Tennessee Civil War Events

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Jun 10 2011 NASHVILLE, TENN

Tennessee official state sanctioned Sesquicentennial Events sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area include a series of major signature conferences on battles, events, and stories of the Civil War.  These events are free and open to the public.  For more information visit tncivilwar150.com. 

 

Sept. 6-7, 2011     Tennessee Sesquicentennial Signature Event - "Civil War in the Borderlands"

Location:               Cookeville - Tennessee Tech University

 

April 4-5, 2012     Tennessee Sesquicentennial Signature Event - "Invasion by Rail and River"

Location:               Pickwick Landing State Park and Shiloh National Military Park

 

Additional 2011 Tennessee events, reenactments and festivals related to the Civil War planned in communities across the state include:

 

 June 27                  Hands-On History at The Carter House

9:30 am - 10:30 am ($10)

Location:               The Carter House, Frankin, TN

Slave Life. We will visit the slave quarter and discuss the basics of what a slave was, what work they did on a farm, and their role during the Civil War. Hands-on History is for children 5-10 yrs and reservations are required!

 

July 2-3                  Artillery Firing Demonstration

Location:               Shiloh National Military Park (731-689-5696)

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

 

July 2                      Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

July 2-3                  A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Guided Tour.

 

July 4- 15               Living Under The Guns

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Experience the war through the stories of civilians

July 9                      Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Walk through the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of soldiers, and their loved ones, who

are buried there.

 

July 9                      Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

July 9-10                                A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Guided Tour.

 

July 10                    Franklin Civil War Roundtable:  Kent Masterson Brown, Lee and the Retreat from Gettysburg

                                3:00 pm

Location:               Williamson County Library, Franklin, TN

Presentations by notable historians and authors cover all aspects of the War. The Round Table is open to the public.

 

July 12-14              Summer Day Camp - A Call to Arms: The Struggle Continues

Location:               Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Chattanooga, TN

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites you to participate in a Summer Day Camp at Chickamauga Battlefield. The camp runs July 12-14 for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades and July 19-21 for 7th and 8th grades. Registration is limited to 50 day campers per week. 423-752-5213 x 117.

 

July 14-16              Calicos and Cadets BOFT Civil War Camp

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location:               Historic Carnton Plantation: 1345 Carnton Lane Franklin, TN  and  Carter House: 1140 Columbia
                                Pike Franklin, TN

Carnton Plantation and Carter House have joined together to provide hands-on fun experiencing what life was like during the Civil War for soldiers and women, as well as plantation life. Reenactors will demonstrate weaponry, crafts, and clothing and campers will learn to drill like a true soldier! Age: 8-12 years old

 

July 14-17              Civil War Trust Teacher Institute

Location:               Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville, TN

The Civil War Trust strives to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Civil War Trust's Teacher Institute is a four-day professional development event for K-12 educators focused on the American Civil War.

July 16                    Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

July 16                    Women and Civilians in Occupied Middle Tennessee

                                1:00 pm

Location:               FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave. www.mtgs.org

The Middle TN Genealogical Society will host speaker Karel Lea Biggs of Clarksville. This program examines what life was like during the Civil War living under Union occupation.

 

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

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

 

July 18- Aug. 5      Living Under The Guns

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Experience the war through the stories of civilians

 

July 19-21              Teaching with Primary Sources Across Tennessee, 2011 Summer Institute - "Divided Tennessee"

Location:               Murfreesboro, TN

Teachers will learn about Tennessee's Civil War issues and debates, tour Nashville's Civil War-related sites, explore the Library of Congress website in an MTSU computer lab, and develop lesson materials.

 

July 21                    Nashville Occupied by the Yankees, 1862-1866, Stories and Photographs

Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. $10 (lunch reservations call 615-385-2150 ext. 262)

Location:               St. George's Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road, Belle Meade, TN

This event is part of the St. George's Episcopal Church Civil War Series.

 

July 23                    Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Walk through the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of soldiers, and their loved ones, who are buried there.

 

July 23                    Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

July 24                    A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

July 23-24              Artillery Firing Demonstrations

Location:               Shiloh National Military Park

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)

 

July 26                    Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee

10:00 am-2:30 pm

Location:               Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN 37403 (615-253-3470)

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015), the Tennessee State Library and Archives will send teams of professional archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. You may schedule an appointment, and we will digitally copy and help you preserve your Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs. Digital copies of these items, representing the rich Civil War heritage of Tennessee families, can become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war in Tennessee. http://www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm

 

July 30                    Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

July 30                    A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

August - Sept.      Hoofbeats in the Heartland Special Exhibit

Location:               Stewart County Visitor Center, Dover

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

 

August 5-7             Civil War Era Civilian Clothing Exhibit, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Knoxville 89

Location:               Confederate Memorial Hall, 3148 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN                                 

                                www.knoxvillecmh.org                                      

 

August 6                                Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Walk through the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of soldiers, and their loved ones, who are buried there.

