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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • February 19, 1862

    General C. F. Smith led his men into Clarksville on this day in 1862 to occupy the town and preserve order.  Unfortunately General Smith was under the command of General U.S. “Unconditional Surrender” Grant, and Clarksville was in a territory which was the responsibility of General Don Carlos Buell.  This was, to use technical military terminology, a no-no.  Clerks scrambled to get matters straightened out, hopefully before either general got to Nashville, the next target.