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United States Colored Troops Living History Association Hosts Annual Conference in Clarksville October 19th-21st

 

Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War - CW150 CommissionClarksville, TN – The United States Colored Troops Living History Association’s annual national meeting will be October 19th-21st in Clarksville, TN at Riverview Inn, 50 College Street.

The United States Colored Troops Living History Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and accurately interpret the history of the United States Colored Troops of the American Civil War and those that supported their efforts to abolish slavery and preserve the Union and to educate the public and promote research of the history and legacy of those who served in the Civil War. «Read the rest of this article»

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Upcoming Clarksville Civil War Events Free and Open to the Public

 

Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War - CW150 CommissionClarksville, TN – Author Tom McKenney will discuss and be available to sign his book, Jack Hinson’s One Man War at Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center on Tuesday, April 17th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Contact Fort Defiance at 931.472.3351 or www.fortdefianceclarksville.com.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center to hold book signing by author Tom McKenny on April 17th.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center to hold book signing by author Tom McKenny on April 17th.

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Civil War Events and Programs are Planned for the Local Community

 

Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War - CW150 CommissionMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is gearing up for numerous events and commemoration activities in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.

Over the next three months, there will be a variety of offerings, for young and old alike, to reflect, relive and learn about Clarksville and Montgomery County’s role in the Civil War.

Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, Clarksville TN.

Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, Clarksville TN.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Town’s Surrender to Union Naval Forces

 

Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War - CW150 CommissionMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial or CW150 Commission is preparing for the 150th anniversary of the “Surrender of Clarksville.”

To commemorate this historic event, the CW150 Commission will host a ceremony marking the date on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 2:00pm at Fort Defiance Civil War Park.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

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Commission Sets Course for Civil War Commemorations

 

Montgomery CountyMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial or CW150 Commission is gearing up for years of exciting events and commemoration activities in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area.

Over the next four years, there will be a variety of offerings, for young and old alike, to reflect, relive and learn about Montgomery County’s role in the Civil War.

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The City of Clarksville dedicates new Interpretive Center and Walking Trails at Fort Defiance

 

City of Clarksville Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville Tennessee dedicated the new Fort Defiance Interpretative Center yesterday to a standing room only crowd. The center is poised to attract civil war tourism to Clarksville during the celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial which begins in earnest next year.

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterThe Customs House Museum will manage the new center, with the city responsible for maintaining the grounds.

Rufus Johnson & Associates were the architects, McKinney Construction the general contractor, and Hatem Shaw  the project manager. The total cost for the new interpretative center and walking trails was $1,976,159 of which 1.6 million dollars was funded by grants, with the city contributing $395,249 in local matching funds.

The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

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Take a step back in time by attending the Civil War Ball

 

Clarksville, TN – Just in time for the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War in Tennessee, the Second Annual Friends of Fort Defiance Civil War Ball and Dinner will be held at Smith-Trahern Mansion, 101 McClure Street, on Saturday, November 13th. A gala affair, the dinner begins at 5:00pm. with the ball ending at 9:30pm.

Reservations are required, as is period clothing. Tickets are $30.00 each and are obtained by calling Phyllis Smith: 931-551-4560 or by e-mailing as soon as possible. Limited seating is available.

The Friends of Fort Defiance Civil War Ball

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Clarksville-Montgomery County plans for Civil War Sesquicentennial

 

It was just 150 years ago that our nation was torn apart by the Civil War. Brother faced off against brother in often brutal battles. Even after the Union’s victory and the eventual reunification of the southern states lingering tensions remained for many years.

It is said time heals all wounds and indeed and we are looking at the approaching sesquicentennial of the Civil War in 2011 with a air of celebration,recognizing of the history of America in a way that everyone can embrace.

We are fortunate to be in an area with a rich Civil War heritage including Fort Defiance (Fort Bruce), nearby Fort Donelson, and other Civil War sites. City and County leaders hope to be ready to attract tourists who will be the traveling the country visiting civil war era sites as a part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers fires off the canon at the Sesquicentennial kick-off in Montgomery County on April 6th 2010.

Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers fires off the canon at the Sesquicentennial kick-off in Montgomery County on April 6th 2010.

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The Friends of Fort Defiance holding Living History Encampment at Rotary Park

 
The Friends of Fort Defiance

The Friends of Fort Defiance

With Fort Defiance being closed due to the construction of the new interpretative center, the Friends of Fort Defiance were forced to move the Living History Encampment, one of their signature events to Rotary Park this year.

The primary purpose of the Living History Encampment is to educate people about the history of Clarksville, and the Civil War. Many people living in Clarksville know absolutely nothing about the history of our city, something the friends of Fort Defiance hope to change. Clarksville is located in an area of intense activity during the Civil war,   with Fort Donelson and Fort Henry  in nearby Stewart County, and the city of Nashville just a short distance up river.  Fort Defiance was intended to help guard the river approaches to Nashville.

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