TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY ASKING FOR CIVIL WAR ITEMS FOR VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
Jul 8 2013 New Johnsonville
NEW JOHNSONVILLE, Tenn. – “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee” will take place 3-7 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m. to noon July 12 at Johnsonville State Historic Park. The event is designed to digitize and preserve materials that document Tennessee’s extensive Civil War heritage.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives, in cooperation with the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, will create a virtual exhibit at the park each day, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Tennessee.
Tennessee families can bring items representing their rich Civil War heritage to include in the virtual exhibit. Memorabilia suitable for digitizing include photographs, letters, diaries, maps, military passes and discharges, sketches, uniforms and weapons (swords, knives, etc.). All items must be original, no photocopies and must be owned by the person bringing them in for digitization.
All digital imaging will be done on site and participants will receive digital copies of the images, basic conservation supplies for their items and will have the opportunity to have their Civil War memorabilia preserved, digitized and shared online for future generations.
Johnsonville State Historic Park is named for Military Governor Andrew Johnson. The 600-acre park encompasses and overlooks the site of the Battle of Johnsonville. Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry took up artillery positions on the west bank of the Tennessee River on November 4, 1864. Calvary forces under Forrest who had already sunk four Union gunboats downstream, opened fire on the depot from across the river and proceeded to set fire to and sink numerous Federal riverboats in their moorings. Confederate gunfire resulted in the burning of the supply depot, destroying millions of dollars’ worth of Union Army stores. Two large artillery redoubts and other surviving fortifications can be visited at the park.
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