Tennessee the heart and soul of the Civil War era
Southeast Tennessee’s Civil War stories are closely tied to the places where heroism, violence, sacrifice, and commitment from both soldiers and civilians have forever left their mark.
Follow this trail to some of the most compelling places in Tennessee’s history, including the South’s first major battlefield park at Chickamauga-Chattanooga; monuments to both the North and South; historic homes; and modern museums.
Discover a one-room school in Pikeville where newly emancipated African Americans began to create their own community after the war. Embrace lost landscapes that tell stories of a time when ferry boats crossed the Tennessee River and railroads were the mainstay of transportation.
Before the coming of the railroad, Chattanooga, which lies on a bend of the Tennessee River near a natural opening in the southern Appalachians, thrived as a river transport center. The coming of the railroad enhanced the cityís mercantile importance. Whether by water or rail, much of the regionís trade goods passed through the cityís warehouses. During the war, the city became a major southern supply depot and target for Federal conquest and occupation.
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Map your route
As you tour the region, you will find many buildings, parks, and sites open to the public.
Civil War 150th Anniversary Events
For more information about events commemorating the Civil War Sesquicentennial, please click on the Tri-State Civil War Association logo below.
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NATIVE AMERICAN TRAIL
This trail will highlight sites and stories relating to Native American history of this region.
CIVIL WAR TRAIL
Follow this trail to some of the most compelling places in Tennessee's history.
ARTISTS AND FINE CRAFTER'S TRAIL
A shopping guide to local arts and fine crafts.
PIE IN THE SKY TRAIL
Discover the peaks and valleys of Southeast Tennessee
Explore the rails, trails and roads of Southeast Tennessee.
SEQUATCHIE VALLEY BYWAY
Enjoy the scenic vistas and natural, cultural, historical, and recreational points.