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7 Civil War Sites in Tennessee

The Volunteer State is a historic one, and holds several sites commemorating the American Civil War – many of which are operated by the National Park Service. Check out these seven battlefields and historic sites throughout Tennessee.


Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Comprised of 16 acres, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site commemorates 17th President Andrew Johnson – the president following Abraham Lincoln. This National Park site is found in eastern Tennessee in Greeneville.

A U.S. National Historic Site and found on the National Register of Historic Places, the park consists of three sections: the Andrew Johnson Homestead, the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, and the Andrew Johnson Visitor Complex.

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

The 9,000-acre Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park – located in southern Tennessee near Chattanooga – commemorates the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign.

These two major Civil War battles are interpreted through this National Park with help from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center, and Point Park. The park is divided into four unites: the Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain Battlefield & Point Park, Missionary Ridge, and the Moccasin Bend.

Tennessee Civil War Sites

Luminaries Commemorating the Civil War Battle of Franklin

Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Totaling over 1,000 acres, the Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves the two sites of the Forts Henry and Donelson Campaign: Fort Donelson and Fort Heiman. The park site is found in northern Tennessee on the Cumberland River.

Fort Donelson NB commemorates the 1862 Battle of Fort Henry and shortly thereafter the Battle of Fort Donelson. The site also features the Fort Donelson Visitor Center, the Dover Hotel Museum, and the Fort Donelson National Cemetery.

Lotz House Civil War Museum

Found in Franklin in middle Tennessee just south of Nashville, the Lotz House Civil War Museum commemorates the area in which the 1864 Battle of Franklin, of which the Lotz House and the current McGavock Confederate Cemetery were present.

The house itself was built in 1858, and is found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A current Civil War museum open to the pubic, the Lotz House is known for its bloodstains still in place from the time it served as a field hospital following the Battle of Franklin.

Shiloh National Military Park

Found in Jackson in western Tennessee, the 4,000-acre Shiloh National Military Park commemorates the 1862 Battle of Shiloh and the following Siege of Corinth.

The park preserves and presents the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields with the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and self-guided auto tours of the Shiloh Battlefield. The park also features the Shiloh National Cemetery, the Shiloh Indian Mounds Site, and park films like “Corinth: A Town Amidst War” and “Shiloh: Fiery Trial.”

Tennessee Civil War Sites

Shiloh National Military Park

Stones River National Battlefield

Appropriately set on the Stones River, the Stones River National Battlefield is located in central Tennessee near Murfreesboro, and commemorates the 1862/1863 Battle of Stones River.

Visitors to the 570-acre national park can check out the Hazen Brigade Monument and Stones River National Cemetery, and participate in plenty of outdoor recreation from sunrise to sunset.

TN Civil War National Heritage Area

Managed by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area is more of a historic zone preserving and interpreting the many historic sites of the American Civil War in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Civil War NHA consists of over 15 years of significant Civil War events, ranging from 1860 to 1875. The heritage area encompasses more than 100 historic stops along eight corridors, several of which are mentioned above.

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Best Western Hotels Near Tennessee Civil War Sites:

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Best Western Home Place Inn

170 Highway 641 N, Camden TN 38320-1328
Phone: +1 731-584-2222  |  Fax: (731) 584-9628  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Heritage Inn

7641 Lee Highway, Chattanooga TN 37421-1027
Phone: +1 423-899-3311  |  Fax: (423) 899-4259  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Royal Inn

3644 Cummings Highway, Chattanooga TN 37419-2313
Phone: +1 423-821-6840  |  Fax: (423) 508-3500  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Franklin Inn

1308 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin TN 37064-3041
Phone: +1 615-790-0570  |  Fax: (615) 790-0512  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Carriage House Inn & Suites

1936 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson TN 38305-2478
Phone: +1 731-664-3030  |  Fax: (731) 664-3030  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Morristown Conference Center Hotel

130 Cracker Road, Morristown TN 37813
Phone: +1 423-587-2400  |  Fax: (423) 581-7344  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Chaffin Inn

168 Chaffin Place, Murfreesboro TN 37129-6901
Phone: +1 615-895-3818  |  Fax: (615) 898-1975  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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