 

August 6                                Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

August 6                -7            Bethel Cemetery/Civil War Museum Opening

                                10:00 am

                                1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN

                                Calvin Chappelle, Director Mabry-Hazen House 865-522-8661

 

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

10:00 am - 10:30 am, 11:00am - 11:30 am,  1:00 pm - 1:30 pm, 2:00pm - 2:30 pm,
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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

 

August 6-7             The Bethel Cemetery Civil War Museum Opening, The Mabry-Hazen House Foundation

Location:               Bethel Cemetery, 1917 Bethel Ave., Knoxville, TN (Free) www.mabryhazen.com

 

August 6-7             A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

August 8 - 14        Living Under The Guns

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN

Experience the war through the stories of civilians

 

August 13-14        Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am- 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

August 13              Civil War Genealogy Workshop
10 am - 4 pm

Location:               East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Free sessions include information about how to research Civil War ancestors and resources in the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The sessions are free. Employees from history center and the Knox County Public Library's McClung Historical Collection will give individual direction and advice about research. Three classes will be conducted by Dr. George K. Schweitzer on "Civil War Genealogy on the Internet." Those classes also are free but require reservations at 865-215-8824 or eths@eastTNhistory.org.

 

August 14              Franklin Civil War Roundtable:  Sam Davis Elliott, Isham Harris

                                3:00 pm

Location:               Williamson County Library, Franklin, TN

Presentations by notable historians and authors cover all aspects of the War. The Round Table is open to the public.

 

August 18              Special Film about the Underground Railroad

6:30 pm - 8 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover, TN

A special film sharing stories from the Underground Railroad

 

August 20              East Tennessee Regional History Fair

10 a.m.-4 p.m

Location:               Downtown Knoxville.

The fair includes Civil War living history encampments, traditional music, crafts, food and book signings.

 

August 20              Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Walk through the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of soldiers, and their loved ones, who are buried there.

 

August 20              Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

August 20-21        A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

August 20-21        East Tennessee History Festival, It's All History, features a special Civil War emphasis

                                Downtown giant 2 day street fair.

Location:               Gay Street and beyond - www.eastTNhistory.org

 

 August 21              Trolley tours of Civil War-related and historic sites

                                1 pm - 4 pm

Location:               In and around downtown Knoxville during the fair.

 

August 25              Book Discussion: "For Cause and Comrades"

                                6:30 pm - 8 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover, TN

Why did men choose to fight in the Civil War? A marvelous book explains why.

 

August 27              Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9 am - 10 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

August 27-28        A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

September 3         Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery

                                7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Walk through the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of soldiers, and their loved ones, who are buried there.

 

September 3         Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

                                9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

Sept. 3-4                A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

Sept. 3-4                Fighting for Home and Hearth

11:00 am - 11:30 am, 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm, 2:00 - 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Infantry and artillery demonstrations will help visitors understand the role of Tennessee soldiers in the Battle of Stones River.

 

Sept. 3-4                Artillery Firing Demonstrations

Location:               Shiloh National Military Park

Artillery Firing Demonstrations. (Joe Davis 731-689-5696)

 

 Sept. 6                    Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee   The Virginia Civil War 150 Legacy Project. 

                                10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location:               Cookeville History Museum, 40 East Broad Street, Cookeville, TN 38501 (615-253-3470)

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015), the Tennessee State Library and Archives will send teams of professional archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. You may schedule an appointment, and we will digitally copy and help you preserve your Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs. Digital copies of these items, representing the rich Civil War heritage of Tennessee families, can become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war in Tennessee. http://www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm

 

Sept. 8-9                Fortress Rosecrans Encampment

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Living history including camps and demonstrations.

 

September 10      Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

Sept. 10-11           Fighting For Home and Hearth

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

 

Sept. 10-11           A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

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

                                War"

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

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

 

Sept. 15                 Book Discussion:"Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography"

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Dover, TN

Exploring the fascinating life of a most fascinating man.

 

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

Location:               Lairdland Farm House, Cornersville

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.

