306

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