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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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Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Historic Site
"A 32-acre park for hiking and 5,000 square-foot museum of coal mining history and coke ovens operation of 100 years ago. Many artifacts. Bluegrass festival the first Friday and Saturday in ...more

City:  Dunlap, TN
Phone:  423-949-3483

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Duval-Groves House and camp Trousdale
"During the Civil War, Louisville and Nashville Turnpike was a major thoroughfare for Federal and Confederate troops.  Camp Trousdale, a training camp for Confederate troops, was located along the turnpike just north of the Duval-Groves House, which was built in the 1850s. A 1909 account of the Trousdale campsite in the Confederate Veteran noted that a “fine brick house that ...more

City:  Portland, TN
Phone:  888-301-7866

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Dyersburg Cemetery
"Brigadier General Strahl is buried in the Dyersburg Cemetery.  Strahl is buried in a prominent grave at the top of the hill which is marked by an original 32-pounder smoothbore gun from the Confederate Mississippi River ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN

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Elizabethton Walking Tour
"A self-guided walking tour. Tour the historic structures along this mainly level route. Shop and eat in the historic downtown area. Brochures available at the Chamber of ...more

City:  Elizabethton, TN
Phone:  423-547-3852

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Fairfield
"In Fairfield, the yellow house on the left at five miles from Beech Grove is a silent witness to the Tullahoma Campaign.  It is the oldest remaining structure in the community and is a private residence.  A historical marker indicates the camp location of General William Bate’s Confederate ...more

City:  Tennessee Backroads, TN
Phone:  800-799-6131

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Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens
"Tour shop, eat and laugh at the Victorian mansion where history is fun. The 10,000 square foot mansion, built by Gorilla Pants manufacturer Clay Faulkner in 1896, boasts Biltmore-like systems, a friendly ghost and museum-quality antiques. Guided mansion tours, lunch in the Victorian Tea Room, and shopping for 1890s treasures in the Victorian Gift Shop offered daily for walk-ins. ...more

City:  McMinnville, TN
Phone:  931-668-4444

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Falls Mill & Country Store
"Nestled in a lush green cove along the banks of beautiful Factory Creek stands historic Falls Mill. Built in 1873 as a cotton and woolen factory, the mill was later converted for use as a cotton gin, then as a woodworking shop. Today the water wheel powers millstones that grind cornmeal, flour, and grits. Falls Mill is open to the public ...more

City:  Belvidere, TN
Phone:  931-469-7161

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First Presbyterian Church
"The church was used as a Union army hospital. ...more

City:  Nashville, TN

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First Presbyterian Church
"This National Register-listed Greek Revival-styled church building, constructed in 1837, was used as a federal hospital during the Civil War. ...more

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

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Fisk University & Fisk Jubilee Singers (TM)
"Formed in 1871, the Fisk University(R) Jubilee Singers perform throughout the year in the USA and internationally. Call for performance dates. Begun in the months after the end of the Civil War, Fisk University played a leadership role in the intellectual, artistic and civic education of African Americans and became known for its world-famous Jubilee Singers. In addition to its historic ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  (615) 329-8744

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Fite-Ligon House
"This National Register-listed Victorian dwelling was home to Col. John A. Fite, who raised a company for the Confederate army and served in various Virginia battles.  In 1863, he was wounded and captured at Gettysburg.  His Civil War memoir detailing his early life, war service, and prison experience is well known.  After the war, he returned to his law practice ...more

City:  Carthage, TN
Phone:  615-735-2093

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Forrest Park
"This park in downtown Memphis is the site where General Nathan Bedford Forrest is buried.  The park features a large, bronze equestrian statue of the general that was erected in 1905, as well as the granite monument that serves as the grave marker for the general and his wife, Mary Montgomery Forrest.  The monument is located 2 blocks from the ...more

City:  Memphis, TN

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Fort Defiance Interpretive Center
"Civil War fort. During the capture of Clarksville, the fort was burned and abandoned by Confederate forces. Earthenworks are all that ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  931-472-3351

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield
"The site of the first decisive Union victory of the Civil War. A visitor center explains the importance of this pivotal battle. Open ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Fort Donelson National Cemetery
"Established in 1867 for re-interment of Union soldiers who were originally buried where they fell after the battle of Fort Donelson in ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5348

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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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Caleb Crosby Threshing Barn
"Built in the 1830s and stood for 100 years on the Holston River. The barn and threshing machine are built entirely of wood. The barn was reconstructed at Norris Dam in ...more

City:  Norris, TN
Phone:  865-494-0720

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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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Cannonball House
"During the Civil War’s Battle of Blountville, this house stood between the lines as fighting swirled around it. Many area structures were destroyed, this one survived and bears the scars of ...more

