The Civil War took a deadly toll on the south, but few know that Tennessee served as one of the most prolific and historical locations for battle. From the Battle of Franklin, considered one of the bloodiest, to the smallest skirmishes to the east, there are scars and marks from that long ago struggle that still mar of the face of this beautiful state. They are now places to be remembered and respected, influential not only in their time, but today.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park
Chattanooga was once known as "The Gateway to the Deep South," so when the Confederates took a stunning defeat at Chattanooga after their recent success at Chickamauga nearby, it was considered the 'death knell' of the Confederacy.
Belle Meade Plantation
Now a wedding venue and event space, the Belle Meade Plantation once served as the headquarters for General James Chalmers during the Battle of Nashville in 1864.
Bleak House- Knoxville
Bleak House, named after the Dickens novel of the same name, was acquisitioned by Generals Longstreet and McLaws during the 1863 Battle of Knoxville.
Carnton Plantation - Franklin
The Battle of Franklin was brutally fought on the grounds, and it is here that you will find the largest Confederate cemetery in the nation.
Carter House - Franklin
Located just down the street from the Lotz House, and a bit from Carnton Plantation, the Carter and Lotz families hid in their basement while the Battle of Franklin roared above them.
Fort Dickerson - Knoxville
A Union fort, it was attacked multiple times by the Confederate troops but was unable to be taken due to rough terrain and the strength of the federal army. It now serves as a historical park.
A tiny town that only houses 890 residents, Friendsville was the birthplace of a huge abolitionist movement and served as a safe place with houses on the Underground Railroad and families willing to take in southern boys headed to fight for the North.
Hartsville Battlefield Park
Marking the open of the Stones River Campaign, the Battle of Hartsville was fought in 1862 and is heralded now by a commemorative park.
National Cemetery - Chattanooga
Established in 1863, this national cemetery serves as one of the most chilling memories of war in our great country.
Lotz House - Franklin
Now a museum, the Lotz house was destroyed in the five hour Battle of Franklin. It has since been rebuilt and educates thousands of people a year on the great war between the states.
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