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Civil War Sesquicentennial Events

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cannonSave the Date!  Battle of Nashville Sesquicentennial Commemorative Event

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 2014
Location: Civil War Sites across Nashville and Davidson County

Join the Metropolitan Historical Commission, Fort Negley Park, and Nashville's historic house museums and Civil War sites for a city-wide event commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Nashville.  Check back throughout the next few months for more information!

cannonNashville'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:

Nashville's Civil War Stories: Common People in an Uncommon War

Nashville's Civil War Stories Map

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

“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.

TN Civil War Heritage Area

cannonNashville 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
For more information: nashvillecivilwarroundtable.wordpress.com/

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! 

  • January 2014: Linda Barnickel, historian and author - The Battle of Milliken's Bend

cannonSave the Date! Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

Date: Thursday and Friday, November 13 & 15, 2014

Location: Franklin, Tennessee

cannonTennessee in the Civil War

Tennessee in the Civil War: The Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly is a twelve-volume book series which will reprint 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, to be published through 2015, will 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 and at various events throughout the Sesquicentennial. To learn more about the series, visit the Tennessee Historical Society. For information on upcoming commemorative events, visit the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

cannonCivil War Newspapers

Date: Continuing Through the Civil War Sesquicentennial
Location: Metropolitan Government Archives, 3801 Green Hills Village Drive
Cost: Free
For more information: 615-862-5880

Ongoing through the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Metropolitan Archives will have a set of original newspapers from the Civil War for each year of the war available for viewing. The Metropolitan Archives is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is needed.