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

  • September 17, 1862

    On this day in 1862, Major General John P. McCown of the Confederate Army sent a dispatch to Richmond from Knoxville asking for guidance on a whole range of issues, many of which had already been settled.  This prompted Secretary of War George Randolph to conclude that "General McCown seems to have no policy of his own and recommends nothing."