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The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has updated Tennessee Civil War trails map-guides available to the public.
The guide identifies nearly 200 Civil War sites throughout Tennessee on this self-guided tour of the trails.
“More than 500,000 copies of the original map-guide were distributed to the traveling public in little more than six months,” said Susan Whitaker, who serves as co-chairwoman of the Sesquicentennial Commission.
“The popularity of this brochure is a strong indicator of the high interest tourists are showing in Tennessee’s important Civil War history,” she added. “The mapguide is a great resource for Civil War enthusiasts as well as travelers with a general interest in exploring Civil War history, especially during the 150th commemoration.”
The guide journeys through the statewide Tennessee Civil War National Heritage area, which is highlighted by an estimated 200 trail markers.
Each site can be explored at one’s own pace, and many offer other historical and recreational opportunities.
Hundreds of antique and specialty shops can be found on the trails, in addition to taverns and restaurants, preserved battlefields and more.
“Our new edition and expansion of the Civil War trail guide takes you from famous battlefields to stories of guerilla fighting and the heroism of the home front, places all over Tennessee that tell our unique and fascinating Civil War heritage,” said Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University and co-chairman of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The Tennessee Civil War Trails program is part of a five-state trails system that encourages the exploration of both well-known and less-familiar sites associated with the Civil War.
Together, more than 1,000 places tell the stories of civilians and soldiers during the war in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
Knowledge of the trails in Tennessee reaches 2.5 million through cross-promotion with the other four states.
The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The five-year commemoration of the war, beginning this year and lasting until 2015, will highlight events and stories of the Civil War.
For more information, visit tncivilwar150.com.
The guides are available at all 14 Tennessee Welcome Centers and at each of the Civil War Trails communities.
Visitors can request the guides via civilwartraveler.com, tncivilwar150.com or by calling 615-532-7520.