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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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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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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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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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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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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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Warriors' Path State Park
"The 950-acre area is a popular site for outdoor enthusiasts with its hiking trails, internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system, award-winning nature education program, and a nationally-recognized golf course. Warriors’ Path is the nation’s first state park to open a boundless playground, offering a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all ...more

City:  Kingsport, TN
Phone:  (423) 239-8531

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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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Historic Lairdland Farm House and Civil War Museum
"Tour historic home filled with antiques and Visit their Civil War Museum containing an extensive and comprehensive collection of both Union and Confederate artifacts. Luncheons for groups of 8 or more may be served upon 2 weeks confirmed ...more

City:  Cornersville, TN
Phone:  (931) 363-2205

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Historic Lebanon Square
"Located at roughly equal distances from Nashville, Gallatin, Hartsville, and Carthage, Lebanon was an important commercial crossroads for the Cumberland Valley.  A small battle in may 1862 took place around the square with General Ebenezer Dumont surprised the forces of Confederate cavalry leader John hunt Morgan.  By 1863, the square was both a center of Union occupation and a haven ...more

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

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Historic Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center
"Nationally recognized as top living history sites, the Bowen Plantation House and Kasper Mansker's log station serve as a backdrop for the presentation of daily interpretation, special events and filming opportunities. Located in the 200-acre Moss-Wright ...more

City:  Goodlettsville, TN
Phone:  615-851-2241

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Historic Maplewood Cemetery
"Established as the City of Pulaski's second cemetery. The resting place for many prominent citizens such as Thomas Martin, founder of Martin Methodist College; Governor John C. Brown and many Civil War veterans, including over 40 Union U. S. Infantry. The cemetery is lighted for night time ...more

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

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Historic Mount Pleasant/Maury Phosphate Museum
"Exhibits: Civil War, Armed Forces, doctor and pharmacy, phosphate mining, old kitchen, Native American. Also antiques, vintage clothes, toys, farm ...more

City:  Mount Pleasant, TN
Phone:  931-379-9511

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Historic Rugby Commissary
"Restored 1880 utopian village founded by famous British author, Thomas Hughes. 17 Victorian-era buildings remain unchanged, including a 7,000 volume Hughes Library & Christ Church Episcopal. Daily tours, museum shop, dining and lodging in historic buildings. Enjoy shopping at the shops of Rugby--The Commissary and the Spirit of Red Hill in the Board of Aid Historic ...more

City:  Rugby, TN
Phone:  (888) 214-3400

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Historic Speedwell Academy
"Restored 1827 building. Retains much of its original aesthetics. Site of much activity during Civil War, it was used as both a hospital and headquarters for both sides. Grounds were called Campground Bluff during the war, and Confederate soldiers used the building's weathervane for target practice. The large "Long Tom" brass cannon was kept at the ...more

City:  Speedwell, TN
Phone:  423-869-3414

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Historic Stage Coach Stop
"The Stage Coach Stop was in use in the mid-1850s when coach transportation was at its peak. It was built and owned by the manager of the coach company, which operated the line from Memphis to Holly Springs, MS. Includes period furniture and ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-457-2770

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Historic Town of Cumberland Gap
"The Historic Town of Cumberland Gap is nestled at the foot of Cumberland Mountains inside Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Breathtaking beauty and charming "Mayberry" atmosphere will greet you as you come into town. First known as the "Gateway to the West", then as the strong hold during the Civil War, Cumberland Gap is now known for everything from ...more

City:  Cumberland Gap, TN
Phone:  423-869-3860

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Historic Town of Saltillo
"Visit Saltillo, an early river town with homes dating from the 1840s. Styles of architecture range from Greek Revival and Italianate influences to country farmhouses. Two cemeteries and a church pre-date the Civil ...more

City:  Saltillo, TN
Phone:  800-552-3866

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Historic Watertown Square
"Historic town square on the National Register of Historic Places. Arts and antiques shop. Excursion train, restaurant and bed and breakfast. The square has changed very little since the turn of the century. You’ll find antiques, specialty stores and art galleries, plus unique places to grab a bite or have a cup of coffee. Visit Jim's Antiques, Blue Tomato Market & ...more

City:  Watertown, TN
Phone:  615-237-9999

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Hunt Phelan Home
"Built mostly by slave labor in 1828, the Hunt-Phelan Home displays a rich and elegant past. Several hundred slaves were taught English by members of the Freedmen's Bureau at an on-site school house. The house was built in two stages, the first in 1830 by George H. Wyatt. The second stage, circa 1851, added a two-story kitchen and service wing and ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-525-8225

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Huntingdon Historical Museum
"Museum houses and displays artifacts and memorabilia documenting the history of the town of Huntingdon and the heritage of its ...more

City:  Huntingdon, TN
Phone:  731-986-3126

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Hurst Nation Historical Marker
"This area was once the "Hurst Nation," a section of northwest McNairy County owned by Fielding Hurst, his siblings and allied families during the Civil War. The Hursts were publicly Unionist—a sentiment so strong that Fielding Hurst led a unit of his own family members and residents of Hurst Nation to serve with the Union Army. The old Hurst home ...more

City:  Bethel Springs, TN

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Immanuel Episcopal Church
"This structure is a nearly exact replica of the Episcopal Church in Warrenton, North Carolina. Built by slaves on donated land in 1842, the church was first used as a hospital for Union soldiers and the pews used to make coffins for the dead. During a renovation, workmen revealed where patients had written their names, addresses and Bible verses on ...more

City:  La Grange, TN
Phone:  731-764-2545

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