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This ambrotype recently sold at an HA auction.  They are probably Tennessee brothers or relatives, obviously very young.  They each hold a M1816/22 musket. These kind of images were very typical as young men and boys enlisted and went off to fight in the Civil War. I wish we knew their names so we could better understand their story. Did they fight at Franklin? Nashville? Chattanooga?  Chickamauga? Tullahoma?  We will never know.

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Murfreesboro on August 6 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit.

Archivists will be at the Rutherford County Archives, 435 Rice Street in Murfreesboro, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

Individuals may call (615) 253-3470 or e-mail to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives’ section of the Department of State web site at

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.

“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 150th anniversary.

SCV Roderick Camp is hosting a fund-raiser Saturday, August 7th in Thompsons Station, south of Franklin, to raise the additional funds needed so the SCV group can preserve the original silk battle flag that was carried by the 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. The 20th TN saw action at the Battle of Franklin (1864).

The group has already raised $38,000 but they still need to raise another $13,000 for the flag restoration project.

The SCV Roderick Camp will hold a benefit concert Aug. 7 to raise funds for the flag’s restoration. The concert will be at the Smithson/Mangrum antebellum home at 4762 Peytonsville Road near I-840 southeast of Franklin.

Gates open at 3 p.m., and tickets are $20. Performers include the Winters Brothers Band, Phoenix Rising, Darren Brothers Band, along with nationally known speaker Thomas Cartwright.

More information is available by calling Mangrum at (931) 374-8368 or contacting him by e-mail at Additional details can be found by searching for “20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry” on Facebook.

Donations to restore the flag can also be made to Roderick Camp 2072, 1114 Galloway St., Columbia, Tenn., 38401.

Ronnie Mancrum is with the 20th TN SCV camp.


The Columbia Daily Herald ran a good article on the flag restoration project on August 2nd. Full story.

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Use the TN Civil War GIS Map with this site.



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