Front row, from left to right: Jessica French, Jessi White, Cassie Bennett, Amy Kostine, Jessica Bandel, Savannah Grandey, Sara Beth Gideon, Amber Clawson, and Julie Warwick. Back row, from left to right: Jeff McRiffey, Leigh Ann Gardner, Ashley Armstrong, Ginna Foster Cannon, David Sprouse, Allison Hoskins, Angie Sirna, Abby Gautreau, and Rebecca Duke. Not pictured: Susan Knowles, Katie O'Bryan, and Lydia Simpson.
We welcome all our new and returning research assistants and fellows. Susan Knowles continues as a Huhta Fellow and is joined by Leigh Ann Garnder, our newest CHP Fellow. Amy Kostine joins the CHP staff as the project historian for the Trail of Tears survey.
This conflict between the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and a score of soverign Indian nations was called the War of 1812 because the United States declared war on Great Britain in June of that year. Thousands of Tennesseeans fought with distinction in notable southern campaigns, and there were additonal companies of Tennesseans serving in the north. Many famous Americans with Tennessee ties--Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Sequoyah, and Thomas Hart Benton, for example--distinguished themselves during the war years.
Today, you can travel across Tennessee and find historic homes, museums, sites, and cemeteries that tell us about this almost forgotten war and the veterans who returned and helped build a state and a nation. To download a PDF copy of "The War of 1812 in Tennessee: A Driving Tour," click here. To have a copy mailed to you, please email us with your name and complete mailing address. If you are in Murfreesboro, stop by the Heritage Center to pick up a copy.
Little-known stories of how Civil War-era Tennesseans lived their lives away from the battlefield are now accessible on the Shades of Gray and Blue website, which includes digitized images of historical art and other cultural material.
The unique educational website, which includes contributions from scholars across Tennessee, was created through a collaborative effort of Vanderbilt Libraries, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Walker Library and the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU. Major funding was provided by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area with additional support from Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State universities as well as Anode Inc. Read more