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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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McGavock Confederate Cemetery
"Nation's largest private Confederate cemetery holds remains of 1481 Confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War Battle of ...more

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

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McMinn County Living Heritage Museum
"Thirty permanent exhibit areas depicting the history of McMinn County and Southeast Tennessee. Bi-monthly changing exhibits. One of the South's largest quilt shows in May and June. Annual Japanese Quilt Show in September and October. Call for exact ...more

City:  Athens, TN
Phone:  423-745-0329

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McNairy County Historical Museum
"Historical museum of McNairy County including memorabilia of family life, education, Civil and World Wars, medical, arts, agriculture and ...more

City:  Selmer, TN
Phone:  731-646-0018

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Meigs County Historical Museum
"This museum building opened in Dec. 2002, and features a time-line history of Meigs County and includes artifacts and ...more

City:  Decatur, TN
Phone:  423-334-4424

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Memphis Main Street Trolley
"Climb aboard a restored vintage trolley car for an unforgettable trip along the mighty Mississippi River and downtown Memphis. The Main Street Line follows the original mule-drawn trolley; the Riverfront Loop travels a breathtaking stretch of the river. Enjoy a nostalgic ride through many downtown attractions, including the Pyramid, Pinch District, Convention Center, Beale Street and the Orpheum ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  (901) 274-6282

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Memphis National Cemetery
"Drive or walk around the grave sites of veterans while learning local history dating back to the Civil War.  Of the 13,965 soldiers buried at this site, 8,866 are unknown.  Other burials include those from the USS Sultana, which sank in April, 1865 and ranks as one of the nation’s deadliest maritime disasters with 1,700 soldiers and crew lost.  Open ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-386-8311

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Memphis Pink Palace Museum
"Traveling exhibits are offered three times a year. A Civil War display with artifacts, documents, photographs, weapons and currency is currently on ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-636-2362

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Memphis Riverfront Parks
"Experience the Mississippi Riverfront in Memphis at any one of these 10 beautiful parks along the ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-576-7205

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Military Memorial Museum
"Come see Crossville's tribute to our military, featuring items from the Civil War era up to the present time-Iraq. Artifacts from Camp Crossville (P.O.W. camp) are also on display. Requests for special times for group tours will be ...more

City:  Crossville, TN
Phone:  931-456-5520

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Minor Hill City Hall
"Until the treaty of September 1816, the land around Minor Hill belonged to the Chickasaw Indians. Known for the last Civil War battle of Tennessee, The Battle of Sugar Creek and the capture of Sam Davis Boyhood Hero. Boast its own City Hall, Fire, Police Department and ...more

City:  Minor Hill, TN
Phone:  931-565-3113

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Missionary Ridge Tunnel
"This slave-built engineering marvel is the site of frequent train tours by the Tennessee Valley Railroad ...more

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Mississippi River Museum
"Eighteen-gallery museum of the natural and cultural history of the lower Mississippi River. Over 5,000 artifacts tell the river's story of early settlement, riverboats and barges, the Civil War on the river and delta music from Blues to Rock and ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  800-507-6507

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"A beautiful 2 story frame home that was built around 1860. It served as a hospital during the Civil War and is listed on the National Historic Register. Monthaven is the current home of the Hendersonville Arts Council which features art exhibits and ...more

City:  Hendersonville, TN
Phone:  615-822-0789

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Mount Olive Cemetary
"African American Cemetary dating back to the Civil ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  9315532486

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Mount Olivet Cemetery
"This cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers.  The Confederate Circle Monument marks the remains of individuals of all ranks.  Mount Olivet is also the burial place for seven generals, including Benjamin F. Cheatham and William B. Bate.  There is an annual tour of the cemetery with living history.  Open daily.  Admission is free. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-255-4193

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November 2014


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Date: Jan 1, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
AiM Book Club - 3rd Tuesday Jan.-Nov.
Location: Selmer, TN

Date: Dec 6, 2014
Victorian Christmas
Location: Cumberland Gap, TN

Date: Dec 6, 2014
Victorian Christmas
Location: Cumberland Gap, TN

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