All of the 95 counties in Tennessee have a Civil War story to tell and the 150th anniversary of the war that will be observed in 2011 makes it a perfect time to visit some of the sites. Tennessee is second only to Virginia in the number of Civil War battles. More than 200 historical markers are found throughout the state.
In Eastern Tennessee, visitors will find battlefields, cemeteries, historic homes and other sites that were used during the Civil War. With the Sesquicentennial being observed next year, new displays, signs and other items are in place at many of these historic sites.
Visitors will be able to explore the state's rich history that tells of the division between Tennessee's Unionists and Confederates. The location, river and rail paths, industries and farmlands all combined to make Tennessee a crucial state for both sides. More than 1,462 battles, at least one fought in each of the 95 counties, brought destruction to the landscape. Congress has designated the state as the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.
The home that Gen. Longstreet made his headquarters for a time during the Civil War is located in Morristown. Some local re-enactors are shown in the yard of the home.
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