 

September 17      The Civil War Comes to Cumberland Gap

                                2:00 pm

Location:               Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Civil War program presented by Dr. Earl Hess from Lincoln Memorial University Dr. Earl Hess commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first significant military actions of the Civil War at Cumberland Gap. In September 1861, Confederate forces under General Felix Zollicoffer, which had been stationed at the Gap since June, marched north into the Yellow Creek Valley. They overpowered the Unionist home guard, establishing Camp Buckner at the Cumberland Ford. The South would continue to hold Cumberland Gap until June of 1862. Contact: Martha Wiley,  martha_wiley@nps.gov , Phone: (606) 248-2817, extension 1051.

 

September 17      Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

Sept. 17-18           A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

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

Location:               Chattanooga

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

 

September 24      Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

September 24      A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

                 

Sept. 24-25           Artillery Living History Demonstration

Location:               Shiloh National Military Park

Artillery demonstration.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2  Battle of Franklin Descendants Reunion

Location:               Historic Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN

Join us this fall for the eighth Battle of Franklin Descendants Reunion! This event, which began in 1996, brings people together from all over the country with a common connection: familial ties to the Carter Family, the McGavock Family and soldiers who fought in the Battle of Franklin. The weekend event includes lectures, battlefield tours with noted historians, and an opportunity to learn more about Franklin's enduring heritage. The Reunion is open to descendants and members of the Battle of Franklin Trust.

 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2  Annual Return to Shiloh BMW Rally

Location:               Shiloh National Military Park

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

 

October 1              Hallowed Ground: A Lantern Tour of Stones River National Cemetery

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Walk through the cemetery by lantern light and listen to the stories of soldiers, and their loved ones, who are buried there.

 

October 1              Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

 

October 1              A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

October 1              Confederate Hoofbeats

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

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

 

October 8              Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

Oct. 8-9                  A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

October 9              Ames Plantation Heritage Festival

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

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.

 

October 12           Black Leaders of Blount County During Reconstruction

Location:               East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Brown Bag Lecture by University of Tennessee doctoral candidate Robert Glenn Slater. Each free program starts at Noon.

 

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

Location:               Harlinsdale Park just north of downtown Franklin

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

sutlers.

 

Oct. 15-16             Fortress Rosecrans Encampment

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Visitors will get a chance to learn more about the Union occupation of Murfreesboro that followed the Battle of Stones River.

 

Oct. 15-16             Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education

 

Oct. 15-16             A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

Oct. 15-16             Fortress Rosecrans Encampment

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Living history including camps and demonstrations.

 

October 22           Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

October 22           A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

October 22           Seminar "Union vs. Disunion: East Tennessee Chooses Sides"

9:00 am - 3 pm

Location:               East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, TN

Sponsored by East Tennessee Historical Society and Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, the seminar is $30 and includes lunch. Register at 865-215-8824 or eths@eastTNhistory.org. Sessions include "Tennessee's Winter and Spring of Discontent, 1860-1861" by Dr. Paul Bergeron; "The Unionist Movement in East Tennessee, 1860-1861: Confronting Secession" by Lincoln Memorial University Associate Professor of History Dr. Michael Toomey; "...A state of Rebellion: The Bridge Burning and Unionist Uprising" by historians Dorothy Kelly and Donahue Bible; and "Civil War Borderlands, Guerilla Warfare, and the Culture of Paranoia" by University of Virginia at Wise history professor Dr. Brian McKnight.

 

October 23           A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

October 27           Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee -  The Virginia Civil War 150 Legacy Project. 

                                4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:               Erwin Town Hall, 211 North Main Avenue, Erwin, TN

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015), the Tennessee State Library and Archives will send teams of professional archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. You may schedule an appointment, and we will digitally copy and help you preserve your Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs. Digital copies of these items, representing the rich Civil War heritage of Tennessee families, can become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war in Tennessee. http://www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm

 

October 29           Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

 

Oct. 29-30             A Ride Through History: A Caravan Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Guided Tour.

 

 

 

Nov. - Dec.            Exhibit "Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee"

Location:               Historic Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN

Presented by the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, this traveling exhibit will be at Carnton in November and December of 2011. Tracing mounted warfare throughout Tennessee from 1861 to 1865, this exhibit explores the impact of war on the small communities as well as the large cities. Topics covered include military occupation, spies, guerillas, and highlights on major battles.

 

November 9          Bleeding Kansas by National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearrs

Location:               East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Brown Bag Lecture.  Each free program starts at Noon.

