Civil War Sesquicentennial Events & Programs

Blue & Gray ReunionThe East Tennessee Historical Society is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a variety of programs and events plus the compilation of a database of the burial places of soldiers buried in East Tennessee.  ETHS is also partnering with a number of other organizations to host programs and promote Civil War 150 events across the region.

The last state to join the Confederacy, the first to rejoin the Union, Tennessee furnished more men to the Union army than all other Southern states combined and was second only to Virginia in the number of men who fought for the Confederacy.  More battles were fought on Tennessee soil than in any other state (except Virginia), with some 66,000 Confederates and 58,000 Federals killed or wounded here and many more dying of disease and malnutrition.

From the Tennesseans who defended their native lands and those who fought in distant battles, to the tens of thousands of soldiers from other states who were here in battle or encampment, each is an essential part of the Tennessee story.  Individually and collectively, they comprise the state’s Civil War history.

To submit a report, download the Veterans Information Form below and submit to the East Tennessee Historical Society.

East Tennessee Historical Society:

Other state and regional Civil War organizations and events:

Previous Civil War Events & Programs

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD.

    Finding your Civil War ancestor, service records, pension records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries. Participants should bring names and states of known or suspected Civil War ancestors.

    Pre-registration is required and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 10, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Celebrated author David Madden will talk about his new book, The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction: Readings and Writings from a Novelist’s Perspective.  Madden’s new book highlights the interconnectedness of fiction and nonfiction by placing essays reflecting on the work of James McPherson, William Faulkner, and others...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    April 27, 2015 - 9:00am to October 18, 2015 - 4:00pm

    The Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House in April 1865 may have legally ended the Civil War, but it did not end East Tennessee’s bitter internal war. As Union and Confederate veterans returned home, fierce partisanship and settling of old scores often continued. Some Confederates, feeling unwelcome in their own homeland, left the...