Military Research

Tennessee farm boy David Franklin Brock left behind his Van Buren County home and his sweetheart in 1952 and found himself a world away. Brock served as a combat engineer with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. An oral history and 120 images comprise this collection.
This page is an index to records on microfilm. It includes an introduction to the employment rolls and nonpayment rolls of slaves and free black workers involved in the construction of Fort Negley.
The Federal Civil War Burial Sheets Project is a database which indexes burial sheets for the Federal soldiers dis-interred at gravesites in Tennessee and Kentucky and then reburied at Nashville National Cemetery. It includes the identification of 3,021 soldiers dis-interred from the Nashville City Cemetery as well as of 8,593 soldiers dis-interred from U.S. Burial Grounds Due West City Cemetery, Nashville, and U.S. Burials Grounds Southwest City Cemetery, Nashville.
These Korean War era photographs belong to Gene A. Stone. Lieutenant Stone was in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC), first assigned to the 308th CIC Detachment at 8th Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea. Three weeks after arriving in Seoul, he was assigned to the 181st CIC Detachment, 1st Marine Division for 14 months.
​Hardy A. Mitchener, Jr. was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 509th Bombardment Squadron, 351st Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, stationed in Polebrook, England, during World War II. He was shot down and captured on May 30, 1944, after a bombing mission in Oschersleben, Germany, and sent to Stalag Luft III shortly thereafter. During his stay at this POW camp in Sagan, Germany, known principally for the famous “Great Escape” that took place in March 1944, Mitchener kept a diary of his experiences. The diary contains detailed drawings of life at the camp as well as documentation of the prisoners’ rapid evacuation of Stalag Luft III on January 27, 1945. Mitchener was fond of writing songs and poems in his diary, and has included numerous examples of works that speak to the prisoners’ depression, boredom, frustration, and overpowering desire for freedom.
This page has instructions for ordering copies of military records from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
This page is an introduction to an index of men who served in Tennessee military units during the Spanish American War.
Nashvillian John L. Sales served in the United States Marine Corps from May 1966 to May 1968. This collection consists of letters written home to his mother, photographs taken in country and on board the USS Iwo Jima, and miscellaneous items.
The following research guide is list of manuscript resources and bibliographies representing many of the materials that the Tennessee State Library and Archives has amassed to assist with the research into Korean War soldiers and citizens.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is launching Tennessee Remembers: Korean Veterans. Our goal is to help veterans of the Korean War preserve their history by collecting original documents, stories, and memorabilia related to their in-country experiences during the war.
In an effort to honor the service and valor of Tennessee Korean War veterans, the Tennessee State Library and Archives has developed a survey to establish a more complete record of the men and women who served in theater. The survey results will be maintained at the Library & Archives for research and educational purposes.
Interactive map showing refugee camps, USCT recruiting stations, and other sites connected with the African American experience in Tennessee from 1861 to 1865.
This collection highlights a time when the area that is now the state of Tennessee was land claimed by North Carolina. White settlers and their African-American slaves moved into Upper East Tennessee in the 1770s and established their own government, the Watauga Association. By so doing, these settlers clearly defied British authority which had forbidden settlement west of the Appalachian Mountain Chain in the Proclamation of 1763.
July 22, 2017 - In January 1952, Brock left behind his Van Buren County home to undergo rigorous combat engineer training. He was then assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the vicinity of the Iron Triangle and the 38th parallel in Korea. This collection documents his time in Korea as well as his visits home. Darla Brock, Library and Archives manuscripts archivist and daughter of Brock, conducted the workshop featuring her father's photographs and oral history in the broader context of the Korean War.
April 2, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Finding World War I Ancestors
January 30, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: From Little Bighorn to Vietnam
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.
Staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) are hitting the state’s highways and byways in search of Civil War memorabilia. Please check this site often, as communities will be added to the schedule for the duration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. Local archives and libraries should contact project staff at civilwar.tsla@tn.gov if they would like to host a scanning event.
The War of 1812 has been referred to by some historians as America’s “forgotten conflict.” The contest between the United States and Great Britain, fought in the years 1812-1815, is mired in controversy in terms of causation and results. The reasons for going to war with England were ostensibly over the rights of free trade and impressment of American sailors. Other elements include American territorial expansion, economic factors, and national honor. The war has been criticized as one in which neither side won and, therefore, should never have been fought. Yet the war did manage to bring some prestige to the young American nation as it demonstrated to the world it could stand up against one of the world’s mightiest military powers. Unfortunately, the Tennessee State Library and Archives does not possess the individual service records and pension files of Tennesseans in the War of 1812; they are housed at the National Archives (Washington, D.C.). However, the Library and Archives does possess microfilm, printed material, and fine manuscript collections pertaining to the War of 1812. This guide provides a quick reference source for these materials.
This page is an introduction to the index of individuals who were members of the Confederate Relief and Historical Association of Memphis. The index gives the soldier's name, rank, regiment, company, the army in which he served, and the page number.
This page is a bibliography of the microfilmed military records we hold for the following wars and military actions: Revolutionary War, Militia/Frontier Records, War of 1812, Indian Wars, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and World War II.
This small collection of large-format photographs highlights various aspects of the World War One-era Old Hickory Gunpowder plant. DuPont built and operated the plant, under contract for the United States government, to manufacture smokeless gunpowder for the Allied war effort.
The Oliver Caswell King and Katherine Rebecca Rutledge King Papers, 1856 - 1893 is a roughly 200-item collection documenting the courtship, marriage and social lives of a Sullivan County, Tennessee, couple before, during and after the Civil War.
This page has instructions for ordering copies of military records and military indexes for the following topics: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Seminole War, the Cherokee Removal, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and Tennessee militia commissions. The materials listed include records, pensions, questionnaires and published indexes.
This page contains information and instruction when ordering World War I Draft Registration Forms.

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