City:  Blountville, TN

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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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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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Center for Southern Folklore & Cafe
"Informal folklife center presenting music and arts and crafts. Cultural tours, noon-time music shows, exhibits, cyber cafe, lunches and gift shop. The center features works by African-American artists and photographers and offers films, exhibits, books, music, artwork and ...more

City:  Memphis, TN
Phone:  901-525-3655

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Centerville Historic Town Square
"Relax on the lawn of our historic courthouse while observing a game of checkers. Shop around the square where people meet and greet each other. Restaurants, antiques, banking, beauty shops, variety shops and others, all in walking ...more

City:  Centerville, TN
Phone:  931-729-5774

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Central Christian Church
"The result of another house of worship divided by the Civil War, Northern sympathizers of the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church left their congregation and later built this church in 1880. The Presbyterians reunited and the building was sold to First Christian Church, and in 1944 became Central Christian ...more

City:  Jonesborough, TN
Phone:  (423) 753-3411

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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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Fort Defiance Interpretive Center
"Civil War fort. During the capture of Clarksville, the fort was burned and abandoned by Confederate forces. Earthenworks are all that ...more

City:  Clarksville, TN
Phone:  931-472-3351

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Fort Dickerson Park
"<p>Fort Dickerson was named for its first commander, U.S. Army Captain Jonathan C. Dickerson of the 112th Illinois Volunteer Mounted Infantry. A 30-year-old carpenter, he played a significant role in Knoxville during the siege of the city in 1863. The fort is one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions that protected the City of Knoxville during the Civil War. ...more

City:  Knoxville, TN
Phone:  865-525-7461

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Fort Donelson National Battlefield
"The site of the first decisive Union victory of the Civil War. A visitor center explains the importance of this pivotal battle. Open ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5706

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Fort Donelson National Cemetery
"Established in 1867 for re-interment of Union soldiers who were originally buried where they fell after the battle of Fort Donelson in ...more

City:  Dover, TN
Phone:  931-232-5348

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Fort Granger
"13-ac. historical battlefield with boardwalk. Built in 1862 by Union troops during the Battle of Franklin. Various locations provide spectacular views of ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615-794-2103

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Fort Loudoun State Park
"Fort Loudoun State Park is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico ...more

City:  Vonore, TN
Phone:  423-884-6217

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Fort Nashborough
"On January 1, 1780, Nashville was founded when James Robertson led his group of pioneers across the frozen Cumberland River to a place called the Cedar Bluffs. It was here that these men built a fort called Nashborough, which would be shelter for the first families until Indian attacks ended in ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-862-8400

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Fort Negley
"Fort Negley was built in 1862 to defend Nashville against Confederate Army attacks. Black laborers assisted the Union Army in building Fort Negley. The unique star designed Union fort from the Civil War, is located between Greer Stadium and the Cumberland Science Museum near downtown ...more

City:  Nashville, TN
Phone:  615-862-8470

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Fort Southwest Point
"Fort Southwest Point, built in 1797, was a working fort with as many as 625 soldiers until being closed in 1811. After excavations by the Department of Conservation, the University of Tennessee and the City of Kingston, the fort is being reconstructed on its original foundation and includes a barracks, blockhouse and 250 feet of palisade walls. Living history re-enactors ...more

City:  Kingston, TN
Phone:  865-376-3641

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Fortress Rosecrans
"The Union Army constructed Fortress Rosecrans, a massive earthen fort, to serve as a supply depot following their victory at Stones ...more

City:  Murfreesboro, TN
Phone:  615-893-9501

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Franklin on Foot
"Franklin on Foot is a tour company located in Historic Franklin, Tenn., that offers both daily walking and bike tours. Our daily Classic Franklin guided walking tour is the perfect way to peek behind the town’s charming exterior at the people and events that have shaped it. The tour is offered Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 ...more

City:  Franklin, TN
Phone:  615 400-3808

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General Strahl's Cannon
"Made in 1820 and originally a main deck gun on the USS Independence during the Mexican War. Used by Confederates in land battles in Civil War. Now rests in old City Cemetery beside the grave of General Otho French Strahl, local Civil War ...more

City:  Dyersburg, TN
Phone:  731-285-3433

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Giles County Historic Site Tour
"Driving tour of historic homes and sites over the entire ...more

City:  Pulaski, TN
Phone:  931-424-4044

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Hale House/Patterson Hotel
"Built in 1898 as a private residence and has served as a railroad hotel and later as a boarding house. Today it is a bed and breakfast. Tours by ...more

City:  Watertown, TN
Phone:  615-237-9999

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Hannum-Wirt-Rhea House
"Circa 1830 house of the Hannum-Wirt and Rhea families, being restored as the Fayette County Museum & Cultural Center. Open by ...more

City:  Somerville, TN
Phone:  901-465-4476

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