2013: Occupation and Liberation
The 2013 Tennessee Signature Event will be jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Historical Society, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. All events sponsored by the TCWNHA are free and open to the public.
REGISTRATION: Seating is limited, to reserve your seats please register via email at email@example.com
or call the registration line at 615-532-7520.
UPDATE: Tennessee School registrations are now CLOSED. The event has reached maximum capacity for schools with 2,000 students and teachers confirmed to attend.
Registration for individual attendance is still open.
For more information regarding lodging to attend the 2013 Tennessee Signature Event and special sesquicentennial pricing click the link below.
Please note $5.00 of the rate for most hotels goes to the Friends of the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.
The complete agenda for the 2013 Tennessee Signature Event is now available for download!
Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event
October 9-12, 2013
Chattanooga Convention Center
OCTOBER 9 - 12, 2013
The following activities will be held throughout the event at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Beyond the Battlefield: Heroes & Legends
Educational programs will include historian/musician Bobby Horton, historical interpreter Nicole Moore and Interpretive Park Ranger Gerry Allen. Living historians from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the U.S. Colored Troops will provide historical demonstrations related to the battles.
Sesquicentennial Civil War Exhibit
Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State Library and Archives will present a special exhibit of artifacts with a direct connection to The Battles for Chattanooga and the stories behind the artifacts - available for viewing only during the Tennessee Civil War Signature Event.
OCTOBER 9 – 10, 2013
The following one-day workshops will be available two days.
Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 9; 9 am to 1 pm ET on Oct. 10, Chattanooga Convention Center
Sponsored by Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn
REGISTRATION: To schedule a reservation with the archivists call (615) 741-1883 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
. Walk-ins are welcome.
Teaching Occupation and Liberation: Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Workshop open to K-12 educators.
REGISTRATION: To register for the workshop, please contact Kira Duke at email@example.com
or (615) 898-2605.
Sponsored by MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, http://www.mtsuhistpres.org//
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Keynote Address: "On the Frontlines of Freedom: The Story of the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps in Tennessee and the Nation"
Amy Murrell Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky
7 – 8:30 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation officially exempted Tennessee, but the state was hardly exempt from the long and tangled history of slave emancipation. Turning attention to life on the ground, in the hastily erected camps of fugitive slaves ("contraband"), in places like Grand Junction and Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga, this session will describe the very first wartime encounters between Tennessee’s refugees from slavery and its occupying Union soldiers. These encounters launched the real work of securing freedom in everyday life—but also reveal that the path from Union occupation to slave liberation would be anything but a straight one.
Book Signing with Author
Friday, October 11, 2013
10 – 11:30 a.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Opening Remarks by Susan Whitaker, Commissioner Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Posting of the Colors for the United States of America and State of Tennessee
Tennessee National Guard
Posting of the Colors for the United States of America and Sons of Confederate Veterans
Company A, 13th and 44th United States Colored Troops
N.B. Forrest Camp #3, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Singing of the National Anthem by The McCallie Select Men's Ensemble
Remarks by Special Guests
Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State of Tennessee
Treasurer David Lillard, Jr., State of Tennessee
Special Battlefield Preservation Announcement
O. Jim Lighthizer, President, Civil War Trust
Special Remarks and Introduction of Local Officials
Superintendent Cathy Cook, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Welcome from Hamilton County and City of Chattanooga
County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Hamilton County
Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga
Musical Performance by The Chattanooga Musicianers
Telling the Whole Story
11 a.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Speaker: Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian, Co-Chair, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Director, TCWNHA, Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
Session 1: Battles for Chattanooga
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Moderator: Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Historian and Author
Speakers: Peter Cozzens, Author, Brooks Simpson, ASU Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University, Wiley Sword, Historian and Author
Book Signing with Authors
NOTE: Living history will be open until 7 pm ET
7 pm - 8:45 pm ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Special Musical Performance: Bobby Horton, Civil War music historian and performer
Bobby Horton will present a concert of mid-19th century music which will explore the music of both North and South and tell the stories of the American Civil War. Bobby Horton is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on music from the Civil War period. This free concert will be hosted by The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Session 2: Military Strategy in the Civil War
9 – 10:30 a.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Moderator: Sam Elliott, Historian and Author, Chairman, Tennessee Historical Commission
Speakers: Dr. James L. McDonough, Historian and Author, Richard McMurry, Historian and Author, Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Historian and Author
Session 3: Commemoration & Memorialization
1 – 2:30 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
r. Rachel Martin, Assistant Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
Speakers: Dr. Antoinette van Zelm, Historian, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Norman Hill, Middle Tennessee Representative, Tennessee Historical Commission, Traci Nichols-Belt, Historian
Special Tours of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Point Park on Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Orchard Knob and Missionary Ridge Battlefields, Chattanooga's National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery (Buses will depart from the Chattanooga Convention Center) (*Ticketed tours) Sponsored by CCNMP, The Friends of CCNMP, TCWNHA, and Chattanooga CVB
TICKETS: To purchase tickets in advance for the tours or the National Treasures event please contact The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 423-648-5623, firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 EVENT REGISTRATION: Seating for the 2013 Tennessee Signature Event is limited, to reserve your seat register by email at email@example.com
or call the registration line at 615-532-7520.