Civil War

This page contains information and instruction when ordering Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications.
This page contains information and instruction for ordering Tennessee Confederate Soldiers Home Applications and Ledgers.
For years, the Reconstruction era marked a tumultuous period in American and Tennessee history. Even before the formal process of Reconstruction began following the Civil War, steps were taken to address the rights of freed slaves and the readmission of Confederate states to the Union. The materials in this collection portray a few of the challenges and victories that emerged during Reconstruction. The focus of the images rests primarily on the Reconstruction period and Gilded Age (1876-1910) in Tennessee following the Civil War.
This page is an introduction to the index to the Southern Claims Commission. The index lists only Tennesseans who applied to the commission. The index gives the name of the individual, the county of residence, and it the claim was allowed, disallowed, or barred.
Aerial photos, topography, road systems, and land plots are all linked to narrative information about events of the Civil War.
This page gives an overview of the published and manuscript materials that the Tennessee State Library and Archives holds on the Civil War.
This page is an index to Tennessee Civil War battle flags.
This page is an introduction to a listing of Tennessee Confederate physicians. It includes a listing of the print and manuscript sources used when creating the index.
During the Civil War, the Provost Marshal was the Union Army officer charged with maintaining order among both soldiers and civilians. The Provost Marshal records microfilmed by the National Archives include many records related to Tennesseans. This Union Provost Marshal Database was created to index those documents that were from provost marshal offices in Tennessee and that relate to Tennesseans during the Civil War. The fully searchable database includes name, location (city or county), year, file number (if provided), and a brief description of the document(s).
As the nineteenth century drew to a close, the seeds of Southern mythology idealizing the service of the South’s aging Confederate veterans began to take root. Defeated militarily, in the decades following 1865 the South struggled to vindicate the decisions that had led to secession and to an armed conflict that had cost so many men their lives. From the ashes of war and the turbulence of the Reconstruction period, a cultural identity took shape, grounded in ideas and attitudes referred to collectively as the Lost Cause.


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