This lecture has concluded. Please view the video to learn more about our second session of Tennessee 101: The Civil War Years in Tennessee.
The War Comes to Tennessee, 1861–62
Dr. Carole Bucy
Davidson County Historian
Professor of History, Volunteer State Community College
Young Tennessee men quickly enlisted in either the Union or Confederate armies, expecting the war to last only a few months.
When the actual fighting began, it became apparent that this was going to be a long and costly war. With news of each battle came the casualties and funerals. The entire state became a battleground with much of the war in the western theater fought on its soil. In this lecture, we will discuss the Battle of Mill Springs, the Battle of Fort Donelson, the fall of Nashville, and the Battle of Shiloh, and examine the home front’s response to the war.