Civil War Families of Tennessee
The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you to join its heritage program, Civil War Families of Tennessee (CWFT). CWFT seeks to identify and honor the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers on both sides of the conflict. This lineage program links current descendants with their Civil War ancestors, encourages new research, and combines the experiences of thousands of individuals and families to tell more fully the story of the Civil War in Tennessee.
Answers to frequently asked questions are below. For additional information or questions about CWFT, e-mail email@example.com
(Note: ETHS cannot process email queries or perform research assistance.)
Who is eligible to join?
If you are a direct or collateral descendant of any individual who served in Tennessee during the Civil War--Union or Confederate--you are eligible for membership in CWFT. Service may have been in either a Tennessee unit or any unit which was active in the state.
Membership is also open through an ancestor who served elsewhere but lived in Tennessee either before, during, or after the war. In order to recognize the service of the many young men who died unwed and without children, CWFT offers membership through collateral descent (service of the brother of a direct ancestor).
Membership in Civil War families of Tennessee is a special investment that will benefit the past, the present, and the future. By entering your ancestor, you will be documenting and paying tribute to his service, and ensuring that his contributions are remembered. Most importantly, by joining CWFT, you can help identify and preserve special family artifacts, diaries, photographs, and documents for the benefit of future generations.
How do I join?
To join, applicants must complete a two-page application form
and line of descent chart and submit acceptable documentation to prove an ancestor's service and generation-by-generation descent from the ancestor. To dowload form click here
There is a one-time application fee of $30 for ETHS members and $40 for non-members. For $50, non-ETHS members may apply to CWFT and join ETHS at the same time.
CWFT members will receive a handsome certificate with the names of the applicant and the ancestor, along with his company and regiment. The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection of the Knox County Public Library will house CWFT applications, where, together with the companion program First Families of Tennessee, they will provide an unparalleled resource for family and historical research in the Volunteer State.
To join CWFT today,
fill out the application form and mail it, along with your application fee and copies of your documentation, to:
Civil War Families of Tennessee
C/O East Tennessee Historical Society
PO Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
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If you cannot download the application form and would like an application mailed to you, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request to the above address.