Tennessee Research Sites

Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 266-8658
This museum studies the historical and cultural contributions that African Americans have made to Chattanooga, including the free black businesses and politics that existed despite the slavery. Website provides event and exhibit information.

Center for Appalachian Studies and Services
East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN 37614-1707
(423) 439-4338
This research and public service center studies the culture and history of Appalachia through the Regional Resources, the Archives of Appalachia, and the Reece Museum.

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
(865) 215-8824
Website provides information about the Civil War Families of Tennessee program in addition to membership, lecture, and event information.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
The University of Tennessee

1327 Circle Park Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
(865) 974-2144
Website provides a description of part of their holdings, including original clothing, weapons and other items used by Union and Confederate soldiers as they fought for the occupation of Knoxville. Collections include the personal items of Corporal John Watkins, from the 19th Battery, Ohio Light Artillery. Provides links to sites pertaining to the Civil War in East Tennessee.

McClung Historical Collection

East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 215-8801
Archives feature a comprehensive listing of materials in the collection including genealogical materials, maps, photographs, and the First Families of Tennessee records.

Middle Tennessee Visitors Bureau
8 Public Square
Columbia, TN 38401
Local visitors bureau promotes heritage tourism in Maury County, TN, particularly focusing on Civil War sites. Provides information about a regional tour, the Antebellum Trail.

Tennessee Civil War Sourcebook
Website provides access to primary source documents related to the Civil War in Tennessee. A bibliography is also included.

Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Wars Commission
2941 Lebanon Rd.
Nashville, TN 37243-0442
(615) 532-1550
Website provides contact information, and descriptions for programs such as National Register review, state historical sites, historical markers, and publications. A Path Divided, a Tennessee Civil War brochure, is available at the above mailing address or can be downloaded at:

Tennessee Historical Society

War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-8934
Non-profit organization that promotes interest in and preservation of all matters relating to the history of Tennessee.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-2764
Repository holds numerous manuscripts, records, and photographs related to the Civil War and Reconstruction. The website's Military Records section provides access to indices and finding aids for many Civil War sources.

Tennessee State Museum
Polk Cultural Center
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
(615) 741-2764
Museum presents artifacts significant to Tennessee history, including Civil War flags, weapons, and quilts.

National Research and Organizational Links

American Battlefield Protection Program

1201 Eye Street, NW (2287)
Washington, DC 20005
Website provides links to all of the National Park Service battlefields, reports about the status of battlefield preservation in the US, battlefield lesson plans, and an exhibit on Civil War flags.

American Memory
Library of Congress
Digital library for United States history and culture that contains many Civil War-era items including historical maps, photographs, and documents.

Civil War Institute

Gettysburg College
300 N. Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 337-6590
Website explains opportunities for the academic study of Civil War including a summer program for students, scholarship and lecture programs.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
National Park Service
Website provides a searchable database that gives electronic information about servicemen who served on both sides of the Civil War.

Civil War Preservation Trust

1156 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 367-1861
Website provides information about "The Civil War Discovery Trail" and heritage education and tourism. Civil War Preservation Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered Civil War battlefield lands.

Documenting the American South
University of North Carolina
Electronic collection of documents that currently focuses on slave narratives, the southern homefront, and the church in the southern black community.

Duke Rare Books and Special Collections
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0185
(919) 660-5822
Digitized collection provides documents about women in the Civil War, including slave memoirs.

Making of America

University of Michigan
Website provides digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction, includes scanned images of actual nineteenth century journals, books, or imprints.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Provides information about researching key Civil War-era records, including military service records, pension records, Freedmen's Burea records, and South Claims Commission records.

Virginia Military Institute Archives
VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 464-7566
Website makes available many of the collections' Civil War documents for web usage. Special emphasis is placed on VMI alumni as military leaders, especially Stonewall Jackson, and the school's involvement in the Civil War.

Virginia Tech Special Archives
University Libraries, Virginia Tech
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24060-9001
(540) 231-6170

Website posts a portion of the Archive's "American Civil War Collection" online, including soldier's letters, papers, and scrapbooks.

Civil War Organizations

Battle of Hartsville Preservation Association

c/o 105 E. Main Street
Hartsville, TN 37074
(615) 374-3222
Organization preserves the sites associated with Colonel John Hunt Morgan's cavalry raid against Union forces at Hartsville, TN. Their driving tour brochure, entitled The Battle of Hartsville, Tennessee, highlights significant locations of the raid.

The Battle of Nashville Preservation Society
and Civil War Roundtable, Inc.

P.O. Box 121796
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 780-3636
Website provides history and photos of Nashville Civil War sites and membership information.

Cumberland Valley Civil War Heritage Association
P.O. Box 411
Portland, TN 37148
(615) 325-3443
Group dedicated to educating people and making resources available for the preservation of Civil War heritage of the Cumberland Valley of TN and KY.

Franklin's Charge
(615) 595-0636
This umbrella organization is spearheading efforts to establish a public-private Civil War battlefield park on the eastern flank of the Battle of Franklin (1864).

Friends of the Stones River National Battlefield, Inc.

P.O. Box 4092
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-4092
This organization serves as both an advocacy and advisory group for and a cooperative partner of the National Park Service to positively promote and protect the history and resources of Stones River National Battlefield.

Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County

510 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 591-8500
Website provides links to Civil War sites in the area. The Heritage Foundation is a non-profit preservation organization that engages in raising funds, lobbying, and promoting historic preservation in Williamson County, site of the Battle of Franklin.

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable
P.O. Box 313
Knoxville, TN 37901-0313
(865) 966-9090
Website provides an overview of Knoxville Civil War history, as well as driving and historical marker tours and membership information.

Middle Tennessee Civil War Roundtable
P.O. Box 10156
Murfreesboro, TN 27129
Website includes current and past issues of monthly newsletter, articles about local Civil War stories, and a calendar of events.

Save the Franklin Battlefield, Inc.
P.O. Box 851
Franklin, TN 37065-0851
Website features historical reference materials and links about the Battle of Franklin, as well as membership and meeting information.

Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association
P.O. Box 148535
Nashville, TN 37214-8535
Website includes news on battlefield preservation, descriptions of recent and upcoming events, issues of the organization's newsletter, and a membership application.