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Camp Jordan may hold Union-made earthworks, historian says

Most hikers trekking through a span of scrubby woods on a remote edge of Camp Jordan would not notice the long, steep bank that rises from a wide clearing on West Chickamauga Creek.

Names listed for mass grave at Civil War cemetery in Mississippi

After being unknown and forgotten about by many people, a message board at the head of their gravesite will serve as a reminder of the 30 men resting in a mass grave at Brice's Crossroads.

Civil War photos in rotating exhibit at Chattooga Academy

Chattooga Academy is featuring a new rotating exhibit on photographs of local Civil War sites.

Cellphone tower to be built near historic Civil War battlefield in Walker County

A cellular company scored a victory in a battle over a tower near Walker County Civil War sites, but the company made concessions to help the tower blend in.

Tennessee backyard archaeological dig is historic site

A Franklin man's backyard became one of 11 Tennessee sites added to the National Register of Historic Places this week after archaeological digs there turned up one of the two oldest human settlements ever documented in the state.

Civil War mementos go digital

The privately owned 16-acre tract on Burnt Hickory Road is thick with pines and young hardwoods, but little else of interest other than its role as a staging ground for a Civil War battle 147 years ago.

Civil War momentos go digital

Words weren’t enough for Confederate infantryman John Ray Moss.
In an 1861 letter sent to his wife Nancy from Lick Creek, Tenn., he took the time to draw the three-story house he pledged to build for her, complete with a belfry, wraparound porch and Confederate flag.
Gray-uniformed soldier re-enactors fired long-barreled muskets in salute and United Daughers of the Confederacy in ankle-length dresses set wreaths before the towering statue of Nathan Bedford Forest in Memphis, paying tribute to a Confederate cavalryman whose exploits still divide Americans today.

Emancipation celebration

Dancing, singing and poetry readings are how nearly two dozen people celebrated Juneteenth a little late on Friday.

Red tape blamed for Civil War trail delays in Georgia

More than 10 years after the launch of the Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails project, leaders say “unreasonable” requirements from the U.S. Department of Transportation have bogged down the process.

Reconstruction of two historic bridges begins at Chattanooga National Military Park

Stone by stone, federal bridge contractors are beginning to take apart and put back together two historic bridges in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Chattooga hoping to lure Civil War tourists

Chattooga County may have been a minor player during the Civil War, but that doesn’t mean the Northwest Georgia county doesn’t want to profit from the ongoing commemoration of the conflict.

Civil War guide highlights Rhea County Spartans

After nearly 150 years, a group of Rhea County women will have their story of bravery and rebellion shared nationwide in the spring issue of American Heritage magazine.

Heritage Center hosts historic gun display

Civil War and military history buffs can see examples of weaponry used more than 150 years ago in a rotating display at the Grundy County Historical Society Heritage Center in Tracy City, Tenn.

Civil War’s home front in spotlight

When people think of the Civil War, they often think of cannons, muskets and cavalry attacks.

Re-enactors raise 1861 U.S. flag at Cleveland, Tenn., ceremony

Nearly 100 spectators gathered at noon Monday to watch Civil War re-enactors raise a replica of the 1861 United States flag — with only 33 stars — at the Bradley County Courthouse plaza.

Few blacks attend Civil War anniversary events

As cannons thudded around Charleston Harbor last week in commemoration of the start of the war that extinguished slavery, the audiences for the 150th-anniversary events were nearly all-white.

Local landmarks gear up for 150th Anniversary of Civil War

In the spring of 1861, Chattanooga was a city divided.

Confederate cannon replica is a labor of love

Chad Matthews said he has been fascinated with Civil War artifacts since he was a little boy.

Fort Sumter: Somber 150th anniversary of Civil War

Booming cannons, plaintive period music and hushed crowds ushered in the 150th anniversary of America’s bloodiest war on Tuesday.

Views on how and why we should mark the 150th Civil War anniversary

April 12 marks the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of federal troops at Fort Sumter, S.C., that marked the start of the Civil War.

Students experience Civil War first-hand

The results are in, and the majority of high school students think re-enactors shooting muskets on the beach is cooler than going to the Tennessee Capitol.

Shots sound at Sumter

Before they could remind ferry loads of visitors to Fort Sumter what a Civil War soldier’s life was like, a dozen re-enactors from the Chattanooga area got a vivid dose of camp life for themselves.

Federal shutdown threatens big Civil War event

The looming federal government shutdown is casting a big shadow on a huge Civil War re-enactment meant to pay homage the 150th anniversary of the start of the war.

Shutdown could have widespread effects

On what is expected to be the first warm, sunny weekend of the tourist season and the official beginning of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, the gates of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park may be closed.

Sesquicentennial brings America’s historic schism back into focus

For the 17th consecutive year, re-enactors will converge on the Williams family farm in north Alabama to relive and remember the historic Siege at Bridgeport, which took place in 1862.

In the Civil War, Chattanooga was considered the “Gateway to the Deep South” and the river and railroads made it an important strategic position.

SAVANNAH, Ga.—It was an attempt by the U.S. government to help former slaves on the road to freedom. Known by the phrase “40 acres and a mule,” it came to symbolize America’s broken promises during a century of struggles for black Americans following the Civil War.

SAVANNAH, Ga.—It was an attempt by the U.S. government to help former slaves on the road to freedom. Known by the phrase “40 acres and a mule,” it came to symbolize America’s broken promises during a century of struggles for black Americans following the Civil War.

With every command the artillery men barked to each other, dozens of little hands flew up to cover dozens of little ears.

Standing at the top of a ridge near the Gordon-Whitfield county line, it's clear to see why Union commanders once sent 1,500 soldiers to their deaths trying to capture the high ground.

If only William Rosecrans had had an iPhone.

Gen. William H. Lytle has come up a few cannonballs short of a pyramid.
A group of Civil War-soldier descendants in Virginia got artists' renderings of what a monument honoring their ancestors could look like.

An army of re-enactors is at this weekend’s Civil War re-enactment at Tunnel Hill in Whitfield County, Ga., organizers said.
The Chickamauga battlefield will get national attention in September as the Civil War Preservation Trust’s magazine rolls out its fall issue about the site.
Chickamauga Battlefield will have a new temporary commander in chief as officials fill the military park’s superintendent post.
The group working to erect a monument to Virginia troops at the Chickamauga Battlefield now has a rough of idea of what the marker would look like.

The Civil War Preservation Trust has named two Northwest Georgia battlefields in their 15 "at risk" sites.
Chickamauga, Ga., has edged one step closer to a footpath connecting downtown and the Chicka-mauga Battlefield.

A Southwest Virginia Civil War group hopes to accomplish in three years what its state legislators haven't been able to do in 115.
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