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APSU history professor Minoa Uffelman part of team to restore Civil War-era diary

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Military conflicts are not fought in isolation, and the American Civil War was no different. While civilians like Serepta Jordan never lifted a musket, Jordan and millions like her felt its impact, and it is precisely that neglected perspective that made the discovery of her diary by area historians so significant.

A working-class woman living in Clarksville during the war, Jordan was not a name remembered by history.

Minoa Uffelman holding the $3,000 Archive Development Grant check from the State of Tennessee.

Minoa Uffelman holding the $3,000 Archive Development Grant check from the State of Tennessee.

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Contemporary textile artist Sonya Clark to visit APSU

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – With support from the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts (CECA), the Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design will welcome award-winning textile artist Sonya Clark to the campus for a visiting artist lecture at 7:00pm on March 15th, in the Morgan University Center, room 303.

With support from CECA, all Art and Design events are free and open to the public.

APSU Department of Art and Design brings in Sonya Clark for visiting artist lecture, March 15th.

APSU Department of Art and Design brings in Sonya Clark for visiting artist lecture, March 15th.

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The History of Renfroe Station on the Red River, 1780 – Part 1

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – Have you heard the story of the first frontier settlement on the Red River? 

Many times the history beneath our feet here in Montgomery County is not in the forefront of our minds.  It can be easily forgotten that the many places we live, shop, or work every day contain stories from multiple historical periods of Tennessee. In this case, it is the history of westward expansion and the Indian Wars of the 18th century. 

People may wonder why these stories matter.  Many of us were at one time young students who felt history class was incredibly boring and even called it our least favorite subject.  Yet, in truth, it is those who devote some time to the subject in depth who are a very fortunate group of people.  They gain insights and knowledge; they increase their wisdom. 

The Red River, Clarksville, Tennessee

The Red River, Clarksville, Tennessee

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The Freed Slaves of Montgomery County

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – Every human being has worth and deserves dignity. “Everyone matters” is an incredibly powerful humanitarian ideal, and one upon which the United States seems to continually both build and define. We hear the whispers of this ideal within the words of the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The generation of Americans which fought to free us from the tyranny of Europe in the late 18th Century probably could not have grasped how these words, and the spirit of the ideal they reflect would be used by subsequent generations to form the nation we live within today.

Unknown Slave Women and children

Unknown Slave Women and children

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Clarksville Beginnings – Part 4: Is Sevier Station Really Sevier Station?

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – If you look hard enough, it is not difficult to find a rather cynical analysis of recorded history. For example, “The past actually happened. History is what someone took the time to write down,” says writer and comedian, Whitney A. Brown.

Or there is American writer and Civil War veteran, Ambrose Bierce, who chimed in with, “God alone knows the future, but only a historian can alter the past.”

Yet, despite these opinions and the imperfections they reveal concerning the whole endeavor of unearthing information about the past, it is still considered a noble one.

Sevier Station

Sevier Station

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Clarksville Beginnings – Part 3: Who Was Valentine Sevier?

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – Our lives here in Middle Tennessee are built upon the foundation of those who lived before us. The names of these souls of long ago are sprinkled upon our consciousness as they are now reflected in the names of our counties, cities, and roads: John Montgomery, George Rogers Clark, James Robertson, etc.

They are people who lived the prime of their lives in the late 18th century on the cusp of a new nation, bordering a frontier with a plethora of possibilities. These men are revered and their lives have been boiled down to a thick consistency of stories that all reflect their heroism, bravery, and sometimes larger than life achievements.

In the past there has been a definite vibe that they are only to be portrayed as one dimensional hero type characters and to do otherwise would be akin to blasphemy.

Sevier Station

Sevier Station

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Clarksville Beginnings – Part 2: Revisiting the Massacre at Sevier Station; In Their Own Words

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – I love history and find it fascinating – and you must enjoy it as well or you would not be reading this article! Yet, I could listen and listen to someone who is alive and well with me today go on ad nauseum about the dry facts from the past and get absolutely nothing from it.

But, to hear the very words of those who lived before us – those priceless journals, letters, and testimonies – that is gold to me! It is amazing to be able to peak into their minds and hearts for just a moment and experience with them the joys, the struggles, the hopes, and the pain of the experience of life.

That is what we have with the story of the lives of Valentine Sevier, his family, and community – their own words.

Sevier Station

Sevier Station

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Clarksville Beginnings: The Early History of Sevier Station – Part 1

 

Clarksville Tennessee HistoryClarksville, TN – Have you seen the old stone building on Walker Street in the New Providence area? If not, come by and take a look at it some time. This primitive looking building, labeled “Sevier Station”, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is touted as the oldest building in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

As you walk around and gaze at the roughhewn limestone quarried from the nearby bluffs, and ponder the old chimney placed oddly in the center of the building, and consider the apparent gun port built into the east side, may you contemplate the ground upon which you are standing.

Sevier Station

Sevier Station

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What makes Fort Campbell’s Rakkasans better

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – That was the question Soldiers and the command of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans,’ 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set out to answer during the Brigade’s first ever ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, February 19th and 20th.

“This was the first time we as a Brigade have ever put together a challenge like this for our Soldiers,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Perez, the Brigade targeting officer and coordinator of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition.

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition  here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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Today Marks the 72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii

 
Sailors man the rail of the USS Hopper (DDG 70) as it passes by the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 2000. (SSG. Paul Holcomb/U.S. Air Force)

Sailors man the rail of the USS Hopper (DDG 70) as it passes by the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 2000. (SSG. Paul Holcomb/U.S. Air Force)

Clarksville, TN – It was 11:48am local time 72 years ago people in Clarksville Tennessee were just getting getting out of church, and were looking forward to Sunday lunch; when the Empire of Japan launched their sneak attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

The time was 7:48am in Hawaii on Sunday December 7th 1941, and the sailors of the U.S. Fleet were conducting their Sunday morning worship services when Japanese aircraft attacked. The attack consisted of two waves of 354 aircraft which took off from six Japanese aircraft carriers, the Akagi, Kaga, Sōryū, Hiryū, Shōkaku, and Zuikak.

The first warning of the air raid was sent out via radio to U.S Forces at 7:58am Hawaiian Time on Sunday December 7th 1941.

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