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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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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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Castalian Springs
"The famous historic homes and landscapes of Castalian Springs were deeply affected by the Civil War and Reconstruction.  From 1862 to 1865, a federal garrison made camp about one-half mile southwest of Wynnewood, the National Register-listed log tavern and home located at 210 Old Highway 25.  After the war, the Wynne family asked the federal government for $6,540 in damages, ...more

Phone:  888-301-7866

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Cedar Creek Iron Furnace
"The only remaining "double stack" furnace in the western rim of Tennessee, which ceased operation during the Civil War. The location is now a ...more

City:  Linden, TN
Phone:  931-589-2453

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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 Creek Picket Lines
"Chattanooga Creek in the valley that separated Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain often was the only thing that separated warring troops during the Siege of Chattanooga. Pickets along this line often declared truces, exchanged conversation, and traded food and other goods much to the chagrin of their ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 424-4430

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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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Chattanooga Regional History Museum
"The Chattanooga Regional History Museum has an extensive Civil War collection, including a mountain howitzer; Grant’s headquarter’s chair; dozens of muskets, rifles, swords, knives, pistols, and projectiles; various accoutrements; uniforms; original photographs taken by R.M. Linn and George N. Bernard; dairies and letters.  Open ...more

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

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Chattanooga's Railroads
"At the outbreak of the Civil War, Chattanooga had become one of the most important rail centers in the South. Lines here connected the Atlantic Ocean with the Mississippi River and Atlanta to Virginia. After Union occupation of the city in late 1863 and the relief of a Confederate siege, Gen. William T. Sherman staged his Atlanta Campaign from ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  (423) 424-4430

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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
"Point Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles for Chattanooga. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park. The park includes three historic homes. Brotherton House marks the spot where the Union line was broken, Snodgrass House served as a Union field hospital, and Cravens ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-7786

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City of Trenton
"Historic county seat with Court House circa 1824. Historic homes, cemetery, Civil War site and self guided driving tour, quaint shops. Home of world's largest antique teapot collection and historic Freed Home. Friendly town with choice of ...more

City:  Trenton, TN
Phone:  731-855-2013

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Collierville Historic Train Depot
"Located on Colliervile's Town Square in the mid-1940s, this historic building is the third depot in Collierville since 1852. Home to Main Street Collierville, it's a great stop for info and Collierville mementos while visiting the historic ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-853-1666

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Confederate Camp at Seawell
"<p>During his 1864 raid on Federal positions throughout Middle Tennessee, Confederate cavalry leader Joe Wheeler camped at this site.  At the turn of the century, Castle Heights Military Academy was established here, and the remaining buildings of the campus are listed in a National Register historic district.  Within City Hall (the old academy’s administration building) is a museum about Lebanon ...more

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

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Confederate Enlistment Center at Red Boiling Springs
"This late 19th and 20th century resort town, still home to several National Register-listed hotels, has an important Civil War story which has been marked by several interpretive signs.  The village served as an early Confederate recruitment camp, with seven companies of the 30th Tennessee Infantry and one company of the 28th Tennessee Infantry organized in the town.  In October ...more

City:  Macon County, TN
Phone:  615-666-5885

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Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)
"Also called Bleak House, the Tuscan style antebellum mansion was built by slaves between 1854 - 1858 for its newlywed owners, Robert and Louisa Franklin Armstrong. Occupied by Confederate Generals James Longstreet and Lafayette McLaws during 1863 siege of Knoxville. Two cannon balls are still embedded in the walls. Furnished with period antiques. Museum of CSA ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 522-2371

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Beech River Cultural Center & Museum
"Chronicles the history of Henderson County. Displays pertain to geology, native inhabitants, early settlers and wars. Reconstructed log cabin ...more

City:  Lexington, TN
Phone:  731-967-0306

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Bell Buckle
"The delightful small town of Bell Buckle dates back to 1852, established by local merchant A.D. Fugitt. Today, it’'s a thriving arts community and home of The Webb School, a renowned preparatory academy. Downtown Bell Buckle has charming rows of eclectic shops, eateries and colorful down-home festivals. Celebrated every year in Bell Buckle is the R.C. & MoonPie Festival, featuring bluegrass ...more

City:  Bell Buckle, TN
Phone:  (800) 799-6131

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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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Bemis Mill Village Museum
"Opening 2008, the Bemis Mill Village Museum, located in the historic and rehabilitated Bemis Theater/Auditorium, contains exhibits and memorabilia portraying the story of Bemis, a mill town forged out of the cotton fields in 1900 by Judson Moss ...more

City:  Jackson, TN
Phone:  731-424-0739

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Bessie Smith Cultural Center
"The Chattanooga African American Museum was founded in 1983 to provide sources of curricula, historical references, creative works, and the media about the identity of Africans and African Americans, particularly those of Chattanooga. Civil War era exhibits include discussion of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and ...more

City:  Chattanooga, TN
Phone:  423-266-8658

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Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church & Cemetery
"The tiny town of Bethel Springs is named for this church, the oldest in the county. Confederate soldiers are buried in the adjoining ...more

City:  Bethel Springs, TN
Phone:  731-934-9336

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Bethesda Church and Cemetery
"Bethesda Church, built in 1835, was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers on both sides during the Civil War, as well as serving patients with smallpox. The cemetery behind the church contains the graves of 80 Confederate soldiers. An informational display on the church grounds provides more information on the history of the building and grounds. The site is a stop on ...more

