Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

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Please join us at the 2013 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event -- "Occupation and Liberation" -- in Chattanooga from Friday, October 10-Saturday, October 12, 2013. All activities are at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

The event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battles for Chattanooga in 1863, a momentous turning point in the war.

On October 10 at 7 p.m., Prof. Amy Murrell Taylor presents the keynote address, "On the Frontlines of Freedom: The Story of the Civil War's Refugee Camps in Tennessee and the Nation."

On October 11, the program begins at 10 a.m. with addresses by dignataries and a special battlefield preservation announcement. After lunch, a panel discussion focuses on "The Battles for Chattanooga," featuring noted military historians William Glenn Robertson, Peter Cozzens, Brook Simpson, and Wiley Sword. In the evening, enjoy a performance of Civil War music.

On October 12, the day begins with a panel discussion on "Military Strategy and Chattanooga," featuring Sam Davis Elliott, James Lee McDonough, Richard McMurry, and William Glenn Robertson. Later in the day, a panel on "Commemoration and Memorialization" takes place, with Antoinette van Zelm, Norman Hill, and Traci Nichols-Belt.

In addition to the programs described above, living history stations and a special exhibit by the Tennessee State Museum will be presented at the CCC. Tickets are also on sale for bus tours of the battles for Chattanooga, sponsored by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park.

For more information and to register in advance, please go to http://www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/events/.

This Civil War Signature Event is presented by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Society and other sponsors.