A Look into the Past: Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event
It’s been 150 years since the American Civil War saw brother fighting against brother. The Civil War brought about a stronger country, founded on freedom regardless of race, creed or color. To honor these brave men who came before us and to remember the sacrifices Union and Confederate soldiers made, the 2013 Tennessee Civil War Commission’s Signature Event, “Occupation and Liberation,” will take place Oct. 9-12 in Chattanooga.
The Official 150th Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. EDT, Oct. 11 and will include special guests, musical performances and battlefield preservation-related announcements. A forum with America’s foremost historians on the Battles for Chattanooga will follow.
Special tours, educational symposiums with topics including “Military Strategy in the Civil War” and “Civil War Commemoration and Memorialization,” book signings, entertainment and living history demonstrations will take place during the four-day commemoration. The events are free but seating is limited while local bus tours and Saturday night’s events are ticketed. Registration is highly recommended by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 615-532-7520.
Event speakers include Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker; Bobby Horton, Civil War Music Historian and performer; Antoinette G. Van Zelm, Project Manager for the Center for Historic Preservation; Brooks D. Simpson, ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University and Amy Murrell Taylor, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky.
The events are sponsored by the TennesseeeCivil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Tennessee Historical Society, Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For a full list of events and what to expect, visit www.tnvacation.com/civil-war.
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