To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015), the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is sending teams of archivists and conservators across the state of Tennessee to document and preserve Civil War-era materials. Thus far, the team has digitized thousands of original items that have rarely been viewed by the public.
Digital copies of these documents and artifacts, representing the rich Civil War heritage of Tennessee families, have now become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war in Tennessee. The items are diverse and range from Civil War letters, diaries, and photographs to uniforms, quilts, rifles, pistols, and artillery shells. TSLA staff continues to make visits to counties across the state, so please check back regularly in order to view new items.
The Looking Back project team will be accepting new materials to add to the collection through 2015. Undiscovered Civil War treasures still lay hidden in the attics, barns, and homes of Tennesseans. TSLA urges you to bring these materials to our next digitization event so that our understanding about the Civil War as it was experienced in Tennessee will continue to grow. For a schedule of our upcoming events, click here.
For more information or to schedule your community’s Looking Back event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 253-3470.
Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee
A project of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Powered by Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) and the Tennessee State Library & Archives,
a division of the Tennessee Department of State