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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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The Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map
"Spectacular, three-dimensional electronic battle map presentation of Chattanooga's Civil War history, featuring 5,000 miniature soldiers, 650 lights, sound effects and exceptional detail of the major battle of November 1863. Gift shop. Group rates ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-2812

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The Borderlands Exhibit & Driving Tour
"The Borderlands Exhibit and driving tour strives to compile and preserve the area's Civil War Era heritage and ...more

City:  Byrdstown, TN
Phone:  931-864-7195

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The Borderlands Exhibit & Driving Tour
"This exhibit strives to compile and preserve the area's Civil War Era heritage and artifacts. Contact by phone or e-mail for more ...more

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

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The Carter House
"This Registered Historic Landmark is now open to the public and serves as a memorial to the Carter family as well as the countless heroes in the Battle of Franklin. The modest brick home was the Federal Command Post while the family took refuge in the ...more

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

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The Center for Historic Preservation
"The Center for Historic Preservation houses a significant collection of preservation publications, maps, research and reference ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-898-2947

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The Cracker Line
"A Union supply line opened by the Army of the Cumberland and elements of the Army of the Potomac on Oct. 27-29, 1863.  Fighting took place at Brown’s Ferry,  Tindale’s Hill, Smith’s Hill and at Wauhatchie Junction.  After this line was opened, supplies flowed from the Union supply depot at Bridgeport, Alabama by wagon road and the Tennessee River to ...more

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The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
"Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. The Dixon features a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. The museum organizes ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-761-5250

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The Felsenthal Lincoln Collection
"Collection left by the late Morton Felsenthal. Displayed are pictures, documents and rare artifacts of Abe Lincoln's life and the Civil ...more

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

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The Hermitage and Confederate Home Cemetery
"From 1892 to 2933, the state ran a home for Confederate veterans on the Hermitage property. The cemetery is the resting place for 489 veterans. ...more

City:  Hermitage, TN

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The John & Landon Carter Mansion
"Built between 1775 and 1780 on land bought from the Cherokee. The oldest frame house in Tennessee reveals a finely detailed interior. For additional ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-543-5808

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The Memphis & Charleston Railroad
"This was an essential east-west railroad route in the Southern Confederacy.  After its capture by Federal armies early in 1862.  Union commanders established garrisons along its length.  To protect the vital railroad junction at Corinth, fortifications were constructed at locations west of Corinth, Garrisons were also established east of Memphis, and at another railroad junction at Grand Junction, TN.  Grierson’s ...more

City:  Memphis, TN

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The Pillars
"The Pillars, built circa 1828, is now an Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities property. John Houston Bills bought this impressive home in 1837 and began enlarging and refining the property. According to his diary, while living in Bolivar, the Bills family hosted notable guests such as Andrew Jackson, Congressman Adam Huntsman, Sam Houston, Rt. Rev. Leonidas Polk, ...more

City:  Bolivar, TN
Phone:  731-518-7148

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The Renaissance Center
"An arts and technology education and performing arts center, includes art gallery, planetarium, and community and dinner theater productions. Computer and 3D animation classes available, digital television and audio studios, school field ...more

City:  Dickson, TN
Phone:  888-700-2300

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The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
"Partners with organizations and individuals across the state to tell the whole story of America's greatest challenge, ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-898-2947

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Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site
"Historic Tipton home, archaeological remains of early Woodland Indians, 1788 battle site and more. The Museum and Education Center includes changing exhibits in the temporary gallery. Special events on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Home of Landon Carter Haynes from 1839 until the Civil War. He was an attorney, newspaper editor and Confederate senator. There are 10 original and restored ...more

City:  Johnson City, TN
Phone:  423-926-3631

Tennessee Heritage Civil War Trails

Upcoming events

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

Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
9th Annual Days Gone By Tractor Show & Threshing
Location: Portland, TN

Date: Oct 4, 2014
Main Street Festival
Location: Gallatin, TN

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