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2013 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

Chattanooga, TN

Oct 9, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013

Tennessee’s 2013 Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event which remembers the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga. Titled “Occupation and Liberation,”  the commemoration will take place Oct. 9-12, 2013 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and surrounding historic sites. The Signature Event is jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Tennessee Historical Society, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, The Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park,and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau and will feature educational symposiums, book signings, special tours and entertainment.

Oct. 9 kicks off with the Looking Back Project hosted by Tennessee State Library and Archives followed on Oct. 10 by a teacher’s workshop “Teaching Occupation and Liberation” hosted by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation. Amy Murrell Taylor, PhD, associate professor of history, University of Kentucky will provide the keynote address, 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 10.

The Official Opening Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. EDT, Oct. 11 and will include special guests and musical performances. The ceremony will be followed by a forum with America’s foremost historians on the Battles for Chattanooga, living history demonstrations and a Sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts from the Battles for Chattanooga.

Symposium sessions continue Oct. 12. Topics includeMilitary Strategy in the Civil War” and “Civil War Commemoration and Memorialization.”

To reserve your seats please register via email at or call the registration line at 615-532-7520. All Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sponsored events are free and open to the public. All tourism partners are encouraged to attend this special milestone in our state’s history.

Friends of the Park, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host commemoration events throughout 2013. For more information, visit

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