City:  Morristown, TN
Phone:  (423) 586-6382

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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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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
"Nashville frequently shows off the view from Bicentennial Mall for the entire nation to enjoy; most televised sporting events broadcast the view from the mall, which was designed to preserve the area’s only unobstructed view of the antebellum state capitol building. Built to honor the state’s 200th anniversary in 1996, the park occupies a piece of land that was part of ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-741-5280

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Big Black Creek Historical Society
"The Big Black Creek Historical Association (BBCHA) was founded in 2006 with the express purpose to identify, preserve and promote historical sites with the communities of Denmark, Mercer, Leighton and Woodland, all small towns West of Jackson, TN. The BBCHA meets on the last Thursday of each month at the Mercer Presbyterian Church in Mercer, TN at 7:00 p.m. You ...more

City:  Denmark, TN

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Big Hill Pond State Park
"With its railroad and Civil War history and 5,000 acres of magnificent timberland and hardwood bottom lands of Cypress Creek and the Tuscumbia River, Big Hill Pond has features of interest to both history buffs and nature lovers. Close to the sites of battles at Davis Bridge and Youngs Bridge engagement where the Confederate Army, withdrawing from Corinth, MS, extricated itself ...more

City:  Pocahontas, TN
Phone:  731-645-7967

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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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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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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
"Point Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles for Chattanooga. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park. The park includes three historic homes. Brotherton House marks the spot where the Union line was broken, Snodgrass House served as a Union field hospital, and Cravens ...more

City:  Lookout Mountain, TN
Phone:  423-821-7786

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City of Red Boiling Springs
"The City of Red Boiling Springs offers a quiet relaxing atmosphere with a slowed down ...more

City:  Red Boiling Springs, TN
Phone:  615-699-2011

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City of Trenton
"Historic county seat with Court House circa 1824. Historic homes, cemetery, Civil War site and self guided driving tour, quaint shops. Home of world's largest antique teapot collection and historic Freed Home. Friendly town with choice of ...more

City:  Trenton, TN
Phone:  731-855-2013

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Civil War Living History Weekend
"Civil War reenactment with skirmishes and battles in this historic town of Cumberland ...more

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

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Cleveland Downtown Historic Walking Tour
"This self-guided walking tour allows you to personally experience downtown Cleveland's unique history. Enjoy charming shops and eateries located along the tour route. Guide books are available at the Museum Center and ...more

City:  Cleveland, TN
Phone:  800-472-6588

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Coffee County Courthouse

City:  Manchester, TN
Phone:  931-723-5100

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Collierville Historic Train Depot
"Located on Colliervile's Town Square in the mid-1940s, this historic building is the third depot in Collierville since 1852. Home to Main Street Collierville, it's a great stop for info and Collierville mementos while visiting the historic ...more

City:  Collierville, TN
Phone:  901-853-1666

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Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)
"Also called Bleak House, the Tuscan style antebellum mansion was built by slaves between 1854 - 1858 for its newlywed owners, Robert and Louisa Franklin Armstrong. Occupied by Confederate Generals James Longstreet and Lafayette McLaws during 1863 siege of Knoxville. Two cannon balls are still embedded in the walls. Furnished with period antiques. Museum of CSA ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  (865) 522-2371

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Confederate Memorial Park
"Huge Confederate Flag flies on a 75 ft. pole and Confederate memorial bricks honor Civil War soldiers who fought for the South from the ...more

City:  Monterey, TN
Phone:  931-303-5156

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Confederate Memorial Park at Winstead Hill
"A Confederate memorial park with monuments, historical markers, cannon, an overlook and 3-D map of the Franklin battlefield located on Winstead ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-498-2560

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Cookeville History Museum
"The Cookeville History Museum is a great place to see pieces of area history. The museum features a permanent exhibit space and a front room that houses rotating ...more

City:  Cookeville, TN
Phone:  931-520-5455

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Cornstalk Heights Historic District
"More than 100 homes and structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can tour several of these buildings year round including Harriman's Carnegie Library celebrating 100 years in 2009 and the Temperance Building, home of the Harriman Heritage Museum. Many of the homes and structures can be toured during the Historic Harriman Christmas Tour held on ...more

City:  Harriman, TN
Phone:  800-FUNINTN

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Courthouse Burning in Livingston
"In April 1865 a company of Confederate guerrillas led by Captain John Francis made a raid on Livingston and burned the county courthouse. U.S. authorities had collected information about the pro-Confederate activities of many local residents and this material was stored in the courthouse, awaiting use in trails. By destroying the courthouse and the evidence against them these residents were ...more

City:  Livingston, TN

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Crockett Tavern Museum
"Reconstruction of original 1790s John Crockett Tavern, on site of boyhood home of Davy Crockett. Association for the Preservation of TN Antiquities site (APTA). Period furnishings and textiles. Loom room, Conestoga wagon, gift shop and ...more

City:  Morristown, TN
Phone:  423-587-9900

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Cronanville Confederate Cemetery
"Confederate soldier cemetery located near the Island #10 ...more

City:  Tiptonville, TN
Phone:  731-253-8144

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