UPCOMING EVENTS COMMEMORATING THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN TENNESSEE

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Dec 31 1969 NASHVILLE, TENN.

Civil War Lecture Series Location:         Kingsport

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Launched by Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable - the lectures take place every Thursday at 7:30 p.m

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April 14-17     Association of Lincoln Presenters Annual National Convention

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Location:         General Morgan Inn

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Annual Meeting of the Lincoln Presenters National Convention to be held in Greeneville, TN, home of Lincoln's second Vice-President Andrew Johnson. http://alp2011.thelincolnproject.com

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April 16-24     National Park Week

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Location:         Shiloh National Military Park

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No park fees will be charged during National Park Week. Special ranger led programs will be offered everyday during Park Week. Joe Davis 731-689-5696 

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 April 16           Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escape!

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Location:         Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover

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April 16           Walking tour, "Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour"

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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  April 18-22     A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN  37303 423-745-0329 livinghertiage.comcastbiz.net

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee.

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 April 19           Tennessee Confederates

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Location:         Fort Negley Park, Nashville

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Tennessee Historical Society discussion Speaker Myers Brown TN State Museum

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April 19           Middle TN Civil War Roundtable

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Location:         Heritage Center, Murfreesboro

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Speaker Dr. Michael Parnhorst on Civil War battlefield monuments

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April 21           Civil War Public Lectures "William G. Brownlow, Saint or Sinner? A Fresh Look at one of Tennessee's Most Controversial Civil War Figures

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Lecture sponsored by Vanderbilt University's College of Arts and Science and feature speaker Stephen Ash, Professor of History at University of Tennessee. 

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April 22           Looking Back on Tennessee

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Location:         Hohenwald

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April 23           Junior Ranger Program

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Location:         Shiloh Battlefield, Hardin County 731-689-5696

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Activities will introduce children to the importance of preservation and commemoration in an exciting environment.

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April 25-29     A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
livingheritage.comcast.net/

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee.

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April 29           Lunch and Lecture Series: Sultana: Surviving the War, Prison and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History

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Location:         Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis

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Speaker to talk about one of the least known tragedies in American History. 901-774-3212 www.elmwoodcemetery.org .

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May 1- 12       Living Under The Guns

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Location:         Heritage Center, Murfreesboro

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Experience the war through the stories of civilians and the homefront.

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May 2-6          A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
http://livingheritage.comcast.net/

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee.

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May 3 - June 9           We Fought at Stones River

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Listen to the experiences of Union or Confederate Unit Soldiers who tell

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the story of the Battle of Stones River.

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May 7             Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escape!

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Location:         Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover

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 May 7-8          After A Hard Earned Victory

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Join living history volunteers as they present programs and demonstrations on many facets of civilian and military life during the Civil War.

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 May 9-13        A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
http://livingheritage.comcast.net/

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee.

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May 14                        Lawrence County's Civil War History Tour

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Location:   Lawrence County - the event will begin in Summertown, TN

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lawrencecountytn.webs.com 931-762-1401, lawrencecountytourism@yahoo.com

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Take a step back in time and enjoy the slow lane in Lawrence County, Tennessee.  Home of David Crockett-Birthplace of Southern Gospel - Trail of Tears Route - 1806 Congressional reservation.  Native Americans were the first residence of the county.  Desota traveled through Lawrence County and along Buffalo River, home to over 300 old order Amish families.  Enjoy a wagon ride in the Amish Country, purchase hand made items and fresh or canned vegies from the Amish Farms.  If you like bluegrass music you have come to the right place - music is our middle name.  Half way between Nashville and the Shoals in Alabama, we have country, rock, bluegrass, gospel all waiting for you.  The day will include Civil War history tours of Lawrence County, including six speakers across the county interpreting and/or reenacting including artillery firing, and period music and dress. All reenactors and speakers will meet at Sugar Creek Battlefield after 1 p.m.  

