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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 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:

“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.



Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, gives a speech in Savannah declaring slavery to be the natural condition of blacks and the “cornerstone of the Confederacy.” He also calls the secessions “one of the greatest revolutions in the annals of the world … signally marked, up to this time, by the fact of its having been accomplished without the loss of a single drop of blood.” The speech raises both Northern and Southern hackles and causes a brief falling out with Jefferson Davis. The C.S.A Postmaster makes a selection of postage stamps.



U.S. Forces begin reconnaissance against Cumberland Gap; skirmish there.


Skirmishes at Salem and Triune.


Skirmish at Reynoldsburg.


General Schofield’s troops occupy Goldsboro, North Carolina; Sherman’s left is near Bentonville, and his right is moving into Mount Olive.

Use the TN Civil War GIS Map with this site.



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