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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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Belle Meade Plantation
"Once one of the largest private estates in Nashville encompassing 5,400 acres and home to five generations of the Harding-Jackson family, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. Before the Civil War, Belle Meade flourished; today bullets from the Battle of Nashville scar the house, used as Confederate Gen. Chalmers' headquarters. Known as "Queen ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-356-0501

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Belmont Mansion
"The largest house museum in Tennessee. One of the few 19th-century homes in which the story revolves around a woman. The 1853 home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, it served as headquarters for Union General David Stanley and General Thomas J. Wood. After her husband died, the remarkable Adelicia, one of the richest women in America and a shrewd business ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-460-5459

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Bethlehem Cemetery
"Bethlehem Cemetery is the Haley family burial plot where Chicken George is ...more

City:  Henning, TN
Phone:  901-738-2240

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Bills-McNeal Historic District
"Some of Bolivar's oldest and most historically significant homes are found in this district. Structures include the McNeal house and the ...more

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

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Blackberry Farm and Farmhouse Spa
"On a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of the South's most celebrated country inns. Those in the know commend its exquisite location, first-rate service and delicious food. (The inn produces its own cheese, eggs, honey, vegetables and fruit for its guests.) The property's two ponds and stream beckon anglers who travel here ...more

City:  Walland, TN
Phone:  800-273-6004

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Blockade Runner, Sutlery & Civil War Museum
"The Civil War Museum is dedicated to the common soldier North or South during the June 1863 Tullahoma ...more

City:  Wartrace, TN
Phone:  931-389-6294

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Bolivar Historic Court Square
"Bolivar's first established historic district includes the Little Courthouse Museum, the Hardeman County Courthouse, as well as a Confederate ...more

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

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Bolivar Historic District Walking Tour
"Blessed with classic architectural styles running the gamut from Greek Revival to Italianate, Bolivar's historic districts hearken back to a day when nearly fanatical attention to detail could be seen from initial design to the detailed decorative carvings throughout the buildings. The famed Philadelphia-based architect Fletcher Sloan has left his mark of genius through a number of post-bellum homes that ...more

City:  Bolivar, TN
Phone:  (731) 658-6554

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Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center
"Built in 1917 as a school for African Americans. Features restored classroom, Civil War exhibit and local history ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-867-2633

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Britton Lane Civil War Battlefield
"Site of 1862 battle. Restored log cabin used as a hospital on battlefield site. More than 5,000 troops met in ...more

City:  Denmark, TN
Phone:  731-935-2209

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Brownsville Historic District
"Tour the historical district of homes and churches on the National Register of Historic ...more

City:  Brownsville, TN
Phone:  731-772-4883

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Buck Lodge Fortifications (Fort Mitchell)
"The Buck Lodge site was another federal stockade meant to protect the vital Louisville and Nashville railroad line.  Manned by the 13th Indiana Field Artillery and the 106th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the fortifications protected two bridges as well as a water tank.  The site is not open to the ...more

City:  Gallatin, TN
Phone:  888-425-5286

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Cameron Hill
"In August 1863 Confederate artillery responded to its Union counterpart across the river from Cameron Hill to little effect. A few weeks later, Union soldiers established a signal station on the hill. Observers from here reported the Union victory Nov 24 on Lookout Mountain.rnTrails marker is at AT&T ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-267-2208

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Camp Cheatham Site
"This Confederate induction camp was erected in April and May 1861and named in honor of Benjamin F. Cheatham, a Confederate general.  The camp did not last a year as Confederates abandoned it after the fall of Fort Donelson in February 1862.  Federal troops later dismantled the post and used its materials for their own garrison in ...more

Phone:  615-384-3800

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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 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 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 Limestone Station Historical Marker
"On September 8, 1863, after two hours of fighting, the 100th Ohio Volunteer Infantry surrendered to a larger Confederate force led by Gen. Alfred E. Jackson. More than 200 Union officers and soldiers were taken ...more

City:  Limestone, TN

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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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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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Bear Spring Iron Furnace
"One of the best-kept furnaces along the trail, this towering rock structure was a charcoal cold-blast furnace built in 1830. Operations continued until 1854, and the stack was destroyed in 1862 by Union troops. The current furnace was constructed in 1873 when the rail line operated on the current highway. Activity ceased in ...more

