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. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • September 20, 1863

    On this day in 1863 during the Battle of Chickamauga, the tide turned in favor of the Confederates.  Late in the preceding day, Generals James Longstreet and John B. Hood arrived from Virginia, and these 2 veterans with their armies of the eastern campaigns inspired Bragg's men with confidence.