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May 16-20      A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
http://livingheritage.comcast.net/

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee.

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May 18 and May 27th         Sesquicentennial NPT Documentary Series; Music Episode

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Fundamental to our understanding of the Civil War era are its many musical legacies, whether the plaintive singing of slaves on the Memphis wharfs, the brass bands of the soldiers, the rousing tunes sung in family parlors, or the uplifting voices of promise from the Fisk Jubilee Singers. This wonderful new episode captures those sounds and memories from the Civil War era.

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May 19            Civil War 150th Book Discussion and Film Series

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Location:         Vanderbilt University

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A discussion of chapter 1 of Drew Gilpin Faust's This Republic of Suffering and a viewing of Episode One of Ken Burns The Civil War

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May 23-27      A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
http://livingheritage.comcast.net/

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee

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May 28            Scout Memorial Day Flag Placement

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Location:         Stones River National Cemetery, Murfreesboro

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American Flags to be placed on more than 7,000 grave.

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May 28-30      Memorial Weekend at Shiloh

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Location:         Shiloh National Military Park, Hardin County

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A weekend of special events and commemorative activities will begin. 731-689-5696 www.nps.gov/shil

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May 29-30      Memorial Day Service

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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To include music and living history.

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May 30-31      A House Divided: The Blues and Grays of East Tennessee

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
http://livingheritage.comcast.net/

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An exhibit exploring the intersection of Union and Confederate ideologies in Appalachian East Tennessee.

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June 3             Looking Back on Tennessee

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Location:         Springfield

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June 4-5          Living History - "There are Many Sides to a Story"

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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June 11           Women on the Homefront

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329
            http://livingheritage.comcoastbiz.ent/2001.html

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Learn how women lived during the Civil War.

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June 12-13      Nathan Bedford Forrest Great Escape Civil War Living History

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Location:  Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Park

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Parker's Crossroads Battleground Chili Cookoff

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Location:         Parker's Crossroads City Park

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CASI and Battlefield Association sponsored event - all donations go for preservation efforts of the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Park.

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June 17-20     Sullivan County Civil War Days

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Location:         Downtown Historic Blountville

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Living history event including soldiers, smell the smoke of the cannons, sit by the campfires, hear the 50th VA Regimental Band, listen to the ghost stories, and meet General Robert E. Lee! Sullivan County Civil War Days is sponsored by the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism http://netta.com/sullivan-county-civil-war-days 

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  June 24-26 The Civil War Battle of Blountville

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Location:         Blountville Historic District

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The event will consist of historical discussions, stories, reenactments, period music, suttlers/special vendors and historic events. In addition, the historical significance of local attractions such as the Old Deery Inn and the Anderson Townhouse will be highlighted. Sponsored by Sons of Confederate Veterans and Sullivan County Dept. of Archives and Tourism weldrite01@aol.com, 423-646-4787.

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July 2-3           Artillery Firing Demonstration

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Location:         Shiloh National Military Park

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In honor of July 4th, the Shiloh gun crew will provide cannon firing demonstrations.  731-689-5696.

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July 14-17       Civil War Trust Teacher Institute

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Location:         Nashville Airport Marriott

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Four day professional development for K12 teachers focused exclusively on the Civil War - Sponsored by Civil War Trust

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July 16-17       A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour Through Stones River

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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July 23-24       Artillery Firing Demonstrations

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Location:         Shiloh National Military Park

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In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the 1st battle of Bull Run (Manassas), the Shiloh gun crew will provide cannon firing demonstrations. Joe Davis 731-689-5696

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 August - Sept.             Hoofbeats in the Heartland Special Exhibit

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Location:         Stewart County Visitor Center, Dover

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In partnership with Fort Donelson National Battlefield and the Tennessee State Museum we will host this traveling exhibit highlighting the story of cavalry in Civil War Tennessee.  931-305-4447 www.tnmuseum.org/custpage.cfm/frm/41375/sec_id/41375

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August 6-7      Rosecrans' Gambit: The Pioneer Brigade and the Chicago Board of Trade

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Location: Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Discover the story of two unique units that played a key role in the Battle

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of Stones River.

