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The first sketchy reports of the battle in Kentucky appear:
“We only know that the battle was offered by the rebels, and lost by them, after what must have been a fierce conflict, and the sacrifice of two leaders as conspicuous as Zollicoffer and young Bailie Peyton [Junior, age 28]. The vanquished fell back to their intrenchments at Mill Spring. Thither they were pursued by the victors, assailed, and finally obliged to capitulate.” [New York Times, p. 4]
The Bowling Green correspondent of the Nashville Union boldly conjectures that there will be no fighting in Kentucky in the near future. He believes that the Federal forces are insubstantial and that Crittenden’s troops are headed for their winter quarters
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s office announced Monday, December 12th that the Tennessee State Museum will display the treasured Emancipation Proclamation document, signed by Abraham Lincoln, during an exhibit to be hosted in 2013 at the state museum called “Discovering the Civil War“.
The rare document to be on display in Nashville will be the only site in the Southeast to host it.
When will it be on display? It will be on display during a six day period, during planned intervals of time (to be announced) since the document can only be exposed to 72 hours of light during its visit. The treasured document rarely leaves the National Archives.
“The Emancipation Proclamation linked the preservation of American constitutional government to the end of slavery and has become one of the country’s most treasured documents. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, formally proclaiming the freedom of all slaves held in areas still in revolt,” said the Haslam-office press release.
Here is a copy of the document to be displayed.
Martial law is declared in East Tennessee.
Gen. Zollicoffer continues to haunt the southern Kentucky border.
The Memphis Avalanche takes over the Bulletin; a fire on the corner of Washington street and Centre alley destroys $30,000 of property. Nashville merchants agree to take Treasury notes as par for debts and goods. Confederate soldiers are said to be “suffering from the want of tobacco.” [NYT, p. 1
According to the Chicago Tribune, General Pillow, with 20,000 Tennessee troops, has moved into southeastern Missouri
[COPY] The following news release was originally released on June 15, 2011.
Most Tennesseans may not stop to reflect on the state’s role in the Civil War as they go about their daily lives, but now interactive technology coupled with extensive historical research can map out the battles that took place where present day grocery stores, schools and businesses stand.
The first of its kind in the nation, the Tennessee Civil War Geographic Information System (GIS) Survey shows hundreds of locations where Civil War battles, engagements, skirmishes and other military actions took place. The interactive GIS application for the Civil War in Tennessee is now available at: http://tnmap.tn.gov/civilwar/.
The web site allows modern aerial photography, street maps and land use maps to be overlaid onto sites where Civil War actions occurred in Tennessee. It also links narrative information about these events from the Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook. Complete accounts of all the state units that served in the war are searchable by county along with 1860 United States Census data.
The Tennessee Civil War Survey is a project of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) and is funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service. TSLA is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
“Learning about the Civil War is fundamental to understanding Tennessee history,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “By linking information from the State Library and Archives with maps, Tennesseans can tour battlefields across the state without leaving their homes.”
Other TSLA materials used in the project include original documents, photos, historic maps and military unit histories by county of origin. The Tennessee Civil War GIS Survey builds on efforts of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.
From Shiloh to Stones River, combat during the Civil War struck all parts of Tennessee. In fact, only the state of Virginia was the site of more battles. As a result, many Tennesseans have family ties to those who fought with either the Union or Confederate troops.
For those interested in learning about their ancestors who fought in the Civil War, the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is here to help. TSLA will host the next workshop in its public services series, titled “Civil War Ancestors: Old Records & New Tricks,” on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Manuscript archivists Darla Brock and Dr. Tom Kanon will explain how to trace genealogies and give specific tips on researching with Civil War materials. In addition to the archivists’ first-rate instruction, attendees will have access to the vast TSLA resources including Civil War databases and high-quality genealogy tools.
TSLA is a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
“The State Library and Archives is providing another wonderful opportunity to learn about state history with its free seminar series,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “You never know what interesting things you may learn about your family while exploring the archives.”
The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the TSLA building, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville, next to the State Capitol.
The workshop is free, but due to limited seating in the auditorium, advance registration is required. Please call 615-741-2764 or email@example.com to save a seat for the workshop.
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Ashland City April 1 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit.
Archivists will be at the Cheatham County Public Library, 188 County Services Drive in Ashland City, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. that day. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.
The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit titled, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.” The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.
Individuals may call (615) 253-3470 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives’ section of the Office of the Secretary of State’s web site at:http://tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/events.htm
“This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “The Civil War was a major event in our state’s history, so we need to take appropriate steps to make sure these treasures are properly preserved for future generations.”
Attendees at the event will receive copies of the digital photographs and tips on how to preserve their Civil War memorabilia.
Archivists plan to visit all 95 of Tennessee’s counties in search of material for the exhibit, which will commemorate the Civil War’s 150thanniversary.
Media coverage of the archiving work is encouraged.
There is a new exhibit installed at the Historic Carnton Plantation (Franklin) called Remembering Our Bold Defenders: Civil War Veterans. The exhibit runs from March 1 – October 1, 2011.
About 3 million soldiers fought in the American Civil War from 1861-1865; about 2.2 million for the Union and 850,000 for the Confederacy. When the war was over there were about 2.4 million veterans who returned home. Many of these men lived 50-60 years after the war.
The veterans exhibit is a small but classy display of roughly 15 primary items, mostly buttons and badges, as well as some pictures of Civil War veterans and objects. By far, the most interesting object is the Franklin 1914 (50th Anniversary) Register List that was signed personally by roughly 110 soldiers, most of whom were Confederate.
There are also two original uniforms on display.
No photography is permitted and it only takes about 15-20 minutes to peruse the exhibit.