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Civil War

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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Mount Pleasant
"Hood’s Army of Tennessee marched through here on the way to the Battle of Franklin, and following that battle Patrick Cleburne and other Generals killed at Franklin were buried at Saint John’s Chapel.  Saint John’s Chapel and Cemetery, and the Mount Pleasant Phosphate Museum are all open to the public as elements of the Tennessee Antebellum Trail. ...more

City:  Mount Pleasant, TN
Phone:  800-381-1865

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Mountain Home VA Medical Center
"Built to care for Civil War veterans, the location was chosen with the thought that mountain air would benefit patients. It later became a tuberculosis hospital for the same reason. Tour the Beaux-Arts campus any time to see its historic buildings, gardens and the National Cemetery. Museum hours vary so call ...more

City:  Mountain Home, TN
Phone:  423-926-1171

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Mountain Home, Union Obelisk Monument and National Cemetery
"<p>Mountain Home was built as a retirement home for Union veterans in ...more

City:  Mountain Home, TN
Phone:  (423) 979-3535

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Mud Island River Park
"Experience the river on the river. Recreational and educational facility showcasing the Mississippi River with museum. Riverwalk model. Canoe, kayak, bike rentals. Gift shop, restaurants, 5,000-seat amphitheatre. Banquet facilities. Special ...more

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

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Museum Center at 5ive Points
"Experience Southern Appalachian regional history dating from Cherokee history up to today in our permanent exhibit, River of Time. Changing exhibits highlight interesting history topics, such as Cherokee history, Civil War, industrial history, as well as regional art. Always something new and different! Unique museum store featuring high-end, hand-crafted items from crafters in the Southern Appalachian region. Beautiful museum in ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  423-339-5745

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Museum of Ancient Brick
"America's only ancient brick museum is located at the company headquarters of General Shale Brick in Johnson ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  800-414-4661

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Myers Training Camp
"Near here was located Camp Myers, one of two Confederate training camps established in Overton County in the opening months of 1861. Once Tennessee left the Union in June 1861 Camp Myers was established for a dual purpose. One purpose was to serve as a training camp for men recruited locally for Confederate service. The second was to serve as ...more

City:  Monroe, TN

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Nashville National Cemetery
"There are 12,769 Union army Civil War-era soldiers buried at the National Cemetery. In addition, there are 4,131 unknown soldiers buried in the ...more

City:  Madison, TN
Phone:  615-860-0086

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Nashville Old City Cemetery
"General Richard S. Ewell and other notables are buried in the Nashville Old City Cemetery. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN

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Nashvilles Trace

City:  Nashville, TN

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Natchez Trace Parkway
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway and Byway commemorates the ancient trail used by animals and people that connected portions of the Mississippi River to the salt licks in central Tennessee. It took “Kaintucks” about 30 days to walk along the Trace, carrying goods to sell at the port of New Orleans. Numerous short hiking trails are some of the ...more

City:  Pasquo, TN
Phone:  800-305-7417

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Natchez Trace Wine Trail
"The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to today's central Tennessee. The Tennessee cities along the historic Natchez Trace Parkway are Nashville, Franklin, Leiper's Fork and Brentwood. Visitors can experience this National Scenic Byway and All-American Road through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping. Along the Trail, enjoy ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  (800) 305-7417

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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
"The park was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, the intrepid Confederate cavalry leader, who on November 4, 1864, attacked and destroyed the federal supply and munitions depot at (Old) Johnsonville at the mouth of Trace Creek. His operations were concentrated along the river in the vicinity of the park and the town of Eva. In 1929 the park was dedicated ...more

City:  Eva, TN
Phone:  800-714-7305

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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 Civil Rights Museum
"The National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to present-day human rights ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-521-9699

Tennessee Heritage Civil War Trails

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Date: Oct 4, 2014
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