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Tennessee Civil War Source Book

Photo, Tennessee Capitol, Nashville

(Note: The website is currently unavailable while a redesign is in progress.)

More than 7,000 transcribed excerpts from diaries, newspapers, official documents, ships' logs, letters, and historical articles form this extensive collection on the Tennessee Civil War experience. Initially undertaken as a project to determine the number of fights (skirmishes, actions, artillery duels, etc.) that occurred in Tennessee during the Civil War, it expanded into a collection of materials that can shed light on both soldiers' experiences, as well as a diverse group of civilians—women, African Americans, men, and children from both cities and rural areas across the state.

All documents are keyword searchable, and a glossary is provided to give suggestions for search terms and to help users navigate the challenges that Civil War-era orthography poses. New users may want to begin with the example searches, which reveal a wealth of information on Southern mothers, prostitution in Memphis, female soldiers, slave churches, hospitals and public health during the occupation, the Union Army's attempts to restrict sales of alcohol, and much more.