Learn more about 2019 Civil War Days.
Cannons will ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys Counties to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Johnsonville. The free Civil War Days festival will feature Civil War era living history presenters, live musical performances, weaponry demonstrations and more at both Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Park on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Both parks will feature period encampments – a Federal encampment at Johnsonville and a Confederate encampment at Nathan Bedford Forrest – complete with artillery, infantry and civilian demonstrations. No battle reenacting will take place. Festival foods will be available for purchase.
Event sponsors include the Tennessee Arts Commission, Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Chemours, Humanities Tennessee, Greater Nashville Regional Council, Middle Tennessee Tourism Council, Visit Humphreys TN, Tennessee Valley Authority, Casey’s General Stores, First Tennessee Bank, First Bank, Friends of Johnsonville State Historic Park, Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Camden/Benton County Chamber of Commerce and Benton County Tennessee River Resort District.
The Battle of Johnsonville occurred on Nov. 4, 1864 when troops under Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Federal supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. This attack resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville. The Battle of Johnsonville is the only historical event in the country to have two state parks dedicated to its remembrance.
90 Nell Beard Road
New Johnsonville, TN 37134
Park Hours 11.2.19: 8am-5pm