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Sept. 3-4          Fighting for Home and Hearth

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Living history event with infantry and artillery demonstrations to help visitors understand the role of TN soldiers in the Battle of Stones River.

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Sept. 3-4          Artillery Firing Demonstrations

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Location:         Shiloh National Military Park

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Artillery Firing Demonstrations. Joe Davis 731-689-5696

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Sept. 6-7          Tennessee Sesquicentennial Signature Event

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Location:         Cookeville - Tennessee Tech University

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Sept. 8-9          Fortress Rosecrans Encampment

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Living history including camps and demonstrations.

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Sept. 10-11 Fighting For Home and Hearth

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Sept. 10-16      National Heritage Quilt Show "Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow: The American Civil   War"

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Location:         McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens, TN 423-745-0329

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The Museum's annual juried quilt show featuring Civil War era reproduction fabrics and patterns.

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Sept. 15-17      Civil War Sesquicentennial Event at Lairdland Farm

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Location:         Lairdland Farm House, Cornersville

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Come bring the family and experience the unique Living History of the Civil War as the 19th Alabama Civilian Corp and the 13th U.S. Colored Troops reenactors set up camp and offer demonstrations of daily life during the Civil War era.

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Sept. 21-23      Seminar, "Image of War"

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Location:         Chattanooga

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Annual event sponsored by the Center for Civil War Photography in Chattanooga. Program, lectures and tours, www.imageofwar.org

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October 9        Ames Plantation Heritage Festival

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Location: 5 miles north of Grand Junction, TN on Buford Ellington Road

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The festival sponsored by Ames Plantation and The University of Tennessee, will feature an entertaining and educational approval to the area's rich heritage.  Civil War cavalry and artillery units provide a glimpse into that troubled time in our history with living history encampments and live fire artillery demonstrations.  Located 5 miles north of Grand Junction on Buford Ellington Road. 901-878-1067 www.amesplantation.org.

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October           Annual Return to Shiloh BMW Rally

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Location:         Shiloh National Military Park

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TVA Campgrounds, Pickwick Dam - weekend of live entertainment, fun and more. www.bmwrams.com 662-419-0898

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Oct. 1-2           Confederate Hoofbeats

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Confederate cavalry and artillery demonstrations and tell the story of the mobile arm of the Confederate Army of TN.

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Oct. 14-16       Civil War Days and Battle of Franklin 147th Reenactment

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Location:         Harlinsdale Park just north of downtown Franklin

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The event will include reenactment of the Battle of Franklin, living history camps, food vendors and sutlers.

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Oct. 15-16       Fortress Rosecrans Encampment

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Location:         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Living history including camps and demonstrations.

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Nov. 11-13      Fee Free Weekend

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Location:         Shiloh Battlefield, Hardin County

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In honor of Veteran's Day, no fees will be charged 731-689-5696.

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December        Salem Battlefield Annual Dedication

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Location:  on the site on Cotton Grove Road, Salem

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Held mid-December each year, Salem Battlefield Assn. holds a dedication ceremony on the site on Cotton Grove Road where on the morning of Dec. 19, 1862, approx.. 1500 Confederate Calvary along with Freeman's Battery with three pieces of artillery under the command of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, clashed in a 2 hour battle with about 1000 Federals under the command of Col. Adolph Englemann.

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Dec. 3-4           Mike Kent Civil War Show and Sale

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Location:         Williamson County Ag Center, Franklin

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Nation's largest Civil War show

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Dec. 10 -
Jan. 2.             Anniversary activities - Stones River

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Location: Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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Includes special talks, tours and living history.

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For more information on Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial events, please visit tncivilwar150.com.

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