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Civil War Sesquicentennial Resources

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Nashville's Civil War Stories

“Nashville’s Civil War Stories: Common People in an Uncommon War” tells Nashville’s Civil War story though the eyes of twelve Nashvillians who represent the many perspectives of the war and its effects on the lives of those in our city. The brochure connects these Civil War stories to 24 Civil War sites, including homes, cemeteries, churches, and schools. Along with several battlefield sites, these are the places where Nashvillians fought to survive and struggled to cope during wartime and the years of Reconstruction. Brochures are available at the partner sites, or via download:

Grant partners include: Metropolitan Historical Commission, Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Davidson County Historian Carole Bucy, Metro Parks and Recreation, Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, Belle Meade Mansion, Belmont Mansion, Land Trust for Tennessee, Trevecca Nazarene University, Lipscomb University, Fisk University, University of the South, Tennessee Historical Commission, Tennessee State Museum, Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Nashville City Cemetery Association, Tennessee Historical Commission

TN Civil War Heritage Area

“Nashville’s Civil War Stories” was made possible by a grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

A partnership unit of the National Park Service, the TCWNHA is administered by the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation.

Nashville Civil War Roundtable

Date: 3rd Monday of Each Month
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Fort Negley Visitors Center, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., 615-862-8470
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Metro Parks in cooperation with the MTSU Chapter of the Society for Military History presents the Nashville Civil War Roundtable. The CWRT of Nashville meets monthly at the Fort Negley Visitors Center and is open to anyone interested in the American Civil War. The CWRT of Nashville offers guest speakers, presentations on a variety of topics, historic site tours, and support for historic presentation. Share your enthusiasm for one of the most pivotal periods of American history in a relaxed and fun environment!

Tennessee in the Civil War

Tennessee in the Civil War: The Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly is a twelve-volume book series containing reprints of more than 400 articles from the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, which were published between 1942 and 2010. First in the series is also entitled Tennessee in the Civil War. Additional volumes examine great battles, controversial leaders, firsthand accounts, occupation, experiences on the homefront, women's roles, the triumph of African Americans, and the legacy of the Civil War. The series is an official project of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and features series editor Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area at Middle Tennessee State University.

Copies of the books are available online. To learn more about the series, visit the Tennessee Historical Society.

Civil War Newspapers

Location: Metropolitan Government Archives, Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street
Cost: Free
For more information: 615-862-5880

The Metropolitan Archives maintains a set of original newspapers from the Civil War for each year of the war available for viewing. Please call ahead for more information.