 

Nov. 10-12            19th Annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression

Location:               University of Chattanooga

Sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Department of Communications.  The annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression solicits papers dealing with U.S. mass media of the 19th century, the Civil War in fiction and history, images of race and gender in the 19th century press, presidents and the 19th century press, and sensationalism and crime in 19th century newspapers.  http://www.utc.edu/Academic/SymposiumOnThe19thCenturyPress/

 

November 30       Living history, "Battle of Franklin Commemoration"

Location:               Carter House, Franklin, TN

Living history event on the anniversary at the Carter House in Franklin. www.battleoffranklintrust.org.

 

Nov. 11-13            Fee Free Weekend

Location:               Shiloh Battlefield, Hardin County

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

 

Nov. 19-20            Living history, "Blue and Gray Days"

Location:               Carnton Plantation and the Carter House in Franklin.

Camps, demonstrations and tours 9 am-5 pm both days. Saturday night illumination at Carnton.  www.battleoffranklintrust.org.

 

Mid - December   Salem Battlefield Annual Dedication

Location:               On the site on Cotton Grove Road, Salem, TN

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. 1,500 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.

 

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

Location:               Williamson County Ag Center, Franklin

Nation's largest Civil War show with over 1000 tables of Civil War items displayed and for sale; $8 for adults; see www.mkshows.com.

 

December 10        Living history, "Remembering the Battle of the Cedars"

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield
Camps and demonstrations at the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro. www.nps.gov/stri.

 

Dec. 10-11            The Carter House Candlelight Tour

Location:               Carter House, Franklin, TN

This holiday-themed event awakens the holiday spirit while showcasing historic Franklin homes and properties and benefits the Battle of Franklin Trust.

 

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

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

Includes special talks, tours and living history.

 

December 17       Hands-On History at Carnton

9:30 am - 10:30 am ($15)

Location:               Historic Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN

Christmas in Carrie's Attic. Christmas in the 1860s wasn't quite what it is today so we will learn what traditions were practiced then and read The Night Before Christmas. Once in Carrie's attic we will make Victorian Christmas decorations. Hands-on History is for children 5-10 yrs and reservations are required!

 

  

2012 Civil War related events planned in communities across Tennessee include: 

 

Feb. 11, 2012       Special Author Visit by Kendall Gott

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Special author visit by historian of the Fort Henry/ Fort Donelson campaign.

 

February 13          Commemoration of the Skirmish Between the USS Carondelet and the Batteries at Fort Donelson

                                3:30 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield

3:30 PM - Remembering the 150th anniversary of the prelude to the big battle on the river.

 

February 14          Commemoration of the Naval Battle at Fort Donelson

2:00 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the great battle of February 14th, 1862.

 

February 15          150th Anniversary of the Confederate Attempt to Escape Fort Donelson

10:00 am

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Commemorating the Confederate Attempt to create an escape route towards Nashville.

 

February 15          Commemoration of Grant's Retaking of the Union Right on February 15, 1862

1:00 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Meet a Ranger to discuss the changing of the tide on the afternoon of February 15, 1862.

 

February 16          Commemoration of the Surrender of Fort Donelson

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location:               Fort Donelson National Battlefield

150th Anniversary of the Surrender of Fort Donelson.

 

March 29 -

April 1                    150th Anniversary:  The Battle of Shiloh National Reenactment

Location:               Shiloh, Tennessee (location right across from Shiloh National Military Park)

Sponsored by The Blue Gray Alliance.

Civil War living history / reenactment event.

 

 

 

 

March 30 - April 1 

150th Anniversary Battle of Shiloh

Location:               Battlefield Park, Highway 57 Hardin County, approximately six miles south of Shiloh National
                                Military Park, in the Southside community.

Sponsored by AOT / AOTT Headquarters, General Tom Doss, Commanding.  The Armies of Tennessee will host of the 150th Anniversary Battle of Shiloh, a national living history event to take place on March 30th-April 1st, 2012 at the same location of the highly successful 140th & 145th Anniversary Battles of Shiloh. The main goal of the Armies of Tennessee is to educate and preserve heritage. A school day is set for Friday, March 30th, 2012 so that schools in the surrounding area can experience history coming to life.

 

October 26-27     Legacy of Stones River Symposium - The Battle of Stones River: 150 Years Later

Location:               Stones River National Battlefield and Rutherford County Courthouse, Murfreesboro, TN

150 years after the Civil War, history buffs, students, and teachers are invited to learn more about this pivotal but underappreciated battle that took place outside of Murfreesboro, TN, in 1862.  The symposium will include talks that highlight the significance of the battle, period music and dramatizations, lunch, and activities at the battlefield. 615-893-9501, http://www.nps.gov/stri/planyourvisit/legacymain.htm

 

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