City:  Dover, TN

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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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Belle Meade Plantation
"Once one of the largest private estates in Nashville encompassing 5,400 acres and home to five generations of the Harding-Jackson family, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. Before the Civil War, Belle Meade flourished; today bullets from the Battle of Nashville scar the house, used as Confederate Gen. Chalmers' headquarters. Known as "Queen ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-356-0501

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Belmont Mansion
"The largest house museum in Tennessee. One of the few 19th-century homes in which the story revolves around a woman. The 1853 home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, it served as headquarters for Union General David Stanley and General Thomas J. Wood. After her husband died, the remarkable Adelicia, one of the richest women in America and a shrewd business ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-460-5459

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Blockade Runner, Sutlery & Civil War Museum
"The Civil War Museum is dedicated to the common soldier North or South during the June 1863 Tullahoma ...more

City:  Wartrace, TN
Phone:  931-389-6294

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Blountville Cemetery & Battlefield
"This is where Union forces stood as they attacked Blountville on September 22, 1863, during a campaign to control the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. The railroad running through this section was the chief means of communication, travel and supply for the South. For this reason, the bridges, telegraph lines and tracks had to be protected. Confederate forces possessed the railroad lines ...more

City:  Blountville, TN
Phone:  423-323-4116

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Britton Lane Civil War Battlefield
"Site of 1862 battle. Restored log cabin used as a hospital on battlefield site. More than 5,000 troops met in ...more

City:  Denmark, TN
Phone:  731-935-2209

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Bulls Gap Historic District
"1880s Main Street is still fully intact. Includes 27 structures, ranging from Old Country Store to Gilley's Hotel and private residences. This was the site of several skirmishes and campsites during the Civil War. One of the bridges successfully destroyed by The Bridge Burners was Lick Creek Bridge in Bulls ...more

City:  Bulls Gap, TN
Phone:  423-272-2186

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Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater
"SELECTED BY THE TRAVEL CHANNEL and FEATURED ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL! Located in the old Buttonwillow Church just outside of Chattanooga....The Buttonwillow Church Civil War Dinner Theater proudly presents "Granddaddy's Watch", a moving two-hour live performance recently featured on PBS and based on actual events. The War Between the States comes to life on a magnificent 19th-century set in the beautifully ...more

City:  Whitwell, TN
Phone:  423-658-7478

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Cades Cove Heritage Tours
"Purchase tickets online, over the phone, or in ...more

City:  Townsend, TN
Phone:  865-448-8838

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Cameron Hill
"In August 1863 Confederate artillery responded to its Union counterpart across the river from Cameron Hill to little effect. A few weeks later, Union soldiers established a signal station on the hill. Observers from here reported the Union victory Nov 24 on Lookout Mountain.rnTrails marker is at AT&T ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-267-2208

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Cannonsburgh Village
"Cannonsburgh, the original name for Murfreesboro, is a reconstructed Southern village with a gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, log home, church, general store and a working blacksmith's shop that serve as reminders of life in pioneer times. See the World's Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-890-0355

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Carnton Plantation
"Carnton is the restored home of John and Carrie McGavock. The house once a vibrant plantation home, served as field hospital to hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers following the Battle of Franklin in 1864. The house, grounds and garden are open for tours ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-794-0903

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Carriage Tours of Memphis
"Enjoy a romantic or informative horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Downtown Memphis. Drivers give history as well as info on attractions, food and more. Available throughout the Mid-South area for weddings and parties ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-527-7542

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Charlotte Courthouse Square Historic District
"See Tennessee's oldest operating courthouse, built in 1804, along with 10 other historic ...more

City:  Charlotte, TN
Phone:  877-718-4967

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Chattanooga History Walking Tours on the Riverfront
"The Riverfront is at the core of Chattanooga's history, and it is the one place in our community from which sites related to the first settlers, the Cherokees, the Civil War, reconstruction, industrialization, and the renaissance can be visually referenced. Take a short walk, approximately 6 blocks, with our guide, and get an overview of the fascinating history of this ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-265-3247

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Chattanooga National Cemetery

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-855-6590

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Date: Oct 4, 2014
Candlelight Cemetery Tour
Location: Gallatin, TN

Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
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Date: Oct 4, 2014
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